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Population Bracketology

March 22, 2019


Test your knowledge of population data! Start by choosing your geographic level: metro areas or states. Click on the name in each match-up that you think has the larger population. Green shows a correct answer, red indicates an incorrect answer. When you have opposing names picked for the next round, pick again. See how close you can come to a perfect score of 63. When you are finished, play again or mouse-over results to view the most current population estimates for each pair.

(Which is greater?)
Current Score:
Metro Area Population
State Population
Your score was:
XX out of 63

SOURCE: Vintage 2017 and 2018 Population Estimates and the International Data Base

NOTES: Winners in each metro area match-up are based on a comparison of the July 1, 2017 population estimates. Metro areas included are the 64 most populous (based on 2017 population) in the 50 states and District of Columbia. Metro areas are based on the July, 2015 Office of Management and Budget delineation; see www.census.gov/programs-surveys/metro-micro.html for more information. Abbreviated metro area titles are shown in the display; complete titles are shown in the data table and in the mouse-over available at the end of each game. Data for the 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico are based on July 1, 2018 population estimates. For more information about the population estimates see www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest.html. Mid-year 2018 population estimates for Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa are from the International Data Base available at https://www.census.gov/data-tools/demo/idb/informationGateway.php.

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