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Which Emoji Are Most Associated With Which Cities?

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Which Emoji Are Most Associated With Which Cities?



It’s lit in Boston! The most popular emoji is the  emoji. Boston is suffering through a particularly average sports season, with only two championships in the last 13 months. The Celtics didn’t live up to expectations and the Red Sox are only half-defending their World Series crown, otherwise we could expect the ☘️ and  to hold more prominent positions. As TB12 looks to his retirement and Canton, I wonder if we’ll see more  and  coming out of the Hub.

New York


As the only city in the US with an emoji for one of it’s most iconic destinations, it’s no surprise you can equate NYC with . A small  stands in for the Big . Elsewhere we see the  had a spike of usage on May 22nd – Fleet Week. We’ll see this emoji again. No  or  to describe New York though? Maybe you haven’t been recently.



Philly’s most identifiable emoji is also the , right next to the  so we can assume it’s lit and ‘delphians are keeping it real. The 🦅 made it, representing the city’s team, but it’s surprising not to see a . Maybe Philly’s residents need to lobby for a cheesesteak emoji if they don’t like their bell.


The  immediately catches the eye. Very appropriate. The ️, the , the  (Bad Boys anyone?) all seem like they belong too. But where’s the Cuban sandwich? South Beach gets itself in the conversation with . It’s surprising there’s no love for the UMiami . Or do you think U Miami fans are very discerning about their emoji and refuse to use  because it’s technically a crocodile?



 There it is, honky-tonk in an emoji word cloud. Who even knew that was possible? Doesn’t Nashville look like fun? Surprising that Nashville Hot Chicken only made it in the form of  not  or .

New Orleans


How convenient that the New Orleans Saints logo is also an emoji: ⚜️. The  is used less often which we can take to mean that ⚜️ is all the context you need to describe the team. Elsewhere the  and  indicate the kind of fun you’d expect from Bourbon Street but weirdly the 🥃 didn’t make the cut. Shout out to New Orleans for their love of drama and street parades:  shows up frequently around Mardi Gras.



The first thing to note is that Chicago got the  in there. Is it really a victory if you always have to always clarify that it’s Chicago style pizza? No one else’s pizza needs that disclaimer. Also, the city has not one but two ☂️ emoji! Like the umbrella wasn’t enough – Chicago wants us to know it can be wet too ! Lastly, the purple heart in the middle – that comes from Soldier Field, home of the Bears. 


The  is widely used across the country to mean soldiers, but maybe we as a society could give them some acknowledgement before they earn a Purple Heart?

Austin, TX


  feels very Texan. If you don’t think so, maybe the hook ‘em horns  will change your mind.  Austin’s reputation as a city for concerts, events and festivals shines here with three different types of  emoji. Lastly, there’s no barbeque emoji, and you really feel its absence here.



 and  reflect Denver’s booming economy and , Denver’s most popular emoji, is being used to make lots of announcements about new businesses and housing openings.  shows approval of these spaces. Elsewhere, the Nuggets get some love with a  and lots of people in the Mile High City seem to be suffering from altitude sickness and just want to go ⬇️.

Las Vegas

Vegas, baby! Sin  City.  leads to the full range of emotions. When you’re up  you make plans to move to Vegas and do this everyday . And then the pendulum swings back around and you are just another loudly crying face in the crowd . 

Los Angeles


The weather’s always  in LA right? The ️ and  attest to that.  makes a strong showing, a reflection of the stars in Hollywood or how superficial everyone is? The 🇺🇸 flag is also prominent, maybe you think it’s related to Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA”. After more digging it is not about her song, but the sentiment in the song: I made it to Tinseltown and I need to announce my arrival! Everyone from French tourists to Manchester United uses the flag to announce their arrival at LAX.

San Francisco 


 Someone left their heart in San Francisco, but with three emoji coming through with hearts (including the excluded ️!) maybe the Summer of Love 2.0 is here.  agrees. Elsewhere we have the  and  which are technically “bridge at night” and “foggy” but we all know what they’re referencing.



Seattle does a good job of masking its reputation as a rainy city with ️ and ️. Chicago should take note. The most popular emoji is – sparkles. That’s appropriate for the so-called Emerald City.

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