Biggest Spanish-Speaking Cities

Name the biggest urban areas in the world where Spanish is the most commonly-spoken language.
Urban-area population, not city proper.
According to citypopulation.de, January 2021
No U.S. cities are on this list
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Last updated: February 28, 2021
First submittedApril 25, 2011
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Population
City
24.5 m
Mexico City
16.6 m
Buenos Aires
11.1 m
Lima
9.80 m
Bogotá
7.80 m
Santiago
6.70 m
Madrid
5.60 m
Monterrey
5.50 m
Guadalajara
Population
City
4.88 m
Barcelona
4.10 m
Medellín
4.03 m
Puebla
4.00 m
Santo Domingo
3.78 m
Caracas
3.20 m
Guatemala City
3.20 m
Guayaquil
Population
City
2.90 m
Cali
2.78 m
Quito
2.68 m
Maracaibo
2.55 m
Toluca
2.38 m
San José
2.38 m
Asunción
2.23 m
Havana
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Level ∞
Apr 8, 2014
Just in case you are wondering, Miami proper has more native Spanish speakers than English. However, in the larger urban area, there are more English speakers. All the major California and Texas cities are also predominantly English-speaking if we go by urban area.
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Level 87
Apr 14, 2014
I was wondering the same thing about San Diego, Los Angeles, and El Paso.
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Level 81
Apr 20, 2014
did an older version of this quiz have Miami on it? Or was that a different quiz that I'm thinking of?
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
Yes, it did.
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Level 20
Apr 22, 2019
Was struggling to get the last two... shamed to say that even Latinos forget about Paraguay. I started typing in US cities with big Latin populations out of desperation....
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Level 44
Apr 1, 2020
im paraguayan and I only wrote Asuncion when as last resort after i had no other ideas.

I was preatty sure urban area Asuncion was smaller than that. I knew that the metro area was around that much so i thought the urbam area would be smaller, but i guess there's not much difference.

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Level 61
Mar 9, 2021
Asunción is the only Spanish-speaking city where I have lived, and yet I also forgot it. At least I'm not the only one.
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Level 81
May 10, 2014
Only missed 3. Got the top 13.
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2015
Thanks to JetPunk, I now know the three biggest cities in Colombia. I can only hope that it will one day be of use.
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Level 52
Jun 2, 2017
Thanks to Jetpunk, I know the five biggest cities in Colombia. It is no more useful.
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Level 73
Feb 18, 2019
Colombia is a wonderful country. Beautiful landscapes, beautiful people.
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Level 61
Dec 14, 2019
I met a Colombian girl yesterday, she was from Barranquilla, and thanks to Jetpunk I knew where it was (and I think she was impressed)
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Level 55
Mar 8, 2021
Well don't leave us hanging. How did it go?
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2021
Are you married now ?
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Level 35
Dec 27, 2015
😱😱😱 i only got 2!!
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Level 31
Jan 28, 2016
Sucre should be accepted for La Paz
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Level 65
Mar 19, 2016
Sucre and La Paz are different cities in totally different parts of Bolivia. La Paz has over 2 million people, and Sucre has a few hundred thousand at most.
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Level 83
Dec 6, 2019
Seattle should be accepted for New York City.
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Level 51
Dec 17, 2020
Vancouver should be accepted for Toronto
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Level 60
Dec 26, 2020
Vladivostok should be accepted for Moscow
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2021
Mars should be accepted for Earth
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Level 84
Apr 30, 2021
42 should be accepted for every answer on every quiz.
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Level 55
Sep 2, 2016
would have had 3 more if I could spell..
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Level 81
Sep 5, 2016
The only one I consistently miss is Maracaibo and that's usually just because I don't remember how to spell it.
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Level 81
Dec 6, 2019
This time I missed Toluca. Is that new?
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Level 65
Feb 21, 2017
Surprised me that Panama City was not on the list.
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Level 45
Sep 22, 2020
same
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Level 59
Apr 18, 2017
Is it possible to do a quiz with the french-speaking cities please ?
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Level 76
Feb 21, 2019
Great idea. If you make it we will come.
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
Too difficult probably. I'm not sure I can figure out what languages are actually spoken in France's African colonies. Most people in those countries speak indigenous languages. But then, if there are multiple indigenous languages, would French be the most spoken? How many people in Kinshasa speak French as a first language? It's just too difficult to untangle.
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Level 82
Aug 3, 2018
I cannot spell Guayaquil properly. The first "a" gets me every time. Oh well...
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Level 74
Feb 18, 2019
Every time I take this quiz, I am astonished that no cities in Spain below Barcelona make the cut.
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2019
Quiz strategy:

1. Spend 4.5 minutes guessing cities in Latin America.

2. With 30 seconds left, suddenly remember that Spain exists.

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Level 83
Apr 3, 2019
San Juan, Puerto Rico? Urban population is around 3.5 million...
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2019
Quizmaster's father was killed by some Puerto Rican guy
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Level 53
Jul 9, 2019
Really? I trust you kalbahamahut but i question this...
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2019
Thought it was belgian
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Level 81
Apr 9, 2020
He may have been of mixed heritage
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Level 60
Dec 26, 2020
H i s n a m e w a s J u a n
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Level 83
Dec 6, 2019
Even citypopulation.de doesn't stretch it that far. In a case of the U.S. Census Bureau's metropolitan statistic nearly matching its actual urban area statistic, San Juan came in at around 2.1 million and 2.2 million in those categories in 2010. All of Puerto Rico has sustained significant population losses since then, having dropped from an official count of 3,726,157 in 2010 to a Census Bureau estimate of 3,195,153 in 2018.
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Level 56
Apr 21, 2019
Does Manila with over 3 million Spanish speakers not qualify ?
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2019
Spanish is definitely not the most commonly-spoken language in Manila. The numbers here are total population, not population of Spanish-speakers. And besides, there's no way that there are 3 million Spanish speakers in Manila.
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Level 56
Apr 21, 2019
Isn't Catalan more spoken than Spanish in Barcelona?
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Level 58
Apr 22, 2019
Spanish is the official language in all Spain. All people in Cataluña speak Catalan and Spanish.
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Level 55
Jul 20, 2019
It might still be in the city of Barcelona but in the urban area as a whole Spanish is predominant
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Level 66
Jul 1, 2020
yeah quizzer is just ...
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
IAccording to this, more people speak Spanish than Catalan in the region as a whole:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Catalonia

46.6% identify as Spanish speakers, 36.3% as Catalan speakers, and 6.9% as both.

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Level 22
Apr 27, 2019
No they don't only 70% of catalans actually speak catalan, and it's Catalunya unless you are speaking spanish...
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Level 55
Jul 20, 2019
Actually almost 100% of Catalans speak Catalan, although the numbers for those who can read and write it are lower and closer to the figure you mentioned
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Level 38
Apr 9, 2020
Manila?
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Level 81
Aug 24, 2020
surely not. They speak English and Tagalog in Manila. If you wanted to converse in Spanish you'd probably have to track down a college graduate or retired government official over the age of 60. and even then it wouldn't be a guarantee.
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2020
14/22 I almost forgot Madrid and Barcelona lol
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Level 57
Mar 8, 2021
Pls try my quizzes
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Level 56
Mar 8, 2021
San Juan Puerto Rico?
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Level 55
Apr 30, 2021
"no us cities"