Can You Spell the Names of the Most Misspelled Cities in America?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Two things might help you ace this quiz! Either you are a Native American history buff, or you have taken a long road trip around the United States! Or perhaps you're just really good at spelling. Well, times up. We're about to find out if you have what it takes to identify the correct spelling of these commonly misspelled U.S. cities!

From Florida to Arizona, Wyoming to New York, pack your bags because we're taking you to every corner of the country to test your skills. We want to know, is it Schenektady or Schenectady? Is it Asheville or Ashville? And while you'll surely nail some, others will have you second-guessing. Your mind will try to fool you as you ponder the multiple choice options! So, are you ready for this ultimate spelling bee? Or do you need to "use it in a sentence please?"

Ok, "My sister traveled to Ketchikan to fish for salmon."

Ketchikan. K. E. T. C. H. I. K. A. N. Ketchikan.

Very good! You now have only the rest of the quiz to go! Are you smarter than a spelling bee champion? Will you live up to the road-tripper's dream? It's time to face the road signs. Put your visual thinking caps on and get ready to recognize the correct spelling of these difficult city names!

Raleigh is the second-largest city in North Carolina, after Charlotte. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city.

Located 40 miles west of Boston, Worcester is the second most populous city in all of New England. The city features many examples of Victorian-era mill architecture.

Ketchikan is the "salmon capital of the world." With a population of about 8,000 people, it is the southeastern most city Alaska.

Pittsburgh is the county seat of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As of 2017, there are a total of 305,704 residents within the city limits. It is therefore the 63rd-largest city in the U.S.

Tucsón's Spanish name is derived from the O'odham Cuk Ṣon Aztec language. It means "base of the black," referring to the basalt-covered hill which is now known as Sentinel Peak.

Cincinnati was settled in 1788 and is located at the north side of the confluence of the Licking River to the Ohio River. It is the third-largest city in Ohio.

The most populous city in New Mexico, Albuquerque is home to the famous Balloon Fiesta, an annual nine-day event featuring more than 500 hot air balloons.

Home to about 47,000 people, Pflugerville is a suburb of Austin, Texas. The city's motto is "Willkommen."

Asheville is nicknamed "Land of the Sky." Its motto is "Quality of Service, Quality of Life" and it is home to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Manhattan is known simply as "The City." Its name comes from the Lenape Algonquin language meaning "Island of many hills."

Sioux City was originally inhabited by the Yankton Sioux Indians. Today, its nearly 83,000 residents take pride in their city's motto, "Successful, Surprising, Sioux City."

Head to Detroit to check out "The Motor City." Detroit is the largest city on the U.S./Canada border and is the 23rd-most populous city in the country.

Boise is the capital and most populous city in Idaho. Located on the Boise River, it is home to about 205,000 people, making it the 99th-most populous city in the U.S.

Did you know that Phoenix is the fifth most populous city in the United States? It is also the only state capital with a population of more than 1,000,000 residents.

Located on the southwestern coast, Kaumalapau is the main commercial seaport for the Hawaiian island of Lanai. The original harbor breakwater was built in the 1920s by James Dole, the founder of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.

The historic town of Saguache is a Statutory Town in Colorado. This means that it has an elected mayor and board of trustees. The population was 493 in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Winnemucca is located in Humboldt County, Nevada. The current mayor of the city is Di An Putnam.

Culpeper, Virginia was founded in 1759. Its current mayor is Michael T. Olinger and it has a population of nearly 17,000 residents.

Known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls is governed by Mayor Paul A. Dyster. It is home to approximately 50,000 people who are known as Niagarians.

Fredericksburg is located 45 miles south of Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1728 and is visited by more than 1.5 million tourists each year.

Chattanooga has a population of 177,571, making it the fourth-largest city in Tennessee. It is a transit hub as it is located on the Tennessee River and services multiple railroads and Interstate highways.

Gloucester sure isn't pronounced like it's spelled. Known locally as "Gloster," it is a city on Cape Ann in Essex County, Massachusetts. It is home to about 28,000 people and is a major hub of the fishing industry in New England.

San Francisco is home to the famous Golden Gate Bridge. It is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous in the United States. The average per capita personal income of a San Francisco resident is $110,418.

Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley. Located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, it is also home to the world famous Philly cheese steak. Mmmm!

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida. It is home to Florida State University, which is ranked the nation's 33rd best public university by U.S. News & World Report.

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is known as The Soo. It was historically a crossroads of fishing and trading for Native American tribes along the Great Lakes.

The name "Schenectady" is derived from a Mohawk word, skahnéhtati, meaning "beyond the pines." The city was founded by Dutch colonists in the 17th century and is now home to more than 66,000 people.

Minneapolis is home to U.S. Bank Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings NFL team plays. This stadium was also the host of Super Bowl LII which was played on February 4, 2018, between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States. It is known as Charm City and though its motto is "The Greatest City in America," unfortunately, it has a high crime rate.

Cleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania state border. It was founded by European Americans in 1796.

Berkeley is a city on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. The city is named after the 18th-century Anglo-Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley.

Skaneateles is a town in Onondaga County, New York. With a population of about 7,200, its name comes from the Iroquois term for "long lake."

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is home to the world famous Kentucky Derby, which is held annually on the first Saturday in May.

The city of Milwaukee sits on the western shore of Lake Michigan. It is home to the historic Mitchell Building, Burns Commons, and the Milwaukee Riverwalk. It is nicknamed Cream City, Brew City, Beer City, Brew Town, and the list goes on.

Extra points if you can say Ypsilanti. This city was first settled in 1823. Its current mayor is Amanda Edmonds, who works alongside City Manager Darwin Parks McClary.

Incorporated in 1883, Kissimmee is now home to approximately 60,000 residents. Ranching was the main industry in Kissimmee until the opening of nearby Walt Disney World in 1971. Today tourism tops the list.

Founded in 1849 as Tusculum, the city's name was changed to Boerne when the town was platted in 1852. It was named in honor of a Jewish-German author and publicist.

Meeteetse... "Where Chiefs Meet." This town in Park County, Wyoming is home to a tiny community of 350 people. Its name is derived from the Native American term for "meeting place."

Aquebogue is part of Long Island's North Fork wine region and is home to various wineries, including Paumanouk Vineyards. There are approximately 2,500 residents living here.

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