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Biggest Cities in the World Quiz

How many of the world's 50 most populous urban areas can you name?
  • As of January 2017 according to citypopulation.de
  • Urban area population, not city proper population
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 16, 2017
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Population
Urban Area
48.6 mil
39.8 mil
31.1 mil
28.9 mil
27.2 mil
25.1 mil
24.8 mil
24.1 mil
23.6 mil
22.3 mil
22.2 mil
21.9 mil
20.7 mil
17.9 mil
17.8 mil
17.7 mil
17.6 mil
Population
Urban Area
17.4 mil
17.1 mil
17.1 mil
16.2 mil
16.0 mil
14.6 mil
14.5 mil
14.0 mil
13.1 mil
12.7 mil
11.8 mil
11.3 mil
10.9 mil
10.8 mil
10.5 mil
10.5 mil
10.3 mil
Population
Urban Area
10.1 mil
10.1 mil
9.80 mil
9.75 mil
9.50 mil
9.20 mil
9.05 mil
8.45 mil
8.40 mil
8.30 mil
8.15 mil
8.10 mil
7.80 mil
7.70 mil
7.65 mil
7.55 mil
Answer Stats
Population
Urban Area
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level ∞
Apr 4, 2012
For people who are "skeptical" of the numbers... I usually use Wikipedia, but for population they are inconsistent. They gather their numbers from a variety of sources, including citypopulation.de. Going with citypopulation.de seemed to be the most sensible. Metro population is something that is extremely subjective, but citypopulation.de applies a consistent methodology across the whole world. IMHO, it has a better claim to accuracy to any other organization. I don't just make this stuff up, people!!!
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level 72
Feb 5, 2013
I am from Washington, DC, and we have a total metro population less than 8.6 M...much less the city. CityPopulation.de tells me the DC population is 601,723, based on the 2010 census data...Can you be more specific with wher e on the site you found this data? I'm only seeing 2010 data with 2011 projections...Not trying to attack you or anything, just curious.
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level 73
Mar 16, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_metropolitan_area looks like this 8.6 million figure is including the entire gigantic Washington/Baltimore urban area. Which itself is just part of the sprawling megalopolis that runs all the way from northern Virginia up through Boston on the east coast of the United States.
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level 27
Apr 8, 2013
he said METRO AREA
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level 79
May 10, 2013
The 8.6 million includes the entire state of MD, the northeast counties of WV, VA all the down into the Shenandoah Valley, south central PA, and oh yeh also DC.
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level 73
Sep 21, 2013
it doesn't include the entire state of Maryland. Most of it, sure, but Maryland is a little sliver of a state most of which is centered around the DC/Baltimore megalopolis area.
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level 26
Apr 27, 2014
DC and Baltimore are 45 minutes drive away from each other. It's hardly one consistent metro area.
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level 44
Jul 30, 2014
45 minutes is nothing, it would take longer to get from Fairfax to Silver Spring.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2015
Right, it takes an hour to drive across Riyadh and that's with no traffic. Hell, it takes that long for me to drive from one side of Antalya to the other... Konyaalti to Muratpasa.
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level 70
Sep 10, 2015
If 8.0 of the 8.6 million live in Maryland and Virginia, then tacking on "DC" to the end of Washington seems a bit misleading.
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level 50
Sep 10, 2015
Well isn't that just like the Toronto-Hmilton metropolitan area? Shouldn't that be in there?
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level 21
Apr 7, 2012
Is it acceptable to have LA work for Los Angeles?
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level 73
Aug 28, 2015
no because if you tried guessing Lahore, you would get it LA automatically.
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level 15
Apr 15, 2012
I am only 6 and I got 12/50.
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level 21
Sep 14, 2015
shut up
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level 34
Mar 24, 2018
thats bad
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level 10
May 11, 2012
got 41 of them, piece of cake
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level 11
Dec 23, 2012
45/50 Some of these really surprised me. Especially seeing Guangzhou @ Number 2.
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level 21
Dec 26, 2014
YEP!
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level 43
Sep 11, 2015
Try again now :)
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level 11
Dec 28, 2012
98% Missed Nagoya!
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level 39
Jan 10, 2013
50/50 I am too smart
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level 80
Feb 27, 2013
And way too humble as well.
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level 25
Jan 20, 2013
35/50 could have done better
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level 58
Feb 19, 2013
50/50 with 4:33 left. Didn't get Shenyang the first time though.
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level 16
Feb 27, 2013
i think we should all argue some more
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level 80
Feb 27, 2013
I strongly disagree!
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level 60
Dec 14, 2015
Well, I disagree with both of you!
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level 54
Mar 1, 2013
the east is taking over the world we are doomed #RIPamerica
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level 32
May 6, 2013
Sao Paolo not Sao Paulo
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level 62
Mar 27, 2015
wrong!
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level 73
Sep 21, 2013
Haven't taken this one in quite a while. Did pretty well this time... only missed Wuhan and Nagoya. Got Hyderabad and Tianjin which I usually miss..
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level 37
Nov 30, 2013
No way Boston is here but not Toronto??
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level 75
Apr 10, 2014
Agree. I always thought Toronto was larger or at least as large as Chicago when including metro areas, which are clearly being included in these other cities.
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
Not even close! Chicago is much bigger than Toronto.
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level 24
Apr 14, 2014
toronto is way larger than D.C , boston and phillipedia but it isn't largervthan chicaggo
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level 24
May 2, 2014
That is only in city proper
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level 7
Aug 12, 2014
If you don't include metro areas, Toronto is the 4th most populated city in North America (after Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York), because it recently surpassed Chicago.
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level 44
Oct 30, 2014
I hear Phillipedia is lovely this time of year.
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level 28
Jan 18, 2014
Im only 10 and i got 40/50 :)
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level 27
Feb 12, 2014
not very trusting numbers
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level 37
Mar 19, 2014
45/50. I'm ashamed that I missed Chennai. I was thinking of all the Indian cities, and I somehow forgot chennai.
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level 61
Mar 22, 2014
I just checked citypopulation.de, and saw the list had changed drastically. someone should update it.
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level 30
Mar 31, 2014
Updates? Chengdu urban pop is: 7.7 million, Chongqing at least 7 million, Hangzhou-Shaoxing 8.2 million. Shenzhen has recently joined up with the city of Dongguan in the north (check it out on Google Earth) - and arguably Guangzhou though a river divides them. Shenzhen-Dongguan counts 18.3 million. Dhaka is now 15 million (contiguous city not just the city limits). The Ruhr city in Germany of the merged cities of Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Bochum and Dusseldorf counts contiguously 8 million.
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level 32
Oct 30, 2014
First of all, never trust the population charts of China, our Communist government lied, Chengdu has way more than 7.7 mil. Chongqing has significantly smaller but only the urban area. All of the Ruhr doesn't count as urban but instead something like megacity or metropolis
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level 30
Mar 31, 2014
Oh yes Jakarta has physically merged into surrounding former-satellites and the Jabodetabek metropolis now counts 28 million at the least, though the suburbs stretch far beyond that even.
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level 30
Mar 31, 2014
Oh yep, also for all the people moaning about inconsistencies in the US counts, basically US uses a different measure to other global cities, one based on commuting habits (as low as 10% of the population of a satellite town or county commuting to the next county will get them counted into the larger city) rather than the contiguous extent of a city and its suburbs. In effect it inflates the US figures even beyond the sprawl. The real contiguous count for NYC for example is really about 18-19 million rather than the 22 million, enacted a couple of years ago and that doubled the size of the area counted to include numerous small satellite towns and vast swathes of empty rural areas. These counts are called metropolitan areas, or CSAs or MCSAs. -But don't tar all the cities with the same inflation, for example Washington DC is contiguously merged with Baltimore thanks to the sprawl. I think the count although not as high as 8 million still makes it 6 million anyhoo.
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2014
Thanks for your insightful comment. I hear so many complaints mostly because people don't understand the difference between city proper and urban area. I think you're probably giving most of the complainers too much credit. In any case, I am not a demographer. I just choose a single source which tries to provide a consistent methodology for the whole world. In this case, my source is citypopulation.de. I doubt any single other source does better, and I'm not knowledgeable enough to pick and choose between various sources.
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level 30
Mar 31, 2014
forgot to mention, the biggest metro statistic inflation on the list is Los Angeles. The city is really about 12.8 million, increased to 15 million if you count the commuter habits, and increased all the way 17 million if you loosen up those commuter criteria even more, including large areas of desert, scrub and mountain. Double that and you get over 18 million in an area the size of a small country, say Scotland, Jordan or Serbia, with the actual urban area a fraction of it. The NYC area count is even larger. The commuting criteria are so loose now that for the town or area to be included they do not even need to commute to the central city, merely the next town or county along, which creates a hop-a-long effect (and as low as 10% of that town's population for the other 90% to be counted). The US is the only country to base it's counts on commuting habits, if other cities round the world would do the same places like Istanbul, Beijing, Cairo would increase to well over 20 million etc
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level 79
Jul 13, 2014
Exactly zupermaus, if these geographic sample sizes were used in China the entire Pearl River Delta could be counted as one city, with a population approaching 100 million.
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level 54
Apr 10, 2014
Philly should count for Philadelphia
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
Okay
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level 67
Apr 10, 2014
why is the title of the quiz urban area when you really want to know metro area?
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level ∞
Apr 10, 2014
No, I am going by urban area which is different than metro area, which is different than city proper.
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level 67
Apr 10, 2014
never understood how people consistenyl miss the chinese citiies...they know the chinese cities will be on these types of quzies and they consistently fail to retain the names of chinese cities
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level 73
Apr 10, 2014
Probably because they consistently don't know the Chinese cities. I always miss a couple myself.
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level 44
Oct 30, 2014
It's hard to just memorize a list of "meaningless" names. Chengdu, chongqing, tianjin, shenzhen, they all sound alike, spelled slightly differently, have no idea of the character of the city or anything they're known for, i scarcely know where in the country they're located. They don't exactly give away "A vacation to beautiful Hangzhou!" on The Price is Right.
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level 56
Jun 10, 2016
True. Unless you speak some Chinese, you will have difficulty remembering Chinese cities.
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level 53
Dec 5, 2017
This is exactly how I feel about Californian cities, for some reason. Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose...they all blur together. I hope I get to go there sometime soon so I can really distinguish them in my mind.
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level 10
Apr 10, 2014
what about pallet town?
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level 54
Apr 10, 2014
Pallet town only had Ash, his mom, Professor Oak and about four other people.
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level 50
Nov 16, 2016
Castelia City is massive, though. I would say it rivals San Francisco in population, what with all those 3 dimensional skyscrapers.
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level 43
Apr 10, 2014
When I was in Chongqing, China, many people told me that it was the largest city in China. It says 29.4 million on Wikipedia...
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level ∞
Apr 11, 2014
That's cute. Chongqing is a "municipality" that covers an area 3 times the size of Belgium. It's definitely not one continuous urban area.
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level 79
Jul 13, 2014
It's cute that you blast this while defending the numbers you use for the US. The CSA numbers used in this quiz certainly do not represent "one continuous urban area".
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level 79
Jul 13, 2014
@Quizmaster, Thank you for the quiz though, I'm just ornery and it gives me something to grumble about.
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level 73
Jul 16, 2016
Pretty much the entire Eastern seaboard from Boston to the Northern Virginia DC suburbs is a continuous urban area.
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level 71
Nov 18, 2016
Plus, Chongqing is historically a major city in Sichuan, I suspect China converted the city and surrounding valleys as a special municipality just to face less administrative hurdles in building the Three Gorges Dam. They're not called "direct-controlled municipalities" for nothing, after all...
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level 25
Dec 24, 2016
definitely not 3 times the size of Belguim, the same size at most!!
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level 21
Dec 26, 2014
Chongqing is Largest in China? OMG WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? Guangzhou, HongKong, Beijing, and Shanghai are so much larger
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level 43
Sep 11, 2015
He just repeated what other people told him. OMG, why are you so ignorant?
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level 24
Apr 11, 2014
I wonder what is the populaton of qingdao. Shandong's population is 95 million.
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level 53
Apr 11, 2014
Qingdao urban population is only 4.8 million
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level 56
Jan 17, 2017
Great beer.
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level 21
Dec 26, 2014
Shandong does not have a population of 95 million, maybe you meant 9.5 million?
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level 64
Jun 23, 2016
Nope. (S)he meant 95 million and was correct. You know Shandong is a province, right?
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level 70
Aug 18, 2016
9.5 million would make it tiny by the standards of Chinese provinces. At a guess I'd say that's roughly the population of Hainan.
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level 24
Apr 11, 2014
There couldn't be more Us cities than indian citie and there needs to be houston,toronto and ahmadabad
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
India's population may be much bigger than that of the US, but the US is far more urbanised.
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level 45
Apr 15, 2014
I'm proud that even though we're only the 20th Largest City in the World, We're still the second most guessed.
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level 78
May 11, 2014
Damn I am good. Forgot ALL ABOUT LONDON! (also Paris and Istanbul, but...). How can anyone non-Chinese manage to get all the Chinese cities right? Kudos.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
Yep. Got 'em all. But repeated trips to China and an Asian Studies degree probably helps.
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level 17
Jun 10, 2014
release the bomb! BOOM!
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level 45
Jul 13, 2014
please correct the "Sao PaUlo" typo :)
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level 51
Jul 13, 2014
It's Sao Paulo. Look it up.
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level 20
Dec 20, 2016
He was talking about the capital letter mistake.
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level 59
Jul 22, 2014
Chongqing should make this list soon. Some sources already list it being the biggest city in the world but that's a bit of a stretch.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
A European-country-sized area is included in the statistics for Chongqing municipality. Only a small minority of that number actually live in the city.
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level 53
Jul 23, 2014
48/50. Forgot Hangzhou and.... Washington D.C.!
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level 35
Aug 15, 2014
could you accept sao paolo?
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level 28
Sep 22, 2014
guangzhou has a population of 14 mil
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level 32
Nov 26, 2014
In the urban area yo.
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level 40
Apr 2, 2017
but the combined metro area with shenzhen and other smaller cities gives it a combined population of 40 mil
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level 28
Sep 22, 2014
proud of 20/50 for 10 yr old
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level 20
Oct 2, 2014
All 50 and im 12 and i had one minute 51 seconds!!!!
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level 19
Nov 13, 2014
Where do these numbers come from??? Most of the population are too big and they don't seem to be in the right order.
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level 41
Jan 25, 2015
Wow... I got all the hard Chinese cities that I just recently new of so it was hard and I missed out the more obvious ones like Bangalore and Kinshasa
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level 23
Feb 11, 2015
How is New York's population 21.6 Million while its population of right now is just above 8 million?
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level 23
Feb 11, 2015
Is it including suburbs or something?
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
This may not be helpful a year and a half later, but in short: yes. That 8 million figure is only the five boroughs. This figure includes the vast sprawl beyond that, both in New York and New Jersey. Same with all of these cities.
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level 11
Feb 15, 2015
38/50 - asia caught me out
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level 27
Mar 11, 2015
Any possibility of allowing Djakarta as an alternate spelling for Jakarta?
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level 40
Oct 5, 2016
I've never heard it being spelt that way...
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level 73
Dec 20, 2016
The "D" was dropped from the official spelling in about 1972. (Djibouti, however, still clings to their D!)
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level 10
Mar 13, 2015
40/50 and i'm 9!
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level 50
Apr 3, 2015
42/50. I'm 17.
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level 9
Apr 13, 2015
Got Shengyang, forgot Mumbai... I'm 11.
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level 12
Apr 21, 2015
49/50....SOO CLOSE, i mwish 7th graders like me could study these things more
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level 29
Jul 9, 2017
7th graders may as well begin to improve their grammar.
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level 57
Jun 3, 2015
should accept "Sao Paolo"
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level 50
Oct 7, 2015
But that's Italian, is not too hard to remember the Portuguese name, is just one letter.
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level 55
Jul 2, 2015
Darn it! Missed San Francisco *Facepalm*
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level 24
Jul 5, 2015
Should I be embarrassed I don't know the worlds 2nd biggest city
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level 70
Jul 15, 2015
There are some major changes including a new #1 city in the world. Can you update?
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level 27
Jul 16, 2015
Missed 3... one of them was Beijing.... sigh...
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level 40
Mar 18, 2017
Missed 5, Shanghai and Chicago Included...... More Sighing
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level 42
May 12, 2017
Check my comment, a lot more sighing.
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level 32
Aug 13, 2017
also missed 5...and DC was among them...://
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level 37
Sep 5, 2017
Missed Seoul...
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level 47
Aug 4, 2015
please accept Sao Paolo for Sao Paulo
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level 30
Aug 13, 2015
Guangzhou-Foshan is now considered the biggest city in the world as of this year, with 41 million, as its just merged contiguously with Shenzhen-Dongguan (you can check it out on Google Earth). These 4 cities have grown so quickly they're now one continuous mass (not to be confused with a CSA or megalopolis).
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level ∞
Aug 16, 2015
The quiz has been updated.
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level 55
Aug 17, 2015
I'm surprised Shenzhen dropped off the list. Did some of the districts merge with Guangzhou? So we trade that and Philly for Xiamen and Shantu... Neither of those was familiar to me but I'll remember them now.
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level 55
Aug 17, 2015
Also lost HongKong and gained back Ahmedabad.
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level ∞
Aug 17, 2015
They merged Shenzhen with Guangzhou, which seems reasonable. Hong Kong is still separate, but isn't big enough to qualify anymore.
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level 43
Sep 11, 2015
Some people count Hong Kong to the Pearl River Delta, but the case with HK is very peculiar as it is a SAR (Special Administrative Region).
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level 70
Mar 14, 2018
Hong Kong (the city) is separate. The part of the SAR that abuts Shenzhen is not built-up. In fact only about 15% of the SAR is urbanised.
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level 16
Aug 19, 2015
100% - 6:10 left
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level 1
Sep 10, 2015
Isn't San Francisco's population closer to 835 000 people?!
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level 44
Jun 30, 2017
San Francisco metro area includes all the way down to San Jose, which has a million by itself.
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level 51
Sep 10, 2015
Ugh, missed some of the obvious ones!
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level 60
Sep 10, 2015
Ironically considering the country of origin of the source, citypopulation.de, not one city in Germany on the list.
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level 67
Sep 10, 2015
German cities are very decentralised. Instead of having one massive city like London/Paris and lots of small cities, Germany has lots of medium sized cities.
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level 74
Dec 5, 2015
Why? They would hardly lie about the population of their cities just because they own the website.
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level 56
Nov 6, 2017
They actually do (kinda). They include Parts of the Rhein-Ruhr to Cologne-Bonn, which are two seperate Urban Areas in their opinion
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level 73
Sep 10, 2015
This update I missed Lima, Xiamen (which is on my History by Letter - X quiz... shame), Shantou, and Shenyang. Not as good as my last performance. Never would have thought of Shantou.
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level 73
Mar 11, 2017
This time got all of those. Missed Wuhan and Lahore.
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level 71
Sep 10, 2015
I have an inkling that if accurate demographic data would be available we would see some more western African cities
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level 64
May 16, 2016
Such as? I don't think Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Kano, Ibadan or any of the other possibilities are that big, even if defined as loosely as the source sometimes does.
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level 25
Sep 10, 2015
No Toronto???
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level 32
Dec 31, 2016
i am also surprised
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level 56
Nov 6, 2017
Only about 6.5 Million
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level 38
Sep 10, 2015
Why are so many people asking to allow the misspelling "Sao Paolo"? LOL. Is there somwhere in the world that they actually spell it this way? Should I ask for Londres, Pequim and Nova Iorque?
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level 55
Sep 10, 2015
How is there nowhere from Germany? What about Rhine-Ruhr?
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level 56
Nov 6, 2017
About 5 Million
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level 49
Sep 10, 2015
Bengaluru should be accepted for Bangalore. Please, follow this link.
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level 60
Jul 28, 2016
seconded. it's the spelling that shows up the most in modern maps.
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level 70
Jan 17, 2017
Yes. I was in Bengaluru last month and that really is its name! Bangalore, Bombay and Calcutta were renamed to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata between 1995 and 2006. For consistency's sake, all three new names should appear as answers here.
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level 41
Sep 13, 2015
37/50
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level 37
Sep 24, 2015
37/50 - Got Nagoya but missed LA?!
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level 51
Sep 29, 2015
How did I get Shenyang but forgot Chengdu
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level 50
Oct 7, 2015
Finally 50/50 with 01:24 left
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level 21
Dec 22, 2015
The quiz says that Guangzhou was #1... is this accurate, because D.C. doesn't have 8.3 million people...
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level 78
Dec 30, 2015
URBAN AREAS. That's different from City Proper.
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level 31
Jan 6, 2016
Monterrey, NL and Guadalajara, Jal, in Mexico and Madrid in Spain, Sidney, Australia, among others should be in the list
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level 53
Oct 9, 2017
No they should not. They should not be included if they don't qualify.
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level 61
Dec 5, 2017
As a Sydneysider, I can confirm that: No, we don't belong on this list. We have only a little over 4 million.
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level 36
Jan 19, 2016
I think this quiz is quite a bit out of date. Populations have changed drastically since this was made.
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level 31
Jan 20, 2016
umm ridicoulus no toronto some cities are posted as metropolitan and some posted as city proper (Boston Toronto and umm san frncisco really how dumb can u be wikipedia is more accurate than this
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level 56
Jan 9, 2018
Greater Toronto is now bigger, I believe, than Chicago, but it might depend on how city limits are defined
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level 30
Jan 17, 2018
guys washington dc has 500,000 people not 8.4 million thats way off
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level 26
Feb 19, 2018
Metro area, not city proper.
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level 28
Jan 29, 2016
San Francisco has a population of less than one million - more like 750 thousand. You must be including Oakland or some of the Silicon Valley cities. Oakland is not San Francisco.
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level 43
Feb 1, 2016
38.
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level 21
Feb 14, 2016
No way Boston is bigger than Toronto, Philadelphia or Chittagong to name a few
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level 15
Feb 19, 2018
Metropolitan areas are included
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level 20
Feb 22, 2016
toronto is bigger than boston
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level 55
Feb 24, 2016
Maybe change the name of Bangalore to Bengaluru? You have Chennai and Kolkata already...
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level 54
Feb 29, 2016
This one seriously needs to be updated
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level 37
Mar 16, 2016
This list is very different to the Wikipedia's urban agglomeration list. Does anyone know why?
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level 18
May 6, 2016
You are high if you think guangzhou is larger than tokyo. Its not even the largest city in China.
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level 64
Jan 18, 2017
You're misinformed if you think that Tokyo is the biggest urban area in the world.
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level 15
May 9, 2016
This must be really outdated or it isn't exact, the city of London has 8,000 people, the metropolitan area has like 8,000,000 and greater London has 13,000,000 just for example
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level 30
Oct 31, 2017
Actually The City of London (1 sq mile) has 13,000, Greater London (ignore the name, it means city proper) ha 8.9 million, and the metropolitan area has 13-14 million people. US style 'metropolitan area', which inflates cities vastly due to commuting percentage, would put it at 21 million.
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level 15
May 9, 2016
There are loads of Chinese cities with larger populations than these!
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level 30
May 18, 2016
Guys this list is for the continuous, contiguous urban area. As in all urban areas that are joined and conjoined to each other continuously. Thus it ignores 'city proper' populations (that's the count of people within the official city boundaries). For example the City of San Francisco is only 800,000 but it continues well past these boundaries as one large urban area of 7-8 million. It also tries to ignore 'agglomerations' or 'CSA' counts which lumps separated cities and towns together -these usually get counted together as one due to proximity or commuting habits. Truth be told some CSA counts have slipped through into here such as NYC's inflated figure (it really should be below 20 million, but gets an extra million or two by doubling its catchment size that takes in smaller communities in large tracts of open farmland and forest). Likewise as people have ponited out Boston is also a misnomer, a 4.7 million urban area that draws in 8 million via its 'commuter' belt.
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level 30
May 18, 2016
Additionally there are some citiies here that have conjoined into each other - as in they are physically merged without a need to inflate via commuting habits or proximity. One can walk on urban roads with dense, continuous buildings (read: urbanity) on either side from one city to the next. These fully merged cities include San Francisco-Oakland, Washington DC- Baltimore, Tokyo-Yokohma and of course Guangzhou-Shenzhen.
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level 41
Jun 9, 2016
It's a rather long walk from San Francisco to Oakland.
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level 59
Oct 8, 2017
I'm still amazed that San Francisco metro is one of those places where the core city (San Francisco) is actually not the largest in the Urban Area anymore - that title goes to San Jose. Yet for historical purposes, San Francisco will remain the core city. Brussels is another example, where the core is not the largest city in the urban area.
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level 30
May 18, 2016
In short this is a city count based on the city(s)' single urban area.
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level 30
May 18, 2016
And btw Toronto only has 5.5 million at it's most generous count based on its single urban area.
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level 37
May 21, 2016
You should accept "LA" for Los Angeles
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level 53
Jun 9, 2016
Nah, if that were acceptable, people who were going to type "Lahore" would get that one by accident.
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level 50
Dec 1, 2016
Well, that happens when you type Dominica for Dominican Republic in the Countries of the World Quiz.
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level 46
Jun 18, 2017
And niger for nigeria
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
I've seen this occasionally come up, including in the comments section here. For those wondering - Shenzhen is now contiguous with Guangzhou and Dongguan as well as a host of smaller cities in the Pearl River Delta area. Hong Kong is not included in this not just because it is an SAR and has a border separating it, but also because most of the New Territories (i.e. the northern part of the HKSAR) is sparsely populated. Of HKSAR's 1000+ sq km, only about 15% is urbanised - large areas like the Saikung Peninsula and many outlying islands are devoid of human habitation. For this reason it makes sense to consider HK separately, but include Shenzhen and Dongguan in the Guangzhou figure.
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level 13
Aug 14, 2016
Or lagos
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level 39
Sep 8, 2016
How did I get Wuhan but miss San Francisco where I live?
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level 20
Oct 30, 2016
got 31 i knew it would be a lot of asian cities especially in china
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level 33
Nov 17, 2016
49/50...never thought that I'm that good...
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level 35
Nov 17, 2016
This REALLY needs to be updated
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level 53
Nov 20, 2016
Not really. All the cities appear to be the same. I only gave it a quick once over, but the order seems to be the same too. Only difference is the populations have changed slightly.
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level 53
Nov 20, 2016
Oh and the reference: https://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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level 62
Dec 9, 2016
I got 49 and missed beijing. On my way to take clorox shots...
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level 48
Dec 30, 2016
Manilaaaa...
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level 46
Jan 10, 2017
That took foooooooorever to finish!
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level 67
Mar 4, 2017
really? perhaps you should try the name all ncaa basketball schools quiz to realize this quiz isn't really that long of a quiz
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level 42
Jan 23, 2017
Good quiz I always forget the Chinese cities, 1 of these days
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level 44
Feb 5, 2017
Ho Chi Minh = Saigon
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level 56
Feb 8, 2017
Saigon, 1975. Charlie came to town named it after Uncle Ho
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level 61
Jan 31, 2018
Many of the other quizzes do accept "Saigon" instead of "Ho Chi Minh City". When you visit Vietnam most of the Vietnamese refer to it as "Saigon", although Communist Party members tend to insist upon its formal name of "Ho Chi Minh City."
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level 67
Mar 4, 2017
perhaps i don't quite understand urban area...can someone explain to me why hong kong is part of guangzhou urban area but tianjin is not part of beijing urban area?
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level 53
Mar 8, 2017
Hong Kong is not considered part of Guangzhou, but Shenzhen is according to citypopulation.de
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level 30
Oct 31, 2017
Hong Kong is not counted with Guangzhou because it's not physically connected. It may be close-by but it's not part of the massive Pearl River Metropolis due to a border, and paddy fields that separate the urban areas. The Pearl River City, centred on Guangzhou is four cities that have physically merged into each other.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2018
Also, there are formal limits by the Chinese government on who can move to or visit Hong Kong, which is why it gets separate consideration.
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level 51
Mar 6, 2017
43 out of 50.... forgot NYC.... the pictured photo
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level 42
Mar 11, 2017
Got 40/50 first try, mainly forgot Chinese and Indian cities, same as y'all. Cool quiz.
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level 57
Mar 11, 2017
Allow 'Saigon' for Ho Chi Minh City?
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level 73
Mar 11, 2017
yeah it works on most other quizzes. and the locals still call it that.
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level 45
Mar 11, 2017
It's astonishing to me the number of people taking these quizzes that still don't know what an urban area is.
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level 68
Mar 11, 2017
So you stopped accepting Saigon for Ho Chi minh City? :(
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level 60
Mar 12, 2017
42 correct. I have only been to 8. 34 cities correct which I have never visited. Good, right? ... I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BOSTON AND MISSED IT!!! I MISSED MY HOMETOWN!!!
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level 20
Mar 13, 2017
Typed 'shangai 'several times...fun quiz
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level 62
Apr 22, 2017
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the US.
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level 62
Apr 22, 2017
Houston is the fourth-largest city, by population, in the US but not on the list.
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level 46
Apr 24, 2017
47 in 1 breath
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level 62
May 7, 2017
Both Houston and Dallas have metro areas with higher populations than DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.
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level 62
May 10, 2017
Houston is the fourth-largest US city and Dallas is about as large. Both have more residents than Boston or DC.
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level 50
Jun 1, 2017
Urban areas not cities
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level 50
Jul 9, 2017
Still, Dallas would have more than Boston with Fort Worth part of the urban area of Dallas.
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level 66
Jul 17, 2017
By MSA, Dallas/Ft.Worth is the 4th largest in US. I think DC and San Francisco jump it in CSA.
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level 42
May 12, 2017
Those Chinese and Indian cities names are really hard to remember. Also missed some obvious ones (LA, Johannesburg, Tehran, Lagos, Chicago, and more) and only if i know how to spell San Francisco.
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level 56
Sep 27, 2017
I got 47...
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level 46
May 21, 2017
Rhine-Ruhr in Germany is listed as 11.3 million, if you ever feel like adding it.
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level 57
Jun 20, 2017
Rhine-Ruhr is a metropolitan area. As you may know metropolitan areas include one or more urban areas.
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level 49
Jul 2, 2017
I'm a little confused. As far as I know Tokyo is the largest city in the world and definitely not Guangzhou, which has a population of 14 million. Also, Xiamen is a very small city with a population of 3.5 million. There also are a lot more cities that have way too much population as shown, which is how I only got 50/50 on my fifth try.
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level ∞
Jul 3, 2017
The source is listed. Where do you get your information?
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level 66
Jul 15, 2017
Some of the numbers in this quiz are beyond bizarre. The supposed source, citypopulation.de, lists the urban area population of Boston as 4.2 million (not 7.5 million - which is larger than the state of Massachusetts). This makes Boston the 10th largest U.S. urban area, well behind Dallas, Houston, Philly, Phoenix and others. San Francisco isn't in the top 10. Seriously, please accurately reflect the sources you cite.
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level ∞
Jul 15, 2017
http://citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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level 66
Jul 15, 2017
An "agglomeration" is not a technical demographic term. In the Boston case, to get to 7.55 million, you have to include the entire populations of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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level 39
Jul 31, 2017
Please allow Saigon for Ho Chi Minh City in your quizzes
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level 43
Sep 1, 2017
Please accept Saigon for HCM City, thank you!
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level 46
Sep 9, 2017
Pls check the data of other sources too, they show a lot different
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level 46
Sep 15, 2017
So close at 49!!
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level 26
Mar 21, 2018
Sad
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level 55
Oct 8, 2017
Baghdad's population is about 8.7 million...... Not on this list?
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level 48
Oct 12, 2017
Harbin, China. Over 9 Million
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level 30
Oct 31, 2017
That's not an urban count, but takes in outlying towns also that lie within its jurisdiction (much like US metros). The contiguous city count for Harbin is 5.3 million.
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level 30
Oct 31, 2017
Chongqing should be in there, it's city proper has 8.5 million https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chongqing Also Baghdad, 8.765 million has swollen with refugees, up from 7 million. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad and Xian, 8.55 million https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi%27an#Demographics
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level 30
Oct 31, 2017
^and those aren;t agglomerations, but urban city proper counts.
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level 32
Dec 4, 2017
i think "peking" should be accepted for beijing
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level 46
Dec 11, 2017
FINALLY got 50/50 (with just one second left)!
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level 42
Jan 17, 2018
44/50... but I forgot Beijing. Welp i give up ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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level 41
Jan 24, 2018
Boy this one takes a few tries, huh?
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level 12
Feb 1, 2018
When you search Google the Biggest Cities then it thought it area
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level 18
Feb 17, 2018
This is not true: How can a city in Guangdong be #1
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level 73
Feb 19, 2018
I thought I guessed Shenyang. Only missed that and Shantou this go round...
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level 16
Mar 1, 2018
Various Sources say that Guangzhou only has a population of about 14 Mil.
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level 70
Mar 14, 2018
49/50. Got Shantou... missed Beijing. Thirty seconds remaining and trying to work out which giant, 20 million plus metropolis I've missed. Was quite sure I'd already entered Beijing. Almost missed Ho Chi Minh, because I typed Saigon (which is how most people actually from there still refer to it) and it wasn't accepted.
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level 26
Mar 21, 2018
Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 50
Jun 12, 2018
Nowhere can I find a source that states Xiamen has 10 million people. Even the source for this quiz shows an urban population of less than 4 million people. I have visited and that city is nowhere near that population. It isn't even the biggest city in Fujian Province.
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