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Every U.S. City that Has Ever Been the Largest In Its State

Name every city that has ever been the most populous of the U.S. state in which it is located.
Only counting years when the state was part of the union
Some states don't have available data for all years of statehood
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Last updated: November 4, 2023
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First submittedNovember 4, 2023
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State
Years
City
Alabama
2020–
Huntsville
1910–2019
Birmingham
1820–1900
Mobile
Alaska
1960–
Anchorage
Arizona
1920–
Phoenix
Arkansas
1840–
Little Rock
California
1920–
Los Angeles
1850–1910
San Francisco
Colorado
1880–
Denver
Connecticut
1980–
Bridgeport
1930–1970
Hartford
1810–1920
New Haven
1800
New London
1790
Norwalk
Delaware
1790–
Wilmington
Florida
1870, 1900–1940,
1970–
Jacksonville
1950–1960
Miami
1880–1890
Key West
1850–1860
Pensacola
Georgia
1880–
Atlanta
1790–1870
Savannah
Hawaii
1960–
Honolulu
Idaho
1890–
Boise
Illinois
1840–
Chicago
Indiana
1860–
Indianapolis
1830–1850
New Albany
Iowa
1880–
Des Moines
1870
Davenport
1850–1860
Dubuque
Kansas
1950–
Wichita
1890–1940
Kansas City
1870–1880
Leavenworth
Kentucky
1800–
Louisville
Louisiana
1820–
New Orleans
Maine
1820–
Portland
Maryland
1790–
Baltimore
Massachusetts
1790–
Boston
Michigan
1840–
Detroit
Minnesota
1880–
Minneapolis
1860–1870
St. Paul
Mississippi
1910–
Jackson
1820–1900
Natchez
Missouri
1990–
Kansas City
1830–1980
St. Louis
State
Years
City
Montana
1980–
Billings
1950–1970
Great Falls
1900–1950
Butte
1890
Helena
Nebraska
1860–
Omaha
Nevada
1960–
Las Vegas
1900–1950
Reno
1870–1890
Carson City
New Hampshire
1850–
Manchester
1790–1840
Portsmouth
New Jersey
1810–
Newark
New Mexico
1920–
Albuquerque
New York
1790–
New York City
North Carolina
1910–
Charlotte
1800–1900
Wilmington
North Dakota
1890–
Fargo
Ohio
1990–
Columbus
1900–1980
Cleveland
1810–1890
Cincinnati
Oklahoma
1910–
Oklahoma City
Oregon
1860–
Portland
Pennsylvania
1790–
Philadelphia
Rhode Island
1800–
Providence
1790
Newport
South Carolina
1790–1940, 2016–
Charleston
1950–2015
Columbia
South Dakota
1890–
Sioux Falls
Tennessee
1830–1850, 2016–
Nashville
1860–2015
Memphis
Texas
1930–
Houston
1900–1920
San Antonio
1890
Dallas
1850–1880
Galveston
Utah
1900–
Salt Lake City
Vermont
1830–
Burlington
1800–1820
Montpelier
Virginia
1990–
Virginia Beach
1800, 1950–1980
Norfolk
1790, 1810–1940
Richmond
Washington
1890–
Seattle
West Virginia
1960, 1980–
Charleston
1930–1950, 1970
Huntington
1870–1920
Wheeling
Wisconsin
1850–
Milwaukee
Wyoming
1900–1970, 1990–,
Cheyenne
1980
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19 Comments
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Level 59
Nov 5, 2023
Nice quiz!
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Level 68
Nov 5, 2023
I had this idea not too long ago, because it's similar to my idea with this format but with US Capitals.

Still a great quiz idea though.

Perhaps another 30 seconds? I couldn't finish on mobile.

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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2023
Added 1 more minute.
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Level 74
Dec 4, 2023
Maybe a little more? I had a dozen left when time ran out.
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Level 60
Dec 4, 2023
I missed 5 or so (rushed the last 30 seconds too), but I was admittedly going slow for most of it since I forgot time existed.
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Level 93
Nov 5, 2023
Very good quiz - nice job! The one I find most interesting, and would never have expected, is the city which was the largest in Florida from 1880-1890, given its relative size today.
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Level 82
Nov 5, 2023
Really fun quiz!
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Level 79
Nov 5, 2023
I didn't even know Connecticut had that many cities
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Level 91
Nov 5, 2023
Nowhere near enough time.
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Level 51
Nov 8, 2023
How did more people get Honolulu than New York City
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2023
This quiz is not kind to non-Americans. I have not heard of half the cities on this list. I'll probably have forgotten them in five minutes.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2023
I scored 53/90 as a non-American. I consider it a fun challenge to finally list cities other than the state capitals. It is not my goal to remember the ones I didn't know :)
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2023
It is also a quiz about the United States
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Level 52
Dec 3, 2023
Well it is a quiz about cities in us states. Not spain or France or Mexico
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2023
For those of you also wondering:

This list only contains 23 state capitals.

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Level 52
Dec 3, 2023
Please add more time
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Level 58
Mar 20, 2024
This quiz is definitely missing Lexington, Kentucky, which was the largest city in Kentucky in the 2000 census, with a population of 260,512 compared to Louisville's 256,231. (Louisville regained the title of biggest city in Kentucky after it consolidated with Jefferson County in 2004)

another error: Norfolk, Virginia became the biggest city in Virginia in 1960, not 1950. in the 1950 census, Richmond had around 230,000 while Norfolk had around 213,000

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Level 61
Apr 20, 2024
Who else got Key West because they tried to guess West Palm Beach?
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Level 70
Apr 29, 2024
You made some mistakes for Mississippi. Natchez was the largest city from 1820-1860. Vicksburg was the largest city from 1870-1900. Meridian was the largest city from 1910-1920. Jackson has only been the largest city in Mississippi since the 1930 census.