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Biggest World Cities by Letter - S

Name the most populous urban areas that start with the letter S.
Urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2019
Shenzhen is missing because our source lumps it together with Guangzhou
Last updated: February 13, 2019
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Country
Population
City
China
35.9 mil
Shanghai
South Korea
24.7 mil
Seoul
Brazil
22.2 mil
São Paulo
China
7.90 mil
Shenyang
United States
7.85 mil
San Francisco
Singapore
7.80 mil
Singapore
China
7.70 mil
Shantou
Chile
7.20 mil
Santiago
India
6.35 mil
Surat
Indonesia
6.00 mil
Surabaya
Russia
5.60 mil
Saint Petersburg
Australia
5.20 mil
Sydney
China
4.40 mil
Shijiazhuang
Country
Population
City
United States
4.38 mil
Seattle
Dominican Republic
3.90 mil
Santo Domingo
Brazil
3.58 mil
Salvador
United States
3.33 mil
San Diego
Yemen
2.73 mil
Sana'a
Japan
2.48 mil
Sapporo
Germany
2.43 mil
Stuttgart
United States
2.43 mil
Salt Lake City
United States
2.35 mil
St. Louis
Costa Rica
2.35 mil
San Jose
Sweden
2.20 mil
Stockholm
Indonesia
2.20 mil
Semarang
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level 55
Sep 9, 2012
I'm surprised how high these estimates are. I'm from Seattle and it has plenty of people, but over 4 million? That would have to be the entire Puget Sound region, which would include places like Tacoma and Bellevue which are cities in their own right.
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2013
Yes, it is the whole Puget Sound region.
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level 75
May 4, 2013
I've been to Seattle and it's hard to call Bellevue a city. Tacoma, maybe. But they're both really suburbs of Seattle at this point.
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level 34
May 29, 2015
I disagree strongly.
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level 62
Jan 19, 2017
how could you not call tacoma a city
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level 75
Jun 16, 2017
^ if you called it a suburb of Seattle
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level 68
Jun 16, 2017
Tacoma is to Seattle what Fort Worth is to Dallas. Which brings me to San Antonio. 2.4 million according to Wikipedia.
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level 72
Jun 16, 2017
But 2.075 million according to the source used here.
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level 34
Jun 17, 2017
To add the 3,68 million of my hometown, Salvador, their stats took in consideration the whole huge area called Great Salvador which includes none less then 11 other cities with their own mayors and all among which the top 3 are Candeias, Lauro de Freitas and Camaçari. I, myself, live in Lauro de Freitas, a 7 minute car ride away from Salvador. And I work in Salvador as well, visit my wife's mom in Salvador and her sister in Camaçari. All that only as if I were just going from a neighbourhood to another, indeed. And, quite often, when I'm visiting other states in Brazil, when asked where I'm from my first instinctive answer is...Salvador!
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level 72
Mar 18, 2013
Yea...I call shenanigans on the data. Not saying the quizmaster made it up, but I can't find where it came from. What I found on citypopulation.de tells me that the entire Seattle metro area (which includes Tacoma) is less than 4M people in 2010. Can't find 2012 data on the site at all. http://www.citypopulation.de/php/usa-ua.php?cityid=80389
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2013
As the caveats say, the data is from citypopulation.de.
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level 62
Jun 16, 2017
I think CorkSpork was well aware of that, given the link they included in their comment. And they've got a point, I can't find the 2012 data either.
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level ∞
Feb 13, 2019
By the way, citypopulation just reports the data from the Census Bureau using the urban agglomeration (CSA), not the metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
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level 28
Jun 9, 2014
Suzhou population 5.45 million
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level 68
Jun 16, 2017
It's being lumped together with Shanghai (erroneously, in my opinion. Suzhou is a part of Jiangsu province, and Shanghai is completely separate from Jiangsu).
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level 73
Aug 21, 2014
I completely overlooked Singapore. No idea how I did that.
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level 70
Sep 20, 2014
Yes--as of today, 12% didn't recognize that the large metropolitan area found in Singapore is, in fact, Singapore. And at least a fourth of them got Sydney, which is a few places lower on the list, so it's not as if they simply gave up before they got to Singapore. What gives?
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level 75
Nov 2, 2014
a) People just typing in answers without looking at the clues b) people skipping over clues by accident c) people who are unaware that Singapore is a city-state and assume there must be other cities within the country... those would be my first 3 guesses on Family Feud.
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level 41
Aug 28, 2014
Salt Lake City has more people than San Antonio?
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level 77
Nov 1, 2014
citypopulation.de must include the entire Wasatch Front, including Ogden and Provo even though the US Census Bureau considers them separate MSAs.
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level ∞
Nov 1, 2014
Citypopulation.de numbers generally correspond to CSAs not MSAs.
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level 71
Feb 13, 2019
There is a Combined Statistical Area (CSA) for Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem (to give that CSA its exact name), which covers the whole northwestern fifth of Utah, hence the inflated numbers for Salt Lake City. There is no CSA for San Antonio, so the "San Antonio" of this quiz has a much smaller area than "Salt Lake City" - hence it being apparently smaller.
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level 70
Oct 22, 2014
Since when is Puerto Rico a country?
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level 59
Nov 1, 2014
You're right! Let's use California for San Francisco, Texas for San Antonio and so on and let's call them all countries! Oh wait, Puerto Rico isn't even a state.
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level 67
Nov 1, 2014
Am I the only one who got Sana'a by guessing San Antonio?
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level 44
Nov 1, 2014
No.
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level 71
Nov 1, 2014
2
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level 75
Nov 1, 2014
3
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level 44
Nov 2, 2014
4
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level 59
Mar 26, 2015
6
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level 68
May 22, 2015
7
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level 68
Sep 26, 2015
8
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level 57
Mar 26, 2016
800
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level 53
Apr 13, 2016
9
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level 55
Jun 12, 2016
10
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level 81
Jan 11, 2017
1A
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level 71
Jan 13, 2017
Maybe we should type Sana'a in full here to get the point?
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level 48
Sep 4, 2016
nope that happened to me too
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level 54
Jun 12, 2017
13
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level 59
Jun 16, 2017
Yeah, let's fill the comment section with spam! 14
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level 64
Jun 16, 2017
15
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level 46
Jun 17, 2017
16
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level 49
May 25, 2018
17
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level 64
Aug 16, 2018
18
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level 52
Dec 27, 2018
لا، أنت لست الوحيد
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level 56
Nov 1, 2014
San Antonio is larger than Salt Lake City
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level 75
Nov 1, 2014
The Sacramento CSA (2.48 million) is bigger than the Salt Lake CSA (2.39 million).
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level 45
Mar 25, 2015
Probably many. Like me. On the other hand, if you see Yemen, you're going to think of its capital, Sana'a
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level 57
Apr 29, 2018
I didn't even think of San Antonio.
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level 56
Aug 14, 2015
what about San Antonio???
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level 66
Aug 29, 2015
Shouldn't San Antonio be on here?
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level ∞
Jan 11, 2017
No
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level 71
Jan 13, 2017
2.07 million, according to citypopulation.de.
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level 80
May 12, 2016
It's getting a bit confusing when some quizzes count Shenzhen as part of Guangzhou and some don't.
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level 75
Jan 12, 2017
Same, I thought I must have been misspelling Shenzhen.
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level 44
May 18, 2016
Missed San Juan, St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Salvador:/
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level 57
Nov 2, 2016
puerto rico isnt a country
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level 75
Dec 23, 2016
Quizmaster's father was killed by some Puerto Rican guy. He doesn't like to admit that they are part of the United States.
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level 57
Jun 16, 2017
:(
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level 71
Jan 13, 2017
Shantou appears out of size order.
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level 49
May 30, 2017
True, I wasn't the first to notice that. Is it a mistake or is it just in the wrong place? Will the Quizmaster come to the rescue? Will OCD strike? Will life ever be the same again?
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level ∞
May 30, 2017
This crisis has been dealt with
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level 75
Jun 16, 2017
Whew! That was a close one.
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level 55
Feb 22, 2017
Where is Shenzhen? And the list is not in order (Suzhou)
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level 56
May 11, 2017
san antonio is bigger than salt lake city!
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level 53
May 21, 2017
Why isn't Shenzhen there?
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level 41
Jun 16, 2017
I got Sana'a trying to guess San Antonio lmao, surprised sacramento isn't here
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level 58
Jun 16, 2017
Where is San Antonio?
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level 59
Jun 16, 2017
In Texas
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level 57
Jun 16, 2017
Got Sana'a while trying San Antonio lol
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level 24
Jun 16, 2017
Very surprising not to see San Antonio, San Juan, Shenzhen, or even Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte! I am much more used to the urban population.
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level 59
Jun 16, 2017
what about suzhou, china? population 10 million. way more beautiful and much more of a vacation hotspot than the other two, shantou and shijiazhuang, which i've never heard of.
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level 57
Oct 5, 2017
Shantou has officialy only 5 mil (don't know why QM is "making this up" and Shijiazhuang is just a really long Chinese City. Also Suzhou is Counted to Shanghai, because it's so close to it (Shanghai Urban Area)
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level 71
Feb 13, 2019
Suzhou is about 60 miles away from Shanghai, which I wouldn't call close. The problem with urban area definitions is they encompass commuter areas and some people happily commute that distance. A better definition might say given people commute from there do a large group of people commute to somewhere halfway in between - if not, it's probably a separate city. For instance, Tokyo has Chiba as a subcity and there is basically no gap in between people wouldn't commute to. Shanghai to Suzhou has some urban areas between but is much sparser.
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level 60
Jun 17, 2017
I got Sana'a while guessing San Antonio
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level 57
Oct 5, 2017
Me too
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level 57
Feb 13, 2019
Me too.
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level 75
Jun 18, 2017
What the heck is Shijiazhuang? The Chinese are just making things up now.
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level 57
Oct 5, 2017
There's also Zhangjiagang XD
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level 75
Nov 23, 2017
that's generally how place names happen
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level 39
Nov 3, 2017
Stuttgart has less than a Million inhabitants in fact
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level 58
Jun 1, 2018
What about Suzhou in China?
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level 23
Jul 30, 2018
Where's Shenzhen ? It has almost more people that Shijiazhuang and Shenyang together.
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level 28
Aug 26, 2018
Where the hell is Shenzhen? There are over 10m people living in Shenzhen!
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level ∞
Feb 13, 2019
Read the caveats!