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Biggest U.S. Cities Starting with S

Try to name the most populous cities in the United States that start with the letter S.
Cities proper, not metro areas. Not including unincorporated places.
2021 U.S. census estimates
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: May 30, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 9, 2012
Times taken62,885
Average score60.0%
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Population
State
Hint
City
1,451,853
Texas
Where you'll find the Alamo
San Antonio
1,381,611
California
Largest U.S. city on the Mexican border
San Diego
983,489
California
The capital of Silicon Valley
San Jose
815,201
California
Known for its cable cars
San Francisco
733,919
Washington
Starbucks and Amazon headquarters
Seattle
525,041
California
State capital
Sacramento
342,259
Puerto Rico
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San Juan
322,120
California
Located in the Central Valley
Stockton
309,441
California
County seat of Orange County
Santa Ana
307,193
Minnesota
One of the Twin Cities
St. Paul
293,310
Missouri
Where you'll find the Gateway Arch
St. Louis
258,201
Florida
Located on Tampa Bay, not in Russia
St. Petersburg
242,753
Arizona
Phoenix suburb
Scottsdale
229,071
Washington
Gonzaga University
Spokane
224,593
California
Suburb northwest of Los Angeles
Santa Clarita
222,203
California
Shares its name with California's largest county
San Bernardino
200,478
Utah
Place to heart the Tabernacle choir
Salt Lake City
196,528
South Dakota
Biggest city in its state
Sioux Falls
184,021
Louisiana
Near the Arkansas and Texas borders
Shreveport
177,723
Oregon
State capital
Salem
176,938
California
County seat of Sonoma County
Santa Rosa
17 Comments
+3
Level 53
May 1, 2014
i've lived in two of these and been to six and i did ok
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Level 92
Jun 12, 2015
Too religious. Seriously, 60% of the answers! How can we claim a separation of church and state when so many of our cities' names blatantly promote christian ideals?

< /sarcasm >

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Level 75
Aug 30, 2020
Did you count Salem? I thought that came from (Jeru)- which would make it overt religious propaganda too :p
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Level 51
Jan 11, 2016
Clue for Salt Lake City should be "Olympics".
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Level 72
Oct 9, 2022
The clue is fine, although I’d probably take the T off of the end of the word ‘hear.’
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Level 69
Oct 30, 2022
Perhaps the quiz maker particularly loves the Choir?
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Level 70
Nov 2, 2022
Tbh, the clue 'Utah' was enough for me xD
+3
Level 67
May 8, 2017
What about san juan?
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Level 82
May 26, 2018
shhh. Quizmaster's father was killed by some Puerto Rican guy.
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Level 89
Oct 30, 2022
I think he was half Puerto Rican and half Belgian. ;)
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2017
I got San Bernadino from the Frank Zappa song("Oh Bobby! I'm really sorry you've got a head like potato.") and Sioux Falls from watching the second season of Fargo.
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Level 36
Dec 31, 2018
lets go I have autocorrect when I spell wrong. HAH!
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Level 82
Sep 19, 2019
Missed Shreveport. Got the Phoenix suburb thanks to South Park, the goth kids named it as the worst place on Earth I think.
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Level 43
Oct 9, 2019
You could change the name of the test to "names of saints in Spanish"
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Level 57
Oct 7, 2020
Only missed three of the California cities.
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Level 73
Jul 11, 2022
Was hoping Snobsdale was acceptable for Phoenix suburb, lol
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2023
Good quiz. Two things: shouldn't it say "place to hear" instead of "place to heart" for Salt Lake City, and having driven through Santa Clarita 20+ times, I would never classify it as a suburb of LA.