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100 Biggest Cities of the American Antebellum South with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the 100 most populous cities in the Southern United States in 1850?
Population estimates according to the US Census of 1850.
Bold and underlined cities listed under Virginia ceded to West Virginia in 1863.
Some of these cities do not exist anymore and have since been absorbed into larger cities.
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Population
State
Cities
169,054
MD
Baltimore
116,375
LA
New Orleans
43,194
KY
Louisville
42,985
SC
Charleston
40,001
DC
Washington
27,570
VA
Richmond
20,515
AL
Mobile
15,312
GA
Savannah
14,326
VA
Norfolk
14,190
LA
Lafayette
14,010
VA
Petersburg
13,979
DE
Wilmington
11,435
VA
Wheeling
10,165
TN
Nashville
9,448
GA
Augusta
9,408
KY
Covington
8,841
TN
Memphis
8,734
VA
Alexandria
8,728
AL
Montgomery
8,366
DC
Georgetown
8,159
KY
Lexington
8,122
VA
Portsmouth
8,071
VA
Lynchburg
7,264
NC
Wilmington
6,073
MD
Cumberland
6,060
SC
Columbia
6,028
MD
Frederick
5,942
GA
Columbus
5,895
KY
Newport
5,720
GA
Macon
4,681
NC
New Bern
4,646
NC
Fayetteville
4,518
NC
Raleigh
4,434
MS
Natchez
Population
State
Cities
4,177
TX
Galveston
4,061
VA
Fredericksburg
3,905
LA
Baton Rouge
3,879
MD
Hagerstown
3,857
VA
Winchester
3,840
KY
Maysville
3,678
MS
Vicksburg
3,488
TX
San Antonio
3,308
KY
Frankfort
3,011
MD
Annapolis
2,977
TN
Columbia
2,863
AL
Huntsville
2,611
MS
Columbus
2,572
GA
Atlanta
2,428
KY
Paducah
2,396
TX
Houston
2,326
DE
Cedar Creek
2,320
GA
Griffin
2,216
GA
Milledgeville
2,190
VA
Martinsburg
2,167
AR
Little Rock
2,164
FL
Pensacola
2,076
TN
Knoxville
2,015
NC
Washington
1,978
NC
Oxford
1,943
FL
Key West
1,934
FL
St. Augustine
1,917
TN
Murfreesboro
1,893
NC
Greenville
1,890
VA
Charlottesville
1,881
MS
Jackson
1,775
KY
Henderson
1,747
VA
Harpers Ferry
Population
State
Cities
1,743
VA
Lexington
1,728
AL
Selma
1,728
LA
Shreveport
1,691
VA
Leesburg
1,661
GA
Athens
1,661
NC
Beaufort
1,628
SC
Georgetown
1,621
TN
Edgefield
1,615
TN
Shelbyville
1,607
NC
Edenton
1,561
VA
Shepherdstown
1,554
TN
Lebanon
1,544
AL
Marion
1,523
GA
LaGrange
1,514
VA
Danville
1,507
VA
Charles Town
1,481
KY
Harrodsburg
1,470
LA
Carrollton
1,464
NC
Smithville
1,413
MD
Easton
1,356
SC
Sumterville
1,353
TN
South Nashville
1,335
MD
Havre de Grace
1,320
AL
Talladega
1,305
SC
Greenville
1,298
TX
New Braunfels
1,272
KY
Russellville
1,252
SC
Abbeville
1,242
LA
Thibodeaux
1,242
NC
Warrenton
1,218
VA
Parkersburg
1,215
KY
Owensboro
1,202
DE
New Castle
2 Comments
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2024
Cool quiz. I'm curious why you didn't include Missouri, though.
+2
Level 55
Feb 17, 2024
Thanks! I've found that most definitions of the South don't include Missouri. This quiz specifically uses the official Census Bureau definition (minus modern-day Oklahoma, which had no large settlements at the time), which considers Missouri to be Midwest instead.