Biggest Cities in Brazil

Try to name the 20 most populous cities in Brazil.
2020 estimates
City proper population only
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Last updated: March 18, 2021
First submittedJanuary 11, 2012
Times taken26,199
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Population
City
12,214,440
São Paulo
6,747,820
Rio de Janeiro
2,950,600
Brasília
2,885,910
Salvador
2,686,610
Fortaleza
2,521,560
Belo Horizonte
2,208,330
Manaus
1,948,630
Curitiba
1,653,460
Recife
1,530,290
Goiânia
1,488,250
Porto Alegre
1,486,810
Belém
1,392,120
Guarulhos
1,192,920
Campinas
1,090,940
São Gonçalo
1,047,440
São Luís
1,024,680
Maceió
921,480
Duque de Caxias
893,940
Campo Grande
890,480
Natal
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Level 34
Sep 25, 2012
8/15. Not bad for an American! Nice quiz!
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Level 33
Jun 21, 2014
15/15 NOT BAD FOR A FETUS!!!!
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2021
fœtus
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Level 21
Dec 6, 2014
14/20 Not bad for an American!
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Level 59
Mar 29, 2021
27/23. Not bad for an illiterate
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Level 67
May 28, 2014
Why do people say "not bad for an American"? I don't care for that one bit. Are we supposed to be okay with not knowing as much as others? I'm an American and got all of them right.
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Level 81
Jun 21, 2014
Sadly many people, including many Americans, accept the fallacious and bigoted stereotype that all Americans are stupid, ignorant, or poorly educated.
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Level 66
Jun 21, 2014
stupid, ignorant, or poorly educated for not knowing cities in Brazil? I live in Uruguay right next to it, I'm pretty sure I'm not a poorly educated stupid ignorant, and I got 9
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Level 71
May 22, 2015
You have to admit, the average American is notoriously bad at geography outside America. Lots of Americans just see no reason to learn about other countries, and to be fair, stuff like this *is* pointless knowledge for most people.
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2015
I do have to agree with Tramp, I live in the US, and almost everyone that I know is horrifically bad at geography. Almost all of them think that it's not important, since they live in the US, but they seemed shocked whenever other people from other nations don't know that much about the US, because they think that other people should know about the US, since it's "The Center of the World"
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Level 38
Aug 26, 2015
I live in Brazil and only got 16/20 the first time I took the quiz. Once you name the main state capitals it gets trickier - the "suburb cities" are not nearly as well-known.
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Level 81
Aug 8, 2016
Tramp, yes Americans are "notoriously" bad at geography. But does notoriety equal actual badness? No. A million times no. Not even close.

Lio, that's great that you live in the USA and have some anecdotal experience to share. I have lived in the USA, and in Bahrain, in Saudi Arabia, in South Korea, in Israel, in Turkey, in Romania, and in Russia among other places. I've traveled extensively through Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States. I've worked as an educator many of these places. If anecdotal experience means something, I've got yours beat.

Almost everyone I meet ANYWHERE believes that it's not important to know geography beyond where they are from. Europeans are dismayed that Americans don't know more about their own countries, and also believe the Europe is the center of the world. When they talk about Americans or other people not knowing more about "the rest of the world" what they usually mean is Western Europe. However...

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Level 81
Aug 8, 2016
I have been traveling through Europe lately and when I tell EUROPEANS that I am in Thessaloniki, or Tbilisi, or Nicosia, or Odessa, or Riga, or Vilnius, or Minsk, or Iasi, or Chisinau... the most common response I get is... "WHERE??" They don't even know about their own continent, let alone the "rest of the world." Americans know about what is local and relevant to them: the USA, parts of Canada and Mexico, parts of Western Europe, and a few countries that they've been bombing recently. Europeans are about the same. They know countries in Europe. Which means they might know about more countries, but that doesn't make their knowledge superior. There are six countries in Europe smaller than Rhode Island. AND... if they don't know where Odessa is and I have personal experience telling me many of them don't. That's just pathetic. Odessa is the 2nd largest city in Europe. It's as big as Las Vegas, with a much longer more interesting history. I can't imagine an American not knowing Las Vegas
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Level 81
Aug 8, 2016
My students in Saudi Arabia often could not point to the USA, Russia, China, or even their own country on a map. I'm not kidding. This was very common. They could tell me a bit about geography, and a tiny bit about history, regarding themselves and their neighbors. They would be more likely to know the difference between Iraq and Iran or Oman and Yemen than an American, for sure. And they could identify a lot of European flags if they happened to be football fans. But maybe 1 in 1000 could compete well on an average JetPunk geography quiz. My experience teaching in South Korea and Eastern Europe was roughly the same. I spent six years working in Saudi alongside mostly European or Arab coworkers. The last two years in a British company. These people were not more saavy, well informed, educated, or naturally inquisitive than Americans. I knew geography and history better than any of them. I ate and spoke with them every day.

PEOPLE are bad at geography. Not Americans.

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Level 81
Aug 8, 2016
**Odessa is the 2nd largest city in Ukraine.. NOT Europe. Major typo. Also I believe it was Vilnius I looked up before that had the same population as Las Vegas. Odessa is actually 50% larger, making the fact that many people in nearby countries are not even aware of it all the more peculiar.
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Level 78
Aug 8, 2016
I find that many Americans are more likely to know US geography of the coast areas than the interior. No one seems to care about the "flyover" states. We were in New York and when people asked where we were from and I said Missouri, they just got a glazed-over look and said, "Isn't that somewhere in the middle?" I told one person that we lived between Memphis and St. Louis. He got excited and said, "Memphis! Graceland! Elvis! Yeah!! I know where that is." So after that we started saying that and got no more blank stares, except for one man who said, "I just heard you say you're from Missouri. Isn't Memphis in Tennessee?" "Yes," I replied, "but part of Missouri touches Tennessee." He kept looking us up and down, letting us know he no longer trusted us. On another trip we told a man we met in Hawaii that we were from halfway between Memphis and St. Louis. He replied, "That sounds like halfway between nowhere and someplace I wouldn't want to be." There's just no respect for the heartland.
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Level 81
Aug 8, 2016
:) funny stories, ander. and I know what you mean. But I've had similar conversations with people all over the world. Not caring about geography is about as American as... breathing oxygen, or using keratin to grow fingernails, or being born naked.
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Level 62
Oct 22, 2017
Wait, Kalbahamut. Have you actually been to Thessaloniki, or Tbilisi, or Nicosia, or Odessa, or Riga, or Vilnius, or Minsk, or Iasi, or Chisinau?
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Level 78
Mar 2, 2018
Hey, Ander. Halfway between Memphis and St. Louis - you mean Sikeston??? Cool - Portageville here.
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Level 59
Dec 14, 2020
I'm a state away in Iowa!
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Level 58
Feb 24, 2021
Once I asked my friends if Europe was a country, and over half of them answered yes.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2021
Not gonna lie, I also kinda had a stereotype in my head of Americans being bad at geography...knowing that it's the same everywhere else makes me feel better. I'm guessing the only reason why the US gets all the attention is 1. because of the occasional viral video and 2. because the US always gets all the attention.

But also, of course, you don't need to know geography to be smart. I read a story once about some guy with a PhD who didn't know Cyprus existed. If geography's not related to your area of expertise, you don't need to know it (although I'm guessing PhD students will typically know more geography than the average American). And, of course, we just had a President who apparently didn't know that India borders China and that New Mexico is a US state... so there's that.

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Level 75
Apr 3, 2021
(coming from Germany) The other day I had a discussion with a student on his way to a good master's degree, who didn't think it's any good to know where Bangladesh is. My mates in geography classes back in school didn't know a whole lot about other countries or even our own states (Valencia is in Italy, Japan has a few thousand people, "Mexico is a country? I only know it from a song" etc). That was in the highest of three school forms and towards the end when we were 18-19. One guy who got the best grades in history, geography and politics wondered why in the world Gandhi made a march "just for salt". Fellow students of anglistics at the uni were a bit better on average, but not much. One of them didn't know which way to hold a map of the British isles and didn't to be shown either ("too complicated"). I've also had Poles who didn't know where Stalingrad is and others who I couldn't explain to that Bavaria did not belong to East Germany (they drew a line right through the middle and..
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Level 75
Apr 3, 2021
...insisted that the GDR must've held all of the eastern part). Then there was this guy who was confused by me talking about East Asians. There's a joke in my country that high school graduates today would never repeat the crime of invading Poland. They wouldn't know which direction to go. I've had little exposure to Americans in real life but I think I'm on board with the statement that people are bad at geography.
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Level 81
Apr 5, 2021
WolfCam: yes I've been to all of the above. I lived in Thessaloniki for almost 3 months. In Odessa and Minsk each for about a month or so. I spent a couple days in Iasi. The other places mentioned all were somewhere between those two ranges.

The fact that the two most liked comments in this thread are the two most ignorant and the two that most prop-up the incorrect, bigoted stereotype being called out says a lot. Thanks for sharing, everyone else.

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Level 83
Nov 21, 2019
As in...a non-native of Brazil or a neighboring country or country with strong linguistic or cultural ties...
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Level 75
Apr 3, 2021
Yeah, that's probably what the user actually meant and it would absolutely make sense.
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Level 17
Apr 3, 2021
Your name doesn’t sound very “American”
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Level 81
Apr 5, 2021
why doesn't it?
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Level 68
Apr 3, 2021
I thought '10/15 not bad for a Canadian' when I saw mountainsongs comment. I didn't mean it as an insult to my fellow Canadians - rather, that I wouldn't expect someone from another country to know more than that about mine. Except other jetpunk junkies, I guess. I figure more than 8 cities in any country is pretty good unless you live there, or visit often. So yeah, not bad for an American. I agree. No hate meant to the USA either.
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Level 36
Jun 21, 2014
haha i would have only gotten 3 if not for the world cup :)
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Level 82
Jun 21, 2014
Come on, everybody knows at least 4 : Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Porto Alegre...
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Level 28
Apr 3, 2021
And Belo Horizonte!
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Level 53
Jun 21, 2014
I got 11 but without the world cup i would have only got 4!
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Level 27
Jul 26, 2014
i bet kalbahamut is level 2000...
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Level 78
Nov 27, 2015
His level is by his name. He's not quite there.
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Level 31
Dec 23, 2014
Americans, you have no excuses! You are closer to Brazil than most ;-)
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Level 81
Aug 8, 2016
You just hurt the feelings of all the other non-American "Americans" on the site. Except for Canada.
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Level 43
Apr 6, 2016
See the 2:08 mark at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSIQ3kSdt7Q

Some guy in Vegas said the capital of Brazil is Spain. ROFL

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Level 28
Apr 3, 2021
Regarding Kal's comment:

Yeah, everyone is bad in Geography...

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Level 32
Aug 8, 2016
i got 19/20 and im american
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Level 65
Aug 4, 2017
Oh, as a brazilian I'm ashamed of forgetting Duque de Caxias. Nice quiz, the most correct i've seen here about brazilian cities. For whom that doesn't know: except for Campinas, Guarulhos, São Gonçalo and Duque, the others are state capitals. Cool!
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Level 43
Aug 10, 2017
how did i forgot brasilia
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2019
Got all of them in the first column and none in the second column.
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Level 46
Jan 2, 2021
Wikipedia now has a 2020 population version
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Level 30
Jan 30, 2021
You know what: Natal its christmas in portuguese and a city name
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Level 53
Apr 5, 2021
It’s also a state in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
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Level 30
Apr 4, 2021
São Paulo is sooooo big ya