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Most Guessed U.S. Cities

Name the most well-known American cities, based on JetPunk stats from this quiz.
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First submittedJuly 27, 2017
Last updatedJuly 27, 2017
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City
99
New York City
98
Los Angeles
95
Chicago
93
Miami
92
Dallas
92
San Francisco
91
Boston
91
Houston
90
Seattle
88
Philadelphia
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City
87
Washington D.C.
87
Las Vegas
86
San Diego
86
Atlanta
85
Detroit
84
Orlando
84
New Orleans
84
Phoenix
84
Denver
81
Portland
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level 60
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 61
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 58
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 61
Sep 9, 2017
I live in San Jose and I'm originally from the area. San Jose was almost nothing 50 years ago, other than a small satellite city to San Francisco. There's little for tourists to do or see here and all the natural beauty is in the surrounding hills, mountains, or towns and cities. It's a safe and nice place to live, but it lacks the cultural relevance, beauty, and historical significance of San Francisco.
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level 69
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 51
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 51
Mar 6, 2018
ME 2
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level 50
Jul 29, 2017
Portland completely threw me off. Didn't even think of Oregon
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level 70
Jul 30, 2017
Damn Boston. I got the rest.
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level 67
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 49
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 47
Sep 9, 2017
Phew! Got all of them with only two seconds left!
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level 38
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 67
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 69
Sep 15, 2017
Got all but Chicago. How could I forget Chicago?
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level 65
Mar 21, 2019
I seem to always forget that Miami exists; not sure how that happens.