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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
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level 28
Jul 16, 2015
Missed 3... one of them was Beijing.... sigh...
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level 39
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 31
Aug 13, 2017
also missed 5...and DC was among them...://
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level 33
Sep 5, 2017
Missed Seoul...
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level 48
Aug 4, 2015
please accept Sao Paolo for Sao Paulo
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level 31
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 52
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 52
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 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 45
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 47
Sep 10, 2015
Ugh, missed some of the obvious ones!
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level 61
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 65
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 70
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 70
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 70
Mar 11, 2017
This time got all of those. Missed Wuhan and Lahore.
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level 69
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 59
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 29
Dec 31, 2016
i am also surprised
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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 47
Sep 10, 2015
Bengaluru should be accepted for Bangalore. Please, follow this link.
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level 53
Jul 28, 2016
seconded. it's the spelling that shows up the most in modern maps.
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level 68
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 35
Sep 13, 2015
37/50
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level 38
Sep 24, 2015
37/50 - Got Nagoya but missed LA?!
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level 52
Sep 29, 2015
How did I get Shenyang but forgot Chengdu
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level 51
Oct 7, 2015
Finally 50/50 with 01:24 left
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level 18
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 76
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 31
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 28
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 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 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 55
Feb 29, 2016
This one seriously needs to be updated
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level 38
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 62
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 15
May 9, 2016
There are loads of Chinese cities with larger populations than these!
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level 31
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 31
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 31
May 18, 2016
In short this is a city count based on the city(s)' single urban area.
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level 31
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 38
May 21, 2016
You should accept "LA" for Los Angeles
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level 54
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 49
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 43
Jun 18, 2017
And niger for nigeria
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level 67
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 54
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 54
Nov 20, 2016
Oh and the reference: https://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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level 58
Dec 9, 2016
I got 49 and missed beijing. On my way to take clorox shots...
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level 47
Dec 30, 2016
Manilaaaa...
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level 37
Jan 10, 2017
That took foooooooorever to finish!
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level 68
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 38
Jan 23, 2017
Good quiz I always forget the Chinese cities, 1 of these days
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level 45
Feb 5, 2017
Ho Chi Minh = Saigon
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level 49
Feb 8, 2017
Saigon, 1975. Charlie came to town named it after Uncle Ho
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level 68
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 50
Mar 8, 2017
Hong Kong is not considered part of Guangzhou, but Shenzhen is according to citypopulation.de
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level 51
Mar 6, 2017
43 out of 50.... forgot NYC.... the pictured photo
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level 34
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 54
Mar 11, 2017
Allow 'Saigon' for Ho Chi Minh City?
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level 70
Mar 11, 2017
yeah it works on most other quizzes. and the locals still call it that.
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level 39
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 66
Mar 11, 2017
So you stopped accepting Saigon for Ho Chi minh City? :(
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level 56
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 57
Apr 22, 2017
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the US.
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level 57
Apr 22, 2017
Houston is the fourth-largest city, by population, in the US but not on the list.
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level 41
Apr 24, 2017
47 in 1 breath
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level 57
May 7, 2017
Both Houston and Dallas have metro areas with higher populations than DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.
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level 57
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 42
Jun 1, 2017
Urban areas not cities
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level 46
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 64
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 38
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 22
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 36
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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Jul 15, 2017
http://citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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level 36
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 37
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 40
Sep 15, 2017
So close at 49!!
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