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Who knows their hometown best?

How well do you know your city? If you were given a bird’s-eye view on a map, could you point out the location of iconic landmarks, without the help of Google Maps? We surveyed residents from America’s ten most recognizable cities to determine which residents know their city best.

Maybe all of that smog is obscuring the city’s views, but Los Angeles residents scored the lowest on our survey. The City of Angels was given a “C-” grade and fell last on our list at No. 10. However, if you find yourself lost in L.A., you might want to ask a nearby woman for help. Women in L.A. recognized their city more than men, according the survey. Los Angeles was also the most recognized city by people living outside of L.A., when compared with New York and Chicago.

Speaking of New York and Chicago, the “Big Apple” and the “Second City” came in at No. 2 and No. 4 on our list, respectively. Chicago residents were g

iven a solid “B” grade while New Yorkers were given an “A-”. Surprisingly, Chicagoans recognized L.A. landmarks better than their own city’s landmarks!

Unlike New York and Chicago, Austin doesn’t have any towering skyscrapers, but they do have residents who know their city well. If you know how to find the University of Texas Tower or the Texas State Capitol on a map, then chances are you’re from Austin. Residents from this southern hipster haven scored the highest on our survey with an “A” grade. Women in Austin knew their city the best and scored higher than men. Overall, women also scored higher than men in 7 out of ten cities on our list.

We surveyed 2,000 residents from 10 American cities. Each resident was shown a map of his or her home city, with five unlabeled pins on the map. Residents were provided a list of 10 famous landmarks in their city and asked to select the five that were pinned on the map (five of the 10 listed were not pinned). Overall rank was determined by grades, and grades were determined by the combined average score of each city’s residents.

Below are the 10 landmarks in each city respondents could choose from. Bold landmarks were pinned on the map, and the best and least known landmarks in each city are identified accordingly.


  • Zilker Park (LEAST)
  • HOPE Outdoor Gallery
  • Texas Capitol (BEST)
  • Barton Creek Trail
  • Hippie Hollow Park
  • University of Texas Tower
  • Museum of the Weird
  • Jeremiah Hamilton House
  • Haskell House
  • Blanton Museum of Art


  • JFK Presidential Library
  • Langone Park (LEAST)
  • Fenway Park (BEST)
  • Faneuil Hall
  • MIT
  • Boston Public Library
  • New England Aquarium
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Mass General Hospital


  • The Art Institute (BEST)
  • John Hancock Center
  • Navy Pier
  • Robie House
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Wrigley Field
  • The 606 (LEAST)
  • Second City
  • Willis Tower


  • Waugh Drive Bat Colony
  • Theater District
  • University of Houston
  • Beer Can House
  • Historic Market Square
  • Twilight Epiphany Skyspace (LEAST)
  • Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Minute Maid Park (BEST)
  • Discovery Green


  • Mullholland Drive
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Capitol Records Building (LEAST)
  • La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
  • Griffith Observatory (BEST)
  • Dodger Stadium
  • University of Southern California
  • Muscle Beach
  • Hollywood Sign


  • The Colony Hotel
  • Matheson Hammock Park
  • Freedom Tower
  • The Shops at Sunset Place
  • Venetian Pool (LEAST)
  • Bal Harbour Beach (BEST)
  • Jungle Island
  • Miami City Hall
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Crandon Park


  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • The High Line
  • Chinatown
  • Washington Square Park
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (BEST)
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Empire State Building
  • UN Headquarters (LEAST)
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • Trump Tower


  • Blacks Beach
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Petco Park
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Chicano Park
  • California Tower (LEAST)
  • San Diego Zoo (BEST)
  • Old Town
  • USS Midway Museum
  • San Diego California Temple


  • Alcatraz
  • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (LEAST)
  • Chinatown
  • Coit Tower
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Sutro Baths
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • Fisherman's Wharf (BEST)
  • Painted Ladies
  • Lombard Street


  • Kubota Garden
  • The Wall of Death (LEAST)
  • Gas Works Park
  • Space Needle
  • The Museum of Flight
  • Tillicum Village
  • University of Washington
  • Pike Place Market (BEST)
  • Discovery Park
  • Jimi Hendrix Statue

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