Most Guessed U.S. Cities

Name the most well-known American cities, based on JetPunk stats from this quiz.
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Last updated: November 23, 2020
First submittedJuly 27, 2017
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City
99
New York City
99
Los Angeles
97
Chicago
95
Miami
95
Houston
94
San Francisco
94
Dallas
%
City
93
Seattle
93
Boston
91
Philadelphia
91
San Diego
90
Phoenix
90
Las Vegas
89
Atlanta
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City
89
Detroit
88
Washington D.C.
88
Portland
88
Denver
87
New Orleans
85
Austin
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Level 62
Jul 27, 2017
I was expecting these cities to be very populous or extremely touristy, but San Antonio, Jacksonville, San Jose, and Columbus all have huge populations but are all missing. I am surprised!
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Level 73
Jul 28, 2017
Most people incorrectly include Oakland and San Jose as part of "San Francisco." Especially if you aren't from California. San Antonio isn't really a city that I think most people think of when thinking about Texas (even if they do remember the Alamo). I'm more surprised by the omission of Austin. Despite somehow Jacksonville being more populous than Miami, it's not exactly on people's mind when talking about Florida. I think of Panama City and Tampa before I think of Jacksonville. And Columbus is in Ohio...'nuff said there ;-)
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Level 64
Sep 6, 2017
But you're probably right about them being very touristy. As a European who has only been to two of these I know them all and obviously so do a lot more people.
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Level ∞
Sep 9, 2017
San Antonio, Jacksonville, and Columbus are only "very populous" if you look at city proper population. They are not major metro areas. For example, the Miama MSA is over four times as large as Jacksonville, and the Detroit MSA is twice the population of Columbus, despite having smaller city proper populations.
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Level 61
Sep 9, 2017
As a proud San Antonian, sadly I'm not surprised it's not here. It may be the seventh biggest city but it's the 31st biggest media market and really only remembered for one tiny church that sits in the middle of downtown. I'm pretty surprised about Austin, Nashville, and Tampa not being on there.
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Level 74
Sep 15, 2017
The cities you named have huge populations in themselves, but none of them are really huge metro areas. Well, San Jose is, if you include San Francisco and Oakland.
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Level 54
Oct 6, 2017
In parallel, Atlanta itself is not very touristy but is the gateway to more touristy stuff for many people on the East Coast thanks to its massive (and memorable) airport. And logically people first type in the places they remember most. The ants on the ceiling probably helped people remember them. Those were...interesting.
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Level 84
Nov 23, 2020
I've been in the Atlanta airport dozens of times and cannot think of anything that is memorable about it. Is that what your "ants on the ceiling" comment is referring to?
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2020
Atlanta = 'Matlock' and 'Gone With The Wind'.
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Level 51
Mar 6, 2018
ME 2
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Level 33
Dec 28, 2020
missed Boston and Washington
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Level 52
Jul 29, 2017
Portland completely threw me off. Didn't even think of Oregon
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Level 82
Nov 30, 2020
Isn't there also a Portland in Maine? That's the one I think of (Too much 'Murder She Wrote'). So how can we be sure which one people were thinking of in the source quiz?
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Level 52
Dec 25, 2020
There is a Portland in Maine, it's actually what Portland, Oregon is named after (famously decided in a coin toss). However, I'd argue that the vast majority of the people who guessed Portland were basing it off of Portland, OR. When you look at a map, there are always a million cities in the southern and eastern portions of the country, but only ever Portland and Seattle if you look to the PNW, which can make it stand out.
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Level 55
Dec 25, 2020
Porkland. The other white meat.
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Level 71
Jul 30, 2017
Damn Boston. I got the rest.
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2017
It's strange how one can remember all the tough ones and somehow blanks out on one particular in-your-face kind of very obvious answer. If it's any condolences I missed New Orleans :)
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Level 49
Feb 20, 2018
I missed Vegas, Orlando and Detroit LOL
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Level 57
Sep 9, 2017
New Orleans is a solid example of low population (50th) and huge name recognition.

It's like old musicians.

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Level 36
Dec 27, 2020
to be fair, the city lost close to 255k after katrina.
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Level 47
Sep 9, 2017
Phew! Got all of them with only two seconds left!
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Level 37
Sep 10, 2017
*hurricane irma* also i thought of Cape Verde when I tried to think of New Orleans o.O
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Level 73
Sep 11, 2017
Aw man, Indianapolis isn't on there. Then again, larger and more important cities aren't either. I was surprised Minneapolis wasn't on there, because when I tell people where I'm from, that's what they hear.
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Level 84
Nov 23, 2020
Not really any "flyover country" representation. No KC, St. Louis either, though Denver did just squeak in.
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Level 74
Sep 15, 2017
Got all but Chicago. How could I forget Chicago?
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Level 58
Feb 13, 2020
Time for the most guessed most guessed US cities quiz!
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Level 50
Jul 24, 2020
I like how the % correct is almost exactly as the % guessed.
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Level 80
Nov 23, 2020
A "Least Guessed U.S. Cities" quiz would be interesting. The moment anyone correctly guessed one of the cities on the quiz, it would have to be removed.
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2020
No. Kalamazoo and Walla Walla would always be on there, honorarily.
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Level 75
Nov 25, 2020
The only person I have ever met from Michigan was from Kalamazoo, so it's up there for me.
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Level 72
Dec 25, 2020
What Kalamazoo is quite a well-known city in Michigan. I've never been to the U.S. but heard of this city from the Glenn Miller song '(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo'.
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2020
Why did Orlando disappear in this update, I wonder?
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Level 57
Apr 2, 2021
Is anyone else depressed that only 88% of takers got the nations capital?
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Level 68
Apr 7, 2021
I always forget Washington - I guess because I remember the states of the USA, and think of the biggest cities in each state.