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California Counties

California has 58 counties. How many can you name?
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Last updated: December 8, 2019
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First submittedJanuary 24, 2011
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County
Alameda
Alpine
Amador
Butte
Calaveras
Colusa
Contra Costa
Del Norte
El Dorado
Fresno
Glenn
Humboldt
Imperial
Inyo
Kern
Kings
Lake
Lassen
Los Angeles
Madera
County
Marin
Mariposa
Mendocino
Merced
Modoc
Mono
Monterey
Napa
Nevada
Orange
Placer
Plumas
Riverside
Sacramento
San Benito
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
San Joaquin
County
San Luis Obispo
San Mateo
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
Shasta
Sierra
Siskiyou
Solano
Sonoma
Stanislaus
Sutter
Tehama
Trinity
Tulare
Tuolumne
Ventura
Yolo
Yuba
56 Comments
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Level 63
Jun 7, 2014
I got about half of them on the first try, not that great since I lived there for 40 years. I decided to memorize the rest and eventually i began wondering where they all were in relation to the ones I already knew. I downloaded a bunch of county maps just a few days ago and today when I come back to the quiz I see you have added a map! (I do miss the populations though, that was very interesting info.)
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2014
These comments make me feel a bit better. I was only there for a year and a half.
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Level 67
Jun 11, 2014
We had a giant map of the state in our living room when I was studying for the bar, so I memorized them while sitting in those boring bar review classes. I thought I was hot stuff until I got to Arkansas, where the guy we were staying with could recite all of Mississippi's 82 counties in alphabetical order. Texas? Wouldn't even try.
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2014
Used to live in California and I only got 16, including some that were complete guesses like "Lake," "Sierra," and "Nevada." I missed Contra Costa even though I had an apartment there for three months and lived right next to Contra Costa Community College. This was all many years ago so I don't feel too bad.
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2014
Also, Yolo County? Is that where Xtreme Sports got their start?
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Level 65
Jan 3, 2016
Drake must not be far...
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Level 51
Jun 11, 2014
I shouldve gotten Marin and Napa...
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Level 64
Jun 11, 2014
Managed to get 24 and have never stepped foot in the state! Woot woot!
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Level 49
Dec 30, 2019
26 and have only ever been to San Francisco.
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Level 79
Jun 14, 2014
I live here and only managed to get 27. Too early in the day. Missed a few really easy ones.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2015
I'm from San Francisco and I only got 12.
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Level 36
Mar 9, 2016
Im 10, from India, and got all of them. Any harder ones?
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2021
im 3 from bangladesh and my name is ladesh. need an even harder one, as i got 234/58
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Level 58
Nov 4, 2021
im a fetus from sri lanka and my name is Pradeep. I got 432/π. please make a harder one as this is way to easy.
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Level 20
Jan 9, 2024
I'm from the future. I just wanna tell myself (i'm not born yet) that I only got 45768246568/56. You're a failure bro.
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Level 13
Jun 27, 2016
2:26. Gonna be better.
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Level 38
Aug 5, 2016
10/58 i'm from Colorado lol
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Level 28
Aug 25, 2019
86% from Florida, maybe its tropical psychic. Just kidding that would be insane. Why do Californians have to name their counties so weird? Mono, Modoc, Merced?
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Level 60
Mar 7, 2020
Modoc is the name of an American Indian people. I don't know why they named the county that, specifically.
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Level 52
Apr 11, 2021
I actually have a book on California place names by William Bright. "Modoc" is derived from moowat'aakknii, meaning "southerners" in the Klamath language. The Modoc were related to the Klamath tribe of Oregon.

"Merced" was named after "Nuestera Señora de la Merced, 'Our Lady of Mercy.'" The county was established in 1855.

There is no entry for Mono County but according to Wikipedia, "The term 'Mono' is derived from 'Monachi', a Yokut term for the tribes that live on both the east and west side of the Sierra Nevada."

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Level 73
Oct 1, 2021
Because, cruelly– as the state of the union most definitively built upon malicious, intentional genocide– we decided to keep a lot of the names the same.
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Level 47
Oct 18, 2016
Time for a quiz with all of the US Counties in ONE quiz!
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Level 77
Dec 24, 2017
According to Wikipedia: "As of 2016, there were 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 18 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia for a total of 3,142 counties and county-equivalents in the United States". So good luck with that!!
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2018
If you want to actually try that, Stewart made a quiz just for you here. It's like impossible to complete
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Level 39
Oct 25, 2016
Placer County native! Hey
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Level 38
Dec 10, 2016
16% but im from Colorado
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Level 51
Oct 3, 2017
Kept putting "Tecoma" for some reason.
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Level 66
Dec 24, 2017
More place name quizzes :)

USA Centric - Common Place Names:

#1

#2 - No Townships

#3 - Local Only

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Level 38
Dec 25, 2017
22/58 Coloradan here
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Level 48
Jul 2, 2018
Lived there for 18 years, got 33. Of the ones I missed about half sound familiar, as in I must have heard them in the news some time. But 13 I did not recognize at all.
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Level 88
Sep 7, 2018
Where'd the map go?
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2018
54/58 and I'll just say I represent El Dorado County
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2021
lot of family lives there
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2018
Quick Fact: San Bernardino (20,105 sq mi) is the largest county in the country by size and is slightly smaller than West Virginia (24,230 sq mi)
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2020
San Bernardino County is bigger than Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Hawai'i.
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Level 51
Nov 5, 2019
I finally got them all right. California has some of the oldest politicians in the country.
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Level 83
Apr 27, 2022
How would they do on this quiz, I wonder?
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2020
all in 2:14
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Level 65
May 28, 2020
I live in an adjacent county and we just call San Luis Obispo SLO so if you could allow that.
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Level 68
Sep 12, 2020
22/58 38% I'm from New York and I have never stepped foot in the state
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2020
This time around I got "Yuba" on a total guess. How? Wth is a yuba? Just sounded like the name of a CA county...
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Level 69
Nov 15, 2022
Fun fact, Yuba city is not in Yuba county! It is literally across the river in Sutter county. I noticed this when I had to go work there and cross the bridge separating the two counties.
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Level 51
Sep 15, 2020
Yuba sounds like an Arizona county to me :)
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Level 45
Nov 11, 2021
Yep, Yuma County, Arizona.
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Level 55
Dec 19, 2020
15/58
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Level 57
Feb 27, 2021
Nice! I’m surprised I got 35 of them, but never been there.
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Level 65
Apr 11, 2021
I got 9 (UK based) and thought zero points for me...but I actually got 1 point! Very surprised how low scoring this quiz is.
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Level 52
Apr 11, 2021
I remember looking at all the county displays at the State Fair, and also each county's poster when I visited the State Capitol several times. But I still only got 28. There's a Trinity County??
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Level 23
Apr 14, 2021
33 correct!
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Level 93
Aug 19, 2021
riverside is a strange name given the county's shape; nearly half of it is closer to the ocean than the river.
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Level 54
Sep 30, 2021
Well it is named after the city of Riverside inside it, which is named after the Santa Ana river it lies next to. but still over a hundred miles from the much bigger Colorado River.
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Level 71
Jan 3, 2023
lived here for the last and only 18 years of my life and managed to get 'em all. Tehama really screwed with me for a second but I managed.
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Level 35
Jan 5, 2023
Inyo County in the house!
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Level 21
Dec 17, 2023
got them all live in Washington state
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Level 20
Jan 13, 2024
7th state done,

43 left...

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Level 26
Feb 10, 2024
The Interesting Fact that I got after finishing this was "More than half of unsheltered homeless people in the U.S. live in California."

Coincidence much?