Which City in California?

Try to guess each California city based on a description and the first letter of its name.
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Last updated: April 1, 2020
First submittedApril 1, 2020
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Description
Letter
City
In the early 1980s, it passed Chicago to become the nation's second-largest city
L
Los Angeles
Average rent is over $4000/month in this "City by the Bay"
S
San Francisco
The capital of California
S
Sacramento
The valley surrounding this city is perhaps America's most famous wine-growing region
N
Napa
Where the film "Anchorman" was set
S
San Diego
Has the second-busiest container port in the U.S.
L
Long Beach
This planned city in Orange County has the country's lowest rate of violent crime,
(among cities with > 100,000 people)
I
Irvine
N.W.A and Dr. Dre came "straight outta" of here
C
Compton
Home to the flagship campus of the University of California
B
Berkeley
Where Disneyland can be found
A
Anaheim
"The Capital of Silicon Valley"
S
San Jose
Called the "Media Capital of the World" due to its many TV and movie studios
B
Burbank
There's a 1960s pop song about a "little old lady" from here
P
Pasadena
Route 66 ended at the pier of this coastal city
S
Santa Monica
Ritzy suburb with the most famous zip code in the U.S.
B
Beverly Hills
This Humboldt County city shares its name with California's motto,
Greek for "I have found it"
E
Eureka
Revelers flock here for the annual Coachella music festival
I
Indio
Since the early 1900s, this city has been a popular resort for the elderly who
come to bask in its dry heat
P
Palm Springs
This city's aquarium was built on the site of a defunct sardine cannery
M
Monterey
Element 116 is named for the national laboratory in this city
L
Livermore
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Level 80
Apr 1, 2020
Got Monterrey from Cannery Row :)
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Level 77
Apr 24, 2020
Pedantic point - in California it's Monterey. Monterrey is in Mexico - and there are probably others.
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2020
Aren't we the only ones doing this quiz?
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Level 83
Apr 2, 2020
Would've gotten Oxnard, but it wasn't on this quiz.
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Level 86
Apr 23, 2020
Same reason I didn't get Khartoum.
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Level 57
Apr 23, 2020
So true, I was just ready to type Baghdad but it wasn't there for some reason.
+11
Level 58
Apr 23, 2020
No more Anchorman!! There are so many things in SD that don't involve a movie.
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Level 78
Apr 23, 2020
Well, that escalated quickly.
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Level 65
Apr 23, 2020
But nobody knows it for anything other than the movie.
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Level 77
Apr 24, 2020
I only know it because of the Naval port. We've known a few people stationed there, and we attended a wedding for one of them in a park in the city. Yes, the part we saw was a beautiful place.
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Level 73
Dec 13, 2021
jokes on you, I know it from Drake and Josh
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Level 71
Aug 12, 2020
This site is obsessed with that movie.
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Level ∞
May 2, 2022
I guess I could have put something about how Germans named the city.
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Level 58
Apr 23, 2020
Do you think you accept the name of the element as an answer to the final question?
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Level 48
Apr 24, 2020
The element is not the name of the city, so there is no reason it should be accepted.
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Level 60
Apr 23, 2020
50 years in California, and I still would never have guessed the namesake city of element 116.
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Level 48
Apr 24, 2020
Got them all! Looks like a lot of people taking this quiz don't know much about California.

One correction: "N.W.A and Dr. Dre came 'straight outta' of here" - there should be no "of" in that sentence.

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Level 71
Jun 17, 2022
A lot of people don't have to. This would be like me asking you about Carlisle, Preston and Milton Keynes - why would you know about them?
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Level 55
Jan 14, 2021
Funny how you chose some of the most obscure cities
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Level 58
May 6, 2021
Agreed. And Palm Springs is actually really nice (I'm not elderly). Could have chosen some more famous cities like Riverside, Oxnard, or Thousand Oaks.
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Level 49
Nov 7, 2021
Literally most of them are from the LA region
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Level 66
Jun 17, 2022
Not, not even figuratively (9/20).