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All Counties of the United States by Proximity

When you name a county (or equivalent) of a U.S. State, all counties within 100km of its center will also be filled in.
Caution: the map is large in size, and with 3k+ answers, the page WILL BE SLOW
Distance here is the centre-centre distance using the latitude/longitude geographical centres provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. (This means for a big county, its borders may not get activated)
Looking for the original quiz without proximity? Click here: All 3,142 Counties of the United States on a Map
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: June 28, 2019
First submittedOctober 17, 2018
Times taken21,133
Rating4.93
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level 73
Oct 17, 2018
Another amazing quiz using this amazing template! I was puzzled that none of the Nevada or Arizona answers illuminated any neighbors, but then I read your instructions about your using centre-to-centre distances.
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level 65
Oct 17, 2018
Yes, there was no reasonable way (without a lot more complex coding and modelling) to create a better proximity system. Since the Bureau releases these geographical centres, it’s all I really have to go on.
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level 25
Jan 14, 2020
Could you please allow SFO county instead of San Francisco, so long to spell?
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level 63
Mar 23, 2020
Given that it is a US quiz, maybe we could use 100 miles instead of 100 km 0:).
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level 41
Mar 23, 2020
Look what happens if you just type in Washington. just watch.
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level 78
Oct 17, 2018
Great quiz!
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level 53
Oct 17, 2018
Challenging quiz. Please give more time.
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level 65
Oct 18, 2018
This is more of a sprint version, a longer version will be available soon :)
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level 65
Oct 31, 2018
Scratch that, I've decided this won't be a sprint version. I've doubled the time to 6 minutes :)
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level 71
Oct 18, 2018
Five stars for the effort!
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level 54
Mar 22, 2020
And today is the day I learnt you can rate quizzes; after at least 7 years on this website.
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level 78
Jan 1, 2019
Only got 2,468 by proximity. I'm among the big 0% who couldn't type Prince of Wales-Hyder fast enough.
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level 66
Jan 7, 2019
Tippecanoe hahahah! im sure there are more funny names but didnt read them all. As someone that is proud/happy to get even more than 5 STATES, getting 2013 is not bad. I mainly typed a few states, colors, 3 presidents, some english towns and names.
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level 66
Jan 7, 2019
Funnily enoguh, almost the enitre right side of the map has turned green and hardly anything on the left side. I like proximity quizes, but these are a bit too much to revise!!
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level 66
Jan 7, 2019
2nd time 2227 :) somebody should do "least amount of counties needed" like they do on other map quizes haha (and with the least amount of letters needed hahaha ) GOOD LUCK!
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level 54
Mar 22, 2020
Tippecanoe was William Henry Harrison's nickname.
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level 78
Jan 11, 2019
Dallas is the most guessed? Above all the Oranges and Franklins, etc.?
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level 57
May 7, 2019
Great quiz, but need more time if any hope of completing
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level 65
May 7, 2019
Upped to 10 minutes now
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level 66
Jun 27, 2019
any chance of 12 minutes? Or even 11? I'm so close!
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level 65
Jun 28, 2019
I'll give you 12 minutes :)
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level 66
Jun 29, 2019
thank you : )
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level 65
Jun 29, 2019
Good luck!
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level 67
Oct 11, 2019
Wow this must have been so much work, well done!
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level 43
Oct 16, 2019
Amazing, great, simply great. I must admit I was cheating by using an open revealed all the time since I am not from USA and I still managed 2999 on the 1st try. I hope that one day I can manage 2000 by myself. Thanks for the great quiz!
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level 43
Nov 13, 2019
2000 was really low. I've now managed to break the 3000 point threshold, by seeing what counties are green. Time to set a 3100 threshold! Amazing Quiz!
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level 65
Nov 13, 2019
Absolutely amazing effort!
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level 43
Dec 10, 2019
3016 as of today, a little push is all i need. The west is really killing me with all those large area counties.
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level 68
Oct 23, 2019
Great idea to use proximity to make the quiz more accessible. Presidents and Native American tribes will get you pretty far. Fun to see the Percent of People with Each Score on the stats.
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level 68
Dec 2, 2019
5 stars and a nomination from me ..great quiz
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level 70
Dec 16, 2019
Great Quiz. Being from the UK, I only knew about 5 counties, but I got three points by naming them plus the presidents and major US cities!
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level 83
Dec 16, 2019
Being a Finn the only ones I knew for sure were King (Seattle area, too much 50 shades), Orange (OC and whatnot) and Madison (Bridges of Madison County). Got 3 points too without always even being sure what was accepted as an answer.
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level 68
Mar 22, 2020
The US county naming system seems to follow a very predictable, non-creative pattern, with the exception of the completely-obscure-namesakes bottom 10%.
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level 69
Dec 16, 2019
I'm really surprised that 92% got Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania. Counties named after presidents, cities, etc are common guesses....but Schuylkill !!!! Schuylkill means a slow moving river. It come from the Lenape Indians who lived in my area of PA
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level 65
Dec 16, 2019
Probably more the fact it's within the proximity of Columbia, Monroe, Wyoming as well as many english counties (Northampton and Berks for example). Remember this is by proximity not name every county!
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level 53
Mar 22, 2020
Although I imagine there are quite a few people who know Schuylkill from the fact that announcers commentating Philadelphia sports games are constantly mentioning it—what with it and the Liberty Bell being Philadelphia's biggest landmarks.
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level 83
Dec 16, 2019
Good lord! How many do you have to get to get 5 points lol. I got 2832 and only got 4 points.
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level 85
Jan 17, 2020
Got 5 points for 2979. I think the rule is beat 80% of takers, so it'll fluctuate a little, but you're probably close!
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level 65
Mar 23, 2020
Current 2860 is enough for 5 points!
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level 63
Dec 17, 2019
I got like 77%. I never expected this starting the quiz. I was just guessing random colors, cities, states and presidential first and last names.
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level 83
Dec 17, 2019
Truly amazing quiz.
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level 77
Dec 21, 2019
Really enjoyable quiz. My strategy was to name the presidents, Native American tribes, saints, generals, main cities, and states in addition to the ones I actually knew. It got me 86% on my first try.
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level 57
Dec 30, 2019
Finally finished it, with only a few seconds to spare. I had to slow down occasionally since when I typed in certain answers, it accepted them without the last letter, so when I automatically typed that last letter, it was taken to start the next answer, which wasn't right.
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level 76
Dec 30, 2019
This was funny. I'm not american but I got over 2600 by just typing states, main cities, geographical features, presidents, colours, native tribes and common last names. Got most of the east coast that way!
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level 54
Dec 31, 2019
#100%. Think for about ten seconds, and no it wasn't just maps and lists.
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level 66
Feb 14, 2020
I came here by clicking random, saw the map and thought, man you must be crazy to take this quiz on (as a non american) then I saw I allready took it.. ow haha! Then I saw how much I had scored and was extremely confused 2772! Huh I dont know nearly 3000 counties, maybe 3, there must be an error. But apparently creative guessing goes a long way!

Tempted to take it today now and better my score. But on tablet and every other word gets mistyped, so longer quizzes are not the best idea, everything takes twice aslong.

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level 41
Mar 6, 2020
when i read that it would be laggy i didnt think it meant cant-type laggy LOL
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level 70
Mar 11, 2020
Great quiz!
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level 35
Mar 15, 2020
Geez... that must have taken forever to make.
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level 41
Mar 22, 2020
I love this quiz, but the way quizmaster describes it is inaccurate. All the county's neighbors are not filled in. It is not a counties by borders quiz, but a "counties' centers that are within a certain distance of other counties' centers." this has some advantages and disadvantages to it.
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level 78
Mar 22, 2020
Interesting quiz. I got over 2,600 mostly just guessing before time ran out. I ran through counties that I know, big cities, cliche county names, English city names, US presidents, historical figures, geographical features, common and famous first/last names, Catholic saints, native tribes, state names, names of royalty, and a few other things.
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level 78
Mar 22, 2020
Observation from employing this strategy: those in charge of naming counties around the mountain time zone states (New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Colorado) and Alaska seem to have been much more original than those naming counties elsewhere. From the midwest to the East coast and all up and down the west coast I've got almost the entire map filled in green. Though, part of this is also, undoubtedly, that this area that remained red has much larger counties, more spaced out, so fewer fill in when you guess one.
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level 78
Mar 22, 2020
a good chunk of North Dakota, about 2/3 of Maine, the northern half of Minnesota, and the southwest of Texas are also not filled in. Got almost everything else.
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level 68
Mar 22, 2020
Well, count me among the idiots (77% of us) who didn't get Hale County, Alabama! Honestly, 2646 is beaten by 27.8% of everyone who took this? That's amazing.
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level 42
Mar 22, 2020
Got 2331. I'm from the UK so didn't think I would do so well. Just guessed UK place names, names of people, San 'something', random words.
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level 56
Mar 22, 2020
amazing quiz, but i also randomly guessed places in the UK and names of famous people
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level 62
Mar 22, 2020
I got 2596. Also from UK (lots of us commenting here, USA still asleep). I could have named fewer than 10 before this quiz.
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level 69
Mar 22, 2020
I typed White Pine (Nevada county) and did not get credit for it. However I did get credit for two others, White and Pine.
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level 65
Mar 23, 2020
This is because as you type "White Pine", the "White" gets accepted, meaning it disappears from the input box, then you type just "Pine", which also gets accepted. You need to then retype to get "White Pine". Disadvantage to having so many counties with so many names!
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level 58
Mar 22, 2020
I like geography, but i never studied the counties (for context: i'm European and have never been to the U.S. (yet), so i just made an attempt based on town names i know from films and such, and based on some historically famous Americans. I got to 2173. Still flabbergasted that i got that much.
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level 43
Mar 22, 2020
This is a fun one! I know very few counties, but guessing is ridiculously satisfying and enjoyable!!! 71% on my first attempt, with big gaps of thinking of backspacing out wrong names. Love it!
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level 45
Mar 22, 2020
Type Jefferson and you will get at least 400
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level 78
Mar 22, 2020
452
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level 54
Mar 22, 2020
I live in Florida, typed in all the Florida counties I knew, and a handful of other counties I knew, the end result was the west half of the country is mostly red, the east part is mostly green. Also how is Duval county, FL at 72% and Duval county TX is only at 17%? None of the counties around us in Florida are common county names.
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level 65
Mar 23, 2020
Baker, Columbia or Clay would probably do the Florida Duval.
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level 44
Mar 22, 2020
I got all 3142
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level 26
Mar 23, 2020
Type 'Washington'
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level 55
Mar 23, 2020
Fun to do. After the ones I knew, I just ran lists. Generals, Presidents, Colors, common last names, native American tribes, etc. And the red-nosed reindeer!
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level 77
Mar 23, 2020
My ninth grade civics teacher had a large, pulldown map of Missouri with all the counties outlined. When we finished a lesson early, he would call two of us up to the map, name a county, and the first to find it stayed to face the next challenger. By the end of the year most of us knew all 115 counties in our state (including St. Louis City.) Decades later I still remember them and it comes in handy occasionally - like today.
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level 33
Mar 24, 2020
Guessing only presidents by first and last name guarantees you 2435 correct including all of Vermont, Iowa, Virginia, West Virginia and Rhode Island as well as Pennsylvania and Tennessee save 1 county each
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level 56
Mar 24, 2020
84% on first attempt. Got all in my home state and I got one of the least guessed answers from Alaska. Missed some obvious ones like where Chicago is and Miami.
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level 59
Mar 25, 2020
Impressive quiz.