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U.S. Coastal Cities > 100,000 Population

Name the American cities which touch the shore of the Atlantic or Pacific ocean including any of the numerous bays, gulfs, and inlets.
In clockwise order starting from the northeast
Based on 2023 U.S. Census estimates
Quiz by Arbys
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Last updated: May 18, 2024
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First submittedJune 5, 2021
Times taken10,405
Average score54.8%
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Population
City
101,241
Lynn
653,833
Boston
101,597
Quincy
100,695
New Bedford
190,792
Providence
135,319
New Haven
148,028
Bridgeport
136,226
Stamford
8,258,035
New York
291,657
Jersey City
304,960
Newark
135,829
Elizabeth
565,239
Baltimore
137,098
Hampton
183,118
Newport News
100,659
Suffolk
230,930
Norfolk
453,649
Virginia Beach
122,698
Wilmington
155,369
Charleston
147,748
Savannah
Population
City
985,843
Jacksonville
135,566
Palm Bay
245,021
Port St. Lucie
124,130
West Palm Beach
113,619
Pompano Beach
184,255
Fort Lauderdale
153,859
Hollywood
455,924
Miami
224,455
Cape Coral
403,364
Tampa
263,553
St. Petersburg
116,850
Clearwater
182,595
Mobile
364,136
New Orleans
146,716
Pasadena
316,595
Corpus Christi
1,388,320
San Diego
274,333
Chula Vista
113,495
Carlsbad
170,020
Oceanside
192,129
Huntington Beach
Population
City
449,468
Long Beach
3,820,914
Los Angeles
139,224
Torrance
198,488
Oxnard
109,058
Ventura
808,988
San Francisco
101,327
San Mateo
151,967
Sunnyvale
969,655
San Jose
226,208
Fremont
155,675
Hayward
436,504
Oakland
118,962
Berkeley
114,106
Richmond
122,807
Vallejo
222,906
Tacoma
755,078
Seattle
111,180
Everett
286,075
Anchorage
341,778
Honolulu
42 Comments
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Level 75
Jun 9, 2021
How did this quiz get featured?
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Level 74
Jun 9, 2021
My guess is that QM saw it, liked it, and decided to give it a feature.
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Level 67
Jul 13, 2021
Most likely, but I wonder then why other quizzes with 5 star ratings from QM aren't featured, but this is? Not saying this is a bad quiz by any means!
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Level 65
Jun 9, 2021
Houston?
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Level 74
Jun 9, 2021
I don't think Houston's city limits technically touch the gulf.
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Level 74
Jun 9, 2021
Actually, I just looked on Google Maps, and you could argue that it does.
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Level 58
Jun 24, 2021
It seriously looks like it's like 5 meters away, it's crazy close but I don't think it touches
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Level 55
Jul 6, 2021
I'd argue against Houston. It is on the Buffalo Bayou(which is a river), which empties into the San Jacinto River and then empties into Galveston Bay, meaning it isn't directly on the Ocean.
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Level 74
May 18, 2024
Yes, I agree
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Level 60
Jun 9, 2021
Portland Maine?
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Level 55
Jun 9, 2021
Only has a population of around 66k
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Level 91
Jun 9, 2021
I did really poorly on the East Coast, places I expected to have high populations, like Atlantic City, kept getting in my way. Also, I hate New Jersey again.

I would argue for the inclusion of Houston. The City Limits include areas like Johnson Space Center on Clear Lake (Bay), and the area around the San Jacinto Battleground on Crystal Bay. Both of those would seem to be included in the caveat "any of the numerous bays, gulfs and inlets"

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Level 89
Jul 16, 2021
League City also touches Clear Lake and Pasadena definitely touches Galveston Bay.
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Level 47
Jul 16, 2021
Clear Lake is a Lake, not part of the ocean, but I might add Pasadena
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Level 85
Jul 13, 2021
There's a couple on here which, looking at Google Maps, look out of order. eg. Pompano Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.
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Level 60
Jul 15, 2021
Exactly ! Pomapano Beach is north of Ft Lauderdale and also there's no way you can turn a map to make San Jose be between San Francisco and Oakland
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Level ∞
May 18, 2024
Fixed the Pompano Beach issue but if you trace the coast clockwise you will understand the ordering of the California cities.
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Level 73
Jul 13, 2021
How are the cities here sorted..? Doesn't look like it's according to size nor alphabetical order or anything, and it looks very untidy and unpleasing... also Houston and New Orleans (like everyone else asked)?
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Level 66
Jul 13, 2021
from North East to Mexico, from Mexico to Canada, Alaska and last Hawaii
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Level 47
Jul 13, 2021
It's explained in a caveat below the title :)
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Level 66
Jul 13, 2021
Ummm...San Juan, Puerto Rico is a city of 300K that is part of the United States and touches the Gulf of Mexico/Atlantic. Seems like a glaring oversight since there is no mention of a constraint to cities being in one of the 50 States.
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2021
Good point!
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Level 66
Jul 13, 2021
Hampton and Newport News are north of Norfolk and Virginia Beach
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Level 82
Jul 13, 2021
Got 37 ... missed Richmond, CA where I used to live.
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Level 75
Jul 14, 2021
Richmond had the third highest percentage of the ones I missed, but I'd bet that a lot of people were guessing Richmond, Va.
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Level 56
Jul 13, 2021
tbh I wouldn't say San Jose touches SF bay...
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Level 47
Jul 13, 2021
judging by viewing the city limits of San Jose on google maps, it does.
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Level 65
May 15, 2022
San Jose is an amoeba that surrounds Santa Clara and a few other places and there is this random part called North San Jose -east and a bit north of Levi Stadium that does touch SF Bay mudflats at the far south end of the bay
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Level 81
Jul 14, 2021
I don't think there was enough time allotted.
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Level 57
Jul 14, 2021
Could you add more time? I spent some time guessing East Coast cities and only had a minute left to rush the West Coast!
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Level 66
Jul 17, 2021
Map quiz for this would be awesome
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Level 47
Jul 17, 2021
yeah I wanted to do that originally but I'm still learning how to make them.
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Level 58
Dec 26, 2021
When you're city is one of the least guessed answers
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Level 65
May 15, 2022
If you start in Boston going south to FL back north and west across the Gulf of Mexico then continue west to the Pacific the move from south to north along the California coast

Chula Vista that shares a border with Mexico comes before San Diego

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Level ∞
May 18, 2024
I just checked. The quiz is correct and Chula Vista does not share a border with Mexico.
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Level 68
May 18, 2024
The most surprising thing about this quiz is that neither Biloxi, Gulfport, nor Pensacola, have 100k people.
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Level 81
May 18, 2024
Unless I'm misunderstanding something, shouldn't this quiz go: Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach?
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Level ∞
May 18, 2024
Yes it should. This is fixed now.
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Level 83
May 19, 2024
To a Brit, it seems odd that Suffolk is north of Norfolk.
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Level 85
May 19, 2024
But they (the ones in Virginia) aren't. Norfolk extends further north than Suffolk - considering both the original cites and the current boundaries. (If you only think of the cities, the "northernness" of Norfolk is even more pronounced.)

The present Suffolk extends all the way to the North Carolina border, ever since it incorporated all of Nansemond County, including a couple smaller towns therein. Suffolk is also west of Norfolk, so that might explain the order in the quiz.

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Level ∞
May 19, 2024
Yes, it seems the clockwise order is confusing many people when it comes to bays.
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Level 77
May 20, 2024
every time i take this I want to enter Fall River, MA!