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U.S. Cities With Spanish Names

Guess the 14 most populous American cities with Spanish names.
Not including "partial" Spanish names such as Colorado Springs or Anaheim
Only includes cities within the 50 states
By city proper population
Quiz by yappypants
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Last updated: June 10, 2019
First submittedFebruary 17, 2014
Times taken33,750
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Population
State
City
3,990,456
CA
Los Angeles
1,532,233
TX
San Antonio
1,425,976
CA
San Diego
1,030,119
CA
San Jose
883,305
CA
San Francisco
682,669
TX
El Paso
644,644
NV
Las Vegas
Population
State
City
560,218
NM
Albuquerque
530,093
CA
Fresno
508,958
AZ
Mesa
508,529
CA
Sacramento
332,725
CA
Santa Ana
288,061
TX
Plano
274,975
OH
Toledo
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level 58
May 5, 2014
Tucson, AZ population 520k
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level ∞
Jun 10, 2019
Comes from the language O'odham. Originally "Cuk Ṣon" meaning "at the base of the black hill".
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level 60
May 6, 2014
I live in the Plano, TX area and missed it.
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level 47
Jul 21, 2019
It means flat btw.
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level 63
Jul 22, 2019
Nobody misses Plano.
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level 56
Sep 9, 2019
What's that supposed to mean??????????????
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level 41
Jul 3, 2014
I enjoyed the Albuquerque as I was dreading spelling it!
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level 28
Mar 25, 2019
I had the exact same reaction!
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level 53
Sep 9, 2019
it's spelled H E I S E N B E R G
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level 34
Jul 16, 2014
Kept typing Santa Fe for NM... turns out the capital of NM only has 69,000 people, compared to 555,000 in Albuquerque. Weird.
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level 38
Aug 15, 2018
Same here. Kept wondering why Santa Ana wasn't accepted.
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level 28
Mar 25, 2019
I also tried Santa Fe for NM, and wondered if I was mistaken, but you nailed it with the population. But it's very typical for Capital cities to be much smaller than other urban centers in the U.S.
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level 24
Feb 9, 2015
amarillo should be one
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level 46
Jan 22, 2017
Has a population under 200,000
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level 24
Feb 16, 2015
why is las cruces new mexico not here?
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level 73
Oct 5, 2015
Not big enough.
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level 28
Jul 16, 2016
How I forgot San Jose?
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level 69
Aug 14, 2016
Kinda surprised only 21% got Fresno. Did people not realise it was Spanish? There does seem to be a pattern of people doing better with cities starting with 'los', 'las' 'san' and 'el'.
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level 79
May 26, 2018
Didn't know it was Spanish, but wasn't super shocked to see it come up when I tried it, either. Definitely not as obvious as your El/Los/Las/San cities.
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level 77
Oct 8, 2016
Nice, grew up in Plano, so I'm glad I got that one.
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level 42
Mar 18, 2017
Toledo and Fresno are Spanish? Didn't see that coming.
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level 48
May 9, 2017
Toledo steel has nothing to do with Ohio...and El Greco predated the U.S. by a century or two... ...both of which I thought of after I didn't get Toledo.
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level 38
Jul 21, 2019
Toledo is a city in Spain. Idk about Fresno
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level 38
Apr 25, 2018
Santa Clara, San Jacinto, Santa Barbara, San Sebastian.....
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level 28
Mar 25, 2019
All below the population threshold of this quiz.
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level 79
May 26, 2018
I love the one Ohio misfit in there among all the places that have Spanish names because they were formerly part of Mexico.
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level 68
Feb 13, 2019
I got halfway through this thinking US Cities with Spanish Names meant US Cities with Spanish People Names.
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level 70
Mar 25, 2019
What about Corpus Christi, TX?
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level ∞
Jun 10, 2019
Latin
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level 79
Sep 9, 2019
In Spanish it would be Cuerpo de Cristo.
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level 28
Mar 25, 2019
Only 8 out of 14, but my only "bad" miss was San Jose. Having said that, I'm kicking myself for missing Mesa, AZ. I had no idea there was a Santa Ana in CA--I guess I only associate it with TX. Not sure I realized Fresno was a Spanish name and not sure I would *ever* have come up with Plano, TX. I knew the original Toledo was in Spain, but could I come up with it? No! Great Quiz!
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level 20
Mar 25, 2019
Wow I live in Plano and couldn't think of it
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level 70
Sep 9, 2019
Can't think of a good reason why San Juan isn't in this quiz. Is it in another country? Didn't think so.
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level 61
Sep 9, 2019
Orlando, FL?
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level 38
Sep 9, 2019
I was thinking of guessing Albuquerque, but I didn't think it was actually Spanish just cuz of how I always hear it pronounced, and I didn't feel like trying to spell it.
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level 56
Sep 9, 2019
Yay Plano!