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First U.S. Cities to Reach 100,000 People

Name the cities in the United States that were the first to reach a population of one hundred thousand.
One of these cities has been absorbed by another city
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Last updated: September 6, 2017
First submittedSeptember 6, 2017
Times taken37,503
Average score60.0%
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Year
City
1819
New York City
1839
Baltimore
1840
New Orleans
1842
Boston
1843
Philadelphia
1848
Cincinnati
1851
Brooklyn
Year
City
1853
St. Louis
1859
Chicago
1865
San Francisco
1866
Buffalo
1869
Newark
1869
Washington D.C.
1870
Louisville
Year
City
1872
Cleveland
1872
Pittsburgh
1875
Jersey City
1877
Milwaukee
1878
Detroit
1879
Providence
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Level 63
Sep 16, 2017
Missed Newark and Jersey City (didn't even think of NJ, duh). Good quiz.
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Level 58
Aug 30, 2022
Same
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Level 77
Dec 19, 2017
Damn. Only missed Jersey City and (somehow) New Orleans.
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Level 15
Nov 12, 2021
same
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Level 51
Aug 30, 2022
Same here :/
+5
Level 32
Mar 27, 2018
Can't believe I forgot Brooklyn was once a city. Also missed the New Jersey ones, Milwaukee, and Providence (which I knew was old, but it's not that big today).
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Level 68
Mar 27, 2018
It's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."
+20
Level 86
Mar 27, 2018
WE'RE NOT WORTHY!!!
+17
Level 62
Mar 27, 2018
does this guy know how to party or what?
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Level 87
Aug 13, 2018
School's out for summer.
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2020
I was not aware of that. Garth, were you aware of that?
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Level 69
Aug 29, 2020
You can get clothing that says 'Milwaukee' along with 'The Good Land' on it. It all comes together...
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Level 84
Mar 27, 2018
Got them all except Louisville. I remembered Brooklyn showing up on the biggest American cities by decade quiz.
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Level 47
Mar 30, 2018
Same thing! Wouldn't have gotten Brooklyn except for that decades quiz. And Louisville....never saw that one coming.
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Level 50
Aug 9, 2022
I watched something on YouTube on biggest U.S cities, from Independence Day to present day, and I saw Brooklyn appearing for a lot of years then just poof! Gone, guessed it was absorbed, the thing is that Brooklyn would be the third most populous city right now if it was a city, near to Chicago population, but hundred of thousands people ahead of Houston
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Level 77
Mar 27, 2018
Got Jersey City but forgot Newark.
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Level 75
Mar 27, 2018
Forgot Brooklyn and I live there.
+2
Level 50
Aug 30, 2022
It’s ok to not guess it, I mean present day, it’s in NYC, it was only a city for a while, I also live in Brooklyn
+16
Level 87
Aug 13, 2018
I forgot New York City and I'm taking the quiz from the zeppelin mast on the Empire State Building in a gorilla suit.
+3
Level 60
Jun 12, 2020
Never knew Brooklyn was a city of its own at one point. You learn something new every day
+2
Level 58
Jun 12, 2020
Surprisingly I got Providence,

But Not Cincinatti or New Orleans

As well as Jersey City & Newark

+3
Level 65
Jun 12, 2020
Could accept "Jersey" for Jersey City. I thought of Jersey, but gave up when jersey didn't give it. If I'm typing jersey it's pretty clear I mean jersey city.
+5
Level 64
Aug 30, 2022
As a New Jerseyan (New Jerseyite? New Jerseyer?), I've heard "Jersey" be used to describe my state occasionally, but I've never heard it to describe Jersey City. I've only ever heard "Jersey City" to refer to said city.

If I do hear someone say "Jersey," and they aren't referring to the Jersey several thousand miles away, I'd assume they were talking about the state, not the city.

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Level 84
Jun 13, 2020
How can you tell when the person you are talking to is from New Jers...ANSWER ME!!! :-P

(we're not all rude & obnoxious....just don't drive slowly in the fast lane!)

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Level 20
Feb 26, 2021
Got most of 'em just forgot Washington D.C. (how could I miss the country's capital), San Francisco, Cleveland, and Saint Louis!
+1
Level 75
Apr 6, 2021
14/20 first time.
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Level 73
Dec 9, 2021
Ah, Brooklyn. I feel so tricked lol.
+1
Level 65
Aug 30, 2022
Missed Brooklyn and SF. When LA wasn't there didn't try any other west coast city.
+1
Level 46
Aug 30, 2022
Missed Brooklyn, San Francisco, and New Orleans. I was thinking too much of the East Coast and Midwest and didn't know about Brooklyn...
+1
Level 52
Aug 30, 2022
I'm not sure how long the dot point clue has been on the front page, but it immediately gave me the least guessed answer.
+1
Level 34
Aug 30, 2022
Wth are Newark and jersey city?
+1
Level 60
Sep 3, 2022
Large(ish) cities in New Jersey, near New York City.
+1
Level 60
Sep 3, 2022
Currently in the 2.7% who have 100% (It did take me two tries, but I took them months apart, so I didn't remember my answers from the first attempt). I think this is the highest percentile I've ever been in.