Biggest Cities in New York State

Try to name the 23 most populous cities, towns, and villages in the state of New York.
Source: 2021 Census Estimates
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Last updated: June 3, 2022
First submittedApril 14, 2012
Times taken44,866
Average score39.1%
Rating4.29
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Population
City
8,467,513
New York
276,807
Buffalo
210,606
Rochester
209,530
Yonkers
146,103
Syracuse
98,617
Albany
81,587
New Rochelle
72,581
Mount Vernon
Population
City
66,990
Schenectady
64,501
Utica
59,526
White Plains
58,734
Hempstead
50,394
Troy
48,360
Niagara Falls
47,566
Binghamton
44,199
Freeport
Population
City
40,414
Valley Stream
36,229
Kiryas Joel
34,778
Long Beach
33,033
Spring Valley
31,974
Rome
31,850
Poughkeepsie
31,710
Ithaca
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Level 36
Apr 18, 2012
If you did not get New York City you are a fail.
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Level 84
Mar 31, 2013
So far that's 0% of the people who took the quiz.
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Level 21
Feb 16, 2015
Now it is 1%.
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Level 61
May 29, 2017
Maybe they though it was like Washington state.
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Level 84
Mar 31, 2013
Also, fail is not a noun.
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Level 88
Jun 13, 2014
Well.... technically:

fail - noun

1: failure —usually used in the phrase without fail

2: a failure (as by a security dealer) to deliver or receive securities within a prescribed period after purchase or sale

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Level 88
Jun 13, 2014
...but obviously Brickster wasn't attempting either of those usages. So, yeah.
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Level 44
Aug 1, 2014
You go the dictionary to prove whether something is a noun or not? All you have to is look at his usage. If it's used as a noun, then it's a noun.
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Level 88
Aug 28, 2014
In what universe would that be true? If I said "You are a technically," or "I am the by," that does not automatically make "technically" and "by" nouns. It just makes the sentences nonsense.
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Level 61
May 29, 2017
In short, he means: It's a stupid thing to say.
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Level 87
Jun 26, 2019
Thread fail.
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2021
this thread is the fail. idk
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Level 48
Apr 25, 2022
@tschutzer but they weren't saying failure, they were using fail. also, I know the original comment is 8 years old.
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Level 88
Jul 22, 2022
8 years of aging never stopped me from continuing an argument before, and it won't stop me now, lol.

I posted the definitions of the noun "fail". The first definition was "1. failure".

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Level 53
Jul 7, 2014
I feel ashamed. Got only New York. I'm from Europe though.
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Level 46
Jan 31, 2017
I'm from upstate NY so I ended up getting all but 6.
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2019
Lived both "Upstate" and "Downstate", missed five.
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Level 57
Jul 7, 2014
Lived in SI, NY all my life, & I still found this difficult.
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Level 45
Jul 7, 2014
Tried to think of all the stops on the Amtrak. Proud of myself for getting Hempstead, but never thought New Rochelle or Mount Vernon were that big! Missed those two...not bad.....
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Level 32
Jul 7, 2014
So basically with out NYC all the other cities are not famous and boring and below 1 million?
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Level 88
Jul 8, 2014
Buffalo has 2 pro sports teams and is responsible for popularizing buffalo wings. Niagara Falls is home to the largest waterfall (by volume) in the world, often considered one of the wonders of the modern world. Syracuse is home to an elite-level NCAA basketball team. Rochester is home to the University of Rochester, and Troy is home to RPI - both institutions are routinely ranked amongst the top 50 universities in the US. Just because they're not huge cities doesn't make them completely inconsequential.
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Level 56
May 4, 2018
Also Albany is the State Capital
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Level 46
May 13, 2019
And Buffalo actually is over 1 million with Metro Area
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Level 60
Aug 13, 2019
Syracuse also has an AHL Team, The Syracuse Crunch, who has been the affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning since 1992. Binghamton has had 2 AHL teams as well, the Binghamton Senators, affiliate of the Ottawa Senators before relocating to Belleville, ON in 2017, as well as the Binghamton Devils, affiliate of the New Jersey Devils since 2017. The Binghamton Devils also used to play in Albany from 2010-2017.
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Level 87
Jul 5, 2018
Get some experience in your life or live forever in your local tunnel.
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Level 84
Jun 15, 2019
So basically what you're saying is that you only got one right answer?
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Level 43
Jan 7, 2015
Schenectady is such a strange name, but it sticks. Had to look up the spelling though, but I sware I knew it!
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Level 88
Oct 6, 2018
Some leeway for the spelling there might be warranted. I only got it right because I just saw the Bradley Cooper movie that takes place there so the correct spelling was fresh in my mind.
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Level 77
Oct 1, 2019
I had my wallet stolen once in Schenectady. Had to report all kinds of things missing via phone, spelling Schenectady each time. I don't recommend it, but it's a great way to learn to spell it.
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Level 77
Feb 19, 2015
Was surprised not to see Poughkeepsie since it occurs in print fairly often due to its historical interest, but after looking it up I see why it was omitted - only around 30,000 population.
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Level 54
Jun 8, 2015
I tried Po'Town too. And Peekskill and Kingston and Ossining. But no. Missed Schenectady and Niagara.
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Level 50
Mar 10, 2017
And Newburgh. No, I couldn't come up with anything else in that valley. But I knew there had to be something missing on the island: couldn't come up with Hempstead.
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Level 21
Apr 13, 2015
I got all but Hempstead, but I was so close! As I was typing it at the last second time ran out.
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Level 59
Jul 16, 2019
Hempstead was one of the few that i did get, but that was because i made a quiz about new york city suburbs recently.
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Level 51
Oct 13, 2020
Yeah
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Level 28
Jun 10, 2021
Technically, Hempstead is a town, not a city
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Level 67
Jul 20, 2022
The quiz is using the village of Hempstead, which has just under 60,000 people. The Town of Hempstead is much bigger (like 700,000 people), and includes a whole bunch of villages, including Freeport, which is listed as its own entry on the quiz.
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Level 46
Apr 23, 2015
Is Yonkers not a suburb of NYC? What is an 'incorporated city'?
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Level 77
Nov 2, 2015
Incorporated cities have their own government. Yonkers is a suburb of NYC, but it is incorporated and has its own mayor and city council.
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Level 14
Jun 21, 2015
I think theres an issue in this quiz. New York is not the largest city in New York, it is actually Pittsburgh that takes that claim. New York City is simply a small hamlet nestled in the Adirondacks.

(Hopefully you get the sarcasm)

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Level 87
Jul 5, 2018
No one yet.
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2018
I thought it was Pittsburg (no h)
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Level 87
Nov 19, 2019
That's the small hamlet in New Hampshire that votes before anywhere else in presidential primaries.
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2019
Nah, it is a weird Scottish thing that we took.
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Level 64
Jan 26, 2017
I missed Mount Vernon! Ugh!
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Level 43
Mar 13, 2017
Only gone NYC, Buffalo, and Albany. But then again, I think almost everybody who never lived in New York only got those!
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Level 28
Jun 25, 2021
I never lived in New York and also got Rochester and Yonkers!
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Level 66
Aug 25, 2017
Could you accept misspellings of Binghamton and Niagara Falls? (Maybe just Niagara, even, as it's often referred to as)
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2017
Knew of New Rochelle because that's where Don McLean ("American Pie") grew up. While I was at it, gave Rye, NY a shot, since he mentions in the song ("...them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey in Rye") but to no avail. Went to the well once too often. :-(
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Level 62
Oct 6, 2018
I always remember New Rochelle as the setting for the Dick Van Dyke show.
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2018
That's how I got it!
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Level 84
Jul 20, 2022
My only mental connection to New Rochelle is that it's the city the Human Blowfish was assigned to protect in the pilot episode of the animated The Tick show.
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Level 67
Jan 21, 2018
Hempstead is not a city. Glen Cove and Long Beach on Long Island are cities. Please change accordingly. I would need to check some others as Im not sure these are all classified as "cities".
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Level 67
Oct 6, 2018
I was just going to make this comment myself. Hempstead is a village (which is itself located in the town of Hempstead, which contains many villages and is home to around 700,000 people). It is definitely not a city. I am sure of this. I grew up in the town of Hempstead. Never once have I heard anyone call either the town or the village a "city."
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Level 67
Oct 6, 2018
Agree with both of you. Instructions should be updated to "incorporated cities and villages only". These are the 2 types of incorporated municipalities in NY. A village takes over some government functionality from the town or towns it overlays but is not fully independent. A city is fully independent of any other town or city and is the sole local government below the county for its residents.
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Level 44
Feb 16, 2018
Pittsburgh?
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Level 44
Feb 16, 2018
I don’t get it.🤔 Please explain
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2019
Don't get what?
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Level 28
Jul 5, 2018
Proud to be a new yorker:)
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Level 84
Jun 15, 2019
Missed White Plains and Mt Vernon.
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Level 66
Aug 10, 2019
Please accept "Binghampton"
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Level 58
Jun 25, 2020
yeah I tryed that two but it wouldnt except that
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Level 65
Apr 9, 2021
Because it's not spelled that way..?
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Level 58
Jun 25, 2020
I got 11/16 and im from New York
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Level 46
Jan 2, 2021
7/15 from New Hampshire
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Level 45
May 23, 2021
How did I get Troy and Schenectady but miss ALBANY???
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Level 87
Jun 3, 2022
You didn't take that left turn at Albuquerque. 🐰
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Level 60
Oct 27, 2021
Hempstead is not a city. It's a town.
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Level 87
Jun 3, 2022
Kyras Joel must be the only boomburb in the Northeast.
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Level 78
Jul 20, 2022
I knew it was growing fast, but was still surprised it's gotten big enough to make this list.
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Level 78
Jun 3, 2022
I am so over sources that can't agree about which city is bigger, even when they use the same data. Ugh!
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Level 71
Jun 6, 2022
Rochester is in Monroe County, not Wayne County.
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Level ∞
Jun 6, 2022
Fixed
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Level 76
Jul 17, 2022
Kiryas Joel and Spring Valley are both Villages, not Cities.
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Level 84
Jul 20, 2022
not a thing in the US.
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Level 51
Jul 20, 2022
I tried Palm Tree and Ramapo because I thought the quiz would accept townships.
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Level 63
Jul 20, 2022
Is Kiryas Joel related to Kiryas George?