Cities by Initials

Name the most populous cities having each pair of initials.
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Last updated: August 8, 2019
First submittedFebruary 28, 2018
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Initials
City
AA
Addis Ababa
AD
Abu Dhabi
BA
Buenos Aires
BH
Belo Horizonte
CT
Cape Town
DeS
Dar es Salaam
EP
El Paso
HK
Hong Kong
Initials
City
KL
Kuala Lumpur
LA
Los Angeles
LV
Las Vegas
NO
New Orleans
NY
New York
PC
Panama City
PP
Phnom Penh
Initials
City
SD
San Diego
Santo Domingo
SF
San Francisco
SJ
San Jose
San Juan
SP
São Paulo
TA
Tel Aviv
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Level 77
Feb 28, 2018
my first thought for AA was Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan.
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2018
Hail to the Victors!
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Level 57
Jun 18, 2018
Same here.
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Level 56
Jun 18, 2018
Go bucks!
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Level 58
Dec 24, 2018
I'm from Ypsilanti, but I cheer for Ohio State...
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
I'd be a little resentful if I lived in Ypsilanti too!
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Level 81
Feb 28, 2018
I actually typed Port Charles for PC before I remembered it's the city in General Hospital.
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Level 73
Feb 28, 2018
I thought Kuwait City would be bigger than Kansas City
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Level 74
Feb 28, 2018
According to citypopulation.de, Kansas City is 1.9 mil and Kuwait City is 4.5 mil. It's fair to take citypopulation.de's data with a grain of salt though, because they seem to count a huge rural area around a city in their calculations. In this case they give Kuwait City's "population" as the same as the whole country!!! (Kuwait City's pop is 2.4 mil according to Wikipedia, which is still bigger than Kansas City, though).
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Level 43
Jun 22, 2018
Surely you mean American city population data should be taken with a dose of salts because they only count a tiny local government district as the 'city' population when they should count everyone in that city's suburbs as well.
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2018
Removed that question.
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Level 79
Feb 28, 2018
LA is out of order.
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2018
Fixed
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Level 72
Mar 7, 2018
So are many large cities
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Level 72
Feb 28, 2018
Oh, come on. How could I miss BA?!
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2018
I'm not sure what's the criteria to be on this list, because you left out places like Mexico City and San Antonio.
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Level 82
Mar 1, 2018
Also: UB, LP, ND, MC, PA, HCMC.
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2018
SP also could be Saint Petersburg
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Level 69
Mar 1, 2018
I couldn't think of any other city once Saint Petersburg popped in my head. But Sao Paulo has about three times more many inhabitants than Saint Petersburg, so it makes sense for it to be the correct answer.
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Level 71
Apr 14, 2018
Me too. Even tried St Paul after St Petersburg, but didn’t translate it :(
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Level 61
Jun 15, 2018
Thought of that, and St. Paul. I did get it, but took a bit trying to recall another SP.
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Level 54
Mar 1, 2018
Could add Mexico City. And, to a lesser extent, Fort Worth.
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Level 74
Mar 1, 2018
DeS is a bit confusing; I looked for a 2-word city starting with De in the 1st word, and S in the 2nd word.
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Level 78
Mar 2, 2018
I'm surprised South Detroit didn't make it. I once knew a boy from there... born and raised.
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Level 82
Jun 22, 2018
Mostly streetlight people.
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Level 84
Mar 3, 2018
too us centric. AND cyprus is Europe
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Level 63
Mar 5, 2018
Okay... Where did that come from? Culturally speaking you are correct. Geographically speaking you are not.
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2018
You are both wrong. Cyprus is in South America.
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Level 44
Jun 17, 2018
Cyprus is in Antarctica. Have you ever looked at a map?
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Level 73
Jun 17, 2018
Cypresses grow in lots of countries
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Level 82
Jun 22, 2018
Miley's dad?
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Level 70
Jun 17, 2018
Funny, AA reminds me of Almaty. They are often displayed as AA, due to their former name of Alma Ata
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Level 64
Jun 17, 2018
PH: Port Harcourt; BC: Benin City; SL: Saint Louis; GC = Guatemala City
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Level 74
Jun 17, 2018
KM: Kosovska Mitrovica, NS: Novi Sad, NN: Nizhny Novgorod, IF: Ivano-Frankivsk, BB: Baden-Baden, PL: Port Louis, CM: Chiang Mai, QC: Quezon City, PV: Port Vila, AS: Alice Springs, PA: Porto Alegre, WB: Walvis Bay
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Level 43
Jun 22, 2018
QC isnt a city - its a suburb of Manila.

I think it should be restricted to initials that are in common use. No-one refers to Alice Springs as AS.

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Level 66
Mar 29, 2020
@MDW I will from now on.
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Level 74
Jun 17, 2018
My first thought for PP was Port au Prince. The metro area for Port au Prince appears to be larger. I guess whether you include the "au" in the clue is the difference.
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Level 48
Jun 17, 2018
Is it wrong I only got Tel Aviv because it was my random city of choice for my NBA 2k18 MyTeam??
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Level 81
Jun 18, 2018
Better than not getting it at all, like some people *points to self*
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2018
I was REALLY hoping to see BSB and SJK on this quiz! ;)
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Level 66
Mar 29, 2020
Me too. Those two were the first things I typed in.
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Level 23
Jun 28, 2018
I am from Belo Horizonte and I had no idea we were in the 22 most populous cities... I kept trying chinese cities, though most didnt have a two word name...
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
This is not a list of the 22 most populous cities.
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Level 64
Jul 2, 2018
ND = New Delhi, OC = Oklahoma City, SLC = Salt Lake City
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Level 76
Aug 8, 2019
On the question labeled "BH," the answer "BH" is accepted, which seems... not right.
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2019
Automatic type-ins, lol. Now fixed.
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Level 44
Aug 16, 2020
Really nice idea for a quiz! Maybe rather too many "saint" ones, and (sorry) disproportionately many American ones, south and north, 14 out of the 20... just to nitpick