Category Elimination - U.S. Metro Areas

In each group, name any US metropolitan statistical area which matches the first category to reveal the second category, then name any metro area which applies to both categories to reveal a third, and so on.
Thanks to the creator of the original Category Elimination quizzes, Stewart, for helping me make this!
Also try the World Cities version!
Quiz by CringeDragon
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Last updated: September 23, 2020
First submittedJanuary 9, 2020
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Category
66
Metro areas west of the Continental Divide
34
with a population over 250,000
20
that are not coastal
8
over 1,000 feet in elevation
1
that borders a National Park
Tucson
 
 
 
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Category
71
Metro areas that are coastal
38
east of the Mississippi River
16
with a population over 1M or under 150k
6
in the Northeast
1
with more than 5 major sports teams
New York City
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Category
82
Metro Areas whose name contains the letter H
20
in one of the 5 most populous states
14
over 100 feet in elevation
11
with a population under 1 million
1
named after a location in Greece
Ithaca
 
 
 
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Category
92
Metro Areas whose name is more than 1 word
82
whose name does not start with a vowel
72
that is entirely in one state
25
is the first, second, or third largest in its state
1
above 7,000 feet in elevation
Santa Fe
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Level 53
Jan 26, 2020
Nominated!
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2020
Las Vegas qualifies for some of these but it doesn't work
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Level 71
Jan 31, 2020
Works for me, maybe check your spelling?
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2020
Yeah Las Vegas should work for the 4th clue in the green one; It has an elevation of ~2000 ft.
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2020
Ah, good catch. Fixed
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Level 83
Aug 7, 2020
Good quiz. I got the correct city for the purple box with the first question and used it all the way through. So satisfying when that happens.
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Level 48
Aug 12, 2020
One of my favourite parts of category elimination!
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Level 78
Sep 22, 2020
Yellow for me
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Level 81
Sep 23, 2020
I'd like to know which are the 11 cities that qualify for the fourth blue category... I couldn't find any (but Rochester was close, I think).
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Level 71
Sep 23, 2020
Harrisburg, Tallahassee, Hagerstown, Binghamton, Chico, Chambersburg, Hanford, Wichita, Sherman, Johnstown
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Level 81
Sep 23, 2020
Thanks. I guess you mean Wichita Falls in Texas? Hard question anyway, I could have found Harrisburg or Tallahassee but not the others, including Ithaca.
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Level 71
Sep 23, 2020
Oh yes Wichita Falls, thanks. I was looking at the typeins and forgot you only need to type Wichita for that.
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2020
I tried Wichita as a wild guess, thinking it could never be accepted . Didn't even know there was a Wichita Falls!
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Level 56
Oct 27, 2020
I’m so dumb. I spent so long trying to figure out why Portland worked for coastal cities XD totally forgot that there’s one in Maine...
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Level 65
Oct 30, 2020
Come on, Salt Lake City. Be taller.
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Level 49
Oct 30, 2020
This quiz is fantastic. I like the National Park question because I know a lot about them (hence my name). Please make more of these.
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Level 45
Oct 30, 2020
How do you make these types of quizzes?
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Level 70
Oct 30, 2020
Virginia Beach works for a coastal metro area but not for a city east of the Mississippi.
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Level 69
Oct 30, 2020
Ithaca NY??? That's barely a city.
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Level 69
Oct 30, 2020
I'm so annoyed! I actually guessed Ithaca, but I spelled it wrong ("Ithica"), so I thought it didn't qualify, and kept trying to guess others.
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Level 31
Oct 30, 2020
Ithaca, holy crap that's a tough one.
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Level 45
Oct 30, 2020
Surprisingly, it's home to Cornell, an Ivy League university.
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Level 70
Oct 30, 2020
It's really hard when you read "starting with H."
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Level 54
Oct 30, 2020
Phoenix AZ

metro pop: 4.8 million (>250,000)

not coastal

elev: 1086 ft (>1000)

borders Saguaro National Park

...therefore should be a final answer for the first category

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Level 55
Oct 30, 2020
No, Saguaro national park is about 10.5 miles south of Pinal county, so no Phoenix doesn't count.
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Level 60
Oct 30, 2020
Looking at google maps. Saguaro N.P. borders Tucson. I don't see where it borders Phoenix.
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Level 44
Oct 30, 2020
Lol. For purple I just wrote Los Angeles 4 times
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Level 61
Nov 2, 2020
Maybe a minor quibble, but the metro area where Dallas is located is known as "Dallas-Fort Worth," not just "Dallas," which would make it contain an h and be suitable as an answer to some of the top right category's questions.
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Level 24
Nov 3, 2020
Not being American and not knowing what a metro area is, I got none.
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Level 56
Dec 2, 2020
Today I learned that I can't spell "Ithaca"
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Level 20
Jan 11, 2021
San Diego should work for the 4th box in purple. It is the 3rd largest metro area in California.