Largest Cities in the U.S. Southwest on a Map

Can you name the 24 largest urban areas in the southwestern region of the United States?
The definition came from this map, based off a survey of 50 people
Including areas which over 50% of respondents identified as part of the southwest
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Last updated: August 19, 2020
First submittedApril 9, 2020
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Population
City
12,150,996
Los Angeles
3,629,114
Phoenix
2,956,746
San Diego
1,932,666
Riverside
1,886,011
Las Vegas
843,168
Tucson
803,086
El Paso
741,318
Albuquerque
Population
City
654,628
Fresno
583,681
Mission Viejo
523,994
Bakersfield
367,260
Oxnard
345,580
Indio
341,219
Lancaster
328,454
Victorville
258,653
Santa Clarita
Population
City
214,811
Thousand Oaks
197,041
Avondale
195,861
Santa Barbara
163,379
Hemet
135,267
Yuma
130,447
Santa Maria
128,600
Las Cruces
128,124
Grand Junction
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Level 70
Apr 9, 2020
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Level 49
Apr 13, 2020
Mesa????
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Level 70
Apr 13, 2020
Part of the Phoenix urban area.
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Level 46
May 5, 2020
Avondale is definitely part of the Phoenix metro area. I currently live in Avondale and the Phoenix border is less than two miles from my front door. Cool to see Avondale on a quiz though! I was one of the tiny percentage who guessed it
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Level 70
May 5, 2020
Citypopulation defines urban areas in a weird way. If it were up to me, some of these cities wouldn't be here. But I much prefer urban areas to metro areas, which would include far too few cities, or city proper (which would mean only cities in the Phoenix or LA areas would show up)
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Level 68
Sep 17, 2020
Yeah, Avondale is definitely part of the area here (if Mesa and Chandler don't get counted). Other Phoenix suburbs apparently count despite surrounding Avondale, odd.
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Level 65
May 5, 2020
This is strange because north california isn't included. Doesn't make any sense geographically because all of nevada is pretty much there and that's more north. I think it might only be like this because of the "rivalry" between socal and north, and people from north cali not voting south. Funny stuff
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Level 70
May 5, 2020
I think it has to do with that the southwest is usually very closely associated with desert. Almost all of Nevada is a desert, but Northern California is very rainy and thus may be seen less as part of the region.
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Level 70
May 5, 2020
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Level 71
May 5, 2020
I like this quiz, but these are some pretty interesting divisions of urban areas. I would have been lost if I hadn't lived in the LA area for the last four years. Also, was Lancaster or Palmdale on the list?
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Level 70
May 5, 2020
Seems like I overlooked Lancaster. Should be fixed now :)
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Level 80
May 5, 2020
Interesting method for devising what area of the USA was the "Southwest"
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Level 68
May 5, 2020
Too US-centric. Maybe include some cities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines?
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Level 61
May 5, 2020
This quiz brought back my condition of chronic not knowing where anything is in California. People will say "Oh I live in Merced" and I will ask "Where's that" and they will say "Oh it's up the 99 past Fresno but if you reach Modesto you've gone too far" and I will reply with "Is it in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or other!?"
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Level 80
Aug 29, 2020
Reminds me of the Californians: https://youtu.be/dCer2e0t8r8
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Level 68
Sep 17, 2020
Also, according to the source, Murrieta-Temecula should be larger than quite a few cities on this quiz.