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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
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Last updated: February 13, 2019
First submittedFebruary 13, 2012
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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 53
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 77
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 32
May 29, 2015
I disagree strongly.
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level 63
Jan 19, 2017
how could you not call tacoma a city
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level 77
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 74
Jun 16, 2017
But 2.075 million according to the source used here.
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level 38
Jun 12, 2019
It’s like parramatta to Sydney
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level 35
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 64
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 69
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 71
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 77
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 63
Aug 5, 2019
I think it is 90% reason c. Most people dont even know all the countries, let allone all the capitals. (the estimates for people " outside in the real world" are different from those on jetpunk though I still think a vast amount do not know most of the capitals.)

)For fun, my estimates (completely random cause you dont know who takes what quiz for what reason, some avoid quizzes they dont know (all) the answer for, and the others seek them out) I think on here maybe 25% know ALL the countries (so not all -10 lesser known) and 7.5% know ALL the capitals, even the unpronouncable ones, again knowing 99.9% isnt counted. And the "outside" it is 7.5% for all the countries. and 0.5% for alles the capitals>

These might seem low estimates (looking at all the highscores of geography quizzes) But if the parameter was know 90% correct it would paint a completely different picture, if you could miss a couple.

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level 63
Aug 5, 2019
I think with 90% as the threshold it would be like 70% on the site knows the countries(there are allways newcomers, though it seems most will end up taking that one sooner or later, but by that time new ones will have arrived). and 10% know the capitals.

"outside" would be 20% knowing most countries and 1% most capitals)

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level 41
Aug 28, 2014
Salt Lake City has more people than San Antonio?
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level 80
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 72
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 71
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 68
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 73
Nov 1, 2014
2
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level 76
Nov 1, 2014
3
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level 44
Nov 2, 2014
4
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level 58
Mar 26, 2015
6
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level 69
May 22, 2015
7
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level 70
Sep 26, 2015
8
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level 58
Mar 26, 2016
800
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level 49
Apr 13, 2016
9
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level 55
Jun 12, 2016
10
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level 83
Jan 11, 2017
1A
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level 72
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 56
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 65
Jun 16, 2017
15
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level 54
Jun 17, 2017
16
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level 52
May 25, 2018
17
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level 65
Aug 16, 2018
18
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level 53
Dec 27, 2018
لا، أنت لست الوحيد
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level 65
Feb 22, 2019
C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER
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level 57
Nov 1, 2014
San Antonio is larger than Salt Lake City
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level 77
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 61
Apr 29, 2018
I didn't even think of San Antonio.
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level 57
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 72
Jan 13, 2017
2.07 million, according to citypopulation.de.
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level 82
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 77
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 59
Nov 2, 2016
puerto rico isnt a country
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level 77
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 72
Jan 13, 2017
Shantou appears out of size order.
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level 48
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 76
Jun 16, 2017
Whew! That was a close one.
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level 56
Feb 22, 2017
Where is Shenzhen? And the list is not in order (Suzhou)
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level 57
May 11, 2017
san antonio is bigger than salt lake city!
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level 60
May 21, 2017
Why isn't Shenzhen there?
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level 39
Jun 16, 2017
I got Sana'a trying to guess San Antonio lmao, surprised sacramento isn't here
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level 61
Jun 16, 2017
Where is San Antonio?
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level 60
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 77
Jun 12, 2019
Sri Jayaepdubnewda is just a neighborhood or district of Colombo, similar to New Delhi and Delhi. Colombo would show up on some big cities quizzes.
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level 63
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 62
Jun 17, 2017
I got Sana'a while guessing San Antonio
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level 61
Oct 5, 2017
Me too
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level 61
Feb 13, 2019
Me too.
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level 77
Jun 18, 2017
What the heck is Shijiazhuang? The Chinese are just making things up now.
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level 61
Oct 5, 2017
There's also Zhangjiagang XD
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level 76
Nov 23, 2017
that's generally how place names happen
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level 42
Nov 3, 2017
Stuttgart has less than a Million inhabitants in fact
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level 33
Mar 23, 2019
it is the urban area of stuttgart, not the city alone, as stated in the description.
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level 62
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 27
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!
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level 58
Mar 11, 2019
I live in Suzhou, China!
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level 22
Jun 12, 2019
I only got Sana'a because I incorrectly guessed San Antonio.
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level 52
Jun 12, 2019
U didn't incorrectly guessed, but San Antonio contains Sana in itself. Everyone got Sana while Typing San Antonio
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level 77
Jun 12, 2019
I'm simmering about missing the last one.
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level 57
Jun 12, 2019
I typed "Shiangwang" as a joke, because I knew the only Chinese city I would get was Shanghai, and it counted as a type in for another city 0.0
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level 45
Jun 12, 2019
shicago
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level 60
Jun 19, 2019
You can't claim San Francisco's population as almost 8 million while still having San Jose as a separate city on the same list.
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level 35
Oct 14, 2019
Shenzhen???