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Biggest "Saint" Cities

Name the most populous urban areas whose name starts with Saint, San, São, Santa, or Santo.
Urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de
Quiz by Quizmaster
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First submittedJanuary 3, 2011
Last updatedOctober 3, 2018
Times taken39,788
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Population
City
21.9 m
São Paulo
7.70 m
San Francisco
7.15 m
(Santiago)
5.50 m
Saint Petersburg
3.75 m
Santo Domingo
3.30 m
San Diego
Population
City
2.38 m
Saint Louis
2.10 m
San Juan
2.08 m
San Antonio
1.92 m
Santa Cruz
1.86 m
San Jose
1.83 m
San Salvador
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level 76
Jan 18, 2015
What? San Dimas is not on here? But San Dimas High School Football RULES!!
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level 76
Jan 30, 2015
You get an A on your history report.
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level 70
Jan 24, 2015
What about Sana'a? Perhaps in brackets like Santiago? Almost 2 million according to wikipedia
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level 76
Jan 30, 2015
I think there was a previous version of this quiz where there was a pretty silly argument about whether or not Santiago was really named for a saint or not. And the quiz title was slightly different. IMO those arguing against Santiago's inclusion were making pretty bad arguments but if I remember correctly QM decided to concede the point and removed Santiago from the quiz. Now it is back on but in brackets and given as a freebie, with a change to the title of the quiz, I guess in efforts to avoid the same argument. But, now a new issue has been raised since Sana'a, while not named for any saint obviously, does start with "san"... that didn't come up before.
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level 56
Jan 30, 2015
Santiago means Saint James so I don't see how it couldn't be included in this list as a genuine 'Saint City'. Maybe I'm missing something.
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level 76
Jan 30, 2015
If I recall correctly they were saying that the city was named after another city named Santiago or something along those lines and so therefore it wasn't named after the saint. But, of course, that's silly... like I said...
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level 76
May 1, 2019
and I think the name of the quiz was changed yet again.
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level 56
Oct 20, 2017
Sana'a might begin with San, but as the name of the quiz is about cities named after saints, common sense that Sana'a is not applicable.
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level 76
Dec 3, 2018
If we were all using common sense then the original argument wouldn't have taken place.
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level 68
Jan 30, 2015
Too bad it's not large enough to qualify because I would have liked to see the "Comments" debate as to whether Sandusky (Ohio) would be a legit answer.
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level 13
Jul 27, 2015
Well... I didn't read the instructions
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level 59
Jul 6, 2016
San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (pop. 2,596,000 as in 2010)
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level 55
Oct 10, 2016
You're thinking of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. The city has a population of around 700,000.
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level 83
Jul 9, 2016
Santiago, Chile. approx 5.1mm, means Saint James
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level 76
Aug 3, 2016
Arrived in St Petersburg yesterday. Gorgeous city.
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level 61
Feb 23, 2017
I'm pretty sure "santa" means holy...
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level 76
May 17, 2018
What do you think "saint" means?
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level 76
May 17, 2018
There's a clue about the etymology if you look at the Russian spelling of Sankt Peterburg.
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level 56
May 6, 2017
st Augustine (fl) st paul de vence (france)
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level 13
Oct 20, 2017
San Francisco doesnt have a population of 7 million. San Jose is bigger yet listed with a lower population. The quiz either has to use city proper populations or metro populations but you cant use the CSA population that is a combination of both SJ and SF and only attribute it to SF.
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level 78
Oct 20, 2017
This quiz like most that are featured on Jet Punk uses the populations of the very reputable web site, citypopulation.de specifically this list: http://citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html. Sorry you don't like it but it's the gold standard for urban population centers on Jet Punk.
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level 75
Oct 21, 2017
It gets confusing when talking about urban, metro, or city proper populations, and I don't even know what an "agglomeration" is - but that link doesn't work. I understand what Cali is saying about San Francisco. San Jose is both older and larger than San Francisco. According to Wikipedia the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan statistical area has a population of 4.6 million. If you count the 12-county combined statistical area (CSA) which also includes San Jose, the population is 8.7 million. I looked on the citypopulation.de website and it gives the population of San Francisco as 880,887 and San Jose as 1,025,350. However, the projected population of San Jose, Costa Rica for 2017 is listed as 1,621,400 so I'm guessing that is the San Jose listed in this quiz, and not the one in California which must already be grouped in with San Francisco.
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level 73
Oct 20, 2017
Please accept Sankt Peterburg. I had a temporary block and tried a few variations before remembering that it has an English name.
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level 67
Nov 1, 2017
I think the gentleman in the photo was driving a car next to me at the traffic lights this morning.
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level 43
Jan 13, 2018
sandusky1 cedar point fo eva
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level 38
Mar 7, 2018
OMG I love the idea!!! Congrats :)
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level 83
Oct 3, 2018
I spent a good 30 seconds typing in things like Juan, Diego, and Paulo and was getting really frustrated. Can you please allow answers without the San/St/etc?
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level ∞
Oct 3, 2018
Okay
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level 41
Dec 3, 2018
How the hell did I forget Saint Petersburg when I’m literally taking a degree in Russian?! *facepalms*