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Oct 8th, 2009 at 01:33 GMT
It would be helpful if this quiz indicated that it's not referring to legal "cities". Arlington is a county, not a city. Centreville, Burke, Reston and Annandale are all unincorporated communities in Fairfax County. Dale City and Tuckahoe are also unincorporated. I lived in Arlington for six years and didn't even try it because of the misuse of the word "city". Just a notation that the answers include Census Designated Places and not just legally incorporated cities would be very useful. Thanks!
Oct 8th, 2009 at 03:53 GMT
This quiz names a lot of weird place, like... Dale City counts as a city but dumfries, manassas and woodbridge don't? They are much larger, I'd say, and Dale City isn't even really a city...it's like a street. Just a weird use of the word 'city' like borodino21 said. For instance, Centreville is a suburban community, there is nothing 'city-like' about it.
Oct 8th, 2009 at 08:18 GMT
@k3lit0: Well, jeez, let's just re-write all the quizzes in terms of your impression of how big the cities are. I mean, that must be more accurate than the Census Bureau's efforts to, you know, actually
the people living there. FYI, according to the source: Dale City 55,971, Dumfries 4,937, Manassas 35,135, Woodbridge 31,941. And, of those, only Manassas is an incorporated city.
Oct 8th, 2009 at 18:40 GMT
The point that was being made is that this quiz can really throw off someone who's a resident of Virginia . . . you don't tend to think of those places as cities because of the way the city structure works around here. The independent cities are all cities . . . I'm not even sure what to consider the other places. It's kind of messed up, really.
Oct 9th, 2009 at 04:00 GMT
Following up on ragnarok's point: Virginia has a very strange local government system. If a community incorporates as city, it secedes from its county. So if something is an incorporated city, it's not in a county; and if a location is in a county, it's not an incorporated city. Taking up a different point: I don't have a problem with the quiz using unincorporated communities (and/or CDPs), but I think it should be stated that it is. Compare to the Michigan quiz, for example, which uses the word "city" and only counts incorporated communities. If the Michigan quiz include unincorporated communites (as this one does) fully a quarter of the answers would be different, with five townships entering the quiz and cities 16-20 dropping out. Since seven of the twenty answers of this quiz are unincorporated, I think that information should be provided in introductory information.
Oct 9th, 2009 at 13:15 GMT
Why isn't CWCville on the list? http://cogsdev.110mb.com/cwcki/index.php/CWCville
Oct 9th, 2009 at 15:43 GMT
I tried Williamsburg and Jamestown... :(
Oct 12th, 2009 at 03:43 GMT
Yeh, to only get 13 when I've lived all my life in Virginia...it would have been helpful to know it included communities that aren't actually cities. Or go the other way: include urban areas for all of them. Like Charlottesville - 40k live within the city limits, but another 100k live in the surrounding county. That's twice as big as Suffolk, which IS an entire county. (Oh, and I think if someone just puts in "NOVA" it should cover that whole mess up there. :) )
Oct 13th, 2009 at 03:00 GMT
Actually, as someone who spent most of his life in Virginia, this quiz is bull****. The areas of Northern Virginia mentioned before are not cities, they are simply pieces of a county. Fairfax and Arlington counties have something like two million people but can't count them as one group because they've been split into so many neighborhoods. Centreville, Reston, etc are not cities. Period.
Oct 14th, 2009 at 01:31 GMT
10/20. That sounds about right for someone who goes to college in Virginia but didn't grow up there.
Oct 15th, 2009 at 05:41 GMT
davidr: He has something of a point. This is a very poor quiz. Most of these quizzes do not use CDPs or postal divisions; they use incorporated places. Towns/townships are excluded from the state quizzes in the Northeast. If I'm asked to do a "city" quiz, I don't count CDPs.
Oct 17th, 2009 at 01:17 GMT
Hey Goat - GO TRIBE.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 23:26 GMT
Yes, for Virginia the quiz ought to be for metropolitan areas, because the delineation between what is or isn't a city has to do with local government and not on population of an urban area. Though then you'd have to delineate which parts of NoVa belong to what metropolis or if they're all D.C's.
Oct 30th, 2009 at 00:32 GMT
The Virginia local government system (municipalities) kind of throw some of this off, but a resident of the commonwealth should still be able to get most of them. Unfortunately most answers are Northern VA sprawl cities.
Jan 28th, 2010 at 19:16 GMT
I've lived in Fairfax my whole life. I got stumped and just started firing off suburban areas and got 19/20. I was surprised that Burke was on there and Fairfax and Falls Church (actual cities with additional unincorporated areas around them with the same mailing address) weren't. I'm pretty sure both of those addresses have more people than Burke does... unless a lot of Clifton and Fairfax Station have Burke addresses. I think you people just made 'Tuckahoe' up.
Mar 20th, 2010 at 04:54 GMT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuckahoe,_Virginia that is the wiki site for Tuckahoe. This should never of made it on the official gaming list.
Jun 15th, 2010 at 17:45 GMT
@Everyone complaining about this quiz: was the name not changed to "cities (and towns)" when you commented? If so, then yeah, these are all either cities or towns. It's not incredibly complicated but it might seem weird to someone from outside the state. For example, I live in Vienna, which is right next to Reston, and Vienna is a city whereas Reston isn't, despite Vienna having a much lower population...
Jun 27th, 2010 at 14:17 GMT
arlington is a county
Jul 17th, 2010 at 17:50 GMT
I was surprised to learn that Tuckahoe is a CDP. It's a suburb of Richmond, often referred to as the "Near West End" or simply "West End". It's in Henrico County, and has either a Richmond or Henrico mailing address. The only time I've ever heard Tuckahoe, it refers to the names of businesses in the area. Nobody ever says, "I live in Tuckahoe."
Jul 24th, 2010 at 17:43 GMT
Created a new Virginia Cities quiz that only includes independent cities: http://www.sporcle.com/games/singin185/virginia_cities
Oct 1st, 2010 at 20:12 GMT
I thought number 20 was what you did with a hooker when she went to bed....I know that's terrible.
Dec 3rd, 2010 at 05:01 GMT
I spent the first 18 years of my life in the Tuckahoe section of Henrico County, and never in a million years would I have considered it a city, town, or anything other than a suburban neighborhood that simply lends its name to doctors' offices, middle schools, libraries, dry cleaners and the like. My mailing address growing up was Richmond; a couple years ago, it changed to Henrico. It is rather surprising to see that 43,000 people supposedly live there, though.
Dec 3rd, 2010 at 05:06 GMT
Also, to second singin185's comment, a resident of the Tuckahoe area would never say "I'm from Tuckahoe," even if another person from the Richmond area asked them what part of town they're from. I understand that it's a CDP, but there is no indication in the instructions that this rather arcane definition of "city (or town)" is what's being used.
Dec 25th, 2010 at 03:20 GMT
If you want to be picky, it should be "Commonwealth of Virginia," not "State."
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 21:11 GMT
This is bogus. Most of the areas are not cities as identified in Virginia but unincorporated parts of counties.
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Feb 2nd, 2011 at 06:39 GMT
I don't know where the census got this info because Dale City doesn't even have a post office, mail has to be addressed to Woodbridge. Also, this badly needs an update, Arlington at least has way more people now. And to all the lower Virginians that think NOVA is "just sprawl" or "a mess", we're the majority of the state now so nyah nyah!
Mar 1st, 2013 at 01:22 GMT
Harrisonburg is almost 50,000 people per the census. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/51660.html
Apr 21st, 2013 at 00:12 GMT
Why do the rankings go 5,6,8,7,10,9
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