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Biggest Cities in Each U.S. State - Extreme

Can you name the four most populous cities in each U.S. state?
2022 census estimates. Incorporated cities only.
Except for Hawaii, which has no incorporated cities (2020 population used).
By city proper population.
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Last updated: May 31, 2023
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First submittedOctober 18, 2017
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Average score44.5%
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State
Population
City
Alabama
221,933
Huntsville
196,986
Montgomery
196,910
Birmingham
183,289
Mobile
Alaska
287,145
Anchorage
32,107
Fairbanks
31,685
Juneau
9,711
Wasilla
Arizona
1,644,409
Phoenix
546,574
Tucson
512,498
Mesa
280,711
Chandler
Arkansas
202,864
Little Rock
99,285
Fayetteville
89,992
Fort Smith
87,672
Springdale
California
3,822,238
Los Angeles
1,381,162
San Diego
971,233
San Jose
808,437
San Francisco
Colorado
713,252
Denver
486,248
Colorado Springs
393,537
Aurora
169,249
Fort Collins
Connecticut
148,377
Bridgeport
138,915
New Haven
136,188
Stamford
120,686
Hartford
Delaware
71,569
Wilmington
38,594
Dover
30,453
Newark
24,698
Middletown
Florida
971,319
Jacksonville
449,514
Miami
398,173
Tampa
316,081
Orlando
Georgia
499,127
Atlanta
202,616
Columbus
202,096
Augusta
156,197
Macon
Hawaii
350,964
Honolulu
50,922
East Honolulu
45,295
Pearl City
44,186
Hilo
Idaho
236,634
Boise
129,736
Meridian
110,951
Nampa
67,723
Idaho Falls
Illinois
2,665,039
Chicago
177,866
Aurora
150,033
Joliet
149,936
Naperville
Indiana
880,621
Indianapolis
267,927
Fort Wayne
115,749
Evansville
103,110
South Bend
Iowa
211,034
Des Moines
136,429
Cedar Rapids
100,486
Davenport
85,497
Sioux City
Kansas
396,192
Wichita
197,726
Overland Park
153,345
Kansas City
145,616
Olathe
Kentucky
624,444
Louisville
320,347
Lexington-Fayette
74,926
Bowling Green
60,037
Owensboro
Louisiana
369,749
New Orleans
221,453
Baton Rouge
180,153
Shreveport
121,389
Lafayette
Maine
68,424
Portland
38,493
Lewiston
31,588
Bangor
27,026
South Portland
Maryland
569,931
Baltimore
82,175
Frederick
68,952
Gaithersburg
66,924
Rockville
Massachusetts
650,706
Boston
205,319
Worcester
154,064
Springfield
118,488
Cambridge
Michigan
620,376
Detroit
196,908
Grand Rapids
137,107
Warren
132,567
Sterling Heights
Minnesota
425,096
Minneapolis
303,176
St. Paul
121,878
Rochester
87,797
Bloomington
Mississippi
145,995
Jackson
72,236
Gulfport
56,360
Southaven
49,118
Biloxi
Missouri
509,297
Kansas City
286,578
St. Louis
170,067
Springfield
128,555
Columbia
State
Population
City
Montana
119,960
Billings
76,955
Missoula
60,382
Great Falls
56,123
Bozeman
Nebraska
485,153
Omaha
292,627
Lincoln
63,015
Bellevue
52,513
Grand Island
Nevada
656,274
Las Vegas
331,415
Henderson
280,543
North Las Vegas
273,448
Reno
New Hampshire
115,141
Manchester
91,161
Nashua
44,503
Concord
33,416
Dover
New Jersey
305,344
Newark
286,670
Jersey City
156,661
Paterson
134,283
Elizabeth
New Mexico
561,008
Albuquerque
113,888
Las Cruces
108,082
Rio Rancho
89,008
Santa Fe
New York
8,335,897
New York
276,486
Buffalo
209,352
Rochester
208,121
Yonkers
North Carolina
897,720
Charlotte
476,587
Raleigh
301,115
Greensboro
291,928
Durham
North Dakota
131,444
Fargo
74,445
Bismarck
58,692
Grand Forks
47,759
Minot
Ohio
907,971
Columbus
361,607
Cleveland
309,513
Cincinnati
266,301
Toledo
Oklahoma
694,800
Oklahoma City
411,867
Tulsa
129,627
Norman
117,911
Broken Arrow
Oregon
635,067
Portland
177,923
Eugene
177,487
Salem
111,621
Gresham
Pennsylvania
1,567,258
Philadelphia
302,898
Pittsburgh
125,094
Allentown
94,858
Reading
Rhode Island
189,563
Providence
83,016
Warwick
82,421
Cranston
75,066
Pawtucket
South Carolina
153,672
Charleston
139,698
Columbia
118,608
North Charleston
94,545
Mount Pleasant
South Dakota
202,078
Sioux Falls
78,824
Rapid City
28,210
Aberdeen
23,993
Brookings
Tennessee
683,622
Nashville
621,056
Memphis
195,889
Knoxville
184,086
Chattanooga
Texas
2,302,878
Houston
1,472,909
San Antonio
1,299,544
Dallas
974,447
Austin
Utah
204,657
Salt Lake City
136,650
West Valley City
116,664
West Jordan
113,523
Provo
Vermont
44,595
Burlington
20,624
South Burlington
15,695
Rutland
10,917
Essex Junction
Virginia
455,618
Virginia Beach
252,488
Chesapeake
232,995
Norfolk
229,395
Richmond
Washington
749,256
Seattle
230,160
Spokane
221,776
Tacoma
194,512
Vancouver
West Virginia
47,129
Charleston
45,746
Huntington
30,277
Morgantown
29,193
Parkersburg
Wisconsin
563,305
Milwaukee
272,903
Madison
106,095
Green Bay
98,484
Kenosha
Wyoming
64,610
Cheyenne
58,543
Casper
33,264
Gillette
32,035
Laramie
80 Comments
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Level 45
Oct 18, 2017
Nice Quiz
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Level 73
Oct 18, 2017
Columbia MD?
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Level 91
Oct 18, 2017
*Incorporated cities
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Level 69
Nov 10, 2017
I love quizzes like this. Fun the first time because I know many of them, but challenging enough that I can learn more and retake the quiz.
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2017
Finally 100%! After thirteenth! With 0:40...
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Level 73
Dec 18, 2017
Grand Island, Nebraska? Why do I suspect that it is neither?
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Level 71
Jan 23, 2018
I've driven through it. It is neither. Google tells me that it was named for a nearby island in the Platte River, though the island no longer exists.
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Level 36
Apr 12, 2019
I was actually born there and lived there until I was 12. It was named after a fort which was named after a river in the Platte that doesn't exist anymore. It's certainly one of the less grand towns in Nebraska.
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Level 48
Jan 2, 2018
Cool quiz! Is there a European countries equivalent on this site?
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
I would love to, but honestly it's just too hard. European countries have very strange population statistics often based on ancient city boundaries. For example, Brussels is only the 5th most populous municipality in Belgium. There would be no way to make a quiz that could possibly satisfy our users.
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Level 74
Sep 6, 2019
Because some of the answers would be un-intuitiv?

I mean, when it comes to countries, the population is counted as you describe it, with ancient boundaries and without taking the small countries around them in.

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Level 67
Jan 23, 2018
132 on the first try. Ran out of time otherwise I would have gotten a few more like Minneapolis, St Paul, St Louis, Wichita etc...
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Level 71
Aug 21, 2020
How the heck did you miss those?
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2021
I started at the top with Alabama and didn't get to the bottom of the screen. Third try best I could get before time ran out was 159 and I missed St Louis again.
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Level 66
Aug 27, 2023
It is easy to miss those if you are not a fast typist. A full FIVE more minutes on this quiz would not be too much. I suspect that well more than 2 out 3 people that attempt this quiz can tell you the largest city in wisconsin, but not if they never get that far. Yes, with more time, a fast typist could just type in city after city, but that would still require him/her to actually know lots of cities, and it would give the slower typists time to finish the quiz.
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Level 56
Mar 13, 2018
East Honolulu doesn't exist...
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
For the ones I didn't know I went back and added the four directions to biggest city names and got a few that way.
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2018
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Level 70
Mar 24, 2018
If it is still too easy, try

this

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Level 65
Mar 24, 2018
I got an average of exactly 2 per state. I need to study up!
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Level 78
Mar 26, 2018
I've lived in Honolulu for 6 years and never once heard of East Honolulu.
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Level 74
Mar 26, 2018
Next time you go out, turn right instead of left
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Level 95
Mar 27, 2018
I was just checking some of the stats and it seems that the fourth biggest city in New Hampshire is Derry not Dover; If you are going by the 2010 census, Derry had 33,109 inhabitants while Dover was just shy of 30,000. The 31,153 figure for Dover is fan estimate rom the 2016 census. Not picking apart, just thought I'd get some clarification. Cheers and thanks for the quiz :)
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Level ∞
May 26, 2018
We are using 2016 estimates.
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Level 89
Jun 19, 2018
Derry's a town, not a city. I know in New England there's no distinction between municipal powers of a town or city, but the Census Bureau thinks so.
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Level 46
May 26, 2018
Anyone notice that Overland Park and Olathe are both technically suburbs of Kansas City? Also Kansas City is split by a border so the numbers aren't so accurate.
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Level 36
Apr 12, 2019
What's even better is that Overland Park is bigger than Kansas City, KS.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
Kansas City, MO was founded in 1838 and incorporated in 1853 before Kansas was even a territory, much less a state. It was named for the Kansas river. Kansas City, KS was incorporated in the 1870s several miles away. They were two distinct cities from their beginnings, not just one city that was split by a border.
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Level 65
Jul 28, 2018
Vermont's four biggest cities combined have fewer people than Texas's fourth biggest city.
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Level 89
Jun 7, 2020
The whole state is smaller. If everyone in Vermont lived in one spot, they would have only been the 65th largest urbanized area in the U.S.
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2018
Got Wasila. Thanks, Sarah Palin!
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Level 36
Apr 12, 2019
My favorite thing about being from Nebraska is that you get lots of obscure ones that no one else does. Brookings, SD is a piece of cake for me.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
Remembered Brookings from my Laura Ingalls Wilder book, The Long Winter. We had a chance to drive through it after leaving De Smet - it was a nice place.
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Level 75
May 9, 2019
Cities would be better for quiz title than city
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Good point. Changed the title accordingly.
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Level 75
May 10, 2019
Can someone explain where Washington DC is? Does that have some kind of special status over there in the US of A? Pardon my ignorance in advance.
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Level 48
May 15, 2019
Washington DC is technically not in any state. It's a separate district which is located in Maryland but not technically part of Maryland. That may not be the official definition but think of it that way.
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Level 82
Sep 1, 2019
It's not in Maryland but the small square parcel of land that was cut out for the district and given to the federal government took some land from Maryland and some land from Virginia on each side of the Potomac. Virginia took back its portion in 1847 so now it's a half square on the east bank of the Potomac River; land that used to be part of Maryland.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
I had no idea that Virginia took back its portion. I looked it up and it's an interesting story. Thanks for teaching me something new today.
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Level 86
Dec 2, 2022
For anyone else who is curious and wants to look this up in the future: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_retrocession.
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Level 82
Sep 3, 2019
Got Gaithersburg. Missed Omaha.
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Level 75
Feb 20, 2020
Please add about five more minutes. As it is, I had about 20 seconds to do everything from Utah to Wyoming, and I wasn't even going that slowly
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Level 26
Apr 16, 2020
100/200, never been to US ;)
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Level 95
Jun 4, 2020
Just a note about the Virginia cities--you've got Virginia Beach as the 4th largest in Virginia with a population of 10,852. I think that got mixed up with the 4th largest in Vermont above it. Pretty sure Virginia Beach has more people than that :)
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Level ∞
Jun 4, 2020
Fixed
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2020
Grrrr. I guessed Stafford for Stamford and Browning for Brookings.
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Level 83
Jun 10, 2020
141/200. A fun quiz. I got the biggest city in each state, except for Connecticut. I visited Hartford for work a while back, but it seems really hard to think of any other cities there.
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Level 89
Jun 11, 2020
Took me 19 attempts, but I finally memorized all of them :D
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Level 42
Jun 20, 2020
Even though nobody comes to wisconsin, there is an atvantage from being from the midwest!
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
You're right. I'm a nobody and I went to Wisconsin. (It's a lovely state.)
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Level 89
Jul 17, 2020
I have to laugh at myself on some of these quizzes...I got an answer that 8% guess, and missed one that 80% guess. :)
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Level 82
Aug 14, 2020
Got Gaithersburg... missed Des Moines. Will have to try again later. Could use more time on this one, too. But that doesn't mean I'm suggesting adding more. Fine as is.
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Level 70
Aug 14, 2020
could use some more time, I was scrambling at the end and could have gotten a few more. I'm curious what a top 5 cities would look like....ultra extreme
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2020
>City proper population

Well there goes the accuracy of this quiz

City proper population is extremely inaccurate

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Level 77
Aug 14, 2020
Finally... I could never remember that it's Charleston that's in SC, only could remember Charlotte in NC. This made it clear ;
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
On so many of these I got three and just couldn't think of the fourth one.
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Level 48
Aug 16, 2020
About the best thing I can claim on my first pass is I didn't miss any of the double dippers like Portland or Charleston. I sure thought I'd get more than 104.
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Level 74
Feb 16, 2021
PLEASE add more time.
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Level 68
Apr 9, 2021
Second this! Please add another minute or two!
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Level 64
Mar 25, 2021
Why is BOSTON SO SMALL
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Level 57
May 24, 2021
With the roads they have, I'm surprised the population isn't smaller. (Although it's not really that small, to begin with).
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Level 45
Jun 27, 2021
Who else got Bellevue, NE when attempting to guess Bellevue, WA?
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Level 64
Jun 30, 2021
I did.
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Level 21
Feb 26, 2023
Bellevue, WA didn't quite make it. Turns out it has about 160,000 people which is fifth most in Washington state behind Vancouver, Tacoma, Spokane, and Seattle.
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Level 64
Jun 30, 2021
The problem with knowing a lot of US cities is that I only got 2/3 of the way through this quiz before time ran out. Could use a couple more minutes.
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Level 66
Oct 20, 2021
Lowest I got was Bellevue, NE, at 13 %
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Level 60
Aug 21, 2023
My lowest was Salem at 40%. Good job.
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Level 44
Nov 5, 2021
The vermont section is currently incorrect. The lowest population sits at 10,000 people. however Brattleboro (southeastern vermont) has 12,000 and change.
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Level 73
Jun 14, 2023
Vermont is correct if the definition is incorporated cities only. It is incorrect if the definition is incorporated places, which in Vermont/New England is only a distinction of town government form since cities and towns are also incorporated. In that case, Colchester would replace Essex Junction.

QM has been pretty steady with just going with cities, but I could see the rationale for using all incorporated places in New England.

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Level 20
Nov 10, 2021
Got 102/200. Pretty proud that I got gulfport, mobile, evansville, south bend, and fort wayne. But I missed worchester, burlington, and austin!
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Level 20
Nov 10, 2021
No Syracuse?
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Level 21
Feb 26, 2023
Syracuse is the fifth biggest city in NY behind Yonkers, Rochester, Buffalo, and of course, New York City itself.
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Level 56
Jun 2, 2022
There isn't nearly enough time
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Level 52
Oct 4, 2022
where's dc
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Level 21
Feb 26, 2023
Not in a state
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Level 81
Aug 21, 2023
Oregonian and I forgot Salem. I am shame
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Level 68
Aug 23, 2023
Too bad the ones for my state Maryland are some of the lowest guessed, as expected, with the exception of Baltimore of course
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Level 68
Aug 23, 2023
Huh didn't know North Las Vegas was a separate thing from Las Vegas
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Level 68
Aug 23, 2023
89/200, 1 below the average
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Level 79
Jun 20, 2024
111/200 nzer