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Biggest World Cities by Letter - B

Name the most populous urban areas that start with the letter B.
According to citypopulation.de, 2018
Urban area population, not city proper
citypopulation.de counts Baltimore as part of the DC area
Last updated: September 12, 2018
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Country
Population
City
China
20.0 mil
Beijing
Thailand
18.4 mil
Bangkok
Argentina
16.1 mil
Buenos Aires
India
11.5 mil
Bangalore
Colombia
9.65 mil
Bogotá
United States
7.60 mil
Boston
Iraq
6.95 mil
Baghdad
Indonesia
6.15 mil
Bandung
Brazil
5.00 mil
Belo Horizonte
Spain
4.70 mil
Barcelona
Germany
4.63 mil
Berlin
Country
Population
City
South Korea
4.18 mil
Busan
Brazil
3.98 mil
Brasília
United Kingdom
3.10 mil
Birmingham
Mali
3.25 mil
Bamako
Australia
2.95 mil
Brisbane
India
2.73 mil
Bhilai
Hungary
2.68 mil
Budapest
Azerbaijan
2.53 mil
Baku
India
2.30 mil
Bhopal
Brazil
2.25 mil
Belem
Romania
2.20 mil
Bucharest
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level 31
Apr 30, 2012
what about bhopal and bhiwande? and isnt brasilia bigger than belo horizonte?
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level 56
Jun 7, 2014
nope. Belo Horizonte is bigger than Brasilia
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level 13
Apr 30, 2012
Boston does not have 7,400,000 people, they don't even have 1 million people. They're a little over 600,000.
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level 62
Jun 7, 2013
All of massachusetts has only 6.46 million! I think the answer is Baltimore!
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level 80
Jul 27, 2013
According to the population numbers used for this quiz Baltimore does not exist, it is simply part of Washington's metro area.
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level 80
Jul 27, 2013
Boston has 7.4 million easy, if you count Springfield and Worcester, also Manchester, NH and Providence, RI, and all points in between.
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level 24
Sep 1, 2013
burtviile, Manchester, NH is not in Boston, and neither is Providence, RI, they are their own places and have their own metro areas, additionally, they're in different states. The entire population of the state of Massachusetts isn't even 6.5 million, so it's quite impossible to include Boston at 7.4 million residents.
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level 65
Mar 13, 2014
they seem to be using a Combined Statistical Area for the Boston Population which makes Boston 6th in the US. Don't think that's the same a a Metro Area,
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level 56
May 19, 2014
Boston has 7mil maybe if you count all of New England. Way to go guys.
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level 62
Dec 23, 2016
It's clearly the CSA - which burtville and friendz described well. Not really that controversial.
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level ∞
Jun 1, 2018
Yep. It's the CSA. If you disagree, there's an easy solution. Get a masters in statistics, apply to work for the Census Bureau, work your way up to the top over several decades, and when you get enough clout, you can institute your own definitions.
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level 70
Jun 1, 2018
The "Boston" CSA covers 65% of the land area of Massachusetts PLUS 75% of the population of New Hampshire PLUS 100% of Rhode Island state (yep, every single person) PLUS a chunk of Connecticut as well!!! Calling all of that "Boston" is just bloody stupid (though the US Stats Department doesn't call it "Boston" either - they name it "Boston-Worcester-Providence", though a more honest description would be "Boston-Worcester-Providence-CapeCod-Manchester-Concord"). PS I haven't worked my way up to the top of the Census Bureau, but I'm still entitled, like any human being, to express my opinion.
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level 57
Jun 18, 2018
"Combined Statistical Areas" are hardly urban. They're sprawling rural and suburban areas of multiple, often nonadjacent, urban areas. Citypopulation.de has always been run by someone with a turn-on for big numbers.
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level 69
May 17, 2014
If they're using "urban areas", then Boston is part of New York City. I know the quizmaster is following the data, but this is really laughable.
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level 25
Aug 8, 2014
IT IS METRO AREA
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level 51
Dec 23, 2016
There are 600,000 people in the actual city of Boston. The urban area would be far more than that.
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level 35
Jul 19, 2012
My best friend used to live in Bangalore and I forgot it. *facepalm*
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level 67
Mar 27, 2017
Cool story
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level 43
Apr 1, 2013
There can't be any way that the Bhilai metro population is larger than Bhopal. I've looked up about every possible measure, and Bhilai isn't anywhere close to Bhopal, let alone the 2.275 million that you have listed. According to the India 2011 Census website, the urban population of Bhilai was 927,864, and of Bhopal, 2,368,145.
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level 24
Apr 10, 2014
Bhopal needs to be here.A huge city.
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
Take it up with citypopulation.de. I don't make the facts, I just report 'em.
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level 61
Nov 8, 2016
surely you need to check the facts of your source when they make such a glaring mistake?
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level 73
May 17, 2014
Breezed through all the answers except the last India and Brazil ones. Thought about those for a minute but couldn't come up with anything. Gave up, and I don't think I've ever heard of Bhilai before. Belem sounds vaguely familiar.
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level 44
May 17, 2014
I think that Belem is at the mouth of the Amazon.
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level 56
Jun 7, 2014
Belem is north of the state of Para and close to Suriname and the Guyanas
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level 73
Oct 12, 2016
I think it has since been replaced by Bucharest, where I used to live last summer and have definitely heard of before.
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level 57
May 17, 2014
Whatever metric you use, there is no way Boston has 7.4 million. I know it says "urban area," but you'd need a radius extending hours outside Boston to get that many people. It just isn't correct.
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level 74
May 18, 2014
I live in New Hampshire, 39 miles from Boston. For Boston to have a population of 7.2 million you would have to include over half the population of all of New England (pop. 14 million+). And I do NOT live in Boston! Quizmaster, I think you need a better source if this is the kind of info provided by citypopulation.de. The city I live in is neither close to nor related to Boston in any way other than being part of the same Megalopolis that stretches halfway down the East Coast.
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level 44
May 17, 2014
I never got the South Korea one because I'd only ever seen it spelled "Pusan".
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level 66
Nov 17, 2015
Me too!
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level 74
Dec 23, 2016
Apparently it was changed in 2000. Add another one to the list of Bombay to Mumbai, Peking to Beijing, Rangoon to Yangon, etc. There are enough of these for their own quiz, QM.
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level 44
Jun 16, 2018
Great idea! I'm going to make one.
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level ∞
May 19, 2014
We're getting close to setting a JetPunk whining record on this quiz. C'mon guys - you can do it!
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level 74
May 19, 2014
Okay, happy to oblige. I previously suggested that your source (citypopulation.de) was not reliable. I now realize that .de domain websites are German in origin. No offense to our German friends but why not use a US site for your info? With all the complaints this quiz seems to be getting it might at least be worth taking a look at alternate resources for population statistics. There, hope that puts us over the top!
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level 44
Jun 28, 2015
Okay there seems to be a lot of weird statistics in this quiz, but what kind of comment is that? Jeez I'm getting sick of the American exceptionalism thinking... German sites are as good as any, it's not like American sites are always right.
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level 58
Sep 19, 2016
There's a map on the sources site that shows what they included in the mentioned urban areas. You can't see every cities name but Boston for example includes a very large area so the 7,350,000 they list seem appropriate. If you then look up the urban area of Boston on Wikipedia (not the search result for Boston but for cities and metropolitan areas of the United States) it says that "Boston-Worcester-Manchester (MA-RI-NH CSA)" has a population of 7,601,061 people (2011 data).
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level 69
Dec 23, 2016
On Wiki's page for "Metropolitan Statistical Areas", which reports census data, the Boston-Worchester-Manchester MSA has 4.77 million residents (2015 estimate). If you added the entire state of Rhode Island, you'd still be 2 million shy of whatever fantasy citypopulation.de (which grossly overstates the populations of several US cities) claims.
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level 74
Dec 23, 2016
I just reread my own comment and wondered what I was thinking when I wrote it. I guess it just seemed to me that if you want to know something about America, ask an American. Similarly, I would look first to a German site for vital statistics regarding Germany. I didn't mean to imply that Americans have all the answers! Just that if you are looking for the right answer, go to the source. That's all I meant and no disrespect towards anyone was intended.
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level 57
Jun 9, 2017
Aw man, why isn't wdfsijn accepted for Brasilia? ;)
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level 63
Jun 6, 2014
Wikipedia says, about Boston: The largest city in New England, the city proper, covering 48 square miles (124 km2), had an estimated population of 636,000 in 2012,[4] making it the 21st largest city in the United States.[3] The city is the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.[6] Greater Boston as a commuting region[10] is home to 7.6 million people, making it the sixth-largest Combined Statistical Area in the United States.[7][11] I have no clue what the quiz means to include within "urban area", but (maybe) one of these numbers would be it.
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level 45
Aug 9, 2014
BHOPAL!!!!
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level 64
Nov 1, 2014
19/21.. Only missed Belo horizonte and...... Beijing!! Just can't believe that...
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level 63
Jan 30, 2015
I missed Berlin -_-
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level 57
Jan 25, 2016
Got everyone except Bhilai. I've lived in Brisbane 30 years. 2.75 mill seemed a bit high to me, so I checked it. The last census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2014 gave the "greater Brisbane area" with a population of 2.27mill.
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level 55
Feb 8, 2016
Pff, take the extra people and run with it. Especially if they're from Sydney. As a Melburnian, the day when we finally surpass Sydney in population will be a grand one.
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level 57
Apr 13, 2018
Yeah, why get hung up on things like censuses when considering population statistics. What would they know? Why don't we just fly over in a helicopter and guesstimate?
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level 45
May 18, 2016
17/21, dont know how I missed Bamako...
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level 54
May 28, 2016
I think you should let me write Belo, for Belo for Belo Horizonte. Just like some people have so you can write Porto, for Porto Alegre.
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level 43
Oct 16, 2016
Did ok just didn't know the last 3
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level 67
Oct 21, 2016
Bengaluru is by far the largest city in India beginning with the letter B
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level 73
Dec 23, 2016
That's Bangalore
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level 57
May 27, 2017
Bangalore is Bengaluru now. They are the same thing, only the government is changing to Bengaluru like they did for Calcutta-Kolkata, Madras-Chennai, Bombay-Mumbai, etc.
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level 49
Dec 23, 2016
QM, you can't let citypopulation.de correct whatever mistakes they might or might not have made, it would spoil all the fun.
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level 34
Dec 23, 2016
I absolutely REFUSE to believe that, without using Google, 41% of test takers got Belo Horizonte. Just don't by it.
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level 75
Dec 23, 2016
Brazil hosted the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in the last couple of years. Plenty of people have heard of Belo now. And the people on JetPunk are kind of self-selected geography nerds, so it's totally believable.
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level 48
Feb 23, 2018
I got it :)
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level 35
Dec 23, 2016
Baltimore really should be its own city. Never really heard of it being in DC
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level 57
Dec 23, 2016
I love how you accept Brasilia AND "Belo Horizonte" for Brazil, but NOT Bombay for India. No, you just had to put a city I've cant even find on a map of asia.
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level 75
Jun 14, 2018
It's not called Bombay anymore; it's Mumbai, which clearly doesn't start with a B.
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level 61
Dec 24, 2016
There are 7.5 million people in Boston???
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level 56
Mar 17, 2017
Bhopal???
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level 57
Jun 9, 2017
Got belo, missed brasilia.
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level 20
Dec 13, 2017
i cheated
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level 2
Jun 1, 2018
How do you take a quiz with misleading information? Boston has 7.6 million people? If you take into account even the metro area, Boston does not have 7.6. And Baltimore would have 3.5 million, which would make it larger than the other Bs listed. This whole quiz is wrong.
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level 80
Jun 1, 2018
All city population quizzes are subjective. In your example of Boston having 7.6 million (which it doesn't) Baltimore then doesn't count as it becomes part of Washington DC. For example: under one criteria Austin is larger than Atlanta due to city limits but in reality Atlanta is 4 times larger than Austin via metro population and having been to both the latter description is more accurate.
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level 25
Jun 4, 2018
What about 'Bombay'?
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level 75
Jun 14, 2018
Answered in comments above. Try Googling it and see what you get. :-)
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