U.S. States by Second Most Populous City

Can you guess these thirty states based on their second biggest city?
By city proper population, not metro area. 2019 census estimates.
Quiz by Jarl5
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Last updated: June 1, 2020
First submittedApril 22, 2017
Times taken22,956
Average score63.3%
Rating4.37
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City
State
San Antonio
Texas
Tucson
Arizona
Buffalo
New York
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
San Diego
California
Spokane
Washington
New Haven
Connecticut
Grand Rapids
Michigan
Baton Rouge
Louisiana
Cranston
Rhode Island
City
State
Raleigh
North Carolina
Lewiston
Maine
Gulfport
Mississippi
Saint Paul
Minnesota
Missoula
Montana
Las Cruces
New Mexico
Cleveland
Ohio
Casper
Wyoming
Fort Wayne
Indiana
Lexington
Kentucky
City
State
Rapid City
South Dakota
Nashua
New Hampshire
Madison
Wisconsin
Cedar Rapids
Iowa
Augusta
Georgia
Overland Park
Kansas
Huntsville
Alabama
Meridian
Idaho
Fort Smith
Arkansas
Aurora
Illinois
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Level 64
May 27, 2017
Congrats on first featured quiz!
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Level 66
May 27, 2017
Thanks!
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Level 88
Jun 7, 2017
As of the last official census (2010), Meridian is still the third highest population in the state. Estimates should not count.
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Level 66
Jun 7, 2017
Source? Qm thought it was okay so I will probably leave it in unless he says otherwise.
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Level 21
Jan 26, 2018
dude... chill.....
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Level 86
Jun 8, 2017
Fun quiz, but why not have all 50 states represented?
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Level 66
Jun 8, 2017
Then you would just be able to guess any state you were missing. Also it originally had 50 but I didn't know what the yellow box was at the time so I deleted half of them.
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Level 55
Apr 20, 2020
You can always repost the quiz with the rest of the states and wait for the QM to approve it.
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Level 21
Jan 26, 2018
come on, bruh!
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Level 87
Jul 6, 2018
Seriously bruh
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Level 72
Mar 5, 2020
And also, some would be really obvious like "Colorado Springs"
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Level 86
Jun 16, 2020
So? Some are already obvious, like "San Diego." It doesn't hurt to have a few easy answers.
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Level 61
Jul 17, 2020
Not really the same thing. Colorado Springs literally has "Colorado" in its name. San Diego may be well-known, but it doesn't have "California" in its name.
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Level 67
Jun 16, 2020
I actually kinda dig that it's not all 50. It somewhat curbs the ability to use the process of elimination.
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
Hello from the Front Page of Jetpunk! Thanks for taking the time to play my quiz. It would be amazing if you could check out my other quizzes, I put a lot of effort into them. Thanks so much and have an amazing day!
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
I would recommend that the populations of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio be analyzed. Houston has been the fourth-largest city in the US. Dallas and Fort Worth are catching up in population and have more residents than San Antonio. Austin might be examined too since we've been having a population boom in Central Texas.
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Level 87
Jun 23, 2017
In terms of city proper San Antonio passed Dallas between the 2000 and 2010 census. The DFW metropolitan area is about 3 times that of San Antonio's but less than 20% percent of the population is in Dallas and less than 15% is in Fort Worth. Conversely about 80% of the San Antonio metro area lives in the actual city limits. Although Austin has grown a lot in the past 20 years, a lot of the growth has been outside the city limits.
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Level 48
Jun 23, 2017
Why wouldn't you do all 50 states?
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
Because then you could just guess any state you were missing if you only had a few left.
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Level 77
Jun 16, 2020
I did that anyway. I didn't know the two least guessed and I just started typing random states. I'm another one who would prefer to see 50 on this quiz, because it's fun and the more the merrier!
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Level 61
Jun 23, 2017
Man this quiz drove me insane. I only got 11/30. I'd heard of most of these cities, but couldn't remember which states they were in for some reason.
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
It's tough for sure! After I made this quiz I took it and still missed two!
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Level 58
Jun 23, 2017
Good stuff! Didn't know too many (I'm not American, and a lot of these places aren't that familiar to many non-Americans) but always good to learn new stuff.
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
I agree. Thanks for the feedback!
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Level 87
Jun 23, 2017
Really liked the quiz. I would thing the opposite quiz would be infinitely harder, where you are given the state and have to guess the second largest city. 10 to 15 of the cities would not have been my first or second guess. In the current format Aurora and Meridian were the only ones that I didn't know immediately and that was because I kept wanting to put Colorado and Mississippi.
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Level 77
Jun 23, 2017
I did the same thing with Aurora and Meridian, but as they were the only two I was missing it was easy to just guess the states which were still missing from the list.
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
Thanks! I could make that one eventually. Doubt it would get featured though.
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Level 71
Jun 23, 2017
Whole lotta rapids.
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Level 66
Jun 23, 2017
I noticed that too.
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Level 36
Jun 23, 2017
I got Aurora right - but only because of Wayne's World! Plus, I didn't think that Aurora was the 2nd biggest in Illinois. I guess maybe I thought it would be Springfield or Champaign-Urbana
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Level 66
Jun 24, 2017
You learn something new every day!
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Level 72
Jul 29, 2022
Every time I see Aurora, my brain involuntarily plays in my head a commercial for the casino in Aurora that took a Sinatra song and changed the lyrics to lines like, "Aurora, Aurora, that Hollywood town..."

The ads were so ubiquitous that the NY Times used them for a lede to this article about casino gambling in Illinois:

https://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/03/business/in-a-bid-for-casinos-chicago-comes-up-with-snake-eyes.html

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Level 63
Jun 24, 2017
Good quiz. 13/30. Not bad for a Brit....Smiled at the mention of Rapid City....30 years ago this summer did east to west and back again on the greyhound and remember being marooned in the bus station there one night!
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Level 66
Jun 24, 2017
Wow! How long did that take? I would love to travel like that some day.
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Level 63
Jun 24, 2017
Five weeks: NYC, Niagra, Chicago, Minneapolis (for some reason), Yellowstone, San Fran, San Diego, Las V, Grand Canyon, San Antonio, New Orleans, Orlando, Charleston, NYC! Was amazing. Thanks for the quiz mate
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Level 66
Jun 24, 2017
Sounds super fun. Thanks for playing my quiz!
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Level 87
Apr 9, 2018
"Minneapolis (for some reason)"?? Hey now, Mpls is awesome! Not sure about 30 years ago, probably not as good, but is a great city. :-)
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Level 40
Jun 26, 2022
Do not dis Minneapolis. It's like, the best city in America, IMHO.
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Level 49
Jun 24, 2017
Great quiz! Really forced me to think!
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Level 66
Jun 25, 2017
Thanks! Yep it does that to you. I didn't even get 100% the first time I played it!
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Level 76
Jun 28, 2017
Got Vermont with 0:02 seconds to spare. I had no idea on some so just guessed and happened to get them right but had to go through 10 states before getting Vermont.
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Level 66
Jun 28, 2017
Nice job!
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Level 41
Jul 15, 2017
Happy Birthday!!!!
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Level 66
Jul 16, 2017
Thanks so much!
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Level 41
Jul 16, 2017
Your Welcome!
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Level 53
Jul 18, 2017
"Warwick"

I typed in: Saupold.

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Level 66
Jul 18, 2017
I can't say I get that reference, but thanks for taking the quiz!
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Level 50
Oct 20, 2017
Just missed Lewiston. Also, there is a Lewiston here in Idaho, where I silently weep as my hometown is the least guessed city.
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Level 49
Feb 24, 2018
I actually knew that one, was one of 19% who got it haha
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Level 69
Jun 16, 2020
Idaho was my guess for Lewiston. Somehow I've never heard of Meridian, but looking at the map I know I've been through there many times. I think it's just close enough to Boise, that people driving through just refer to the whole area as Boise. :(
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Level 83
Mar 3, 2019
This was much more difficult than I anticipated.
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Level 42
Oct 26, 2019
8/30 lol
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Level 65
Jun 16, 2020
I could’ve sworn that Warwick was bigger than Cranston. Still got 30/30 though.
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Level 55
Jun 16, 2020
Could you do an opposite of this quiz?
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Level 45
Jun 16, 2020
Opposite of this quiz would be great with all 50 states
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Level 72
Jun 20, 2020
As a native of Meridian, I'm stoked to see it used in a quiz. And just so that everyone knows, Meridian is only getting bigger as California pours into it more and more daily.
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Level 41
Jun 20, 2020
I always assumed Santa Fe was the second biggest in NM... huh
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Level 28
Dec 31, 2020
Have to admit searching for Meridian on the web. Did not have a clue it being in Idaho.
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Level 74
Feb 19, 2021
Lol I only knew Aurora because I love Wayne’s World
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Level 75
Aug 4, 2021
This quiz was really easy...until it got super hard.