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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 2018
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Feb 05, 2018
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Population
Region
City
A
8.00 mil
South Asia
B
20.0 mil
East Asia
C
18.2 mil
Africa
D
28.4 mil
South Asia
E
1.33 mil
North America
F
3.65 mil
South America
G
45.6 mil
East Asia
H
9.60 mil
South Asia
I
14.8 mil
Near East
J
30.3 mil
Southeast Asia
K
16.9 mil
South Asia
L
18.2 mil
Africa
M
24.6 mil
Southeast Asia
Population
Region
City
N
22.2 mil
North America
O
17.7 mil
East Asia
P
11.3 mil
Europe
Q
5.90 mil
East Asia
R
12.8 mil
South America
S
29.5 mil
East Asia
T
39.9 mil
East Asia
U
3.98 mil
East Asia
V
2.73 mil
North America
W
8.50 mil
North America
X
9.80 mil
East Asia
Y
5.40 mil
Southeast Asia
Z
5.40 mil
East Asia
Answer Stats
Population
Region
City
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+1
level 1
Feb 20, 2012
18/26 china 6 vs india 3
+13
level 37
Dec 15, 2014
And Canada 2? Doesn't mean anything
+8
level 65
Mar 17, 2016
ya, as a Canadian I was pretty surprised to see Vancouver here, and VERY surprised to see Edmonton. Probably just has to do with how common the letters are in the language of the region
+1
level 60
Mar 20, 2016
Yes, at 1.27 and 2.50 million, they're far and away the smallest on this list.
+1
level 51
Mar 22, 2016
While we're talking about it, I'm surprised at just how rare it must be to have a big city that starts with an "E." All I could think of was Erie, Pennsylvania, which is definitely not a big place.
+1
level 63
Mar 2, 2017
I can think of El Paso, Texas. If you count the combined region with Juerez, Chihuahua, as El Paso-Juarez and count the "E" in the article as the first letter and not the "P" in Paso, then at around 2.7 million people (Wikipedia) it would beat Edmonton. Besides that, I can think of nothing but Edinburgh, Scotland, which is substantually less populous than Edmonton I believe.
+6
level 82
Feb 5, 2018
Essen is in the Ruhrgebiet, but unless you count it for the whole area it's half a million. Ecatepec and East Rand are bigger than Edmonton, but are suburbs of Mexico City and J-burg. El Paso-Juarez IS bigger, but Ciudad Juarez is the biggest city in the conurbation, so it counts for C or J. Esfahan, Iran is definitely bigger than Edmonton (with two million) however it is usually spelled with an 'I' as Isfahan. The trickiest case is Erbil, Iraq. It is often instead spelled Arbil, but I think Erbil (with an 'E') is the more correct spelling. It's population, however, is (unsurprisingly) hard to figure out accurately. It's usually quoted as around 900k (smaller) but I've also seen numbers around 1.5M (larger). I would tend to believe the latter given the internal refugee situation in Iraq. So this Edmontonian has to confess he thinks Erbil is the biggest 'E' city. Though it would still be the smallest on this list. And it may be renamed Hewler before long.
+2
level 57
Jun 26, 2018
This is why I like reading the comments section: I often learn more from these than the quiz itself. Thank you, treadmill.
+2
level 30
Apr 25, 2016
There's actually seven Chinese cities on this quiz.
+1
level 57
Mar 16, 2018
You mean China 7 vs India 3
+1
level 36
Feb 20, 2012
I know nothing! I now feel stupid.
+1
level 36
Feb 20, 2012
Well, I knew some but...
+1
level 36
Feb 20, 2012
Oh well
+2
level 44
Feb 21, 2012
They could put Fortaleza in a multiple-choice, and I still wouldn't get it. :-(
+1
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.
+3
level ∞
Feb 23, 2012
It was formerly called Canton.
+2
level 73
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.
+1
level 20
Oct 13, 2012
I got 14 :(
+2
level 28
Feb 21, 2013
I got Urumqi but not Delhi, Facepalm.
+1
level 25
Sep 12, 2013
No offence (and I'm not just saying this because I did appallingly) but this is a feeble quiz. How many people truly know the biggest city in the world beginning in the letter X?
+1
level 51
Oct 26, 2013
Apparently 13% of those taking this quiz, which is considerably more than some other letters.
+1
level 73
Apr 2, 2014
if it's X, it's in China. If it's China and begins with X, it probably starts with Xia. I was going to type Xiang, but it got it after the first four letters. Didn't know the city, but have seen enough Chinese spellings to make an educated guess. I HAVE, however, heard of Edmonton and would have NEVER gotten it right.
+1
level 51
Mar 22, 2016
I typed "Xianmen," and it really hurt to see that there is no "N" in the answer. ˚‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·˚
+1
level 73
Apr 24, 2018
I did the same thing, PrinceEric. I tried every spelling I could think of but the right one. I missed three more because I just couldn't get the spelling correct. It would help if the spellings didn't change so often.
+1
level 32
Aug 11, 2018
I typed Xian and it didn't take it :(
+1
level 44
Aug 5, 2014
I only got 17, but I did get X.
+2
level 7
Aug 12, 2014
I do because I've been there and because Xian is one of the most populated cities in China, as well as one of the 100 most populated cities on earth. It's very famous throughout history and even today, thanks to the terracotta warriors and the pagodas. It was at one time the capital of China.
+1
level 57
Jul 14, 2015
I did, I've been there! (I live in the US, though).
+1
level 43
Nov 7, 2015
Quite a few it would seem.
+2
level 73
Mar 17, 2016
I do. Xiamen shows up on my History by Letter - X quiz, for one thing. It's a major port that played an important role in Chinese history. It's also a truly massive urban area as the quiz attests and shows up often on this site for that reason.
I aced this quiz though for Z I was just typing in random Chinese sound combinations and got it...
+1
level 57
Mar 17, 2016
Xi'an is actually a major Chinese city, being an ancient capital of China. It is actually the location of the Terricota Warriors. It's been changed to Xiamen, anyways.
+1
level 51
Mar 22, 2016
I hope you don't mean that Xi'an and Xiamen are the same cities, because they definitely aren't. Xi'an is an ancient capital of China, and the terracotta army is there. Xiamen is a port city in the southeast, though, and quite unrelated.
+1
level 57
Apr 4, 2016
@PrinceEric no I meant that the data has been updated and now Xiamen is the largest city in the world starting with 'X' and not Xi'an.
+1
level 58
Nov 4, 2016
Ah, good to know. My goal is to go to Xian one day.
+3
level 65
Mar 17, 2016
So you think that difficult quizzes are "Feeble" Just because you don't know the answers doesn't make it a bad quiz. And if a small percent of people get the right answer, then it's all the more satisfying to actually get it right. hard quizzes are fun and I usually learn something.
+1
level 62
Jun 29, 2017
I thought this was a fun quiz.
+2
level 70
Mar 20, 2018
Well said, tom88. It's interesting in many ways, and fairly black and white (give or taken some disputes about spellings of non-English-speaking cities and extents of urban areas). Not really sure what you were hoping for from a largest cities A-Z
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level 55
Jun 24, 2018
Xiamen is the new unpronounceable at a glance name China insists everyone use for the ancient city of Amoy.
+1
level 57
Jun 26, 2018
How is Xiamen unpronounceable?
+1
level 70
Jul 2, 2018
A feeble quiz? Because you don't expect many people to know 1 of the 26 answers? Very strange opinion to have
+1
level 33
Nov 25, 2013
awesome, but very tricky. Makes you think in a very different way.
+1
level 69
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.
+1
level 73
Apr 14, 2014
Since China will soon rule the world, they are just messing with us to let us know who's boss.
+1
level 67
Apr 14, 2014
I typed in Urumchi. It didn't occur to me that you write it "Ürümqi".
+2
level 73
Feb 12, 2015
Is that where Munch MaQuchi is from?
+3
level 67
Mar 17, 2016
I would lol but I don't know what you refer to.
+1
level 58
Nov 4, 2016
Same, I typed in Urumchi, was puzzled, but then tried Urumqi. Phew, I thought I was going mad!
+1
level 57
Jun 26, 2018
Just a slight edit, although it is kind of pointless... Urumqi is more central Asian than East: it's ~400 miles (~600 km) from Kyrgyzstan... Although China is an East Asian country... I really don't know.
+1
level 5
Apr 14, 2014
So I got Osaka but missed out bloody LA!!
+2
level 38
Feb 5, 2018
I missed Washington. Can't believe Waterloo, South Dakota wasn't on here.
+1
level 73
Jun 7, 2014
I've got to get out more. I thought Jakarta still began with a D.
+2
level 45
Jun 26, 2014
Yangon instead of Rangoon? C'mon xD
+2
level 49
May 30, 2017
We've taken enough punishment. Don't even hint at this.
+1
level 7
Aug 12, 2014
Got them all with 27 seconds to spare :)
+2
level 65
Aug 23, 2014
Delhi or New Delhi?? How about some consistency in these quizzes!
+1
level 73
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.
+2
level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
Exactly. And we are extremely consistent when it comes to city and country names.
+1
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
+1
level 57
Mar 29, 2015
Never heard of Qingdao, Urumqi, and Wuhan. Visited Istanbul, Rio, Paris, LA, and Vancouver and missed em all!
+1
level 28
Jul 24, 2015
Manila is bigger than Mexico City
+1
level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
They are very close in size. With the latest numbers, Manila is higher, so the quiz has been updated. Mumbai is also a contender.
+1
level 43
Nov 7, 2015
I missed Yangon because I still think of it as Rangoon.
+1
level 28
Jan 19, 2016
I am so stupid. Got all but Tokyo!!! :)
+1
level 43
Mar 2, 2016
17 for 4 points.
+4
level 30
Mar 9, 2016
I could tell from the first letter... ...that Ahmedabad mistake trying to do this quiz
+1
level 76
Mar 17, 2016
^ hahaha, good one!
+3
level 58
Nov 4, 2016
That's embarrassing. I'd Hyderabad mistake like that if I were you.
+2
level 70
Mar 20, 2018
How come it Tokyo so long to come up with that retort?
+1
level 28
Mar 11, 2016
All put p and I!
+1
level 20
Mar 17, 2016
i missed amhedabad and i'm from India !
+1
level 56
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.
+3
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
+1
level 25
Feb 21, 2018
Hyderabad is quite bigger than ho chi minh city both in area and population
+1
level 63
Mar 18, 2016
Isn't Ecatepec (Mexico) bigger than Edmonton?
+1
level 60
Mar 20, 2016
Depends on the metric, I think. Their page would seem to agree with you.
+1
level 63
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.
+1
level 57
Mar 20, 2016
Took me a while to think of Los Angeles...
+1
level 43
Mar 21, 2016
23/26 for four points. A solid effort.
+1
level 75
Mar 24, 2016
Isn't Xian bigger than Xiamen?
+1
level 57
Jun 28, 2018
No.
+1
level 53
May 13, 2016
Isn't Fortaleza bigger than Faisalabad
+1
level 51
Nov 27, 2016
no but foshan is bigger than both of them
+1
level ∞
Feb 5, 2018
Foshan counted as part of Guangzhou
+1
level 42
Jun 2, 2016
SHOOT ME I FORGOT NEW YORK CITY
+2
level 49
May 30, 2017
Bang bang you're dead.
+1
level 50
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*
+1
level 68
Oct 19, 2016
Xian has to be bigger than Xiamen. Quanzhou should not be counted as part of Xiamen.
+1
level 57
Jun 28, 2018
Just because you want it to be bigger doesn't mean it really is.
+1
level 56
Nov 8, 2016
Tried to guess Zhangzhou but got nothing for the effort.
+1
level 51
Nov 27, 2016
foshan has an urban pop. around 7.2 mill
+2
level 51
Nov 27, 2016
and isn't wuhan more populous than dc?
+2
level 51
Nov 27, 2016
or do you consider foshan to be a part of guanzhou-shenzhen?
+1
level 57
Jun 28, 2018
It is considered part of Guangzhou
+1
level 62
Dec 7, 2016
Bruh i was like rangoon...
+1
level 65
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.
+2
level 49
May 30, 2017
Ecatepec de Morelos is part of Mexico city: this quiz is on metro areas.
+1
level 49
May 30, 2017
Urban areas really.
+1
level 49
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.
+1
level 69
Jun 15, 2017
Good quiz! But according to wiki, Vienna is bigger than Vancouver, with a Metro area of 2.6 million.
+1
level 62
Jun 29, 2017
But I think Vancouver is growing at a faster rate, so probably no need to update the quiz..........lol.
+3
level ∞
Feb 5, 2018
Does anyone read the source I link to?
+1
level 45
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
+1
level 62
Jun 29, 2017
Where in the world is Urumqi? Well, obviously it's in east Asia.
+2
level 74
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.
+2
level 70
Feb 6, 2018
Yeah it's more like Central Asia if we pay less attention to national borders.
+1
level 23
Sep 14, 2017
I missed Vancouver. I live in Vancouver..
+1
level 46
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.
+1
level 53
Feb 5, 2018
I was so, so annoyed. Misspelled Guangzhou, Karachi and Zhengzhou. Never again!
+1
level 55
Feb 5, 2018
i got Qingdao but missed New York
+2
level 76
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
+2
level 76
Apr 24, 2018
^ I agree with this guy! ;)
+1
level 63
Mar 31, 2018
Manila over Mumbai? Karachi over Kolkata? Pretty surprising to me.
+1
level 46
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.
+1
level 10
Apr 24, 2018
Rio de Janeiro is more like 6mil. São Paulo is the one with 12mil
+1
level 29
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.
+2
level 70
Apr 24, 2018
They are different cities. You're probably mixing up that Yangon was formerly called Rangoon.
+1
level 46
Apr 24, 2018
Naypyidaw and Yangon are two different cities.
+2
level 73
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.
+3
level 45
Apr 24, 2018
Urumqi is might be in China, but is actually located in Central Asia
+1
level 46
Apr 24, 2018
I tried Prague. Didn't think of Paris.
+1
level 44
Apr 25, 2018
I spent the entire time trying to spell "Poughkeepsie" but then realized it was too small.
+1
level 35
May 20, 2018
Near East? For Istanbul?
+1
level 57
Jun 28, 2018
Yes.
+1
level 37
May 25, 2018
I knew Zhengzhou........but forgot how to spell it :P
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