Do You Know The Correct Spelling of These American Cities?

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

The U.S. is a true melting pot, and that extends to the names of American cities -- many of which came from a mix of different languages. These diverse roots mean that many city names are not spelled the way you would expect. Think you can get it right? Prove it with this quiz!

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Los Angeles -- which means "The Angels" in Spanish -- is the center of the U.S. film and TV industries. More than 4 million people call the city home, making it the second-most populous city in the country.

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Tallahassee may not be a large city, with fewer than 200,000 residents, but it is the capital and seventh-largest city in Florida. This hard-to-spell capital can be found on the state's panhandle.

Which of these is correct?

Located in central Massachusetts, Worcester -- pronounced "Wooster" -- just might be one of the trickiest cities in the country when it comes to spelling. With 181,000 residents, it's also the second-most populous city in New England.

Which of these is correct?

Millions of people visit Florida each year to see the Walt Disney World Resort, but while most fly into Orlando International, the famous theme parks are actually located in Kissimmee, not Orlando. When you exclude all the tourists, the tiny city has just 60,000 residents.

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Raleigh serves as the state capital of North Carolina, and is known as the City of Oaks for its dense oak tree count. The city of roughly half a million people is named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who founded the Roanoke Colony.

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Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is the second most populous city in Arizona after Phoenix. This city with the silent "c" in its name is also home to around half a million residents.

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That silent "h" will get you every time! Situated where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers meet, Pittsburgh, PA is known as Steel City and The City of Bridges.

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Located on the Ohio River, the city of Cincinnati is home to around 300,000 people. It's also the proud home of the Reds and the Bengals.

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The most populous city in New Mexico, Albuquerque just might be one of the toughest U.S. cities to spell correctly. The city of just over half a million people is known for its annual hot air balloon festival -- one of the largest in the world.

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Manhattan -- which roughly translates to "Island of Many Hills" -- is one of NYC's five boroughs. It's home to 1.6 million people, and the population swells to double that number each day thanks to commuters.

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Its location along Alaska's Inside Passage makes Ketchikan a popular port stop for cruises. The southernmost city in Alaska, the city is known for salmon fishing, wildlife and totem poles.

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Located in south central Arizona, Phoenix is both the state capital and Arizona's most populous city. With 1.6 million residents, it also ranks as the fifth-most populated city in the U.S.

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The city of Champaign is located 135 miles south of Chicago. It's named for the local county, and the name Champaign roughly translates to "Open Country" or "Level Country."

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Originally known as Fort Des Moines, Des Moines is now the capital and largest city in Iowa. It is known for hosting some of the earliest caucuses in each presidential election cycle, making it an important site for those interested in politics.

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With 5 syllables, the small town of Skaneateles -- pronounced "Skanny-at-a-les" -- is home to around 7,000 people. The name of this New York town comes from the Iroquois.

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Located in southeast Tennessee, Chattanooga is situated on the Tennessee River. Known as The Scenic City, it's famous for the 1941 Glenn Miller tune "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

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With 2.3 million people, Houston is the largest city in Texas. Pronounced "Hyoo-ston," it's also the fourth-most populous city in the United States.

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In the Dakota language, Minneapolis means "City of Waters." This largest city in Minnesota is also known as "The Twin Cities" when grouped with the nearby St. Paul.

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With a population of 400,000 people, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. It's known as the home of many aircraft companies, as well as McConnell Air Force Base.

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Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is the second-largest city in Ohio, after Columbus. It's also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Founded in 1776 and named for St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco is located on the northern California Coast. It's known as the City by the Bay, and tourists flock to the area to see sites like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Columbus is both the largest city and the capital of Ohio. With around 800,000 residents, it's the 14th most populous city in the U.S.

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The state of Indiana roughly translates to "Indian Land," so the name of its capital and largest city roughly means "Indian Land City." Home of the famous Indy 500, Indianapolis is the 15th-most populous city in the U.S.

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Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin. The name comes from the Algonquian word for good or beautiful.

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Home to the Cowboys and Rangers, Dallas is located in northeast Texas. The city is named for George Mifflin Dallas, who was the vice president under President James Polk.

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With around 700,000 residents, Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington. It's named for Chief Si'ahl, a Native American chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.

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Nashville is both the capital and largest city in Tennessee. Situated on the Cumberland River, it's known for its rich music culture.

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Oklahoma City is both the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. With a population of around 630,000, it's the 27th-most populous city in the U.S.

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Though home to fewer than half a million people, Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia. It's known for its extensive boardwalk and public beaches.

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With a population of around 350,000, New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana. The Big Easy is known for its French Creole culture, nightlife, cuisine and jazz music.

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