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All Counties of the United States by Proximity

When you name a county (or equivalent) of a U.S. State, all counties within 100km of its center will also be filled in.
Caution: the map is large in size, and with 3k+ answers, the page WILL BE SLOW
Distance here is the centre-centre distance using the latitude/longitude geographical centres provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. (This means for a big county, its borders may not get activated)
Looking for the original quiz without proximity? Click here: All 3,143 Counties of the United States on a Map
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: February 12, 2023
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First submittedOctober 17, 2018
Times taken219,954
Average score67.5%
Rating4.97
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100 Recent Comments
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Level 52
Mar 23, 2020
Fun to do. After the ones I knew, I just ran lists. Generals, Presidents, Colors, common last names, native American tribes, etc. And the red-nosed reindeer!
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Level 59
Jul 24, 2020
Dont forget natural features. Theres at least a dozen on here.
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Level 75
Mar 23, 2020
My ninth grade civics teacher had a large, pulldown map of Missouri with all the counties outlined. When we finished a lesson early, he would call two of us up to the map, name a county, and the first to find it stayed to face the next challenger. By the end of the year most of us knew all 115 counties in our state (including St. Louis City.) Decades later I still remember them and it comes in handy occasionally - like today.
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Level 55
Jan 15, 2021
where in missouri are you from?
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Level 39
Mar 24, 2020
Guessing only presidents by first and last name guarantees you 2435 correct including all of Vermont, Iowa, Virginia, West Virginia and Rhode Island as well as Pennsylvania and Tennessee save 1 county each
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Level 67
Mar 24, 2020
84% on first attempt. Got all in my home state and I got one of the least guessed answers from Alaska. Missed some obvious ones like where Chicago is and Miami.
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Level 63
Mar 25, 2020
Impressive quiz.
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Level 32
Mar 30, 2020
Excellent quiz. If you start with the presidents and then go to colors and geographical terms it gets you a long way. But really folks you are gonna need to know or learn some Spanish and Native American names to score highly.
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Level 58
Mar 31, 2020
This was so fun and great for my memory! After many days, I can now get them all. 9:13 is my fastest, aiming for 9:00. Thanks for helping me pass the time while we're all stuck at home!
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Level 85
May 6, 2020
Great quiz. Any chance of making one with neighboring counties instead of proximity. Some of those counties out west are so big you have to type every one in the state.
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Level 68
May 11, 2020
For me, Yakutat is not accepted.
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Level 68
May 11, 2020
Works absolutely fine for me, perhaps you already achieved it from another bordering county?
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Level 68
May 19, 2020
works now! Thanks.
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Level 75
May 19, 2020
Is there an easy way to make proximity quizzes where you don't have to manually calculate the distances from each place to every other place?
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Level 68
May 19, 2020
I remember I did this with Excel using geographical centers of each county. Although I can't remember how I did it and frankly it almost broke my computer in the process (I remember it froze for a solid 3 hours while doing 9m+ calculations, and I've got a pretty decent computer!)
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Level 57
May 24, 2020
Woohoo!

I got all of them :)

It took a few (a lot) of tries

One of my favourite Jetpunk quizzes so far

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Level 91
May 28, 2020
What an amazing and challenging quiz. It took me 96 attempts, but I finally finished it! By the way, I've visited 1620 of the 3142 counties so far, with a lifetime goal of visiting them all. Thanks for all of your hard work in putting this one together!
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Level 61
Jun 9, 2020
pretty easy finished first try with 2:23 minutes remaining. Didn't even raise a sweat.
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Level 55
Jun 11, 2020
I cant imagine a person being like "Oh no! I only got 2899 this time! I should try again until get them all."
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Level 85
Jul 15, 2020
I first got ~2,900 and am now at 3,125 and am like... maybe I should try again?
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Level 66
Jun 19, 2020
This was fun. 90%.
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Level 55
Jun 25, 2020
it took me a while to realize that the Arizona ones were named after Native American tribes
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Level 70
Jul 1, 2020
This was surprisingly easy and surprisingly hard. The real story here, though, is the heroic effort in this quiz's creation.
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Level 49
Jul 20, 2020
I just started guessing presidents.
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Level 74
Aug 6, 2020
You literally just need to know the name of one county, then you can guess counties that are bordering it. That would get you at least 95% of the answers if you were fast enough.
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Level 77
Sep 5, 2020
How many counties are needed if I wanna get 5 points?
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Level 68
Sep 6, 2020
It depends on stats, but currently 2920 counties are needed.
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Level 59
Nov 24, 2020
I got 2,914 :(
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Level 58
Oct 2, 2020
Got 1800 counties, thought that was good until I did it again just doing president's names...
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Level 20
Oct 6, 2020
Got 2,577. Good for someone who lives in suburban southern IN. Anyone else who guessed Hoonah-Angoon, AK?
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Level 20
Oct 7, 2020
i have now increased my total to 2,744
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2020
Managed to get 86% without really bothering to guess specific counties and instead just typing in things that sounded likely (directions, common surnames, nineteenth century presidents, founding fathers, geographic features).
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Level 39
Dec 5, 2020
Finally got all of them! Took me around 30 tries and memorization.
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Level 51
Dec 22, 2020
2731/3142 on my first try even though my screen froze like 6 times because of lag and you probably know why I got lag
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Level 77
Jan 15, 2021
It's funny because I also scored exactly 2731
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Level 72
Jan 15, 2021
Great quiz. I’m a Brit and took this knowing maybe three or four US Counties, but found it actually great fun as so many Counties are fairly easy to guess (I won’t give any clues/hints).

Kudos @Stewart

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Level 64
Jan 15, 2021
Add this to all subdivisions of world
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Level 63
Jan 21, 2022
no don't
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2021
Quite amazing that as of today, 8 of the 10 least guessed are in Alaska - I suppose many are too big to fill in their neighbours so you have to know them all.
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2021
Some of the listed answers for Alaska are not actually boroughs, which makes it harder to guess. They are areas that are a part of the Unorganized borough, but typing in "unorganized" doesn't capture them.
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Level 68
Jan 15, 2021
That's because the US Census Bureau uses the areas within the Unorganized borough, instead of that borough itself
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Level 69
Feb 2, 2023
Ah, okay. Couldn't figure out why some of those names weren't coming up for me. What a great quiz!
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Level 91
Jan 22, 2021
Wow, you can get >2400 counties just by running through the list of Presidents (first and last names).
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2021
2390/3143 = 76% (and only 2/5 points!) It's outrageous, it's unfair!
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Level 78
Jan 26, 2021
Aaarrgghhhh... ran out of time at 3018/3143
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Level 78
Jan 28, 2021
Now ran out of time at 3070.
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Level 89
Jan 26, 2021
Wow, I don't know a single county in Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, or West Virginia and yet I got every single county in each of those states. I guess it's because the counties are small and many must have common names.
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Level 70
Jan 27, 2021
I'm not from the US and the only county i knew by name was Orange. Just started guessing presidents names, popular anglican men's names (eg William, George, Edward, Henry etc), colours, and major cities/states and got over 2600 thanks to the proximity feature!
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Level 56
Feb 2, 2021
Superb. I only knew two or three but just typed in English counties and cities and got to 54% on that alone.
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Level 65
Feb 9, 2021
2807, just guess "washington" and hover over a county name and watch it get more. Repeat over and over.
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Level 64
Feb 18, 2021
2,809 with said strategy.

Aw thats gonna hurt seeing how much i beat u by

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Level 65
Feb 22, 2021
No, it is ok :)
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Level 39
Mar 3, 2021
i type new york and something in nebraska pops up lmao
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Level 49
Apr 6, 2021
Excellent exercice!

Merci Monsieur Stewart!

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Level 49
Apr 8, 2021
2999... Sacrebleu!
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Level 45
Apr 11, 2021
2771 by typing in the green counties woo
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Level 57
Apr 15, 2021
We're just not gonna question why there is a Vermont in new york and a Delaware in Pennsylvania.
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Level 46
Apr 16, 2021
me realizing i only know the name of my home county
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Level 57
Apr 16, 2021
Just type in Washington and get over 500 or do the green ones.
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Level 57
Apr 16, 2021
Just type in Washington and get over 500 or do the green ones.
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Level 58
May 6, 2021
There's a bit of an oversight that you can see the answers you got right before you finish the quiz so you can type the entire East Coast just by looking at the counties near the one you kenw and typing them in and then typing the new ones and then the next and so on.
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Level 70
Jun 2, 2021
The fifth point on this quiz must be the hardest single point I've ever earned! But great fun. Fell just short so many times, including once when I was only a few short and from my results realised I'd forgotten to type "Washington". smh.
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Level 58
Jan 4, 2022
For Matanuska-Susitna, would you please accept Mat-Su, which is what everyone up here calls it?
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Level 62
Jan 4, 2022
2355/3143 not bad
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Level 78
Jan 4, 2022
amazing quiz.
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Level 63
Jan 19, 2022
2979/3143

i don't think its possible to get all of them

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Level 63
Jan 21, 2022
3015

Getting closer

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Level 49
Feb 2, 2022
I've noticed a couple of issues:

--Typing in "Northwest Ar" activates 5 counties in southern Texas (Brooks, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Starr, and Zapata)

--A few counties in Georgia don't work correctly: Macon and McIntosh; Madison and McDuffie. For example, entering McDuffie activates McDuffie, none of the counties around McDuffie, and all of the counties around Madison, while entering Madison activates Madison, none of the counties around Madison, and all of the counties around McDuffie. There's a similar issue with Macon/McIntosh.

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Level 68
Feb 2, 2022
Thanks, the first was because it was matching on "STAR" anywhere in the word.

The second seems to just be a complete confusion of M's in Georgia by me :P, they're all fixed too now.

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Level 49
Feb 3, 2022
Oh, I see, "st ar" -> "star" -> "starr". Thanks for fixing the Ms!
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Level 62
Feb 7, 2022
I know literally nothing about counties in the US but still got 2210 by just guessing names of states, cities and former presidents and common names for people and a couple native tribes. I'm pretty happy with that.
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Level 38
Mar 18, 2022
I got all the counties in Ohio... I have never been anywhere east of texas and never studied Ohio so how.
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Level 22
May 11, 2022
I got all the counties in Rhode Island...Good Enough for me! LOL
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Level 44
May 15, 2022
I am not an American and I have never learn about American counties but I still got 70 % from random guesses.
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Level 40
May 23, 2022
I wonder who else tried 'Maycomb County' for one in Alabama.
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Level 44
Jul 29, 2022
The last names of the Presidents get you 70%. 20 most common (non-hispanic) US surnames get you 51%. Combining the two gets you 73%.

I discovered of the 20 most common surnames (Wikipedia list) in the US, five do not have counties named after them: Garcia (#8), Rodriguez (9), Martinez (11), Hernandez (15) and Thompson (19).

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Level 44
Jul 29, 2022
Idly wondering why 'mad' is an acceptable answer for 'Meade '(KY, SD, KS).
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Level 49
Jul 29, 2022
Wow, went to 3 minutes, then 12 minutes, that’s 4 times the first amount of time
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Level 37
Aug 22, 2022
Before I did this quiz I only New York and Los Angeles and i still god more then 2500
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Level 63
Aug 25, 2022
This was the best. It took me a couple months to get them all. One question: If I enter "Lake of the Wood" it accepts it before I can finish "Woods," and then I still have to enter "Lake of the Woods," but I don't see a "Lake of the Wood" on the list.

And like many others, I really, really hate "Prince of Wales Hyder." So much typing, so little reward...lol

Thanks for creating this one.

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Level 68
Aug 25, 2022
It seems the type-in for "Wood" is just "contains wood"
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Level 72
Oct 7, 2022
I got 94% and only four points, you guys are insane.
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Level 72
Oct 11, 2022
Finally got five points. This quiz is insane.
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Level 73
Oct 13, 2022
I love it but this quest to get the fifth point is driving me nuts! I wanted to get there on my own, but have now resorted to cheat sheets and I still cant get there. Got 3,015 this morning and it still wasn't enough!
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Level 28
Nov 9, 2022
I can't be the only one that just scrolls through the comments once I'm done and looks for answers.
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Level 58
Dec 12, 2022
2583/3143.

Good enough

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Level 64
Dec 14, 2022
Canadian County...

But no American County?

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Level 41
Dec 19, 2022
At one moment I had no more names so I just typed the names and surnames of US Presidents, since a lot of counties are named after them.
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Level 41
Mar 16, 2023
I only named the presidents and got 2287 points.
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Level 71
Mar 20, 2023
I love this one. I've taken it 6 times already just for fun. So far, the highest score I've gotten was just over 2800.

As already stated, if you just guess all of the presidents, you will get nearly 2300. If you include the foremost President of the Continental Congress (pre actual USA president), who was John Hancock, and then far and away our most famous non-presidential founding father, Benjamin Franklin, then you are definitely over 2300.

Guess other obvious ones like basic colors (black, white, green, etc), common names like Smith, Miller, Jones, all of the Great Lakes, think of cities on the map where you haven't yet filled in green, and you should be well over 2500.

Also, some of the more prominent First Nations - Choctaw, Cherokee, Apache, Navajo, Sioux, Dakota, Lakota, etc. Really, that should take you over 2600.

All of the Presidents + common sense should get you 4 stars, easy.

Getting 5 stars on this, however, takes real knowledge. Haven't done that yet.

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Level 76
May 5, 2023
5/5 cheating, took 2 computers with one displaying post-quiz map to get them all! Plenty of 4/5 attempts with less successful cheating
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Level 82
Jun 27, 2023
If you type in all the U.S. presidents you'll fill in 71% of the map.
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Level 50
Sep 5, 2023
I got 90% due to a clever method: Enter names of counties you know. Enter the names of counties on the edge of the illuminated patch. Continue this until the whole thing is filled up. (It works much better in the Eastern part of the country.)
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Level 56
Oct 9, 2023
I managed to get 70% with extremely limited knowledge. I basically just names US cities I knew, British towns/cities and common surnames
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Level 21
Oct 18, 2023
Same
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Level 21
Oct 18, 2023
Got 2571
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Level 21
Oct 18, 2023
also try "lewis"a and "clark"

it will get you some points

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Level 43
Feb 4, 2024
You can get over 1000 by typing names of presidents
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Level 73
Mar 25, 2024
I finally did it! I don't know how many times I took this quiz but today I got 3018 and finally got my 5 points! Wow, that was a lot of work!
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Level 40
Apr 28, 2024
Not American, but I was able to score 2363/3143 (75%). Pretty impressive eh?