Biggest Two-Word U.S. Cities

Guess the most populous U.S. cities whose names consist of two words.
By city proper population. 2018 estimates.
Quiz by MattPunk
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
First submittedNovember 29, 2012
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Population
City
8,398,748
New York
3,990,456
Los Angeles
1,532,233
San Antonio
1,425,976
San Diego
1,030,119
San Jose
895,008
Fort Worth
883,305
San Francisco
682,669
El Paso
Population
City
649,021
Oklahoma City
644,644
Las Vegas
472,688
Colorado Springs
467,354
Long Beach
491,918
Kansas City
450,189
Virginia Beach
391,006
New Orleans
332,725
Santa Ana
Population
City
326,554
Corpus Christi
320,967
(San Juan)
302,838
Saint Louis
307,695
Saint Paul
267,633
Fort Wayne
265,549
Jersey City
265,098
Saint Petersburg
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Level 19
Feb 11, 2013
Maybe Washington DC?
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Level 53
Feb 26, 2013
Nope. Washington is the name of the city. DC is the name of the district. That's why there's a comma between them.
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Level 43
Nov 19, 2018
What about Tampa Bay? it has 2.783 million people!
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Level 43
Nov 19, 2018
Do people refer to Tampa Bay as Tampa?
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Level 69
Nov 19, 2018
Tampa Bay is a body of water. Tampa is the name of the city. It's confusing because the professional sports teams in the area are all named "Tampa Bay" because they all play in technically different cities that all border the bay.
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Level 48
Feb 16, 2019
It says city proper. Tampa proper has 385 000 people. Also Tampa is the city, Tampa Bay is the body of water.
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Level 54
Mar 22, 2016
Besides that, DC makes three words, "District of Columbia."
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Level 67
Sep 5, 2019
I always though it was "da city" ;) as opposed to the state
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Level 26
Feb 11, 2013
No New Haven?
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Level 57
May 2, 2013
thats what i thought... what is happening in the world these days???
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Level 48
Feb 16, 2019
Too small, only 129 000 people.
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2013
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Kansas City, Kansas. Colorado City, Colorado Florida City, Florida. Arizona City Arizona, etc., etc.
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Level 49
Feb 13, 2013
Actually, it's Kansas City, Missouri.
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Level 57
May 2, 2013
isnt there another one in kansas too?
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Level 44
Oct 14, 2014
There is a Kansas City, Kansas, but it is part of the much larger metropolitan of Kansas City, Missouri, just like any other small city near it.
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Level 78
May 9, 2018
Kansas City, MO came first. It was named for the Kansas River.
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Level 62
Dec 13, 2019
Panama City, Florida (yes, it's a real place)
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Level 60
Apr 22, 2014
Virginia City (Nevada)
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Level 78
Mar 8, 2016
Arkansas City, KS
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2016
^ You guys are great. :)
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Level 54
Mar 22, 2016
London, Kentucky. Paris, Kentucky. Versailles, Kentucky.
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Level 47
Oct 19, 2016
Michigan City, Indiana
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Level 78
May 9, 2018
Missouri City, Texas.
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Level 57
Nov 19, 2018
Indiana, PA
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Level 53
Sep 5, 2019
Peru, Indiana; Brazil, Indiana; Valparaiso, Indiana; Santa Claus, Indiana; Russiaville, Indiana.
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Level 62
Mar 2, 2020
I know this is kind of unrelated, but on the Kiritimati atoll in Kiribati, there are cities named Poland, London, Paris, and Banana.
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Level 72
Nov 19, 2018
Colorado City is a small old neighborhood of Colorado Springs, hence it is often called Old Colorado City.
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Level 72
Jun 17, 2019
Colorado City is an actual… well, I don’t think we can really say “city”, what with its teeming population of just over 2000 people, so we’ll say it’s an actual town. You go through it on I-25 on the way to the Sand Dunes in the Sangre de Cristos.
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Level 47
Apr 16, 2020
Panama City, Florida
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Level 44
Jul 30, 2014
This was super hard. One more minute please, or two?
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2014
Well, I found it unexpectedly easy...
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Level 50
Jan 28, 2015
Surprised Des Moines wasn't on this list
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Level 70
Sep 10, 2015
No Grand Rapids?
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Level 47
Oct 19, 2016
I wish, but only slightly more than 200k people
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Level 76
Nov 28, 2015
New York City is three words. New York (two words) is a state. If you are not including the "City", then you need to drop Kansas City, Jersey City, and Oklahoma City.
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Level 71
Nov 30, 2015
The difference is that the official name of NYC is not actually New York City. It's just New York. It's colloquially called New York City to differentiate it from the state in which it resides. On the other hand, Kansas City, Jersey City, and Oklahoma City are the official names of those cities.
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Level 73
Jan 22, 2016
Exactly. When addressing an envelope or looking at any actual address is simply New York, New York.
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Level 71
Mar 8, 2016
The town so nice, they named it twice!
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Level 68
Jan 22, 2016
salt lake city?
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Level 58
Mar 8, 2016
Count again!
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Level 71
Sep 5, 2019
And yet New York City is listed #1. The two word New York is a state.
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Level 53
Sep 11, 2019
The official name of New York City is "New York". When writing postage to someone who lives there you will in fact write, New York, New York. The city is added to differentiate between the state, but is not actually part of the official city name.
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Level 81
Mar 8, 2016
Double whammy...three words, and at just shy of 200,000 people it isn't large enough to make the list anyway.
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Level 68
Mar 8, 2016
Little Rock?
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Level 47
Jun 2, 2017
Exactly! It's too small!
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Level 59
Sep 23, 2018
I tried it too. Maybe there's a reason they didn't call it Big Rock...
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Level 81
Jun 18, 2019
maybe they just couldn't find a big one
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Level 69
Mar 8, 2016
Fort Lauderdale? Or is that considered apart of Miami or whatever large city is around it?
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2016
There's only 172,389 people in Ft. Lauderdale. Next in the list would be Fort Wayne, IN; Chula Vista, CA; Saint Petersburg, FL; Winston-Salem, NC; Baton Rouge, LA; and San Bernardino, CA.
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Level 82
Aug 31, 2017
Not meant to be a statement about this quiz but I hate city proper questions. Using that as a baseline cities like Tucson and Fresno are 50% larger than Miami and Atlanta, the 8th and 9th largest metropolitan areas of the country.
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Level 61
Sep 5, 2019
For a quiz like this I prefer city proper. We are looking for population of a city not half of the state around it. Metropolitan area is way too subjective and several of the answers in this quiz wouldn't make it because they would be within another's metro area (San Jose, Jersey City and Fort Worth to name a few).
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Level 49
May 9, 2018
California and Texas account for half of the answers. And it took me till reading through half the comments for it to finally dawn on me why Salt Lade City wasn't working. I stubbornly tried it at least 4 times, double checking for spelling.
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Level 62
Dec 13, 2019
Even if it was right, It would be salt laKe city, not salt laDe city
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Level 72
Nov 19, 2018
How is Colorado Springs so unkown to people? Home of the US Olympic Training Center, the United States Air Force Academy and "America's Mountain" Pikes Peak
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Level 78
Jun 17, 2019
I knew it, but because it's home to a handful of right-wing political and fundamentalist Christian groups.
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Level 72
Sep 5, 2019
So you know about it because of Focus on the Family and not because USAFA and the Olympic Training Center/US Olympic Committee? Interesting.
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Level 75
Sep 5, 2019
Don't forget Homicide Hunter, Joe Kenda!
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Level 69
Jul 12, 2019
San Juan?
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Level 40
Aug 30, 2019
Where is Santa Fe
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Level 20
Jun 20, 2020
new mexico
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Level 64
Sep 5, 2019
What about Salt Lake City? Oh wait, it's three words...
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Level 44
Sep 5, 2019
Lol I didn't realize it was "U.S." until like halfway through. Like I was guessing St. Petersburg for Russia :/
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Level 44
Sep 5, 2019
BUT WHERE IS LOS SANTOS?????
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Level 22
Sep 5, 2019
That's just in GTA
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Level 36
Sep 6, 2019
Order is all out of wack...
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Level ∞
Sep 7, 2019
Okay, fixed the one city that was out of order.
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Level 40
Sep 27, 2019
Russian Saint Petersburg not on there.
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Level 52
May 5, 2020
From the 7th least guessed I got Jersey City and Fort Wayne, should've gotten Virginia Beach, otherwise I've never heard of the 4 remaining.