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!
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.
Los Angeles is the commercial, cultural and financial center of Southern California. It is a world-famous center of film and television production.
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.
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.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. It is located in Massachusetts.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C., is the seat of American federal government. It is part of no U.S. state and bordered by Maryland and Virginia.
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.
Chicago is located in the state of Illinois. It is the largest city in the Midwest.
San Francisco is a small city located in Northern California. It is famously hilly and expensive to live in.
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.
Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland. It is not part of any county - it's the largest independent city in America.
Both Amazon and Microsoft are headquartered in Seattle. This city of roughly 700,000 is located in Washington State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Houston is a large metropolis in Texas. It is known for being a home to both NASA and the Houston Grand Opera.
New Orleans is a famous melting pot of French, African and American culture. It's famous for its live music and Mardi Gras celebration.
San Diego is a Southern California city with a population of over a million. It is famous for its year-round warm weather.
Portland is the largest city in Oregon. It is famous as a hip cultural hub with a thriving arts scene.
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.
Miami is on Florida's southeastern tip. It is famous for the South Beach neighborhood, which is home to beautiful beaches and popular nightclubs.
Detroit is the largest city in Michigan. Its nickname is "Motor 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.
Nashville is located in Tennessee. It's the home of numerous famous music venues and a historic town for country, blues and rock music.
Oklahoma City is the capitol and largest city of Oklahoma. It has a population of over 600,000.
Phoenix, Arizona, is the largest capital city in the country. It is the only state capital with a population exceeding one million people.
Honolulu is the capital and largest city of Hawaii. It is a major international business hub.
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.
Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city of Utah. The headquarters of the Mormon Church can be found there.
Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri. This city is prominent part of jazz history.