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Cities Bigger Than Their State Capital On A Map

There are 161 cities with a population higher than the state capital of their U.S. state. How many can you name?
City proper population, 2021
Source: Citypopulation.de
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Last updated: September 23, 2022
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Alabama
216,963
Huntsville
198,665
Montgomery
 
 
Alaska
288,121
Anchorage
32,702
Fairbanks
31,973
Juneau
 
 
Arizona
1,624,569
Phoenix
 
 
Arkansas
201,998
Little Rock
 
 
California
3,849,297
Los Angeles
1,381,611
San Diego
983,849
San Jose
815,201
San Francisco
544,510
Fresno
525,041
Sacramento
 
 
Colorado
711,463
Denver
 
 
Connecticut
148,333
Bridgeport
136,309
Stamford
135,081
New Haven
120,576
Hartford
 
 
Delaware
70,750
Wilmington
38,992
Dover
 
 
Florida
954,614
Jacksonville
439,890
Miami
387,050
Tampa
309,154
Orlando
258,201
St. Petersburg
220,490
Hialeah
217,523
Port St. Lucie
204,510
Cape Coral
197,102
Tallahassee
 
 
Georgia
496,461
Atlanta
 
 
Hawaii
345,510
Honolulu
 
 
Idaho
237,446
Boise
 
 
Illinois
2,696,555
Chicago
179,266
Aurora
150,372
Joliet
149,104
Naperville
147,711
Rockford
113,911
Elgin
113,394
Springfield
 
 
Indiana
882,039
Indianapolis
 
 
Iowa
212,031
Des Moines
 
 
Kansas
395,699
Wichita
197,106
Overland Park
154,545
Kansas City
143,014
Olathe
125,963
Topeka
 
 
Kentucky
628,594
Louisville
321,793
Lexington
73,529
Bowling Green
60,011
Owensboro
40,837
Covington
37,730
Georgetown
35,756
Richmond
32,132
Florence
31,931
Elizabethtown
31,490
Nicholasville
30,683
Hopkinsville
28,920
Independence
28,671
Jeffersontown
28,595
Frankfort
 
 
Louisiana
376,971
New Orleans
222,185
Baton Rouge
 
 
Maine
68,313
Portland
36,617
Lewiston
31,921
Bangor
26,993
South Portland
24,033
Auburn
22,569
Biddefort
22,135
Sanford
20,669
Saco
20,572
Westbrook
18,968
Augusta
 
 
Maryland
576,498
Baltimore
79,588
Frederick
69,101
Gaithersburg
67,139
Rockville
57,644
Bowie
43,487
Hagerstown
40,687
Annapolis
 
 
Massachusetts
654,776
Boston
 
 
Michigan
632,464
Detroit
196,416
Grand Rapids
138,130
Warren
133,269
Sterling Heights
121,536
Ann Arbor
112,684
Lansing
 
 
Minnesota
425,336
Minneapolis
307,193
St. Paul
 
 
Mississippi
149,761
Jackson
 
 
Missouri
508,394
Kansas City
293,310
St. Louis
169,724
Springfield
126,853
Columbia
122,088
Independence
102,781
Lee's Summit
93,644
O'Fallon
71,602
St. Joseph
70,820
St. Charles
59,430
Blue Springs
58,129
St. Peters
52,003
Florissant
51,846
Joplin
49,703
Chesterfield
45,452
Wentzville
42,772
Jefferson City
 
 
Montana
117,445
Billings
74,822
Missoula
60,403
Great Falls
54,539
Bozeman
34,768
Butte-Silver Bow
33,120
Helena
 
 
Nebraska
487,300
Omaha
292,657
Lincoln
 
 
Nevada
646,790
Las Vegas
322,178
Henderson
274,133
North Las Vegas
268,851
Reno
109,796
Sparks
58,993
Carson City
 
 
New Hampshire
115,462
Manchester
91,124
Nashua
44,006
Concord
 
 
New Jersey
307,220
Newark
283,927
Jersey City
157,794
Paterson
135,407
Elizabeth
90,457
Trenton
 
 
New Mexico
562,599
Albuquerque
112,914
Las Cruces
105,834
Rio Rancho
88,193
Santa Fe
 
 
New York
New York
8,467,513
New York
276,807
Buffalo
210,606
Rochester
209,530
Yonkers
146,103
Syracuse
98,617
Albany
 
 
North Carolina
879,709
Charlotte
469,124
Raleigh
 
 
 
 
North Dakota
126,748
Fargo
74,138
Bismarck
 
 
Ohio
906,528
Columbus
 
 
Oklahoma
687,725
Oklahoma City
 
 
Oregon
641,162
Portland
177,723
Salem
 
 
Pennsylvania
1,576,251
Philadelphia
300,431
Pittsburgh
125,944
Allentown
94,844
Reading
93,999
Erie
75,874
Scranton
75,624
Bethlehem
57,503
Lancaster
50,135
Harrisburg
 
 
Rhode Island
189,692
Providence
 
 
South Carolina
151,612
Charleston
137,541
Columbia
 
 
South Dakota
196,528
Sioux Falls
76,184
Rapid City
28,324
Aberdeen
23,577
Brookings
22,722
Watertown
15,631
Mitchell
15,453
Yankton
14,231
Huron
14,000
Pierre
 
 
Tennessee
678,851
Nashville
 
 
Texas
2,288,250
Houston
1,451,853
San Antonio
1,288,457
Dallas
964,177
Austin
 
 
Utah
200,478
Salt Lake City
 
 
Vermont
44,781
Burlington
20,282
South Burlington
15,851
Rutland
10,748
Essex Junction
8,457
Barre
8,330
Winooski
8,002
Montpelier
 
 
Virginia
457,672
Virginia Beach
251,269
Chesapeake
235,089
Norfolk
226,604
Richmond
 
 
Washington
733,919
Seattle
229,071
Spokane
219,205
Tacoma
192,169
Vancouver
149,440
Bellevue
134,835
Kent
110,812
Everett
105,905
Spokane Valley
105,179
Renton
99,037
Federal Way
96,578
Yakima
92,289
Bellingham
92,107
Kirkland
85,699
Auburn
84,488
Kennewick
78,871
Pasco
76,354
Redmond
71,144
Marysville
66,630
Sammamish
66,200
South Hill
63,331
Lakewood
61,929
Richland
57,918
Shoreline
55,919
Olympia
 
 
West Virginia
48,018
Charleston
 
 
Wisconsin
569,330
Milwaukee
269,196
Madison
 
 
Wyoming
65,051
Cheyenne
 
 
17 Comments
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Level 95
Sep 14, 2022
Great quiz! I just ran out of time in the middle of all those WA cities... time for a second attempt.
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Level 64
Sep 22, 2022
Rapid city, South dakota does not appear on the map
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2022
Almost all places in Pennslyvania, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington do not appear on the map. And some locations on the map seem like the actual capital of the state which appears as an answerable option.
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Level 90
Sep 22, 2022
I also noticed that many of the correct answers do not appear on the map, specifically in the states listed by Dhamo. Maybe it's not necessary for all of them to be on the map, but that should be clarified in the description.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2022
Thanks, for bringing it to my attention. When I fixed a small mistake earlier, I accidentally uploaded the wrong map, where not all cities were on. This is fixed now and they should all appear again on the map.
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Level 84
Sep 22, 2022
Birmingham, AL?
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2022
According to the source, Birmingham has 197,575, while Montgomery has 198,665.
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Level 86
Sep 22, 2022
great idea for a quiz! pretty hard since some states (Missouri, Kentucky, Vermont, Maine) have so many small cities that are still larger than the capital. I would question your inclusion of South Hill for Washington state, as far as I know it is NOT an incorporated city (I'm a resident of Washington). I would think you would only include incorporated cities not areas of a metro area. I was pleased to get 104 on my first try. didn't miss too many high percent ones only two in the 40s.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2022
Thanks for the feedback. I am going to stick with the source for now. If I start changing this based on subjective judgement, many other cities might be questionable too. I do not feel like I have the knowledge to overrule citypopulation.de.

As for the difficulty, I feel like part of the fun with this quiz is that some states has a lot of cities while others don't have any. It is simply not enough to know all the big ones or all the ones in just one specific area.

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Level 68
Sep 22, 2022
I liked the quiz but South Hill is a CDP, which would be fine if it was specified and if you included the ones around Vegas and the CDPs in Maryland.

Also Aurora is not highlighting but overall great quiz :)

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Level 73
Sep 23, 2022
I've added South Hill as an automatically filled in.
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Level 63
Sep 22, 2022
Aurora, IL isn't working.
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Level 73
Sep 23, 2022
It should be showing on the map now.
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Level 85
Sep 22, 2022
Can Essex be a write-in answer for Essex Junction?

Most sources list it as just Essex.

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Level 73
Sep 23, 2022
Essex is now accepted as a type-in.
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Level 74
Nov 3, 2023
Why is there a gray and white dot in Oregon?
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Level 91
Nov 3, 2023
Wonderful idea for a quiz! I hope it gets featured even though it can't be nominated.

Can you double-check the location of the dot for Bowie, Maryland? In general, Bowie is basically due west of Annapolis and very close to Washington, not a suburb of Baltimore. Your dot might be correct and it just might be a vagary of dealing with a small state on a map. Thanks