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Biggest World Cities by Letter - A

Name the most populous urban areas that start with the letter A.
According to citypopulation.de, 2018
By urban area population, not city proper
Last updated: September 10, 2018
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Country
Population
City
India
8.00 mil
Ahmedabad
Egypt
5.85 mil
Alexandria
United States
5.70 mil
Atlanta
Ivory Coast
5.35 mil
Abidjan
Jordan
5.30 mil
Amman
Ghana
5.10 mil
Accra
Turkey
4.85 mil
Ankara
Algeria
3.83 mil
Algiers
Ethiopia
3.65 mil
Addis Ababa
Greece
3.38 mil
Athens
Country
Population
City
Nigeria
3.20 mil
Abuja
China
2.53 mil
Anshan
Netherlands
2.43 mil
Amsterdam
Madagascar
2.38 mil
Antananarivo
Paraguay
2.28 mil
Asunción
India
2.18 mil
Agra
Syria
2.05 mil
Aleppo
Kazakhstan
1.97 mil
Almaty
United States
1.86 mil
Austin
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level 24
Mar 1, 2012
i got Agra because thats where the Taj Mahal is, i thought that would be no. 1 in India but obviously not
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level 73
Apr 26, 2014
It was no 1 some hundreds or thousands of years ago, but now, not even close.
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level 71
Oct 12, 2016
Well, it's number 2 in India according to this. That's pretty close to number 1...
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level 73
Dec 1, 2016
I meant number 1 out of all cities in India, not just those that start with the letter "A."
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level 73
Jul 6, 2017
Also, it's more than 5 million people off the leader. So from that perspective, it's not even close even in the narrow category of Indian cities that start with A
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level 71
Jan 15, 2018
Yes - not sure what I was thinking there..
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level 42
Dec 2, 2016
Ahmedabad is one those cities which has been growing so quickly but no-one knows about it, and then suddenly overtakes the rest of the cities in population.
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level 47
Mar 1, 2012
Great quiz, hope to see the rest of the alphabet too.
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level 46
Mar 1, 2012
I got Ahmedabad correct. I watch cricket and the news so it didn't take long to guess it.
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level 71
Oct 26, 2016
I've been to Ahmedabad. I had to sign a declaration that I was an alcoholic before my hotel would serve me a beer. Needless to say, the declaration is framed and on my living room wall.
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level 42
Dec 2, 2016
I find that funny, especially as I come from Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat where natives aren't allowed to drink alcohol.
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level 67
Dec 3, 2016
Haha, that's on my bucket list now.
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level 44
Mar 1, 2012
Well, big props to the 21% that got the city in Madagascar. I have never heard of it, and wouldn't even have been able to select it from a multiple choice. I also missed the 5 least known answers, although I think I might have heard of Aleppo before (not the others).
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level 73
Jan 11, 2013
I knew it but couldn't spell it. Same with the #4 in Ivory Coast.
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level 73
Apr 26, 2014
happy to say my spelling is improving. Can easily get Madagascar now, but still try to spell Abidjan as Adibjan.
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level 73
Dec 2, 2016
2 years later I no longer have a problem with Abidjan. Yay.
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level 80
Apr 9, 2014
I can never remember how to spell it either. Luckily, Quizmaster is gracious in his use of regexes, and so Antananananananananananarivo works.
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level 49
May 30, 2017
Capitals like that are infuriating. Just like Ouagdoggaooguogaougadogou or Sri Jaywarrdapurnaigahemalihadenarparkolkarapurnara Kotte.
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level 64
Dec 2, 2016
Unfortunately, since your comment Aleppo has become known for all the wrong reasons... Probably, at this moment they don't have 2 million residents anymore.
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level 47
Dec 2, 2016
Very true
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level 74
Sep 26, 2018
"What is a leppo?"...Gary Johnson. (Actually, I felt sorry for the guy. We've all had those moments even when questions weren't being rapidly fired at us on camera.)
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level 58
Mar 1, 2012
It is naive to think that many people on here don't look up the answers.
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level 65
Sep 26, 2018
And some of them happen to be epic geography nerds who know this list backwards.
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level 69
Mar 1, 2012
Why on earth would you cheat? So you can tell a bunch of people you don't know and will never meet that that you got 100% on a stupid quiz about large cities or whatever? That's idiotic.
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level 73
Apr 26, 2014
this. and why would anyone assume that someone else was posting results for the purpose of bragging and impressing people? Also idiotic.
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level 70
Aug 19, 2016
you guys both need a hug.
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level 49
May 30, 2017
They're right though. Not the cheaters, Kal and the ... DBG.
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level 74
Mar 1, 2012
seems odd to call people out for spelling a foreign city name, "losr."
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level 55
Mar 1, 2012
I got Ahmedabad after like 5 tries trying to spell it correctly
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level 55
Mar 1, 2012
can't say I heard of Aleppo, Anshan, Adana or Adansol so i'm not surprised that they are 8% or less.
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level 46
Sep 26, 2018
It's Asansol, not Adansol
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level 39
Mar 1, 2012
Wow, that is the first time I have ever seen an answer have 0%
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level 55
Mar 1, 2012
just realized I spelt Asansol wrong.
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level 34
Mar 4, 2012
86%. Just missed Adana, Anshan and Asansol.
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level 46
Sep 26, 2018
I can't find Asansol in this list.....?
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level 40
Mar 19, 2012
17/21, not bad for a 15 year old!
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level 50
May 7, 2012
I thought Atlanta had less than a million people? I swear I just played another quiz and it was around 550,000...
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level ∞
May 9, 2012
Depends on if the quiz uses city proper or metro area.
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level 26
Sep 2, 2012
same with amsterdam, i learned the netherlands did not have a city with more than 1 million citizens, i thought it had 800.000 or something like that.
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level 50
May 9, 2012
Yes, sorry... last time I didn't realize it said metro! Woooops. Thanks for answering though :)
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level 73
Sep 6, 2013
HAHA I only got Agra because I was trying Agrabah from Aladdin as a joke. Totally forgot the Taj Mahal was located there.
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level 64
Nov 7, 2013
The Abuja urban area had 2.2+ million as of 2012.
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level ∞
Aug 12, 2016
Africa is growing quickly. And Abuja is the fastest-growing city in Africa, growing at an annual rate of 35%, according to Wikipedia.
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level 80
Apr 26, 2014
I got every one that I've ever heard of - always enough to make me quite content with myself.
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level 64
Nov 26, 2016
And poor Gary Johnson will never be able to get more than 17/18 since he doesn't understand the Syrian city.
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level 67
Dec 2, 2016
Drat, I was really hoping I could be the first to mention this. "And what is Aleppo??"
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level 39
May 3, 2017
lmfao
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level 58
Dec 2, 2016
So I got the third to last city, but I have no idea what it is...
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level 61
Dec 2, 2016
Took me forever to get that damn US one. Still made it with 32s to go. Maybe I should be interested in US geography..?
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level 73
Dec 2, 2016
If you like. Or... you could be totally ignorant of it while at the same time complaining loudly about how bad Americans are at geography because they don't know every county and village of whichever minor country you come from. That seems to work for most people.

But 100% is good. I maintain the US ones are more difficult to get on these quizzes because there are a lot more cities to think of. Imagine if the clues for the European cities said simply "Europe."
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level 74
Sep 26, 2018
Good point, Kal. If the clue said Georgia and Texas instead of the US it would be much easier. Same way that Kazakhstan should be easier now than when it was the former USSR.
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level 45
Dec 2, 2016
What is Aleppo?
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level 69
Dec 2, 2016
hmm... I'm having an Aleppo moment...
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level 57
Dec 23, 2016
I wonder what Aleppo's population is now after the casualties, the evacuations and the general exodus of people fleeing for their lives?
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level 39
Mar 17, 2017
What is Aleppo? -Gary Johnson, 2016
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level 49
May 30, 2017
I saw that. It made my year.
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level 47
Sep 26, 2018
yep. Totally qualified to be president.
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level 66
Apr 9, 2017
Please add Anshun as alternative spelling for Anshan
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level 69
Jun 2, 2018
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level 38
Aug 21, 2017
can you accept alep?
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level 37
Jun 1, 2018
Anshun is spelt Anshun on Google Map. Must accept.
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level 80
Jun 1, 2018
Anshan and Anshun are two separate places 1,415 miles apart (https://www.distancefromto.net/distance-from-anshun-cn-to-anshan-cn)
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level 47
Sep 26, 2018
only missed Austin.
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level 60
Sep 26, 2018
I got Anshan, Ahmedabad, and Almaty, but missed Agra, Austin, and Atlanta... What is wrong with me?