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California or Texas?
Between California and Texas, which . . .
Unless otherwise stated, references to city sizes are all based on urban agglomeration population data from
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February 10, 2019
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. . . is larger? (area)
. . . has a greater population?
. . . was admitted to the union first?
. . . is the birthplace of more presidents?
Eisenhower and LBJ were born in Texas. Nixon was born in California. (Reagan was born in Illinois.)
. . . has the larger largest city?
. . . has more cities with population greater than 1 million?
. . . has more water area?
. . . covers a greater range of temperatures? (difference between record high and record low)
. . . was settled by Europeans first?
Santa Cruz: 1769
. . . had a "Big Four" (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) professional sports team first?
California beats Texas in all 4:
Los Angeles Dodgers & San Francisco Giants: 1958
Houston Astros: 1962
Los Angeles Rams: 1946
Dallas Cowboys: 1960 (Or the short-lived Dallas Texans, who didn't even finish their one season in Texas: 1952)
Los Angeles Lakers: 1960
Houston Rockets: 1971
California Seals: 1967
Dallas Stars: 1993
. . . has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
Redwood and Yosemite for California, San Antonio Missions for Texas
. . . has multiple buildings over 1,000 feet tall?
. . . has a city with more than 30 skyscrapers?
Houston has 38.
. . . has a higher Hispanic/Latino population (by percentage)?
. . . has a higher Native American population (by percentage)?
. . . is "taller"? (greater distance between northernmost and southernmost points)
. . . borders more U.S. states?
. . . has the busiest airport?
. . . has more interstate highway mileage?
Texas, unsurprisingly, is #1 in the U.S. in terms of interstate highway mileage.
. . . has the larger city named Pittsburg? (city proper population)
Pittsburg, CA: 70,679
Pittsburg, TX: 4,497
Nov 25, 2020
Nice quiz, harder than I expected.
Mar 5, 2021
Sacramento is about half the size of Austin
Mar 5, 2021
"Unless otherwise stated, references to city sizes are all based on urban agglomeration population data from citypopulation.de"
Mar 5, 2021
Though it is awfully close by the latest numbers on citypop (2.1 million vs. 2 million). I may consider replacing that with a different question.
Mar 6, 2021
Replaced the "bigger capital city" question because it was too close according to the source.
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