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Biggest U.S. Cities Starting with A

Try to name the most populous cities in the United States that start with the letter A.
Cities proper, not metro areas. Technically, two are consolidated city/counties, and one is an unincorporated county.
2021 U.S. Census estimates
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Last updated: May 29, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 9, 2012
Times taken74,878
Average score54.5%
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State
Hint
City
964,177
Texas
State capital
Austin
562,599
New Mexico
"Breaking Bad"
Albuquerque
496,461
Georgia
Coca-Cola
Atlanta
392,786
Texas
Ballpark
Arlington
389,347
Colorado
Denver suburb
Aurora
345,940
California
Disneyland
Anaheim
288,121
Alaska
Biggest in state
Anchorage
238,643
Virginia
Cemetery
Arlington
201,234
Texas
Spanish for
"yellow"
Amarillo
201,196
Georgia
Golf tourney
Augusta
189,347
Ohio
Rubber
Akron
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State
Hint
City
179,266
Illinois
"Wayne's World"
Aurora
154,706
Virginia
D.C. suburb
Alexandria
127,358
Georgia
R.E.M.
Athens
125,944
Pennsylvania
Billy Joel song
Allentown
125,070
Texas
Cows and oil
Abilene
123,436
Colorado
Denver suburb
Arvada
121,536
Michigan
University
Ann Arbor
114,794
California
Bay Area suburb
Antioch
106,874
Texas
Dallas suburb
Allen
98,617
New York
Hudson River
Albany
94,067
North
Carolina
Blue Ridge
mountains
Asheville
+9
Level 29
Feb 10, 2012
I must have tried to spell Albuquerque a 100 different ways, but didn't get the right one. Punishing myself by looking at it for 10 mins so I will never forget again
+10
Level 67
Apr 5, 2018
Just type in ABQ, I live there and we all use that instead of the full name.
+1
Level 85
Apr 7, 2024
Shouldn't have taken that left turn there.
+4
Level 36
Feb 10, 2012
Yeah, Allentown. Didn't know that was a place. Thank you Billy Joel.
+2
Level 65
Jun 25, 2015
then you need some Yocco's
+2
Level 68
Aug 22, 2015
Yeah Yocco's hot dogs rule!
+5
Level 67
Apr 4, 2020
I remember Allentown because our car broke down there on our way to Massachusetts.
+5
Level 86
Dec 3, 2012
New Mexico!
+4
Level 33
Jan 31, 2013
Who would ever get Aurora, Il if not for the Colorado version?

And there's no way Aurora, Il has almost 200,000 people.

+2
Level 86
Mar 28, 2013
I think these are metro areas.
+2
Level 77
Jul 26, 2013
I live in IL, which is the only reason i knew it. I actually didn't know the Colorado one.
+9
Level 75
Nov 2, 2018
Caveat says "Cities proper, not metro areas."
+3
Level 82
Jun 25, 2015
I had no idea there was an Aurora, CO, but I got it because of Aurora, IL, which I'm familiar with. And I picked up the larger Arlington thanks to the one in Virginia.
+5
Level 82
Jun 20, 2019
For one thing that's where Wayne and Garth are from.
+3
Level 88
Jun 20, 2019
The Wayne's World clue gives it away
+1
Level 82
Oct 15, 2022
I think the clue may have been changed at my suggestion
+7
Level 76
Jun 15, 2014
Annapolis, Maryland?
+7
Level 84
Dec 18, 2014
38,394 as of the 2010 Census. To be the state capital and host the Naval Academy, it's not a very large city.
+5
Level 82
Jun 25, 2015
I often guess Annapolis and it's never a right answer.
+2
Level 44
Jun 25, 2015
I love that the photo is for Anchorage, #7 on the list, rather than the usual of matching to #1.
+2
Level 57
Jun 25, 2015
Agree, but face it, who would recognise any of other 6 from a photo!
+4
Level 82
Jun 27, 2015
Austin, Albuquerque and Atlanta all have reasonably easy to recognize skylines, and a few landmarks. Anaheim's got DisneyLand- everybody would recognize that. Could've put in something about Wayne's World in place of Aurora. Or the already referenced ballpark for Arlington.
+4
Level 75
Jun 25, 2015
Thank you to family members living in Albany, Austin, Antioch, and Aurora.
+7
Level 35
Jun 27, 2015
I love how Albany isn't even noted to be New York's capital
+4
Level 80
Sep 22, 2017
Damn. Anchorage is bigger than I thought.
+3
Level 71
Jan 27, 2018
Think you know where the States of USA are? ….. try my "Walk the coast of USA quiz"……

here it is

+1
Level 66
Jan 11, 2019
Augusta VA is a county, not city!
+7
Level 82
Mar 6, 2019
What are you talking about? That's Augusta, Georgia.
+4
Level 87
May 26, 2019
With all the descriptive clues, I think one minute LESS is warranted.
+2
Level 81
Jun 20, 2019
Is that Suisun Bay Area? I was trying Alameda.
+1
Level 67
Mar 8, 2021
It's in Contra Costa County.
+5
Level 73
Jun 20, 2019
"Yellow in Spanish! I know this one!" And here I sit typing "armadillo"... *facepalm*
+1
Level 75
Jul 11, 2022
I also tried Armadillo, and even Ambarino too - I wonder why...
+1
Level 48
Aug 1, 2023
ditto, and ditto. then i went to Abuela! Panic setting in!
+5
Level 73
Jun 27, 2019
Allentown helped me to also get Allen, which I wouldn't have otherwise guessed.
+2
Level 67
Sep 12, 2019
I tried amityville... only one I could think of besides the 3 others I got
+8
Level 65
Nov 15, 2019
Can you please change the OHIO hint from "rubber" to "Lebron James".
+3
Level 55
May 22, 2020
when in doubt guess random large cities from other countries. thats how i got athens and alexandria :D
+1
Level 71
May 29, 2022
Albuquerque is bigger than Atlanta? Impossible!

Especially when New Mexico is sparsely populated and Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport.

+2
Level 84
May 31, 2022
City proper, not metro region. Atlanta area is full of suburbs; Albuquerque, not so much.
+1
Level 71
Jun 6, 2022
Antioch represent
+1
Level 82
Jul 9, 2022
Why did points reset on this? I don't think any answers changed.
+1
Level 64
Jun 7, 2023
15/22 forgot athens...
+1
Level 48
Aug 1, 2023
No love for Alameda, CA or Atherton, CA?
+1
Level 63
Apr 17, 2024
Both of those are lower in population than the threshold of the top 22 on this quiz. Never heard of Atherton actually, bad San Mateo County knowledge.