Can You Name These U.S. Cities from Three Clues?


By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Is your mind a road map of America's great cities? The United States of America has a population of over 325 million people. It is the third most populous country on earth, following China and India. In this large country, the vast majority of people live in major cities. Whether it's the East Coast, the West Coast or somewhere in the middle, about 80% of all Americans work and live in urban areas, or in suburbs directly surrounding them. This is where it is easiest to find work, which is what attracts many Americans from rural areas. In fact, the overall population in urban areas is rising, while that in rural areas has fallen.

Despite not being as densely populated or large in area as other cities in the Americas or Eurasia, many American cities are global icons that have had a huge influence on the world. When it comes to finance, tech, art, media and culture, many American cities have set global standards for decades. Some of these places are even currently on the cutting edge. All across this country are massive centers of art, medicine, commerce, food and more.

If you think you know America's cities like the back of your hand, take a crack at this quiz!

This city is in a desert, is famous for its casinos and is full of luxury resorts.

Las Vegas, Nevada, sits in the Mojave desert. It's 4-mile-long Vegas Strip is famous for its 24-hour casinos, entertainment options and elaborate displays.


This city is known for Hollywood, celebrity sightings and intense traffic.

Los Angeles is the commercial, cultural and financial center of Southern California. It is a world-famous center of film and television production.


This city on the shores of Lake Erie is famous for wings and being named for a smelly, hairy beast.

Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State and is the birthplace of non-dairy whipped topping, which is quite the claim to fame. They also have the world's oldest active fireboat, if you're in the market for looking at a fireboat.


This city is the largest in America by population, it's the home of Broadway theater, and it is on the East Coast.

New York City is the largest city in America, with over 20 million people living in its metropolitan area. New York City also has the largest foreign-born population density of any city on Earth.


___________ is known for clam chowder, cream pie and a very distinctive accent.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. It is located in Massachusetts.


If you want a delicious brisket you can cook it over this town that's also home to a rodeo and America's first air-conditioned mall!

Mesquite, Texas has a population just over 140,000 people making it one of America's 200 most populous cities and one of the top 10 named after a kind of wood. It was home to America's first air-conditioned mall, the Big Town Mall, which was torn down in 2006.


This city is in Texas, is known for its arts district, and is where JFK was assassinated.

Dallas is the ninth most populous city in the U.S., with a population of roughly 1.3 million people. It is a commercial and cultural hub.


__________ is the location of the White House, home to many free museums and the capital of the U.S.

Washington, D.C., is the seat of American federal government. It is part of no U.S. state and bordered by Maryland and Virginia.


Where can you find the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and Drew Carey? In the place Forbes called "the most miserable city in America!" Name it!

Cleveland was named for Genera Moses Cleaveland who lost an "A" somewhere in the city's history. It's also home to the NFL franchise the Cleveland Browns whose team logo is the color orange which makes all the sense in Ohio.


This city is on Lake Michigan, has an iconic skyline and is known for deep dish pizza.

Chicago is located in the state of Illinois. It is the largest city in the Midwest.


This city is known for its year-round fog, cable cars and being a center of hippie culture in the '60s.

San Francisco is a small city located in Northern California. It is famously hilly and expensive to live in.


You could have some happy days in this town with Laverne and Shirley, not to mention all the cheese and beer. What's the city?

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and is also home to more beer than you can shake a stick at. In fact, Milwaukee had over two dozen breweries established by 1856. That's a lot of extremely old beer.


This city sits on the East Coast, is a historic seaport and is famous for its seafood and crab cakes.

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland. It is not part of any county - it's the largest independent city in America.


______ is located in the Pacific Northwest, is known for tech and boasts the home of Starbucks.

Both Amazon and Microsoft are headquartered in Seattle. This city of roughly 700,000 is located in Washington State.


Bugs Bunny knows to not take left turns at this town which named their minor league baseball team after a Simpsons joke and is home to Demi Lovato. Name it!

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the biggest city in all of New Mexico and was named for Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, 10th Duke of Alburquerque. Those other 9 Dukes probably feel pretty bad about things.


This city is a state capital, located by the Rocky Mountains and known for beer.

Denver is the capital of Colorado and a city with Old West roots. In this city, more beer is brewed daily than in any other city in the U.S.


This city is a state capital, played an important part in the Civil Rights Movement and has one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and has a metropolitan area population of over 5 million people. This makes it one of the largest metropolitan areas in America.


They call this casino-filled town where Ken Shamrock comes from the "Biggest Little City in the World." What is it?

Reno, Nevada is like Las Vegas lite and features not just gambling but bowling tournaments and a balloon race. It's also home to Tesla's Gigafactory where they make batteries in what is the biggest building in the world.


This city is known for cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell and the Mummers.

Philadelphia is located in the state of Pennsylvania. An important historic city, it still has many buildings and sites left from the days of our founding fathers.


This city is known for its tech scene, is located in California and is one of the largest cities in America.

San Jose, California, has a population of over 1 million, making it the tenth most populous city in America. It is surrounded by Silicon Valley's rolling hills.


_______ is the largest city in the South by population, fourth largest in the country, and known for Tex-Mex cuisine.

Houston is a large metropolis in Texas. It is known for being a home to both NASA and the Houston Grand Opera.


This city is known as "The Big Easy," is famous for its Cajun cuisine and is known for Voodoo.

New Orleans is a famous melting pot of French, African and American culture. It's famous for its live music and Mardi Gras celebration.


This city is on the Pacific Coast, close to the Mexican-American border and known for its beaches.

San Diego is a Southern California city with a population of over a million. It is famous for its year-round warm weather.


This city is known for being eco-friendly, is located in the Pacific Northwest and is a foodie hot spot.

Portland is the largest city in Oregon. It is famous as a hip cultural hub with a thriving arts scene.


This city is not a state capital, but it is one of the smaller cities in the U.S. and known as one of the "Twin Cities."

Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and forms "The Twin Cities" with neighboring Minneapolis capital St Paul. It is known for its parks and lakes.


This city is known for its Cuban influence, colorful buildings and beaches.

Miami is on Florida's southeastern tip. It is famous for the South Beach neighborhood, which is home to beautiful beaches and popular nightclubs.


This city is on the American-Canadian border, is the birthplace of Motown and is in the Midwest.

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan. Its nickname is "Motor City."


__________ is one of the most populous cities in the Midwest, hosts the Indy 500 and is sometimes called "Circle City."

Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana. One of its nicknames is "The Crossroads of America," because it is within a day's drive of the majority of the U.S. population.


This city is located in the South, world famous for its music and home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville is located in Tennessee. It's the home of numerous famous music venues and a historic town for country, blues and rock music.


This city is a state capital, often shortened to OKC and known for its cowboy culture.

Oklahoma City is the capitol and largest city of Oklahoma. It has a population of over 600,000.


This city is a state capital, is famously hot and has a massive metropolitan area population.

Phoenix, Arizona, is the largest capital city in the country. It is the only state capital with a population exceeding one million people.


________ is on an island, is a major gateway to the U.S. and is where you can find Pearl Harbor.

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of Hawaii. It is a major international business hub.


This city is home to the Gateway Arch, sits along the Mississippi River and is famous for barbecue.

St. Louis is an independent port city in Missouri. It is the cultural and economic center of the Greater St. Louis area, which is home to over 2 million people.


________ is a high elevation city, it is known for its Mormon roots and is known for its punk scene.

Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city of Utah. The headquarters of the Mormon Church can be found there.


___________ sits on the Kansas-Missouri border, has a strong jazz heritage and is known for barbecue.

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri. This city is prominent part of jazz history.


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