Can You Name the State From Three Cities?


By: Teresa McGlothlin

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

With 50 states in the union, there's a lot of cities out there. Without making it completely obvious, do you think you can pick the state if we present you with three of a state's lesser-known cities? While we promise we haven't gone into completely obscure towns with a population of 13 people, we have tried to challenge that beautiful brain between your ears. 

No matter how much of a geography whiz you are, you might feel a little challenged by some of our chosen cities. We could have given you the capitals to all of them, but what fun would that be? We know that you probably covered those towns back in elementary school. As we travel around the country through this quiz, see how many of them you can get right without needing a hint. 

You might think you have the bragging rights to be called the geography champion of the world, but can you prove it? Out of 35 states, how many cities can you place correctly? Once you've finished, we will let you know how well you did! Will it be as well as you think you'll do, or do you need to revisit the books?

Which state is home to Montgomery, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa?

By area, Alabama is the 30th biggest state in the United States. It is home to such famous folk as Rosa Parks and Channing Tatum. Alabama's capital is Montgomery.


Where would you find Lexington, Louisville and Ashland?

Although the capital of Kentucky is Frankfort, it is best known for the Kentucky Derby that takes place in Louisville. It shouldn't boggle the mind that the state's official animal is the horse.


Where would you find Dayton, Akron and Columbus?

Ohio has been a member of the union since 1803. The state borders five other states, but features Lake Erie on its northernmost side.


Which state's abbreviation goes after Charleston, Wheeling and Huntington?

West Virginia is the 35th state to enter the union. It is the only state to sit entirely within the Appalachian mountains, and possesses some of the most biodiverse forests in the country.


Where would you find Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte?

The 10th most populous state in the United States, North Carolina is best known for being the birthplace of flight. In 1903, the Wright Brothers took flight from Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks.


Where would you go to visit Galveston, Fort Worth and Austin?

If you wanted to visit Galveston, Fort Worth, Austin or Houston, you would head to Texas. Known as the Lone Star state, Texas entered the union on Dec. 29, 1945.


What state hosts the cities of Fargo, Minot and Bismarck?

With a population of just over 755,000, North Dakota is a spacious state. The largest city in North Dakota is Fargo, with a population of under 120,000.


Where would you find Savannah, Macon and Augusta?

If you wanted to visit Macon, Augusta or Savannah, you would visit the state of Georgia. Georgia is famous for its peaches, but it is also home to one of the biggest cities in the south - Atlanta!


Which state has the cities of Omaha, Grand Island and Lincoln?

Nebraska was granted statehood in 1867, and it has grown to a population of nearly 2 million people. However, the smallest town in Nebraska is named Monowi, and it has just one resident.


What state is home to Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe?

Arizona's capital city of Phoenix is the 6th most populated city in the U.S. It is best known for the Grand Canyon and for its famous baseball team, the Arizona Cardinals.


Which states hosts the cities of Jefferson City, Branson and Joplin?

The state of Missouri is home to Joplin, Kansas City, Branson and Jefferson City. Missouri joined the union of states in 1821, and it is home to over 6 million people.


Which cities would you find in Tennessee?

The state of Tennessee is most famous for being home of the country music capital of Nashville. Though cities like Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga make up significant portions of the state's 7 million people.


Which state's abbreviation follows Portland, Bangor and Augusta?

Famous for its lobster, Maine is also home to Bangor, Augusta and Portland. Maine ranks at the 9th least populous state with only 1.3 million residents.


Where would you go to find New Haven, Danbury and Hartford?

Among the 169 towns in Connecticut that make up the state's nearly 4 million citizens, New Haven, Danbury and Hartford are the most populated. It is also home to the world-famous Peabody Museum of Natural History.


Where could you visit Shreveport, Baton Rouge and Lafayette?

Most famous for New Orleans and Mardi Gras, Louisiana sits all the Gulf coast. It is home to many cities including Shreveport, Lafayette and Baton Rouge.


If you were visiting Trenton, Atlantic City or Newark, where would you be?

If you were visiting Trenton, Atlantic City or Newark, you would be in New Jersey. New Jersey has 130 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean.


Which state is home to Erie, Harrisburg and Philadelphia?

If you are visiting Pennsylvania and you are not in Pittsburgh, you are most likely in Erie, Harrisburg or Philadelphia. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed in Pennsylvania.


What state is home to Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City?

Iowa is home to over 3 million people, and the largest city is Des Moines. It sits firmly between the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.


Where would you find Tulsa, Edmond and Norman?

Oklahoma officially became a state in 1907. With a population of over 680,000, the largest city is Oklahoma City.


Which state hosts the cities of Carson City, Reno and Henderson?

The desert state of Nevada is most famous for being home to Las Vegas. However, the capital of the state is actually Carson City.


Which state would you find Eugene, Portland and Salem in?

Although Astoria is considered the most beautiful city in Oregon, the others have a lot to offer, too. Oregon became a state in 1859, and it is home to over 4.1 million people.


Where might you find Fairbanks, Wasilla and Barrow?

One of the most untamed states in the United States, Alaska became a state in 1959. The largest city by population is Anchorage, but the entire state is home to less than 800,000 people.


Which state claims the cities of Helena, Billings and Missoula?

Although the capital of Montana is Helena, Billings is the largest city by population. Montana is most famous for Glacier National Park.


In which state would you find Pierre, Rapid City and Aberdeen?

The capital of South Dakota is Pierre, but the biggest city is actually Sioux Falls. The state is well known for being home to the iconic Mount Rushmore.


Which state has the cities of Middlebury, Burlington and Stowe?

The largest city in Vermont is Burlington, but the capital city is Montpelier. Vermont is well known for its naturally grown maple syrup.


What state is home to Concord, Manchester and Nashua?

With over 200 towns, New Hampshire is a small state that over 1.3 people call home. One of New Hampshire's most popular attractions is the White Mountain National Forest.


Which state has cities named Hilo, Volcano and Honolulu?

Comprised of 6 main islands, Hawaii is one of the most visited stated in the United States. With active volcanoes, jungles and urban living, it is a tourist haven like no other.


Where could you find Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver?

Washington was granted statehood in 1889, and features everything from mountains to oceanside living. Although Seattle is the largest city, Olympia is actually the capital.


What state is home to Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend?

Best known for farming and auto racing, Indiana is home to almost 7 million people. The capital city is Indianapolis, but we thought that would make it too easy for you.


Where would you find Alexandria, Roanoke and Richmond?

If you were visiting either Alexandria, Richmond or Roanoke, you would be in the state of Virginia. Founded in 1788, Virginia is home to many historical landmarks including Monticello.


If you were visiting Roswell, Santa Fe or Farmington, where would you be?

With a state population of over 2 million, New Mexico is a diverse landscape. The capital city of Santa Fe dates all the way back to 1610.


Where would you find Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo?

Yes, there are other cities in New York other than New York City. New York has a lot of great cities, but the first chess tournament in the United States took place in NYC during 1843. It became a state in 1788.


Where can you find Jonesboro, Little Rock and Conway?

With a population of over 3 million, Arkansas sits alongside the Mississippi River and stretches to the Ozark Mountains. The capital of Arkansas is Little Rock.


What New England state is home to Cranston, Newport and Warwick?

Although Rhode Island is the smallest of the continental states, it still boasts a population of over 1 million. The capital of Rhode Island is Providence.


Where are Dearborn, Lansing and Ann Arbor located?

With over 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan is a fisherman's dream. The state has a population of almost 10 million people. The capital city is Lansing, and not Detroit like most people think.


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