Biggest Cities in the World - Extreme

How many of the world's 200 most populous urban areas can you name?
As of January 2019 according to citypopulation.de
Urban area population, not city proper population
Two loosely-defined areas around the Ruhr have been filled in
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
First submittedJanuary 23, 2016
Times taken45,895
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Population
Urban Area
45.6 m
Guangzhou
40.2 m
Tokyo
35.9 m
Shanghai
30.6 m
Jakarta
29.4 m
Delhi
25.2 m
Manila
24.7 m
Mumbai
24.7 m
Seoul
22.8 m
Mexico City
22.4 m
New York City
22.2 m
São Paulo
20.5 m
Cairo
20.4 m
Beijing
19.5 m
Dhaka
18.8 m
Lagos
18.3 m
Bangkok
17.8 m
Los Angeles
17.7 m
Osaka
17.3 m
Karachi
17.2 m
Moscow
16.6 m
Kolkata
16.3 m
Buenos Aires
15.8 m
Istanbul
15.0 m
Tehran
14.7 m
London
13.7 m
Johannesburg
13.2 m
Tianjin
13.1 m
Rio de Janeiro
12.6 m
Lahore
12.0 m
Kinshasa
11.8 m
Bangalore
11.4 m
Paris
11.0 m
Chennai
10.5 m
Nagoya
9.90 m
Lima
9.90 m
Xiamen
9.85 m
Hyderabad
9.80 m
Bogotá
9.80 m
Chengdu
9.75 m
Chicago
9.10 m
Taipei
8.85 m
Wuhan
8.70 m
Kuala Lumpur
8.60 m
Ho Chi Minh City
8.55 m
Washington, DC
8.30 m
Hangzhou
8.25 m
Ahmedabad
8.05 m
Chongqing
7.90 m
Luanda
7.90 m
Shenyang
7.85 m
San Francisco
7.80 m
Singapore
7.75 m
Riyadh
7.70 m
Shantou
7.65 m
Boston
7.45 m
Hong Kong
7.35 m
Philadelphia
7.35 m
Toronto
7.20 m
Santiago
7.10 m
Dallas
6.85 m
Baghdad
6.85 m
Bandung
6.80 m
Xi'an
6.70 m
Nanjing
6.70 m
Pune
6.60 m
Houston
6.45 m
Madrid
Population
Urban Area
6.35 m
Miami
6.35 m
Surat
6.15 m
Dar es Salaam
6.15 m
Khartoum
6.00 m
Surabaya
5.95 m
Nairobi
5.95 m
Qingdao
5.80 m
Atlanta
5.70 m
(The Ruhr)
5.70 m
Alexandria
5.70 m
Detroit
5.60 m
Saint Petersburg
5.50 m
Yangon
5.45 m
Abidjan
5.45 m
Amman
5.35 m
Zhengzhou
5.25 m
Guadalajara
5.25 m
Wenzhou
5.20 m
Milan
5.20 m
Sydney
5.15 m
Harbin
5.00 m
(Cologne / Dusseldorf)
4.98 m
Ankara
4.98 m
Belo Horizonte
4.95 m
Accra
4.93 m
Monterrey
4.90 m
Dubai
4.85 m
Melbourne
4.83 m
Chittagong
4.83 m
Hefei
4.78 m
Jeddah
4.75 m
Berlin
4.75 m
Changsha
4.73 m
Barcelona
4.73 m
Colombo
4.68 m
Kuwait City
4.58 m
Phoenix
4.55 m
Dalian
4.55 m
Kano
4.43 m
Casablanca
4.40 m
Shijiazhuang
4.38 m
Seattle
4.30 m
Tampa
4.25 m
Fuzhou
4.25 m
Jinan
4.25 m
Montreal
4.23 m
Naples
4.18 m
Cape Town
4.15 m
Kabul
4.13 m
Busan
4.13 m
Taiyuan
4.10 m
Porto Alegre
4.05 m
Kunming
3.98 m
Ürümqi
3.95 m
Medan
3.95 m
Medellín
3.93 m
Brasília
3.90 m
Algiers
3.90 m
Hanoi
3.90 m
Santo Domingo
3.85 m
Jaipur
3.83 m
Nanchang
3.83 m
Recife
3.78 m
Caracas
3.75 m
Damascus
3.73 m
Addis Ababa
3.70 m
Denver
Population
Urban Area
3.65 m
Changchun
3.65 m
Fortaleza
3.63 m
Lucknow
3.60 m
Dakar
3.58 m
Faisalabad
3.58 m
Rome
3.58 m
Salvador
3.48 m
Ibadan
3.45 m
Kiev
3.45 m
Zibo
3.43 m
Kanpur
3.40 m
Kampala
3.38 m
Abuja
3.38 m
Bamako
3.38 m
Curitiba
3.38 m
Durban
3.38 m
Orlando
3.35 m
Athens
3.35 m
Nanning
3.35 m
Rawalpindi / Islamabad
3.33 m
San Diego
3.30 m
Yaoundé
3.28 m
Frankfurt
3.25 m
Douala
3.23 m
Ningbo
3.23 m
Rotterdam
3.20 m
Guiyang
3.20 m
Nagpur
3.18 m
Campinas
3.18 m
Tashkent
3.15 m
Guatemala City
3.15 m
Isfahan
3.15 m
Mashhad
3.15 m
Minneapolis
3.13 m
Birmingham
3.13 m
Guayaquil
3.13 m
Port-au-Prince
3.13 m
Puebla
3.08 m
Brisbane
3.08 m
Cleveland
3.08 m
Indore
3.05 m
Cali
3.05 m
Manchester
3.03 m
Izmir
3.03 m
Kathmandu
2.95 m
Kumasi
2.93 m
Pyongyang
2.88 m
Hamburg
2.88 m
Maputo
2.83 m
Xuzhou
2.80 m
Bhilai
2.80 m
Kaohsiung
2.80 m
Lanzhou
2.80 m
Tangshan
2.78 m
Cincinnati
2.75 m
Daegu
2.75 m
Huizhou
2.75 m
Vancouver
2.73 m
Fukuoka
2.73 m
Sana'a
2.68 m
Gujranwala
2.68 m
Quito
2.65 m
Cebu
2.65 m
Coimbatore
2.65 m
Patna
2.65 m
Tel Aviv-Jaffa
2.63 m
Tunis
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2016
Is there an upper limit on the number of possible answers? I think the Lonely Planets quiz had this much.
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2016
500 is the upper limit.
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2016
How come there are quizzes with more than 500 answers then?
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2019
There are some advanced ways to have more. It's not encouraged since it puts a large amount of load on the server.
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Level 73
Jan 23, 2016
Doesnt accept Mashhad, dont know why...
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2016
Looks like "Mashad" is accepted...
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2016
Fixed the type-in.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2016
Shoot, I was at 105 until I accidentally hit the backspace, which took me off the page!!
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Level 73
Jan 23, 2016
115...
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2016
Stand by for the world's biggest 500 next week...
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Level 52
Jun 4, 2017
Are you actually going to?
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2017
Macaco has already done it.
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Level 81
Jan 24, 2016
Thanks. Now I have a new "gotta get them all" quiz after I just finished with the elements. 125/200 on a first try and I missed Mexico City! More than a dozen from both China and India (to be expected; I was sure it was spelled "Shengdu" ! ), a couple of Japanese ones.. In total missed 8 of those that were over 50%. Not too shabby imho.
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Level 81
Jan 25, 2016
Curve breaker!
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2020
I had a very similar experience: 125/200 on a first try and I missed Rotterdam for heaven's sake (I lived in Holland for years). I also missed eight answers over 50%, and clearly a longer look at a map of China would improve my stats no end.
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2016
Olvide los LOS ANGELES!! FACEPALM!
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Level 55
Mar 7, 2016
I Got Changchun and Kaohsiung, but I missed Paris and Boston!
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Level 55
May 6, 2021
Update: Now I got 190/199, missed 1 in Mexico, 6 in China, and 2 in India.
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Level 70
Mar 9, 2016
missed new york!
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Level 71
Mar 9, 2016
147/200 at first try. The quiz was harder than I expected, though.
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Level 45
Mar 9, 2016
If we're doing extreme (double) quizzes now, can we see a US cities (200 cities) or a Texas (40 cities) quiz?
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Level 37
Mar 9, 2016
200/200 with 15 minutes left. Any harder?
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Level 44
Mar 9, 2016
Yeah do them in order.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2016
I guessed 133 but missed New York.
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Level 50
Mar 9, 2016
Fun quiz! Tend to forget quite some obvious ones, because I'm so focused on that long, scary list of Asian cities.
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Level 72
Mar 9, 2016
100/200

Mostly missed Chinese cities and some American cities.

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Level 62
Mar 9, 2016
I feel like everyone would have one city that they arompletely embarrassed they missed...mine is Lagos.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2016
Mine's Johannesburg
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Level 52
Mar 9, 2016
Mine's Buenos Aires
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Level 78
Mar 11, 2016
All the US cities I missed - Philly, Detroit, and I tried Columbus and Toledo then decided none of the Ohio cities would make the list and didn't even try Cincinnati or Cleveland. Surprised that San Jose and San Antonio weren't on the list since they always make the list of top ten US cities by population - must be the "urban population" caveat that knocked them out. Still, I'm surprised not to see them.
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Level 30
Mar 24, 2016
Exactly - Seoul here. Even worse is, i correctly remembered of Pyongyang. Facepalm.
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Level 84
Jul 9, 2016
Washington DC and Dubai. :-\
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Level 73
Jul 22, 2016
Athens and Seattle for me
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Level 65
Nov 13, 2016
Lisbon and Brasilia.
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Level 61
Aug 4, 2017
Bangkok, San Francisco, Lisbon among many others. I always overthink on these quizzes and end up missing really obvious ones (although I could have sworn that I guessed Bangkok).
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Level 20
Aug 4, 2017
Cairo here xD
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Level 71
Aug 19, 2017
Manila and Toronto
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Level 22
Sep 15, 2017
I guessed Hefei but somehow forgot Paris *whack*
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Level 82
Feb 22, 2019
Miami :(
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Level 56
Jun 4, 2020
Forgot London lol
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Level 66
Feb 9, 2021
The entirety of Canada. Vancouver and Montreal are excusable perhaps, but missing Toronto is quite embarrassing :P

Xi'an and Xiamen are also kinda embarrassing for me because they're usually some of the first Chinese cities I think of.

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Level 76
Mar 9, 2016
Hard quiz, needed five tries to get them all... Crazy that 20% of the cities in this quiz are from China. I have some objection about Jiangyin since it's part of Wuxi...
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Level 57
Mar 12, 2016
I think there may need to be some leeway when it comes to spelling because I tried Delhi multiple times but it didn't work
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Level 54
Mar 14, 2016
Damn all those chinese cities!
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2016
158/200. I only missed about 8 Chinese cities...

...but one of them was Beijing?!?

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Level 43
Oct 25, 2016
197 on the second attempt, gonna get them all! So hard this is without the country hint. Missed tampa, kiev and kampala.
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Level 30
Jan 23, 2017
Have you ever thought about adding one column for countries (or maybe making another copy of this extreme quiz with them added)? It could be amazing improvement, that would help us focus directly on the countries, that we have missed their representatives.

This is my point: the quiz would be more like: "do you know all the big cities of US/India/Pakistan/China/whatever" rather than "do you know, if there are exactly 18 or 19 of their cities in the top200 and can you count, if you already typed in all"?

Interested in your opinion.

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Level 33
Aug 4, 2017
I remembered Shijiazhuang, but forgot Sydney...
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Level 59
Nov 23, 2017
173, highest yet, and I still see "should've gots" like Dubai and Amman. Some of the Chinese cities under 2.5 million in population I will never remember.
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Level 68
Feb 5, 2018
186/200. Missed: Manchester, Brasília, Birmingham, Cleveland, Kathmandu, Amman, Cincinnati, Puebla, Kunming, Zibo, Guiyang, Anshan, Jiangyin and Huizhou
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Level 68
May 27, 2018
176 this time. Missed: TorontoXD, VancouverXD, Brasília, MontrealXD, Budapest, Damascus, Quito, Orlando, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Izmir, Yaoundé, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, Fukuoka, Curitiba, Dalian, Isfahan, Douala, Kanpur, Campinas, Lanzhou, Zibo, Changzhou, Nanchang, Bhilai, Jiangyin, Huizhou. Pretty bad round for me.
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Level 65
Feb 20, 2019
You forget Canada existed?
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Level 71
Jul 9, 2018
I come back to this quiz every few weeks and 186 has been my max score on 2 different occasions now.
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Level 81
Jun 2, 2019
I matched your score of 176. Missed a lot of obvious ones. Including Algiers, Guatemala, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, Rotterdam, Maputo, Bamako, Qingdao, Surat, Shantou, Wenzhou, Medan, Fuzhou, Nanning, Daegu, Ibadan, Indore, Taiyuan, Coimbatore, Kumasi, Xuzhou, Tangshan, and Gujranwala (I think those last three are all new, though). This cluster of comments will be a treasure trove for all the cheaters.
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Level 60
Jun 2, 2019
The least guessed city is in my country, so it was no problem for me, as i typed in all of MY country's cities first!
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Level 81
Feb 5, 2018
The most obscure one that I routinely get is Ningbo. Probably helps that I dated a girl from there once.
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Level 71
Jul 9, 2018
Ningbo's not a bad city. Probably one of the nicer "small" Chinese cities.
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Level 81
Jun 2, 2019
"small." :) That's funny. She came to study in the USA in part because she wanted to start dating and she was afraid if she did this in Ningbo, hamlet of 3 million people, her parents would find out about it.
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Level 51
May 27, 2018
Got 85/200 first try, missed Toronto and Washington D.C. and I'm from the US *facepalm*. But nice quiz
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Level 62
Feb 20, 2019
I got Isfahan but missed Paris.....
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Level 45
Feb 28, 2019
washington dc doesnt even have 1 million...
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Level 57
Jun 2, 2019
Definitely need to brush up on my Indian, Chinese and Brazilian cities. And Ohio. Literally got all the U.S. cities except Cleveland and Cincinnati lol.
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Level 62
Jun 3, 2019
I noticed something interesting in the advanced stats. The second most common score, after 199/199, is 100/199. I guess there were a lot of people who set their goal at 50% and were content to give up once they reached it.
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Level 67
Jun 15, 2019
"Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of approximately 2.5 million" (Wikipedia)

"Administratively, Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with a population of 4.33 million in its city proper, and a total resident population (as of 2013) of 10.58 million in its administrative area" (Wikipedia)

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Level 76
Feb 8, 2021
In Brisbane's case it's complicated by the issue of where one draws boundaries. Locally (it's my home town), 2.5 million, as reported on Wikipedia, is the commonly accepted figure. However it also merges with the cities of Sunshine Coast to the north and Gold Coast to the south, between them home to an additional million or so people. It also stretches out ambiguously to the west with the city of Toowoomba at the far edge of what's known as Southeast Queensland. I'm assuming the figure given here includes the Local Government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, and Gold Coast - the last of which is usually counted separately in Australia (and is Australia's sixth largest city, if so counted).
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Level 40
Sep 7, 2019
Missed Valencia Seville and Turin and Hong Kong and Toluca and Atlanta And Arkansas City and Indianapolis
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Level 62
Jun 29, 2020
and commas
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Level 76
Feb 8, 2021
Was going to say the same thing. I'm fascinated as to the process that decides whether an 'and' will be inserted or not. Perhaps they were all meant to be separated thusly, but it got missed between Valencia and Seville...
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Level 65
Jan 21, 2020
We need a scambigol version with a map :P
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Level 52
Jan 21, 2020
Ugh. Easy Misses were Kabul, Bangalore, Colombo, Guatemala, Ankara, Tashkent, Kolkata, and Jeddah. Got 126 though which I’ll take
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Level 53
Mar 18, 2020
LOL @me for missing Tokyo and NYC because they were so obvious that I HAD to have already guessed them
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Level 56
Mar 22, 2020
I missed Wuhan. I mean, among others. Stay safe, everyone!
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Level 28
Mar 22, 2020
Thank you for remembering my dear Belo Horizonte! When I saw that the minimum was 2 million, I was already happy, since BH (as it is known here in Brazil), has 2.501.576 million people, even more people than Paris for example.
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
Rotterdam bigger than amsterdam? seriously? haha that would piss people in amsterdam off, I wouldnt show your face there if I were you ;) (just kidding, but there is known to be some rivalry between the cities and calling the smaller one bigger would cause an uproar ;) )

. You havent used urban area as you stat, cause even going by urban it is "only" about 1,2 million and smaller than amsterdam at about 1,4/ 1.5.

I am not sure where the problem lies, with the quizzes or the sourcesite. But many quizzes claim to list urban, while they list metro or just a random conglomeration of cities just because they are in the same general region (side of the country..) but might be 50 miles apart and don't have much to do with eachother (beside being in the same country).

3,6m is the entire population of the provence of Zuid-Holland in which Rotterdam is located.

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Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
These are the definitions used by citypopulation.de : link to glossary
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Level 69
Apr 12, 2020
What was your super obvious one that you missed? I forgot San Diego and I've been there twice haha
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Level 55
Jul 8, 2020
I missed Denver but I got Kaohsiung and Taiyuan somehow. 164 first try wasn't too bad though.
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Level 38
Apr 17, 2020
China
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Level 64
Jul 12, 2020
163 and i could do 10 more if my memory would've helped me
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Level 72
Sep 2, 2020
I got Gujranwala but not Los Angeles
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Level 53
Apr 16, 2021
I got 100, first time ever :D
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Level 60
Apr 30, 2021
What about Wuxi? It has a population of around 3mil at city level.