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U.S. Cities With Spanish Names

Guess the 14 largest 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
Last updated: May 05, 2014
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Population
State
City
3,857,799
CA
Los Angeles
1,338,348
CA
San Diego
1,382,951
TX
San Antonio
982,765
CA
San Jose
825,863
CA
San Francisco
672,538
TX
El Paso
596,424
NV
Las Vegas
Population
State
City
555,417
NM
Albuquerque
505,882
CA
Fresno
475,516
CA
Sacramento
452,084
AZ
Mesa
330,920
CA
Santa Ana
284,012
OH
Toledo
272,068
TX
Plano
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level 57
May 5, 2014
Why is albuquerque accepted before i even type the last syllable?
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level 75
May 5, 2014
because there is no Albuquerville in New Mexico.
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level 75
May 6, 2014
The way the quiz editor works you can accept answers that begin with certain combinations of letters, or end with certain combinations, or you can try to anticipate every potential spelling and mispelling for an answer though you only have 10 slots to use to that end. If you type really really fast, you can type in Albuquerque before the answer is accepted and you will still get the right answer. Or if you cut and paste from somewhere else, same result. The point is to see if you know the answer not to practice how fast you can type Albuquerque.
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level 70
Oct 4, 2015
If you don't know the full name, you don't know the answer.
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level 75
Mar 24, 2019
and if you know the full name, and get it by tying in the first 3 syllables, you still know the answer. What's your point?
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level 70
May 5, 2014
Yeah, it's one thing if you want to abbreviate it for the less adept spellers out there (ABQ is a popular abbreviation here in New Mexico) but please at least make it possible to type the whole word out.
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level 34
May 6, 2014
The quizmaster must have modified my quiz so some of you need to quit whining about every little thing!
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level ∞
May 6, 2014
Yes, it was me who is to blame for Albuquerque type-ins. @yappypants now you can feel my pain. :) Don't let the haters get to you. Thanks for making a great quiz!
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level 59
Sep 22, 2017
Dang it Quizmaster!!! Why you gotta make it such a fun and easy experience to be on this website!
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level 24
Feb 9, 2015
who cares anyway? It saves us all the time of typing that long thing in
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level 66
Mar 24, 2019
Except that by the time I realize that half the name already worked, I've already written it out entirely, and then have to delete the left-over letters again. Not much of a time saver that way.
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level 40
Oct 20, 2015
cause it is
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level 75
May 5, 2014
Someone else will probably say it eventually so I'll beat them to the punch. No San Juan?
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level 29
May 5, 2014
Yup. San Juan is in the US and over 300,000 in population.
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level 66
May 5, 2014
I wouldn't have thought about US Territories included in this quiz. That's interesting. Usually, when just talking about the US, the territories aren't included. So no PR, Guam, etc. But adding applicable cities from territories (of which San Juan is probably the only one) would add a wrinkle many would enjoy. I like the idea. :D
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level 75
May 6, 2014
How is it showing off?
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level 22
Jan 17, 2015
i agree :]
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level ∞
May 5, 2014
A note has been added
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level 58
May 5, 2014
Tucson, AZ population 520k
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level 75
May 5, 2014
I agree, San Juan should be on the quiz. That said, great idea, I enjoyed it.
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level 54
Feb 10, 2018
Yes, if Puerto Rico were an option, most quizzers would understand
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level 81
May 5, 2014
I'm not sure I completely understand the intricacies of what constitutes a Spanish name, but I don't think there can be any doubt that San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of them.
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level 34
May 5, 2014
Thanks for the last two comments since I very rarely comment at all. I did change it to the 50 states but it takes awhile to change.
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level 34
May 5, 2014
I never made albuque an acceptable answer so I dont know why its doing that. My goodness, some of you like to whine about every little thing I swear !
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level 59
May 6, 2014
I live in the Plano, TX area and missed it.
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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 35
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 45
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 70
Oct 5, 2015
Not big enough.
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level 22
Feb 20, 2015
Why is San Diego have a lower population than San Antonio, but it is at rank 2?
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level 22
Feb 20, 2015
But great quiz!
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level 72
Jul 25, 2018
Good question. And the gap has widened since this quiz was created...
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level 27
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 77
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 76
Oct 8, 2016
Nice, grew up in Plano, so I'm glad I got that one.
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level 37
Mar 18, 2017
Toledo and Fresno are Spanish? Didn't see that coming.
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level 47
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
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 77
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 67
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 69
Mar 25, 2019
What about Corpus Christi, TX?
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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 18
Mar 25, 2019
Wow I live in Plano and couldn't think of it