Biggest World Cities A-Z

Starting with each letter A-Z, guess the world city with the highest urban area population.
According to citypopulation.de, January 2019
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Last updated: February 13, 2019
First submittedFebruary 10, 2012
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Population
Region
City
A
8.25 mil
South Asia
Ahmedabad
B
20.4 mil
East Asia
Beijing
C
20.5 mil
Africa
Cairo
D
29.4 mil
South Asia
Delhi
E
1.36 mil
North America
Edmonton
F
4.25 mil
East Asia
Fuzhou
G
45.6 mil
East Asia
Guangzhou
H
9.20 mil
South Asia
Hyderabad
I
15.8 mil
Near East
Istanbul
J
30.6 mil
Southeast Asia
Jakarta
K
17.3 mil
South Asia
Karachi
L
18.8 mil
Africa
Lagos
M
25.2 mil
Southeast Asia
Manila
 
Population
Region
City
N
22.4 mil
North America
New York City
O
17.7 mil
East Asia
Osaka
P
11.4 mil
Europe
Paris
Q
5.95 mil
East Asia
Qingdao
R
13.1 mil
South America
Rio de Janeiro
S
35.9 mil
East Asia
Shanghai
T
40.2 mil
East Asia
Tokyo
U
3.98 mil
East Asia
Urumqi
V
2.75 mil
North America
Vancouver
W
8.40 mil
North America
Washington D.C.
X
9.90 mil
East Asia
Xiamen
Y
5.50 mil
Southeast Asia
Yangon
Z
5.35 mil
East Asia
Zhengzhou
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Level 36
Feb 20, 2012
I know nothing! I now feel stupid.
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Level 36
Feb 20, 2012
Well, I knew some but...
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Level 36
Feb 20, 2012
Oh well
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Level 15
Feb 23, 2012
What is Guangzhou? Does it have a second name, because it's largest after tokyo, so I should know it.
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Level ∞
Feb 23, 2012
It was formerly called Canton.
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Level 80
Feb 6, 2013
It was also known as Kwangchow. It's at the center of a giant megalopolis just north of Hong Kong and adjacent to Shenzen, one of the largest population centers in China and the world.
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Level 54
Aug 28, 2019
Look up the Pearl River Delta
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Level 28
Feb 21, 2013
I got Urumqi but not Delhi, Facepalm.
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Level 72
Apr 14, 2014
Just curious, but who decides how the English understanding of Chinese spellings changes? Some of these cities have changed at least three times during my lifetime. I can't keep up.
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Level 79
Apr 14, 2014
Since China will soon rule the world, they are just messing with us to let us know who's boss.
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2019
And the spellings in English are indecipherable to most people rendering it garbled mush mouth to everybody. Nor would anyone pronounce it within a row of bungholes of being correct in Chinese. And even if they did, so what because you need to learn 1,000s of other words, grammar, idioms, etc, etc, etc to communicate. So let's stick to Canton, English speaking world, huh? Everyone's heard of the Cantonese language and food, so at least there's a tangible connection to the city.
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Level 73
Apr 14, 2014
I typed in Urumchi. It didn't occur to me that you write it "Ürümqi".
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Level 80
Feb 12, 2015
Is that where Munch MaQuchi is from?
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Level 73
Mar 17, 2016
I would lol but I don't know what you refer to.
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2016
Same, I typed in Urumchi, was puzzled, but then tried Urumqi. Phew, I thought I was going mad!
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Level 78
Jun 7, 2014
I've got to get out more. I thought Jakarta still began with a D.
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Level 79
Feb 13, 2019
All those folks moved to Djibouti!
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2019
And from there n the future they will go to djamaica
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Level 31
Dec 30, 2019
Or Dhaka?
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Level 47
Jun 26, 2014
Yangon instead of Rangoon? C'mon xD
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Level 47
May 30, 2017
We've taken enough punishment. Don't even hint at this.
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2014
Delhi or New Delhi?? How about some consistency in these quizzes!
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Level 80
Nov 3, 2014
New Delhi is a district or neighborhood of Delhi, but sometimes counted as a separate city. The government has its address in New Delhi, but the urban area is centered around the city of Delhi.
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Level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
Exactly. And we are extremely consistent when it comes to city and country names.
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Level 67
Aug 5, 2019
I have allways been taught new delhi (and it is like that on many maps) I researched after this quiz though, and it seems I have always been taught incorrectly. (and many with me it seems)

Weird how many people can get the wrong idea. there are several examples of this.

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Level 80
Jul 16, 2020
Well New Delhi is technically the capital so it gets the star on the map, that's why it shows up.
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Level 20
Oct 4, 2014
WHAT only 89% of ppl know NYC? THis is a stupid world. I only got 16 but in those 16 i got x, y, f, and my amazement of how i got those
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Level 48
Feb 9, 2019
thats because not everyone is an american
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Level 56
Jul 10, 2019
To be fair I don't think you need to be american to know NYC its like top 3 most famous cities with London and Paris
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Level 67
Jan 31, 2020
Yes and it is ofcourse without a doubt that the people that missed an answer are totally oblivious to the existence of that city. Same on other quizzes, people that missed australia as an answer have obviously never heard of the country, silly people..
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Level 64
Mar 29, 2015
Never heard of Qingdao, Urumqi, and Wuhan. Visited Istanbul, Rio, Paris, LA, and Vancouver and missed em all!
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2020
now I'm sure you've heard of Wuhan.
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Level 43
Nov 7, 2015
I missed Yangon because I still think of it as Rangoon.
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Level 66
Jan 8, 2020
And i wrote it Yangun, i thought it was correct :(
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Level 32
Mar 9, 2016
I could tell from the first letter... ...that Ahmedabad mistake trying to do this quiz
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2016
^ hahaha, good one!
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2016
That's embarrassing. I'd Hyderabad mistake like that if I were you.
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Level 75
Mar 20, 2018
How come it Tokyo so long to come up with that retort?
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
Just Yangon a minute!
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Level 65
Mar 17, 2016
I'm unfamiliar with Hyderabad, but the metro population for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is about 20 million. The quiz says "urban area," which I assume means the metro area, so Ho Chi Minh City should be the answer for H.
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Level 55
Mar 17, 2016
It depends on what exactly is considered part of the city agglomeration and what isn't. The source used gives 8.25 million for Ho Chi Minh City, noting explicitly that that includes Biên Hòa
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Level 55
Feb 21, 2018
Hyderabad is quite bigger than ho chi minh city both in area and population
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2016
Isn't Ecatepec (Mexico) bigger than Edmonton?
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2017
The source counts it as part of Mexico City. its just one of those jetpunk conventions you have to get used to.
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Level 63
Mar 20, 2016
Took me a while to think of Los Angeles...
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Level 82
Mar 24, 2016
Isn't Xian bigger than Xiamen?
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2018
No.
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Level 80
Jul 16, 2020
It was back when Qin Shi Huang was hanging out there.
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Level 62
May 13, 2016
Isn't Fortaleza bigger than Faisalabad
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Level 53
Nov 27, 2016
no but foshan is bigger than both of them
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2018
Foshan counted as part of Guangzhou
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Level 40
Jun 2, 2016
SHOOT ME I FORGOT NEW YORK CITY
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Level 47
May 30, 2017
Bang bang you're dead.
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Level 52
Oct 15, 2016
I kept thinking "what's a big city in Europe that starts with P" and was stuck on that question for over a full minute and just couldn't think of the answer.... *facepalm*
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2016
Xian has to be bigger than Xiamen. Quanzhou should not be counted as part of Xiamen.
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2018
Just because you want it to be bigger doesn't mean it really is.
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2016
Tried to guess Zhangzhou but got nothing for the effort.
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Level 53
Nov 27, 2016
foshan has an urban pop. around 7.2 mill
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Level 53
Nov 27, 2016
and isn't wuhan more populous than dc?
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Level 53
Nov 27, 2016
or do you consider foshan to be a part of guanzhou-shenzhen?
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2018
It is considered part of Guangzhou
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Level 63
Dec 7, 2016
Bruh i was like rangoon...
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Level 72
Feb 12, 2017
I'm pretty sure Ecatepec is much larger than Edmonton. And because it is also in North America I was very confused.
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Level 47
May 30, 2017
Ecatepec de Morelos is part of Mexico city: this quiz is on metro areas.
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Level 47
May 30, 2017
Urban areas really.
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Level 52
Apr 12, 2017
As a canadian seeing that Edmonton is the most populous city starting with e IN THE WHOLE WORLD blew my mind. Vancouver was pretty suprising too.
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Level 71
Jun 15, 2017
Good quiz! But according to wiki, Vienna is bigger than Vancouver, with a Metro area of 2.6 million.
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Level 73
Jun 29, 2017
But I think Vancouver is growing at a faster rate, so probably no need to update the quiz..........lol.
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Level ∞
Feb 5, 2018
Does anyone read the source I link to?
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Level 51
Apr 25, 2018
Yes I read it and can't find any mention of Zhengzhou having that large a population. It says 3,677,032
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Level 73
Jun 29, 2017
Where in the world is Urumqi? Well, obviously it's in east Asia.
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Level 77
Feb 5, 2018
It's only in East Asia insofar as China is considered wholly in East Asia. Urumqi is up between Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
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Level 77
Feb 6, 2018
Yeah it's more like Central Asia if we pay less attention to national borders.
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Level 23
Sep 14, 2017
I missed Vancouver. I live in Vancouver..
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Level 55
Dec 30, 2017
I kept trying to spell Ahmedabad with more 'h's in there. Ughhh the ignorance in me is showing. On another note, taking all of these country/city quizzes makes me want to visit all of them. I wish it were easy to just pack up a bag and travel the entire world for a few years. It wouldn't even need to be fancy -- I have no problem camping/couch-surfing/staying in hostels as long as it's reasonably safe and there's some vegetarian food. (Frankly, I think grand hotels can sometimes deprive travelers of a purer and truer experience of a place.) I did read about a couple who traveled and worked odd jobs to keep up the money to continue traveling... maybe one day.
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Level 51
Feb 5, 2018
I was so, so annoyed. Misspelled Guangzhou, Karachi and Zhengzhou. Never again!
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Level 62
Feb 5, 2018
i got Qingdao but missed New York
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Level 82
Feb 15, 2018
The clue for the U city should be changed. It is in Central Asia, not East Asia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/urumqi
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2018
Manila over Mumbai? Karachi over Kolkata? Pretty surprising to me.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2018
Los Angeles has dropped from the list, the over population of Africa now begins, by the end of the century Lagos is expected to have over 80 million people living in it.
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Level 27
Apr 24, 2018
This is not meant to stir debate, but was Yangon renamed Naypyidaw, or did the capital actually move to another city? I put Yangon as a wild guess and was astounded it was right because I thought the city no longer existed. In any case, I apologize for my ignorance on this issue.
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Level 71
Apr 24, 2018
They are different cities. You're probably mixing up that Yangon was formerly called Rangoon.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2018
Naypyidaw and Yangon are two different cities.
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2018
Yangon/Rangoon is a huge and ancient city on the coast of Myanmar. Naypyidaw is a relatively new planned city in central Myanmar, famous for being eerily and almost totally empty in spite of its massive wide boulevards; large temples, buildings and public spaces. The government moved there in 2006.
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Level 57
Apr 24, 2018
Urumqi is might be in China, but is actually located in Central Asia
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Level 59
Apr 24, 2018
I tried Prague. Didn't think of Paris.
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Level 49
Apr 25, 2018
I spent the entire time trying to spell "Poughkeepsie" but then realized it was too small.
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Level 42
May 20, 2018
Near East? For Istanbul?
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2018
Yes.
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Level 68
Aug 30, 2019
Yeah, I had never heard the phrase "near east" before. I spent more time trying to figure out what part of the world it refered to than I should have. Personally, I did find the regions distinctly unhelpful, although that's more because of the plethora of various asian ones. I understand why QM uses them though.
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Level 38
May 25, 2018
I knew Zhengzhou........but forgot how to spell it :P
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Level 43
Sep 2, 2018
Isn't Ho Chi Minh larger than Hyderabad?
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
Probably depends on the source, but it's certainly a contender. Around the same as Hyderabad.
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Level 47
Sep 28, 2018
I think Fuzhou is bigger than Fortaleza; citypopulation.de lists it with a population of 7.5 million! If we go off of citypopulation.de, here are a few more cities that I think are incorrect: -Chongqing over Cairo, 28.8 million vs. 18.2 million -Harbin over Hyderabad (and Ho Chi Minh), 10.2 million vs. 9.6 million -Wuhan over Washington DC, 10.8 million vs. 8.6 million
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Level 60
Oct 11, 2018
Urban area and Metropolitan population are the same, right?
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2019
could you please accept xiamin as an alternate spelling?
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Level 71
Jul 10, 2019
It's so strange how there are no bigger cities beginning with E. It's not like E is an uncommon letter in most other languages or anything.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
I agree with you about that, Tramp. You'd think there would be a lot of cities named "East" something, too.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
Pretty easy with the region clues
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2019
But we're not all know-it-alls.
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Level 80
Feb 11, 2020
All quizzes are difficult if you don't know things.
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2019
When you just play around and completely guess Fuzhou and it works!
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Level 51
Jul 11, 2019
Only missed X and Z, not too bad
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2019
Citypopulation.de; Xiamen 2016 estimate; 3,920,000 Xi'an 2016 estimate; 8,832,100
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Level ∞
Jul 17, 2019
Urban area population
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Level 36
Jul 20, 2019
Edmonton? Really?
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Level 49
Aug 28, 2019
lmao i guessed zhengzhou because it sounds like a chinese city name and it counted
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Level 56
Aug 29, 2019
I feel so dumb. I got everything except for Vancouver, where I live.
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Level 48
Aug 31, 2019
All I could think was Kolkata for K when I forgot Karachi!
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Level 45
Jan 14, 2020
Harder than I thought it would be! Thumbs up though :)
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Level 54
Jan 29, 2020
I guessed Edmonton as a joke figuring I missed some obvious US city... wow was I wrong. That's actually kind of hilarious.
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
Only two that came to mind were edmonton and edinburgh and I dismissed both, thinking, surely there are bigger ones around..
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
Citypopulation.de lists Wuhan as larger than Washington, and its numbers are if anything conservative (most figures elsewhere seem to say 11 million - they've been quoted in the media a lot recently for some reason...)
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Level 43
Apr 27, 2020
Just wondering, why Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan etc. are still considered with Guangzhou for urban area, while Chongqing which is today supposed to be the biggest urban agglomeration in the world (at least according to some Chinese sources) is still listed with few million inhabitants?
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Level 41
May 8, 2020
I would have said Urumqi was Central Asia
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Level 44
Jul 26, 2020
So true, I was confused myself
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Level 36
Jun 11, 2020
alternative title: how many cities in china and india can you name? /j
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Level 31
Jun 17, 2020
DIHUA?
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Level 35
Aug 9, 2020
I am pretty sure that you are wrong about Edmonton having 1.3 million people. As far as I know, Canada only has 3 cities with over 1 million; Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary (Where I live.)
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Level 36
Aug 13, 2020
urban area