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Random U.S. City to State

In this quiz the answers change every time you play! Can you name the U.S. state where each of these cities is located?
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Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: December 3, 2018
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First submittedNovember 30, 2018
Times taken40,935
Average score65.0%
Rating4.33
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City
Population
State
Mesa
496,401
Arizona
Lexington
321,959
Kentucky
Syracuse
143,396
New York
Clarksville
153,205
Tennessee
San Francisco
884,363
California
Tucson
535,677
Arizona
Irvine
277,453
California
Colorado Springs
464,474
Colorado
Rockford
147,051
Illinois
Oklahoma City
643,648
Oklahoma
City
Population
State
North Las Vegas
242,975
Nevada
Louisville
621,349
Kentucky
Austin
950,715
Texas
Eugene
168,916
Oregon
Olathe
137,472
Kansas
Chesapeake
240,397
Virginia
Raleigh
464,758
North Carolina
Anaheim
352,497
California
Omaha
466,893
Nebraska
Boston
685,094
Massachusetts
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Level 68
Nov 30, 2018
Methodology for cities included:

All cities above 100k population were included, then any with less than 200k in Florida, Texas or California were removed, thus preventing a bias to these states. Furthermore if two remaining cities had the same name they were removed, except where one city was much larger than the other, then only the smaller was removed.

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Level 83
Dec 1, 2018
Makes sense, but this would be much more helpful to know before taking the quiz.
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Level 35
Jan 30, 2019
Its at the top of the it in the bio
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Level 74
Jan 30, 2019
It is now, but wasn't when this comment was made.
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Level 32
Feb 13, 2019
I think you should make it so two or more cities with the same name would show up and accept both states (Columbia would accept both MO and SC, Springfield would accept multiple states, etc.)
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Level 43
Jul 6, 2019
Agreed
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Level 66
Dec 1, 2018
Good quiz, but literally half of my answers were in either California or Texas.
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Level 68
Dec 1, 2018
That’s probably bad luck, I did minimise this issue as mentioned above.
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2018
I had six (including five in a row) from California, FYI.
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Level 68
Dec 3, 2018
There are 202 possible answers, and with the methodology above that includes 23 from California. So on average you should only get 2 California per round. However since this is randomised, and lots of people are taking the quiz, the chance that somebody got slightly more California's than someone else is to be expected.

Think of it like this; When rolling a dice 100 times, you would not expect to see an alternating Head-Tails pattern. In fact, with 100 you're much more likely to see strings of 4 or 5 heads or tails in a row then to get a consistent HTHTHTHT. That's just the nature of randomness.

Moral of the story, 6/20 being California is totally within expectation, given the number of people taking the quiz.

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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
I wanna see your dice that have heads and tails instead of dots! ;-)
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Level 68
Dec 3, 2018
Dammit! I meant coins... I spent too much thinking and working out the maths I forgot that dice don't have heads/tails :P
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Level 75
Jun 7, 2019
Same here. 6/20 were Califoria. But that does not affect the quality of this quiz. That is just the way it is. Those states have a lot of cities.
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Level 57
Nov 2, 2021
none of mine were california and i had one texas
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Level 81
Dec 3, 2018
Think you've done a great job with a complex format. Must have taken ages.
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Level 70
Dec 3, 2018
I agree that the methodology should be included in the description. Cities like Augusta, while the larger one is in Georgia, it is the capital of Maine.

Also, I don't know how many give-away answers are in there, but I got two in mine, Oklahoma City and New York City. Those might be the only ones and I just got both.

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Level 68
Dec 3, 2018
I'll add it in, perhaps in a compact way. I've also removed Augusta as a special case.

Also there are only 6 giveaways (3 containing part of the state rather than City) but also 1 red herring.

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Level 71
Dec 3, 2018
I'm guessing the red herring is Kansas City, MO? That's a real tough one to distinguish because the Kansas City, KS is right next to it, and really they function almost as one city, though MO is bigger.
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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
In most cases of duplicate city names, the population takes care of any confusion (for instance Portland, which popped up for me one time).
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Level 93
Dec 3, 2018
I just want to add my congratulations and appreciation to Stewart (quiz maker) for creating this and similar quizzes recently. I really like the randomiser and large pool of answers, which mean you need a greater depth of knowledge hence a better learning experience and overall better quiz (in my opinion). Keep up the good work.
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Level 68
Dec 3, 2018
Thank you very much Danny. Means a lot to know people enjoy my quizzes :)
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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
Hear, hear! You've been on a tear, Stewart, and they've been great!
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Level 85
Jan 30, 2019
Excellent work as usual.
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Level 73
Jan 30, 2019
Great quiz! Must have been a lot of work!
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Level 29
Jan 30, 2019
Meanwhile I get 3 in the same state which would be easy if it wasn’t...... North Carolina which I know literally 2 cities in and only one was there..... my luck just isn’t always great
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Level 70
Jan 30, 2019
gotta get rid of clinton......too many states with that city name......and the population statistics is not why people can narrow down the city.
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Level 35
Jan 30, 2019
New favorite quiz!
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Level 73
Jan 30, 2019
I just want to take this quiz over and over again endlessly. I wish I could get five more points for each new iteration, though.:-)
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2019
I got Warren, GR and Detroit all in one column! Awesome. I also got Lansing 3 quizzes in a row.
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2019
Would there be value in preventing in the same state from appearing twice? Coding too complicated?
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Level 68
Jan 30, 2019
Well the coding for Randomised quizzes is universal. So QM would have to write special code just for this quiz and change the quiz type to distinguish it from normal Randomised quizzes. However, I don't think this would ever happen as I see no need to prevent the same state appearing twice.
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Level 63
Jan 30, 2019
I never heard of Wilmington, NC. I kept retyping Delaware to see if I had spelled it wrong.
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Level 37
Feb 1, 2019
Really?
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Level 66
Dec 9, 2022
Me too, I think they are probably close size wise as well.
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Level 76
Jan 30, 2019
You're my new favorite quiz maker, Stewart.
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Level 21
Jan 31, 2019
It Said Warren I Dont Know Wich State Because I Went To Warren Arkansas it Arkansas didn't work.
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Level 57
Feb 6, 2019
Arlington is the National Cemetery in Virginia.
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Level 38
Feb 8, 2019
Stewart I copied your quiz to make a randomized quiz for state to country. I hope you don't mind I just don't know how to make a randomized quiz.
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Level 68
Feb 8, 2019
No problem! I'll be sure to check it out 😊
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Level 38
Feb 8, 2019
Thanks, the first part will be ready soon. It's called Random State to Country. First part is North America.
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Level 38
Feb 9, 2019
The quiz is live now. It's called random state to country North America (no Caribbean states)
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2020
100% first try. Took awhile to guess where Clinton was. I had 6 answers in NC.
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Level 66
Sep 12, 2020
I live near Plano, but I had no idea that in city proper it was bigger than Orlando.
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Level 56
May 31, 2021
I had a weird amount of Ohio, like 4, no Florida and only 1 Texas and 1 California
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Level 28
Jun 29, 2021
I got 3 California and 3 Colorado
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Level 63
Oct 18, 2021
Make this a quiz where the questions and answers change everytime
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Level 83
Dec 9, 2022
It is
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Level 58
Dec 9, 2022
I wonder where Colorado Springs is................
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Level 55
Dec 9, 2022
I guess it was a numbers thing, but there is a Woodbridge Virginia.
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Level 86
Dec 9, 2022
I had Kent which is in Washington (Right answer) but is also in Ohio (wrong answer). Also I had Athens which is not only in Georgia (Right answer) but is also in the states Ohio, Tennessee and Alabama (wrong answers)
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Level 68
Dec 9, 2022
This is why populations are provided. Only the largest with each name is required.
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Level 61
Dec 9, 2022
Great quiz, ty. I think I learn more with these styles, than another largest cities, or capitals.
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2022
Hey! I live in Kent, WA lol. Shout out
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Level 11
Dec 11, 2022
St. Petersburg nice
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Level 48
Dec 14, 2022
West Virginia should be an answer for Charleston
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Level 68
Dec 14, 2022
Population is important.
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Level 65
Apr 11, 2023
I got 3 questions with 0%!