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Biggest Cities in the World Quiz

How many of the world's 50 most populous urban areas can you name?
  • As of January 2017 according to citypopulation.de
  • Urban area population, not city proper population
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 16, 2017
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Population
Urban Area
48.6 mil
39.8 mil
31.1 mil
28.9 mil
27.2 mil
25.1 mil
24.8 mil
24.1 mil
23.6 mil
22.3 mil
22.2 mil
21.9 mil
20.7 mil
17.9 mil
17.8 mil
17.7 mil
17.6 mil
Population
Urban Area
17.4 mil
17.1 mil
17.1 mil
16.2 mil
16.0 mil
14.6 mil
14.5 mil
14.0 mil
13.1 mil
12.7 mil
11.8 mil
11.3 mil
10.9 mil
10.8 mil
10.5 mil
10.5 mil
10.3 mil
Population
Urban Area
10.1 mil
10.1 mil
9.80 mil
9.75 mil
9.50 mil
9.20 mil
9.05 mil
8.45 mil
8.40 mil
8.30 mil
8.15 mil
8.10 mil
7.80 mil
7.70 mil
7.65 mil
7.55 mil
Answer Stats
Population
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(45)
Darn it! Missed San Francisco *Facepalm*
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Jul 2, 2015
(24)
Should I be embarrassed I don't know the worlds 2nd biggest city
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Jul 5, 2015
(70)
There are some major changes including a new #1 city in the world. Can you update?
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Jul 15, 2015
(28)
Missed 3... one of them was Beijing.... sigh...
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Jul 16, 2015
(38)
Missed 5, Shanghai and Chicago Included...... More Sighing
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Mar 18, 2017
(41)
Check my comment, a lot more sighing.
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May 12, 2017
(49)
please accept Sao Paolo for Sao Paulo
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Aug 4, 2015
(31)
Guangzhou-Foshan is now considered the biggest city in the world as of this year, with 41 million, as its just merged contiguously with Shenzhen-Dongguan (you can check it out on Google Earth). These 4 cities have grown so quickly they're now one continuous mass (not to be confused with a CSA or megalopolis).
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Aug 13, 2015
The quiz has been updated.
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Aug 16, 2015
(51)
I'm surprised Shenzhen dropped off the list. Did some of the districts merge with Guangzhou? So we trade that and Philly for Xiamen and Shantu... Neither of those was familiar to me but I'll remember them now.
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Aug 17, 2015
(51)
Also lost HongKong and gained back Ahmedabad.
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Aug 17, 2015
They merged Shenzhen with Guangzhou, which seems reasonable. Hong Kong is still separate, but isn't big enough to qualify anymore.
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Aug 17, 2015
(43)
Some people count Hong Kong to the Pearl River Delta, but the case with HK is very peculiar as it is a SAR (Special Administrative Region).
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Sep 11, 2015
(16)
100% - 6:10 left
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Aug 19, 2015
(1)
Isn't San Francisco's population closer to 835 000 people?!
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Sep 10, 2015
(45)
San Francisco metro area includes all the way down to San Jose, which has a million by itself.
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Jun 30, 2017
(43)
Ugh, missed some of the obvious ones!
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Sep 10, 2015
(61)
Ironically considering the country of origin of the source, citypopulation.de, not one city in Germany on the list.
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Sep 10, 2015
(65)
German cities are very decentralised. Instead of having one massive city like London/Paris and lots of small cities, Germany has lots of medium sized cities.
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Sep 10, 2015
(69)
Why? They would hardly lie about the population of their cities just because they own the website.
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Dec 5, 2015
(69)
This update I missed Lima, Xiamen (which is on my History by Letter - X quiz... shame), Shantou, and Shenyang. Not as good as my last performance. Never would have thought of Shantou.
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Sep 10, 2015
(69)
This time got all of those. Missed Wuhan and Lahore.
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Mar 11, 2017
(69)
I have an inkling that if accurate demographic data would be available we would see some more western African cities
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Sep 10, 2015
(59)
Such as? I don't think Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Kano, Ibadan or any of the other possibilities are that big, even if defined as loosely as the source sometimes does.
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May 16, 2016
(25)
No Toronto???
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Sep 10, 2015
(28)
i am also surprised
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Dec 31, 2016
(38)
Why are so many people asking to allow the misspelling "Sao Paolo"? LOL. Is there somwhere in the world that they actually spell it this way? Should I ask for Londres, Pequim and Nova Iorque?
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Sep 10, 2015
(55)
How is there nowhere from Germany? What about Rhine-Ruhr?
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Sep 10, 2015
(47)
Bengaluru should be accepted for Bangalore. Please, follow this link.
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Sep 10, 2015
(51)
seconded. it's the spelling that shows up the most in modern maps.
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Jul 28, 2016
(68)
Yes. I was in Bengaluru last month and that really is its name! Bangalore, Bombay and Calcutta were renamed to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata between 1995 and 2006. For consistency's sake, all three new names should appear as answers here.
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Jan 17, 2017
(35)
37/50
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Sep 13, 2015
(38)
37/50 - Got Nagoya but missed LA?!
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Sep 24, 2015
(51)
How did I get Shenyang but forgot Chengdu
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Sep 29, 2015
(51)
Finally 50/50 with 01:24 left
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Oct 7, 2015
(18)
The quiz says that Guangzhou was #1... is this accurate, because D.C. doesn't have 8.3 million people...
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Dec 22, 2015
(76)
URBAN AREAS. That's different from City Proper.
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Dec 30, 2015
(31)
Monterrey, NL and Guadalajara, Jal, in Mexico and Madrid in Spain, Sidney, Australia, among others should be in the list
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Jan 6, 2016
(31)
I think this quiz is quite a bit out of date. Populations have changed drastically since this was made.
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Jan 19, 2016
(28)
umm ridicoulus no toronto some cities are posted as metropolitan and some posted as city proper (Boston Toronto and umm san frncisco really how dumb can u be wikipedia is more accurate than this
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Jan 20, 2016
(28)
San Francisco has a population of less than one million - more like 750 thousand. You must be including Oakland or some of the Silicon Valley cities. Oakland is not San Francisco.
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Jan 29, 2016
(43)
38.
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Feb 1, 2016
(21)
No way Boston is bigger than Toronto, Philadelphia or Chittagong to name a few
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Feb 14, 2016
(20)
toronto is bigger than boston
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Feb 22, 2016
(56)
Maybe change the name of Bangalore to Bengaluru? You have Chennai and Kolkata already...
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Feb 24, 2016
(55)
This one seriously needs to be updated
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Feb 29, 2016
(38)
This list is very different to the Wikipedia's urban agglomeration list. Does anyone know why?
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Mar 16, 2016
(18)
You are high if you think guangzhou is larger than tokyo. Its not even the largest city in China.
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May 6, 2016
(61)
You're misinformed if you think that Tokyo is the biggest urban area in the world.
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Jan 18, 2017
(15)
This must be really outdated or it isn't exact, the city of London has 8,000 people, the metropolitan area has like 8,000,000 and greater London has 13,000,000 just for example
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May 9, 2016
(15)
There are loads of Chinese cities with larger populations than these!
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May 9, 2016
(31)
Guys this list is for the continuous, contiguous urban area. As in all urban areas that are joined and conjoined to each other continuously. Thus it ignores 'city proper' populations (that's the count of people within the official city boundaries). For example the City of San Francisco is only 800,000 but it continues well past these boundaries as one large urban area of 7-8 million. It also tries to ignore 'agglomerations' or 'CSA' counts which lumps separated cities and towns together -these usually get counted together as one due to proximity or commuting habits. Truth be told some CSA counts have slipped through into here such as NYC's inflated figure (it really should be below 20 million, but gets an extra million or two by doubling its catchment size that takes in smaller communities in large tracts of open farmland and forest). Likewise as people have ponited out Boston is also a misnomer, a 4.7 million urban area that draws in 8 million via its 'commuter' belt.
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May 18, 2016
(31)
Additionally there are some citiies here that have conjoined into each other - as in they are physically merged without a need to inflate via commuting habits or proximity. One can walk on urban roads with dense, continuous buildings (read: urbanity) on either side from one city to the next. These fully merged cities include San Francisco-Oakland, Washington DC- Baltimore, Tokyo-Yokohma and of course Guangzhou-Shenzhen.
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May 18, 2016
(41)
It's a rather long walk from San Francisco to Oakland.
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Jun 9, 2016
(31)
In short this is a city count based on the city(s)' single urban area.
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May 18, 2016
(31)
And btw Toronto only has 5.5 million at it's most generous count based on its single urban area.
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May 18, 2016
(36)
You should accept "LA" for Los Angeles
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May 21, 2016
(54)
Nah, if that were acceptable, people who were going to type "Lahore" would get that one by accident.
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Jun 9, 2016
(49)
Well, that happens when you type Dominica for Dominican Republic in the Countries of the World Quiz.
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Dec 1, 2016
(43)
And niger for nigeria
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Jun 18, 2017
(67)
I've seen this occasionally come up, including in the comments section here. For those wondering - Shenzhen is now contiguous with Guangzhou and Dongguan as well as a host of smaller cities in the Pearl River Delta area. Hong Kong is not included in this not just because it is an SAR and has a border separating it, but also because most of the New Territories (i.e. the northern part of the HKSAR) is sparsely populated. Of HKSAR's 1000+ sq km, only about 15% is urbanised - large areas like the Saikung Peninsula and many outlying islands are devoid of human habitation. For this reason it makes sense to consider HK separately, but include Shenzhen and Dongguan in the Guangzhou figure.
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Aug 8, 2016
(13)
Or lagos
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Aug 14, 2016
(39)
How did I get Wuhan but miss San Francisco where I live?
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Sep 8, 2016
(20)
got 31 i knew it would be a lot of asian cities especially in china
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Oct 30, 2016
(33)
49/50...never thought that I'm that good...
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Nov 17, 2016
(35)
This REALLY needs to be updated
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Nov 17, 2016
(54)
Not really. All the cities appear to be the same. I only gave it a quick once over, but the order seems to be the same too. Only difference is the populations have changed slightly.
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Nov 20, 2016
(54)
Oh and the reference: https://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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Nov 20, 2016
(55)
I got 49 and missed beijing. On my way to take clorox shots...
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Dec 9, 2016
(47)
Manilaaaa...
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Dec 30, 2016
(37)
That took foooooooorever to finish!
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Jan 10, 2017
(68)
really? perhaps you should try the name all ncaa basketball schools quiz to realize this quiz isn't really that long of a quiz
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Mar 4, 2017
(36)
Good quiz I always forget the Chinese cities, 1 of these days
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Jan 23, 2017
(45)
Ho Chi Minh = Saigon
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Feb 5, 2017
(47)
Saigon, 1975. Charlie came to town named it after Uncle Ho
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Feb 8, 2017
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perhaps i don't quite understand urban area...can someone explain to me why hong kong is part of guangzhou urban area but tianjin is not part of beijing urban area?
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Mar 4, 2017
(49)
Hong Kong is not considered part of Guangzhou, but Shenzhen is according to citypopulation.de
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Mar 8, 2017
(51)
43 out of 50.... forgot NYC.... the pictured photo
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Mar 6, 2017
(34)
Got 40/50 first try, mainly forgot Chinese and Indian cities, same as y'all. Cool quiz.
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Mar 11, 2017
(53)
Allow 'Saigon' for Ho Chi Minh City?
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Mar 11, 2017
(69)
yeah it works on most other quizzes. and the locals still call it that.
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Mar 11, 2017
(36)
It's astonishing to me the number of people taking these quizzes that still don't know what an urban area is.
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Mar 11, 2017
(66)
So you stopped accepting Saigon for Ho Chi minh City? :(
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Mar 11, 2017
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42 correct. I have only been to 8. 34 cities correct which I have never visited. Good, right? ... I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BOSTON AND MISSED IT!!! I MISSED MY HOMETOWN!!!
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Mar 12, 2017
(20)
Typed 'shangai 'several times...fun quiz
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Mar 13, 2017
(53)
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the US.
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Apr 22, 2017
(53)
Houston is the fourth-largest city, by population, in the US but not on the list.
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Apr 22, 2017
(40)
47 in 1 breath
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Apr 24, 2017
(53)
Both Houston and Dallas have metro areas with higher populations than DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.
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May 7, 2017
(53)
Houston is the fourth-largest US city and Dallas is about as large. Both have more residents than Boston or DC.
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May 10, 2017
(40)
Urban areas not cities
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Jun 1, 2017
(46)
Still, Dallas would have more than Boston with Fort Worth part of the urban area of Dallas.
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Jul 9, 2017
(62)
By MSA, Dallas/Ft.Worth is the 4th largest in US. I think DC and San Francisco jump it in CSA.
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Jul 17, 2017
(41)
Those Chinese and Indian cities names are really hard to remember. Also missed some obvious ones (LA, Johannesburg, Tehran, Lagos, Chicago, and more) and only if i know how to spell San Francisco.
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May 12, 2017
(34)
Rhine-Ruhr in Germany is listed as 11.3 million, if you ever feel like adding it.
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May 21, 2017
(57)
Rhine-Ruhr is a metropolitan area. As you may know metropolitan areas include one or more urban areas.
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Jun 20, 2017
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I'm a little confused. As far as I know Tokyo is the largest city in the world and definitely not Guangzhou, which has a population of 14 million. Also, Xiamen is a very small city with a population of 3.5 million. There also are a lot more cities that have way too much population as shown, which is how I only got 50/50 on my fifth try.
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Jul 2, 2017
The source is listed. Where do you get your information?
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Jul 3, 2017
(19)
Some of the numbers in this quiz are beyond bizarre. The supposed source, citypopulation.de, lists the urban area population of Boston as 4.2 million (not 7.5 million - which is larger than the state of Massachusetts). This makes Boston the 10th largest U.S. urban area, well behind Dallas, Houston, Philly, Phoenix and others. San Francisco isn't in the top 10. Seriously, please accurately reflect the sources you cite.
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Jul 15, 2017
http://citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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Jul 15, 2017
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An "agglomeration" is not a technical demographic term. In the Boston case, to get to 7.55 million, you have to include the entire populations of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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Jul 15, 2017
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