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Most Guessed U.S. Cities

Name the most well-known American cities, based on JetPunk stats from this quiz.
As of June 26, 2024
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Last updated: June 27, 2024
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First submittedJuly 27, 2017
Times taken78,710
Average score75.0%
Rating4.90
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City
99
New York City
98
Los Angeles
95
Chicago
93
Miami
92
Dallas
92
Houston
91
San Francisco
%
City
90
Seattle
89
Boston
87
Las Vegas
87
Philadelphia
87
Phoenix
87
San Diego
87
Washington D.C.
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City
85
Atlanta
85
Detroit
84
Austin
84
Denver
84
Portland
81
New Orleans
47 Comments
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Level 66
Jul 27, 2017
I was expecting these cities to be very populous or extremely touristy, but San Antonio, Jacksonville, San Jose, and Columbus all have huge populations but are all missing. I am surprised!
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Level 78
Jul 28, 2017
Most people incorrectly include Oakland and San Jose as part of "San Francisco." Especially if you aren't from California. San Antonio isn't really a city that I think most people think of when thinking about Texas (even if they do remember the Alamo). I'm more surprised by the omission of Austin. Despite somehow Jacksonville being more populous than Miami, it's not exactly on people's mind when talking about Florida. I think of Panama City and Tampa before I think of Jacksonville. And Columbus is in Ohio...'nuff said there ;-)
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Level 63
Sep 6, 2017
But you're probably right about them being very touristy. As a European who has only been to two of these I know them all and obviously so do a lot more people.
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Level ∞
Sep 9, 2017
San Antonio, Jacksonville, and Columbus are only "very populous" if you look at city proper population. They are not major metro areas. For example, the Miama MSA is over four times as large as Jacksonville, and the Detroit MSA is twice the population of Columbus, despite having smaller city proper populations.
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Level 53
Mar 12, 2024
Yeah but city proper is better
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Level 71
Apr 15, 2024
That misspelling of Miami had me confused for a second
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Level 65
Sep 9, 2017
As a proud San Antonian, sadly I'm not surprised it's not here. It may be the seventh biggest city but it's the 31st biggest media market and really only remembered for one tiny church that sits in the middle of downtown. I'm pretty surprised about Austin, Nashville, and Tampa not being on there.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2017
The cities you named have huge populations in themselves, but none of them are really huge metro areas. Well, San Jose is, if you include San Francisco and Oakland.
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Level 51
Oct 6, 2017
In parallel, Atlanta itself is not very touristy but is the gateway to more touristy stuff for many people on the East Coast thanks to its massive (and memorable) airport. And logically people first type in the places they remember most. The ants on the ceiling probably helped people remember them. Those were...interesting.
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2020
I've been in the Atlanta airport dozens of times and cannot think of anything that is memorable about it. Is that what your "ants on the ceiling" comment is referring to?
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Level 46
Mar 6, 2018
ME 2
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Level 31
Dec 28, 2020
missed Boston and Washington
+3
Level 56
Jul 29, 2017
Portland completely threw me off. Didn't even think of Oregon
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Level 57
Dec 25, 2020
Porkland. The other white meat.
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Level 74
Jul 30, 2017
Damn Boston. I got the rest.
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Level 74
Sep 10, 2017
It's strange how one can remember all the tough ones and somehow blanks out on one particular in-your-face kind of very obvious answer. If it's any condolences I missed New Orleans :)
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Level 44
Feb 20, 2018
I missed Vegas, Orlando and Detroit LOL
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Level 87
Nov 11, 2022
We will never forgive you ;)
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Level 64
Sep 9, 2017
New Orleans is a solid example of low population (50th) and huge name recognition.

It's like old musicians.

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Level 39
Dec 27, 2020
to be fair, the city lost close to 255k after katrina.
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Level 56
Jun 2, 2022
255k what? people?
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Level 87
Nov 11, 2022
New Orleans hits over it's "bang-for-the-buck" population for sure.
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Level 61
Sep 9, 2017
Phew! Got all of them with only two seconds left!
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Level 35
Sep 10, 2017
*hurricane irma* also i thought of Cape Verde when I tried to think of New Orleans o.O
+1
Level 56
Jun 2, 2022
It's alright, I thought of St. Vincent
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Level 43
May 29, 2023
i thought of freddie mecury
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Level 77
Sep 11, 2017
Aw man, Indianapolis isn't on there. Then again, larger and more important cities aren't either. I was surprised Minneapolis wasn't on there, because when I tell people where I'm from, that's what they hear.
+3
Level 83
Nov 23, 2020
Not really any "flyover country" representation. No KC, St. Louis either, though Denver did just squeak in.
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2017
Got all but Chicago. How could I forget Chicago?
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2020
Time for the most guessed most guessed US cities quiz!
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Level 47
Jul 24, 2020
I like how the % correct is almost exactly as the % guessed.
+4
Level 85
Nov 23, 2020
A "Least Guessed U.S. Cities" quiz would be interesting. The moment anyone correctly guessed one of the cities on the quiz, it would have to be removed.
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Level 72
Nov 24, 2020
No. Kalamazoo and Walla Walla would always be on there, honorarily.
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Level 82
Nov 25, 2020
The only person I have ever met from Michigan was from Kalamazoo, so it's up there for me.
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Level 79
Dec 25, 2020
What Kalamazoo is quite a well-known city in Michigan. I've never been to the U.S. but heard of this city from the Glenn Miller song '(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo'.
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Level 72
Nov 24, 2020
Why did Orlando disappear in this update, I wonder?
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Level 66
Apr 2, 2021
Is anyone else depressed that only 88% of takers got the nations capital?
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Level 63
Nov 4, 2022
True i am not american or anything and expected it not to be number 1,2 or even 3 but i thought it should be at least the 4th or 5th most guessed but apparently not
+1
Level 81
Apr 7, 2021
I always forget Washington - I guess because I remember the states of the USA, and think of the biggest cities in each state.
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Level 55
Nov 28, 2021
Basically just the biggest sports teams plus Las Vegas and Austin, surprised Austin made it over some others though
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Level 67
Jul 24, 2022
Funny how your mind can go blank on this type of quiz - missed some really obvious ones though I'm not sure I'd have come up with Portland even if I'd had 20 mins to answer
+1
Level 72
Oct 20, 2022
No Saint Louis? I thought that one was rather famous.
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Level 87
Nov 11, 2022
St Louis absolutely is! It's just not AS famous. The Gateway Arch is as iconic as it is historic. On a side note, City Museum left me more sore than I can ever remember! If you don't get the reference, you've never been to a museum quite like this one. Highly recommended!
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Level 66
Nov 11, 2022
Been to City Museum tens of times. It's always a blast and now that I'm no longer a kid, it's always a workout.
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Level 43
May 29, 2023
I am okay with forgetting new york city
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Level 47
Sep 19, 2023
only one i missed was denver, good quiz
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Level 61
Feb 14, 2024
I guess we all forgot the Alamo.