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City Triplets in Every U.S. State

Up for a challenge? For every state, you are given a single hint that describes a group of three cities in that state. For an extra challenge (and to make the number of boxes divisible by 3), Puerto Rico is also included! How many of these 153 cities can you name?
Only considering incorporated cities, so no towns, unincorporated communities, etc.
The only exception is Hawaii, which does not have incorporated cities
Population figures are always for city proper as of the 2020 census
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Alabama
Major cities starting with M
Madison
Mobile
Montgomery
 
 
Arkansas
Urban centers on the Arkansas River with two-word names
Fort Smith
Little Rock
Pine Bluff
 
 
Connecticut
Cities starting with "New"
New Britain
New Haven
New London
 
 
Georgia
Cities over 100k starting with A
Athens
Atlanta
Augusta
 
 
Illinois
Cities over 100k outside the Chicago metro area
Peoria
Rockford
Springfield
 
 
Kansas
Former territorial capitals starting with L
Lawrence
Leavenworth
Lecompton
 
 
Maine
Southern cities starting with S
Saco
Sanford
South Portland
 
 
Michigan
Two-word cities over 100k population
Ann Arbor
Grand Rapids
Sterling Heights
 
 
Missouri
Locations of the main University of Missouri campuses
Columbia
Kansas City
St. Louis
 
 
Nevada
Cities starting with W (all three are on I-80)
Wells
West Wendover
Winnemucca
 
 
New Mexico
County seats starting with A
Alamagordo
Albuquerque
Aztec
 
 
North Dakota
Major western cities ending in -N
Dickinson
Mandan
Williston
 
 
Oregon
Urban centers of the Willamette Valley
Eugene
Portland
Salem
 
 
Rhode Island
Cities directly adjacent to Providence
Cranston
East Providence
Pawtucket
 
 
Tennessee
Biggest city in each Grand Division
Knoxville
Memphis
Nashville
 
 
Vermont
Cities in the vicinity of Burlington
Essex Junction
South Burlington
Winooski
 
 
West Virginia
Cities over 10k ending in "-burg"
Clarksburg
Martinsburg
Parkersburg
Alaska
The only cities over 10k population
Anchorage
Fairbanks
Juneau
 
 
California
Cities over 500k starting with "San"
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
 
 
Delaware
County seats of the state's three counties
Dover
Georgetown
Wilmington
 
 
Hawaii
Seats of the three county governments outside Honolulu
Hilo
Līhuʻe
Wailuku
 
 
Indiana
Cities on the St. Joseph River (tributary of Lake Michigan)
Elkhart
Mishawaka
South Bend
 
 
Kentucky
Primary cities on the Ohio River below Louisville
Henderson
Owensboro
Paducah
 
 
Maryland
Cities in the Maryland Panhandle
Cumberland
Frostburg
Hagerstown
 
 
Minnesota
Suburbs named for their location relative to St. Paul
North St. Paul
South St. Paul
West St. Paul
 
 
Montana
Major cities along I-90 starting with B
Billings
Bozeman
Butte
 
 
New Hampshire
Major cities along the Merrimack River
Concord
Manchester
Nashua
 
 
New York
Westernmost cities over 100k population
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
 
 
Ohio
Biggest in the state, all starting with C
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
 
 
Pennsylvania
Primary cities of the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area
Allentown
Bethlehem
Easton
 
 
South Carolina
Urban centers of the Upstate region
Anderson
Greenville
Spartanburg
 
 
Texas
Cities over 1M population
Dallas
Houston
San Antonio
 
 
Virginia
Adjacent cities in the state's far southeastern corner
Chesapeake
Norfolk
Virginia Beach
 
 
Wisconsin
Primary urban centers along the Fox River
Appleton
Green Bay
Oshkosh
Arizona
Phoenix suburbs ending in "-dale"
Avondale
Glendale
Scottsdale
 
 
Colorado
University of Colorado undergraduate campuses
Boulder
Colorado Springs
Denver
 
 
Florida
Principal cities of the Tampa Bay area
Clearwater
St. Petersburg
Tampa
 
 
Idaho
Cities on the Snake River with names ending in "Falls"
American Falls
Idaho Falls
Twin Falls
 
 
Iowa
Major cities starting with D
Davenport
Des Moines
Dubuque
 
 
Louisiana
Cities over 100k along the I-10 corridor
Baton Rouge
Lafayette
New Orleans
 
 
Massachusetts
One-word cities west of the Connecticut River ending in "-field"
Greenfield
Pittsfield
Westfield
 
 
Mississippi
Primary urban centers on the Gulf Coast
Biloxi
Gulfport
Pascagoula
 
 
Nebraska
The "Tri-Cities," biggest in the central part of the state
Grand Island
Hastings
Kearney
 
 
New Jersey
Atlantic County coast cities with names ending in "City"
Atlantic City
Margate City
Ventnor City
 
 
North Carolina
College towns in the "Research Triangle"
Chapel Hill
Durham
Raleigh
 
 
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City suburbs starting with M
Midwest City
Moore
Mustang
 
 
Puerto Rico
San Juan suburbs over 100k population
Bayamón
Carolina
Guaynabo
 
 
South Dakota
Primary cities in the northeast (also the three biggest one-word cities)
Aberdeen
Brookings
Watertown
 
 
Utah
Cities named for prophets from the Book of Mormon
Lehi
Moroni
Nephi
 
 
Washington
The "Tri-Cities" at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia Rivers
Kennewick
Pasco
Richland
 
 
Wyoming
Major cities west of the Continental Divide
Evanston
Green River
Rock Springs
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Level 91
Oct 21, 2022
Absolutely love the idea - right in my wheelhouse. Nominated.
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Level 91
Oct 21, 2022
...Correction, not nominated because of the new rule for quizzes over 100 answers. I would pursue an exception for this one with Quizmaster if possible.
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Level 61
Oct 21, 2022
Thanks for the support! Didn't realize that was a rule now, that's too bad :)
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Level 89
Jan 31, 2024
Massachusetts -- Does Sheffield not count?
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Level 61
Feb 6, 2024
Oops. The list I was using did not include Sheffield (probably because it's officially a "town" rather than a "city"). I will search for another triplet with a less ambiguous clue :)