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Most Populous U.S. Cities as a Percent of Their State

Name the U.S. cities whose city proper population makes up at least 10% of the total of its state.
When you guess the city, the state will also appear
U.S. Census estimates for the year 2022
Quiz by JPin8497
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Last updated: May 24, 2023
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First submittedApril 20, 2020
Times taken32,874
Average score60.0%
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State
City
42.4
New York
New York
39.1
Alaska
Anchorage
26.5
New Mexico
Albuquerque
24.7
Nebraska
Omaha
23.8
Hawaii
Honolulu
22.3
Arizona
Phoenix
22.2
South Dakota
Sioux Falls
21.2
Illinois
Chicago
20.7
Nevada
Las Vegas
17.3
Rhode Island
Providence
17.3
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
16.9
North Dakota
Fargo
15.0
Oregon
Portland
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State
City
14.9
Nebraska
Lincoln
13.8
Kentucky
Louisville
13.5
Kansas
Wichita
12.9
Indiana
Indianapolis
12.2
Colorado
Denver
12.2
Idaho
Boise
12.1
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
11.1
Wyoming
Cheyenne
10.7
Montana
Billings
10.4
Nevada
Henderson
10.2
Oklahoma
Tulsa
10.1
Wyoming
Casper
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Level 59
May 4, 2020
is Portland for Maine or for Oregon?
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Level 67
May 4, 2020
Oregon
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Level 46
May 4, 2020
I'm not sure if this is possible, but maybe you could have the state appear after you type in the city?
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Level 68
May 4, 2020
Neat idea, only missed Nashville :)
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Level 67
May 4, 2020
Great idea, yshelar. Thanks!
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Level 71
Jun 15, 2020
Surprised to not see Boston here.
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2020
Well, somehow I missed Boston. Sorry for the inconvenience. Changes are now pending.
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Level ∞
Jun 16, 2020
No, Boston should not appear on the list. They are only 9.966% of the state as of 2019.
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Level 75
Jun 21, 2020
Well, that does round up to 10% (and 10.0%).
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Level 76
Dec 25, 2020
But it's not over 10%, which is what this quiz is asking.
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Level 75
Jul 11, 2023
It's possible the definition has changed since your comment, but as of now, it says "at least 10%." I'd argue that, with the numbers above (which were before the last census and will have changed), Boston should qualify.
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2023
Well, then you would say 2.4% rounds to 2.5% rounds to 5% rounds to 10%. That doesn't make 2.4% at least 10%.
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Level 75
Jun 15, 2020
Congrats on the feature!
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2020
Thanks, Hines!
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Level 73
Jun 16, 2020
Bloody Phillie ! I keep on forgetting this city in every quizz !
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Level 67
Jan 18, 2023
I forget about the entirety of Pennsylvania each and every time lol. In my mind, Ohio just magically borders New York
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Level 74
Jun 16, 2020
I didn't realize there could be multiple from one state...
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Level 78
Jun 16, 2020
This really made me think in a different way than other quizzes. Bravo! Henderson got me, though.
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Level 73
Jun 21, 2020
Same here. Probably should be in the caveat that there might be multiple cities from same state. Great quiz!
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Level 52
May 10, 2021
i dont think that should be a caveat because it feels implied that that would work, henderson still got me though
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Level 62
Jun 21, 2020
Nice quiz, keep up the good work man!
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Level 70
Jun 21, 2020
I don't feel bad at all about missing Caspar, Wyo. :)
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Level 24
Jun 22, 2020
Where is Washington?

100% of the DC population!!!

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Level 60
Jun 29, 2020
The District of Columbia is not a state.
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Level 28
Jun 22, 2020
I think the main title is somewhat misleading as it could be taken to mean "the" most populous cities in each state, so I was surprised to see Nevada and Oklahoma with more than one, for example. I can see how that could be read the intended way, too. And the sub-title does make it clearer, but I didn't read that cause I thought the main title made sense.

"Cities with at least 10% of their state's population" would make it clearer.

Regardless, nice quiz.

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Level 75
Jun 22, 2020
I knew the one for South Dakota, saw the skyline in my mind, and typed Sioux City. I was surprised that it didn't work and even wondered if I should go back and try spelling it again but went on instead. Face palm.
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2023
For some reason, I thought it was in Montana. Luckily I didn't need to type the state.
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Level 88
Jun 23, 2020
I was surprised not to see Baltimore here. I guess there are a lot of people in Maryland in the suburbs of either Baltimore or Washington (or both)?
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Level 76
Nov 12, 2020
It looks like we just BARELY miss the cut, with 9.97% of Maryland's population.
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Level 50
Dec 17, 2020
As a Seattleite, I was surprised not to see Seattle. Looking at Google, though, seems it's around 9.8%, just missing the cut.
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Level 63
Jan 20, 2021
I somehow got Henderson, which only 6% of people got, but managed to miss Honolulu, which over 70% got.
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Level 62
Jul 16, 2021
Haha, I got Henderson too, but missed Denver.
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Level 44
Jun 12, 2021
How is Henderson up there when Las Vegas is not? That should be impossible considering that the population of Las Vegas is approximately eight times more.
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2021
Vegas is there
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Level 40
Aug 25, 2021
What about Monowi?
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Level 88
May 24, 2023
Monowi, Nebraska: the town with an official population of 0.
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Level 62
Jan 2, 2023
Surprised more by what isn't on there. No Atlanta or Boston. Would have thought they'd for sure make the cut. Guess not.
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Level 84
May 24, 2023
Both are huge metro areas, in which the 'city proper' is much smaller. Also, both states include significant population centers that are not part of their biggest city.
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2023
17/27 not baaaaaaaaaaaaad for someone from UK. Good enough!
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Level 76
May 25, 2023
good quiz but misleading, thought I was only looking for one city from each state as it said "largest"
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Level 72
Jul 11, 2023
If only reading the description was possible before commenting...
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Level 78
Jun 1, 2023
I missed NYC. OMG!
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2023
This is one of my favourite type of quizzes :)

Wish there was a version for German states.

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Level 60
Jul 12, 2023
You could make it!