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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
Last updated: February 20, 2019
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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 69
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 69
Jan 23, 2016
Doesnt accept Mashhad, dont know why...
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level 83
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 57
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 68
Jan 23, 2016
115...
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level 71
Jan 24, 2016
Stand by for the world's biggest 500 next week...
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level 49
Jun 4, 2017
Are you actually going to?
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level 71
Aug 15, 2017
Macaco has already done it.
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level 80
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 75
Jan 25, 2016
Curve breaker!
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level 56
Jan 27, 2016
Olvide los LOS ANGELES!! FACEPALM!
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level 53
Mar 7, 2016
I Got Changchun and Kaohsiung, but I missed Paris and Boston!
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level 68
Mar 9, 2016
missed new york!
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level 67
Mar 9, 2016
147/200 at first try. The quiz was harder than I expected, though.
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level 48
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 46
Mar 9, 2016
Yeah do them in order.
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level 48
Mar 9, 2016
I guessed 133 but missed New York.
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level 53
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 64
Mar 9, 2016
100/200 Mostly missed Chinese cities and some American cities.
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level 60
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 57
Mar 9, 2016
Mine's Johannesburg
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level 45
Mar 9, 2016
Mine's Buenos Aires
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level 75
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 25
Mar 24, 2016
Exactly - Seoul here. Even worse is, i correctly remembered of Pyongyang. Facepalm.
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level 75
Jul 9, 2016
Washington DC and Dubai. :-\
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level 68
Jul 22, 2016
Athens and Seattle for me
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level 64
Nov 13, 2016
Lisbon and Brasilia.
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level 60
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 21
Aug 4, 2017
Cairo here xD
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level 63
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 72
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 45
Mar 11, 2016
How did I get Jinan and Douala but forget San Francisco and Santiago what
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level 35
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 14
Mar 13, 2016
It does not accept Pretoria.
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level 56
Mar 14, 2016
Damn all those chinese cities!
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level 68
Aug 17, 2016
158/200. I only missed about 8 Chinese cities... ...but one of them was Beijing?!?
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level 44
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 25
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 35
Aug 4, 2017
I remembered Shijiazhuang, but forgot Sydney...
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level 53
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 57
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 57
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 57
Feb 20, 2019
You forget Canada existed?
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level 68
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 75
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 68
Jul 9, 2018
Ningbo's not a bad city. Probably one of the nicer "small" Chinese cities.
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level 45
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 57
Feb 20, 2019
I got Isfahan but missed Paris.....