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Five Biggest Cities by Country

Guess the five most populous urban areas in each of the countries below.
Urban population population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de as of 2018
Last updated: September 07, 2018
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United States
New York
Los Angeles
Chicago
Washington D.C.
San Francisco
 
Australia
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Perth
Adelaide
Brazil
São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
Belo Horizonte
Porto Alegre
Brasilia
 
Canada
Toronto
Montreal
Vancouver
Calgary
Edmonton
India
Delhi
Mumbai
Kolkata
Bengaluru
Chennai
 
South Africa
Johannesburg /
Pretoria
Cape Town
Durban
Port Elizabeth
Bloemfontein
United Kingdom
London
Birmingham
Manchester
Leeds
Liverpool
 
China
Guangzhou /
Shenzhen
Shanghai
Beijing
Tianjin
Xiamen
Japan
Tokyo
Osaka
Nagoya
Fukuoka
Sapporo
 
Mexico
Mexico City
Guadalajara
Monterrey
Puebla
Toluca
Colombia
Bogota
Medellin
Cali
Barranquilla
Bucaramanga
 
Russia
Moscow
St. Petersburg
Nizhny Novgorod
Novosibirsk
Yekaterinburg
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level 69
Dec 4, 2013
I love quizzes like this.
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level 73
Jun 23, 2015
Me too...where else can you go and hear nerds bitch about the difference between city and urban area population. Grab some popcorn...it's gonna be good.
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level 49
May 2, 2017
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level 62
Mar 2, 2018
It didn't take long!
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level 58
Dec 4, 2013
There is absolutely no way that Washington DC is the fourth-biggest city in the country. It isn't even close. Might not be in top 20, and certainly not in the top ten. Houston is the fourth-biggest city. Dallas, Phoenix, San Jose, and San Diego are all much, much bigger cities, just to name a few.
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level 75
Dec 4, 2013
The municipal limits of DC are tiny. The metro area is gigantic.
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level 71
Jun 13, 2014
In that case it should be just Washington. Only a small part is in DC if you include all the suburbs in Virginia and Maryland as well
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level 52
Mar 1, 2018
Metro areas are weird. New York, Washington, and Atlanta have utterly ridiculous bounds, for example, and Guangzhou envelopes several other major cities to technically call itself the largest in the world. But municipal limits are possibly even weirder. Alexandria and Arlington are two small cities outside Washington, D.C., and any reasonable person would call them suburbs (Alexandria's biggest attraction is a smallish house). But they're not encompassed in the city limits. I'd say in Washington's case the metro area is the lesser of two evils, but it's ambiguous, and should really be worked out at some point.
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level 75
Sep 15, 2018
"DC" and "Washington" are used by locals to be synonymous, and they routinely refer to the "DC metro area"
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level 67
Sep 15, 2018
^^ As with any American city. Suburbanites fight tooth and nail to stay municipally separate and not to pay taxes to the central city that's the only reason the metro area exists, use the city's infrastucture heavily, but always tell people they're from City Name. Hypocrites.
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level 75
Sep 16, 2018
I think it's a bit different with DC which exists in a small space between two states...
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level 57
Dec 4, 2013
jemellor13, Houston is fourth in city population, but this quiz is asking for urban area population, which is something totally different. As an example, cities like Jacksonville, Columbus and Indianapolis have large city populations because their city limits are all-encompassing of most suburban areas. Cities like Washington and Boston, however, have small city limits without suburban areas, but their metro population is extraordinarily large.
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level 58
Apr 4, 2015
I live in a Washington suburb, and the population of the District of Columbia itself is quite small. However, most of the quizzes combine it with Baltimore and everything in between as well as Virginia suburbs like Alexandria and Arlington, which together are something like 60% or more of DC.
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level 70
Dec 2, 2015
Trust those of us who live here, please. We who live in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland are part of the DC Metro area despite being in different states. And the population density is insane.
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level 73
Jan 29, 2019
According to a cursory internet search DC metro area has 1200/ sq mile and the central DC has 11000/sq mile. While high it is by no means highest in the world. Here is a list of cities which are at least 4 times denser: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_population_density
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level 54
Mar 1, 2018
See@buck1017 above
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level 67
Sep 15, 2018
See the second comment on this quiz.
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level 75
Dec 4, 2013
couldn't spell Yeketerinaburg..
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level 35
Mar 1, 2014
you still can't!
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level 75
Aug 13, 2015
This is correct.
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level 75
Sep 15, 2018
Katerina is a form of Katherine, and Catherine the Great went to Russia, so I think of it as Ye Katerina Burg. Unfortunately, one has to remember the city before one can remember the spelling and I did neither this time around.
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level 37
Dec 4, 2013
chennai is madras also
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level 32
Dec 4, 2013
Madras and Bombay both got officially changed to Chennai and Mumbai respectively, so calling them by their former name is incorrect
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level 30
Dec 4, 2013
On the same note, Bengaluru, not Bangalore, is now the official name.
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level 55
Dec 4, 2013
But if they accept Calcutta and Bombay then they should accept Madras
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level ∞
Dec 5, 2013
Changed Bangalore to Bengaluru. @xolkan: Just because we accept some old versions and misspellings doesn't mean we are obligated to accept others.
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level 65
Mar 28, 2014
You don't have to, but it would be consistent, especially if the names got changed recently. O get that you don't accept Lutetia for Paris or New Amsterdam for NYC, but Bombay and Madras are not unreasonable!
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level 71
Jan 13, 2015
Someone in the renaming department in Kolkata had a sense of humour when they were renaming streets in that city. They renamed the street that the US consulate is on Ho Chi Minh Street...
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level 54
Apr 12, 2015
I tried Madras simply because it was accepted on other quizzes, frankly...
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level 75
Aug 13, 2015
Speaking of unfortunately named streets, the hospital I used to work at was on Gallows Road.
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level 66
May 14, 2016
On the unfortunate name front...when my wife underwent a caesarean section her anaesthetist was called Dr Payne.
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level 75
May 1, 2017
We had a gynecologist at the same hospital mentioned above Dr. Harry Beavers. Don't believe me? Google it and you should find him.
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level 37
Dec 4, 2013
also both salvador and fortaleza are bigger than belo horizonte
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level 20
Mar 1, 2014
Curitiba is bigger than Porto Alegre,
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level 56
Jun 11, 2014
No, they are not bigger than Belo Horizonte. Probably bigger than Porto Alegre though
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level 73
Dec 4, 2013
Everyone saying that this city is bigger than this city and whatever...Quizmaster lists his source. If you think something is wrong, perhaps contact the original source? I'm sure QM isn't going to change an answer based upon the "say so" of a user.
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level 57
Dec 4, 2013
People simply need to realize there is a difference between city population and urban population.
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level 66
May 1, 2017
Sort of. Those things are usually defined consistently within countries, but are often defined wildly differently between them. I still can't get over Okayama, Japan apparently being the heart of a metro area of over 2 million.
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level 71
Dec 4, 2013
missed 2 of the russian cities because i cant spell...missed brisbane because i cant spell..brasilia same reason and i put pueblo instead of puebla
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level 40
Dec 6, 2013
Washington D.C. is NOT supposed to be in this list
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level 75
Dec 9, 2013
depends on how they define it. Sometimes they group in all of Northern Virginia and southern Maryland and even Baltimore.
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level 70
Dec 2, 2015
Actually, they don't "sometimes" include the suburbs in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland, they all the time include them. We are absolutely part of the Metro DC urban area, both officially and in practicality.
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level 75
Feb 3, 2019
If they're going by metro or urban area they group in portions of Virginia and Maryland. But those portions vary in size and affect how they calculate the total population, and if they're going by city proper they're not included at all. Sometimes is accurate.
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level 28
Dec 9, 2013
Just Checked Citypopulation.de and DC is not in the top 5
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level ∞
Dec 10, 2013
Yes it is:
http://www.citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html

To quote GOB, "C'mon!"

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level 66
Mar 5, 2014
There are different statistical categories of metros. The msa(metropolitan statistical area) and the csa(combined statistical area). The msa requires urban connections between cities(I.e. rail connections/bus routes/subways) while the csa has a looser requirement. DFW is the 4th msa and Washington is 4th in csa.
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level 58
Dec 14, 2015
Is it weird that GOB sounds just like Geo Bee?
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level 75
Sep 15, 2018
Who's GOB?
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level 48
Apr 3, 2014
How does Washington, DC make the list when Houston doesn't?
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level ∞
Apr 3, 2014
The greater DC area is much larger than that of Houston's. Houston isn't even the largest metro in Texas.
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level 70
Oct 9, 2014
Nice quiz. :D I checked the source though and there are relevant updates for 6 of the categories (Brasil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, USA & UK) Cheers!
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level 77
May 17, 2014
Not enough european countries in this quiz.
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level 77
Feb 19, 2016
I still think this is unbalanced ;). Americas : 5 ; Asia : 3,5 ; Europe : 1,5, Africa : 1, Oceania : 1...
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level 58
Jun 4, 2016
Not enough African countries on this quiz...
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level 32
May 30, 2014
100% with 1:55 remaining
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level 70
Jun 4, 2015
I tried Ekaterinburg and didn't get it. Add as an alternate spelling?
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level 19
Jul 14, 2015
Miami is the 4th largest urban area in the U.S.
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level 23
Nov 2, 2015
Fun quiz. Though it's annoying how people are always correcting these population quizzes as if they're the unquestioned lord and master of census taking
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level 58
Feb 18, 2016
It's pretty amazing how Houston, Dallas, and Miami can all be the 4th biggest city in the USA. All these people trying to correct the quiz can't even agree on which city is right (hint: it's probably the city in the quiz!)
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level 65
Feb 18, 2016
I was actually surprised that Glasgow didn't make the list, and checked on citypopulation.de. It turns out that, when you go to "UK/Urban Areas", it mistakenly gives you a list of just English urban areas. There is, however, another link on the same page, that lists all urban areas of the UK. In this link (see below), Glasgow indeed comes 5th, edging out Liverpool by 350k.
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level 65
Feb 18, 2016
Here the link with all of the UK: http://citypopulation.de/UK-UA.html
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level 65
Feb 18, 2016
And here, the link I think Quizmaster used :http://citypopulation.de/UK-EnglandUA.html
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level ∞
Feb 18, 2016
There are so many ways to tally city population. We are using urban areas. The quiz is accurate using this source:
http://citypopulation.de/world/Agglomerations.html
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level 53
Feb 18, 2016
Managed to guess all of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil cities with ease. Only missed Sapporo in Japan and Tianjin in China. But only managed to get Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia and only Bogota for Colombia. Good quiz, a mix of well known and obscure countries (well, cities). Would love to see more editions of this quiz!
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level 56
Feb 18, 2016
It's amazing that only 4% of quiz takers know about Xiamen. I didn't. A city of 3.5 million Xiameners going about their Xiamener business day in and day out, year after year and I had no idea that they even existed. I need to travel more broadly, I think.
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level 77
Feb 19, 2016
It seems Xiamen has grown very fast.
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level 75
Sep 15, 2018
I knew it but spelled it wrong - Xiaman, Xianamen, then gave up and moved on.
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level 15
Feb 19, 2016
Manchester is smaller than Sheffield
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level 50
Feb 19, 2016
Why would you say that?
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
By urban area, Manchester is about 4 times as large.
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level 55
Jul 25, 2018
A good example of where city proper and urban area differ. Urban area (used here) includes all of Greater Manchester (I think). It is much more sensible. I am in Manchester city proper now, but I could walk down the road, take a couple of turns, and be out of the city proper with no clue that anything had changed (except a sign saying "Welcome to Trafford"). There are two official cities in Greater Manchester - Manchester and Salford. But to count them as separate cities makes little sense for most purposes given that you can cross a river (which isn't even very wide, and has many roads crossing it) and go straight from one to the other.
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level 57
Apr 9, 2016
I got 55 which I was pretty proud of. And whilst people are disputing what city is bigger than what in other countries, the top 5 in Australia are most definitely correct. Actually, these 5 cities account for 63.5% of the entire population of the country. Maybe someone could do a quiz on countries with highest rates of urbanization or population concentration or whatever it may be called. And another for the opposite, most diverse or spread out, scattered like lost fragments, spread like lost souls cast on the wind, or something like that.
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level 37
Apr 30, 2016
I always though the top 5 American cities went like this: New York City, Los Angeles, chicago, Dallas, Phoenix
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level 47
Oct 19, 2016
Urban area: see above. City proper: NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia (99% sure)
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level 67
May 1, 2017
I believe that Manchester has just recently overtaken Birmingham as the UK's second most populated City.
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level 45
May 1, 2017
OP, Johannesburg and Pretoria are not the same cities.
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level 60
May 1, 2017
Urban area or not, DC and San Fran should not be in top 5. It should be NY, LA, Chicago, Dallas and Houston if you go by Metropolitan Statistical Area. It should be NY, LA, Chicago, Houston and Philly by city limits. https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/2016/demo/popest/total-metro-and-micro-statistical-areas.html
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level ∞
May 1, 2017
CSA not MSA
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level 51
May 2, 2017
What a great ideia for a quiz! If you're thinking about a second edition I think a good list of countries would be Argentina, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Nigeria, D. R. Congo, Italy, France, Germany, Spain.
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level 49
May 2, 2017
Maybe some day a quiz maker will issue a series titled "For This Quiz We're Looking for URBAN AREAS. Understand??? Not CITIES - URBAN AREAS (slap-slap-slap) UUUUURBAN AAAAAREEEEAAAAS". Then follow it up with cities.
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level 48
May 2, 2017
I am embarassed that i couldnt think of any cities in the uk besides london
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level 49
Jul 9, 2017
I spelled "Porto Alegre" as "Port Alegre" and moved on when it did not accept it. Why isn't "Port Alegre" accepted?
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level 45
Jul 18, 2017
xiamen? That's a small city
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level 57
Sep 17, 2017
Xiamen? How about 26 other larger cities in China??? For example: Chongqing, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Xi'an, Jinan, etc.
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level 52
Mar 1, 2018
Say it with me now...metropolitan...statistical...area.
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level 52
Feb 2, 2018
I put colcatta and Calcatta neither worked
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level 60
Mar 1, 2018
East London is larger than Bloemfontein according wikipedia. 755k vs 747k
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level 45
Mar 2, 2018
According to Wikipedia Toluca is 32nd biggest city in Mexico.
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level 48
Mar 2, 2018
One way to know the colombian cities listed in this quiz: Bogota: capital city, among the highest capitals in the world. Almost every colombian hates her, but almost everyone lives here Medellín: second biggest city, used to have a big cartel. Only one in Colombia with "metro" rapid transit Cali: Salsa big bands, biggest city near the Pacific, used to have the other big cartel Barranquilla: biggest city in the colombian caribean coast. Some very beautiful mixed latino/lebanese girls Bucaramanga: Only city in the world where women iron with their own bare hands.
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level 57
Mar 2, 2018
I would love to see this become a series!
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level 39
Sep 15, 2018
Can't you accept "Novgorod"?
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level 69
Sep 15, 2018
It can only lead to confusion if quizzes like this refer to "Cities" when they are actually about urban areas. They are not the same, at least in this context.
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level 30
Sep 15, 2018
Just come across this quiz. United Kingdom list is very wrong. All the cities are in England. Glasgow, at just over 800k is the third largest city in the UK. Bristol at 617k is larger than either Liverpool 540k or Manchester 520k.
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level 46
Sep 15, 2018
It's urban area population, not city proper.
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level 35
Sep 15, 2018
Bengalore should be accepted for bengaluru
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level 55
Sep 15, 2018
Hey, I've created a quiz of this type on all top five cities in Asian countries! Be sure to check it out!! Top Five Biggest Cities In Asia
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level 16
Sep 16, 2018
Is it not Janiero in place of Janeiro?
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level 12
Sep 16, 2018
Where is France ??? It's a important state !
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level 75
Sep 16, 2018
France is far below South Africa when you look at vuvuzelas per capita.
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level 68
Sep 18, 2018
Tough crowd. Didn't accept Bloemfontain on this quiz.
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level 71
Nov 5, 2018
Need some spelling generosity on this one....
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level 65
Sep 19, 2018
Jesus Christ, I hate citypopulation.de. Horrible tally of metro populations.
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level 41
Feb 3, 2019
i missed new york because i thought it was a country
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level 17
Feb 3, 2019
this test is so wrong, philly, houston and dallas are a lot bigger than san franscisco or dc