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Biggest City by Island

For each island, name its biggest city.
The opposite of this quiz by MattPunk.
Even if only part of the city is on the island <-- read this
Last updated: May 26, 2015
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Island
Largest City
Great Britain
London
Hispaniola
Santo Domingo
Oahu
Honolulu
Ireland
Dublin
Long Island
New York City
Java
Jakarta
Cuba
Havana
Island
Largest City
Mallorca
Palma
Puerto Rico
San Juan
Sicily
Palermo
Cyprus
Nicosia
Crete
Heraklion
Newfoundland
St. John's
Luzon
Manila
Island
Largest City
Tasmania
Hobart
Hawaii (Big Island)
Hilo
South Island (New Zealand)
Christchurch
Sardinia
Cagliari
Bali
Denpasar
Vancouver Island
Victoria
Zealand
Copenhagen
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level 28
Apr 2, 2013
It's St. John's, not St. John
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level ∞
Apr 2, 2013
Fixed
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level 58
Apr 2, 2013
I was born on Long Island and lived there for 25 years. New York City is not contained on Long Island. Only two of its five boroughs (Brooklyn and Queens) are located there, and the people who actually inhabit those boroughs would never identify as Long Islanders. No one, from either NYC or Long Island, would ever claim that New York City is the biggest city on Long Island. Long Beach and Glen Cove are the only cities on Long Island; Long Beach is bigger.
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level 75
Apr 2, 2013
The quiz doesn't say biggest city contained by the island. Just the biggest city on the island. Though I understand your point, I found it odd, too. But isn't it odd that we find it odd? I mean Brooklyn and Queens together are much larger than Manhattan and The Bronx. A much larger percentage of New York City is on Long Island than anywhere else, and yet that part of the city is only considered the periphery. Odd. At least they didn't incorrectly count Manhattan as an island again as they did on the most populous islands quiz...
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level 82
Mar 3, 2014
Also curious as to why Manhattan isn't an island. Sure, the borough of Manhattan includes the mainland area of Marble Hill*, but the island of Manhattan is surrounded by the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers (the latter two actually are straits, not rivers, but that's perhaps overly pedantic).

*Marble Hill used to be on Manhattan island, until they dug the ship channel and redirected the Harlem strait to the south of Marble Hill, thus cutting it off from Manhattan island, and ultimately reconnecting it to the mainland.
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level 73
May 7, 2015
Kalba...you gotta zoom in bro...
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level 75
Aug 26, 2015
I think when I made this comment I didn't know that some of these were straits, not actually rivers, as plats pointed out. Whatever, I was wrong.
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level 75
Aug 26, 2015
I thought the East River was an estuary.
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level 75
Dec 11, 2017
Yes, Manhattan is still an island, but this discussion sparked my curiosity as to the difference between strait and estuary and which category the NYC rivers fall into - Wikipedia let me down. It says the East River is an estuary - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_River. It also says the Harlem River is a tidal strait connecting the Hudson and East Rivers, then the same article goes on to say that the Harlem River is actually an estuary which connects to the East River which itself is not a river but a "salt water tidal strait". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_River. I'm so confused. Are straits and estuaries the same thing?
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level 58
Dec 11, 2017
According to Google, an estuary is where the tide meets the stream. I remembering learning that it's where saltwater meets freshwater. Because of the mixing of the salt- and freshwater, it supports marine wildlife and stuff, I believe. So, it's possible to be both an estuary and a river or a strait or a bay or anything else. That's my understanding.
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level 67
Apr 10, 2019
@ander217 Stop using Wikipedia as a source then. The reason any Wikipedia article longer than 2 sentences viewed more than 90 times is rife with contradictions is that about 2,700 random internet users wrote and rewrote and overwrote and admin banned and IP blocked and troll account revenge edited it every 4 minutes for the past 15 years when you check the edit history and "discussion" (troll war board).
In short, use a real site or one referenced by Wikipedia that's bona fide. Heck, I think I'll go edit the article now to say the East River is a national seagull and piping plover sanctuary with all vehicle crossings to be removed by July. Democracy of knowledge, innit grand?
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level 43
Sep 21, 2017
I was expecting this quiz to ask for Brooklyn or Queens, whichever has more people these days. Asking for NYC overall just seems wrong.
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level 67
Apr 10, 2019
5 million of NYC's 8.5 million people live on Long Island so most of the city does reside there. Another 2.5 million of New York State's portion of NYC's urbanized area reside on Long Island versus about 900,000 to the north of the city in NYS.
Take this quiz in another 80 years and Long Island City and Brooklyn will be lapping up the skyscraper department.
Maybe.
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level 20
Apr 2, 2013
he's right, st john is in new brunswick, while st john's is in newfoundland
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level 61
Aug 26, 2015
Further info: the one in New Brunswick is Saint John (spelled out, not abbreviated); sorta like putting the h on Pittsburgh.
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level 53
Apr 2, 2013
Im sorry, but living in NYC all my life, NYC is not on Long Island. The boroughs of Queens & Brooklyn are(Brooklyn being the large containing 2.5 million people). When addressing any mailings, you would specify Brooklyn, NY (City, State). Colloquially speaking, when addressing New York City many people are referring to Manhattan.
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level 75
Aug 26, 2015
That's confusing to this non-New Yorker. If Brooklyn and Queens aren't part of New York City, why are they listed as one of the five boroughs of NYC? I understand colloquial use, but I mean, it shouldn't go both ways. Either they are a part of New York City in which case a portion of NYC is officially located on Long Island, or they are not part of NYC and therefore should be called a city unto themselves, and not one of the boroughs of NYC. Am I the only one confused by this?
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level 75
Sep 5, 2015
No it's not just you. I think it seems counter-intuitive because when people think of New York City they automatically think of Manhattan. But... the city on Long Island is still New York City.
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level 75
Sep 5, 2015
Again, it doesn't say that the entire city is on the island. If New York City is not the largest city on Long Island, then what city on Long Island is bigger?

You're thinking about it this way:
Q: Where is New York City?
A: Long Island
which does make it seem like a wrong answer. But you're just thinking of it wrong. You should be thinking like this:

Q: Which city is on Long Island?
A: New York City
This way it's obviously right. There is no other city on Long Island aside from New York.
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level 61
Apr 2, 2013
I almost didn't get Copenhagen. And I live there. Facepalm!!
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level 65
Apr 10, 2013
Yeah, I was trying all these Dutch cities before it occurred to me that they call Sjælland Zealand for some reason. @_@
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level 75
Sep 5, 2015
That reason would be that this is an English-language website.
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level 45
Apr 3, 2013
Yay, I live on one of these islands! ^_^ (Tasmania)
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level 65
Mar 25, 2014
I typed a number of time Heraklion, as I've been there, and it didn't take it
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level 55
Apr 19, 2014
I took this quiz in Honolulu.
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level 59
Jun 2, 2014
A little help with spelling please, I put 'Nicasia' & 'Santa Domingo'
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level 72
Jul 6, 2015
why should misspelling be permitted? if you can't spell the answer correctly, too bad!
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level 54
Apr 11, 2015
Dammit, kept trying "Las Palmas" and things, confusing the Balearic with the Canaries one.
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level 43
Sep 21, 2017
Same!
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level 41
Dec 11, 2017
Spelling really let me down on this one
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level 60
Dec 11, 2017
Can you accept La Palma?
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level 56
Dec 12, 2017
Why would they accept the name of a completely different place? The city is called Palma, or Palma de Mallorca. La Palma is one of the Canary Islands. Las Palmas is a city, but that is also in the Canary Islands.
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level 82
Dec 19, 2018
@fitheach That's just confusing.
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level 58
Dec 11, 2017
Cool idea, thanks