Which state has the largest city by population? (This or That)

[8-11-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage “This or That” Quiz Question: Which state has the largest city by population?

We have put both correct (left side) and incorrect (right side) options below. It will help you in determining the correct answer if the correct answer is not on this page, but the wrong answer is on the page. The correct answers (1-10) are bold (blue).

  • Iowa ……. New Hampshire
  • Alaska ……. South Carolina
  • Texas ……. Michigan
  • Washington ……. Minnesota
  • Wisconsin ……. Idaho
  • Colorado ……. Nebraska
  • North Carolina ……. Delaware
  • California ……. Oregon
  • Pennsylvania ……. Maine
  • Louisiana ……. Ohio

It seems that Bing is using old population data for some states, and hence many of you got the wrong answers:

Other correct answers (according to Bing) are as follows:

  • Georgia ……. Missouri
  • Kansas ……. Ohio
  • Massachusetts ……. Ohio
  • Maryland ……. Ohio
  • Colorado ……. Ohio
  • Georgia ……. Ohio
  • Indiana ……. Ohio
  • Connecticut ……. South Carolina

If your quiz has different options, you can look into the following table to find the correct answers. The table is sorted by population. So, for two given states in your quiz, check their rank in the following table and determine the correct answer. E.g., if the rank of state ‘X’ is 10 and that of state ‘Y’ is 15, the correct answer is ‘X’. (Ref)

Ranking of US states with the largest city by population:

RankCity nameState2022 Population (estimated)
1New York CityNew York8,930,002
2Los AngelesCalifornia3,919,973
3ChicagoIllinois2,756,546
4HoustonTexas2,345,606
5PhoenixArizona1,640,641
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,619,355
7JacksonvilleFlorida975,177
8ColumbusOhio929,492
9CharlotteNorth Carolina903,211
10IndianapolisIndiana901,082
11SeattleWashington762,687
12DenverColorado738,594
13WashingtonDistrict of Columbia707,109
14NashvilleTennessee707,091
15Oklahoma CityOklahoma701,266
16BostonMassachusetts687,257
17PortlandOregon666,249
18Las VegasNevada653,533
19DetroitMichigan624,177
20BaltimoreMaryland578,658
21MilwaukeeWisconsin573,700
22AlbuquerqueNew Mexico568,301
23Kansas CityMissouri517,750
24AtlantaGeorgia514,457
25OmahaNebraska501,469
26Virginia BeachVirginia463,766
27MinneapolisMinnesota439,430
28WichitaKansas400,564
29New OrleansLouisiana392,031
30HonoluluHawaii353,706
31LouisvilleKentucky344,794
32NewarkNew Jersey318,431
33San JuanPuerto Rico311,038
34AnchorageAlaska291,131
35BoiseIdaho241,686
36HuntsvilleAlabama221,986
37Des MoinesIowa216,273
38Little RockArkansas204,405
39Salt Lake CityUtah202,379
40Sioux FallsSouth Dakota200,243
41ProvidenceRhode Island193,512
42CharlestonSouth Carolina156,255
43JacksonMississippi149,739
44BridgeportConnecticut149,538
45FargoNorth Dakota126,748
46BillingsMontana117,445
47ManchesterNew Hampshire115,462
48WilmingtonDelaware70,908
49PortlandMaine68,850
50CheyenneWyoming66,266
51CharlestonWest Virginia48,356
52BurlingtonVermont45,209

Today’s “Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz” has ten answers to the “This or That?” question. Each answer carries 5 points, and the wrong answer does not earn any point. Earn five points per question—up to 50 points total—when you answer correctly. So, select only the correct answers.

If you find other answers, please mention them in the comment.

15 Comments

  1. This question is a bit tricky as it does not ask about the states’ ranking by population. It’s ranking of states by the largest city in terms of population.

  2. Only this website has correct population. Reddit and others have old population and you might get wrong answers.
    Thanks for compiling the answers.

    • You are right. I checked today’s reddit page, couple of answers are wrong.
      Google is not showing this page on first page today, many will select wrong answers.

  3. Thanks for saving time. Wikipedia and even your reference has not compiled the answers properly. Your effort is appreciated 👍

    • The population of Columbus (Ohio) is ~900k and that of Wichita (Kansas) is ~400k. Not sure why Microsoft thinks it’s wrong. I checked several sources and found that these are the biggest cities in those two states.

  4. For some reason, between Massachusetts and Ohio, the correct answer is Massachusetts. I don’t know why. Just a heads up.

  5. For the MO vs GA option, they claim Atlanta is bigger than Kansas City, so your list above is incorrect for those rankings. Choose GA over MO for Bing’s purposes on this quiz.

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