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Nearest Major City

For each place, name the nearest major metropolitan area.
For this quiz, major = urban population over 1 million, according to citypopulation.de
As the crow flies
Last updated: April 26, 2016
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Place
City
Crete
Athens
Machu Picchu
Lima
Mt. McKinley
Vancouver
Hoover Dam
Las Vegas
Strait of Gibraltar
Seville
Iceland
Glasgow
South Pole
Melbourne
Sicily
Tunis
Mt. Everest
Kathmandu
Okinawa
Taipei
Place
City
North Pole
Helsinki
Lake Baikal
Ulan Bator
Lake Superior
Minneapolis
The Bosphorus
Istanbul
Cyprus
Beirut or Adana
Yellowstone
Salt Lake City
Mt. Kilimanjaro
Nairobi
Trinidad
Caracas
Liechtenstein
Zurich
Fiji
Auckland
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level 75
Nov 12, 2013
That wasn't as hard as you made it sound. I only (really) missed Seville and Taipei. On this quiz I missed Ulaanbataar because there are not as many type-ins accepted for its spelling as usual and after trying a few I started to question whether the city had a million residents or not.
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level 41
Nov 12, 2013
it's not also spelled ulaanbaatar?
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level 75
Nov 12, 2013
it might be. who the heck knows? I'm pretty sure the other spelling is accepted on the capitals of the world quiz because I always get it on that one.
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level 71
Nov 12, 2013
i am shocked ulaanbaatar has 1 million people in that city...have been there and it isnt very big at all and not a big residential area...the metro area is lacking as well...hard to believe that many live there
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level 74
Apr 26, 2016
Ulaanbaatar only hit 1 million people in 2007, so not that long ago.
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level 71
Nov 12, 2013
Brilliant, this could well be the beginning of a great series!!
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level 33
Nov 12, 2013
only 13% got Brisbane? im from Brisbane and im offended :P
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level 70
May 21, 2014
Well, I went with Auckland, and I'm still not sure why that isn't the right answer. 600k closer and 1.5m people, so I assume it is some obscure definition of 'metro population'.
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level 40
Nov 13, 2013
Palermo, Sicily has 1.2 million in its metro area
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level 72
Apr 5, 2016
I was surprised Palermo wasn't accepted...
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level 33
Apr 26, 2016
yep...
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level 28
Jan 20, 2014
Wow... only 11% get ulaanbataar
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level 52
May 9, 2014
I initially missed Seville because - not being a native English speaker - I used its Spanish name Sevilla, which wasn't accepted.
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level 53
Apr 26, 2016
^
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level 63
Sep 19, 2018
Also, if Tanger hasn't yet surpassed 1,000,000 (it was almost at 950,000 in 2014) then it soon will have and Sevilla will be wrong however you spell it.
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level 71
Jun 12, 2014
Adana (pop over 2 million) in Turkey is closer to Cyprus than Beirut
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level ∞
Jan 26, 2016
The distance seems to be almost identical. Adana will be accepted now.
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level 71
Jun 12, 2014
Auckland (1.4 million) is closer to Fiji than Brisbane
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level 48
Dec 27, 2014
Auckland is also closer to the South Pole than Melbourne
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level ∞
Dec 28, 2014
Changed the answer for Fiji. Melbourne is correct for the South Pole.
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level 48
Sep 18, 2014
Vancouver may be the nearest city over 1 million to Mt. McKinley, but it is very far away.
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level 80
Oct 20, 2014
Missed Helsinki because it's not considered to have over 1 mil inhabitants in Finland. Yes, the metro certainly has that, but that's again something we usually overlook. So I overlooked it. Even though I couldn't think of any cities far north enough and big enough after all my guesses were wrong.
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level 53
Apr 26, 2016
Had the same thing with Helsinki. These urban populations can be tricky. Did not expect Salt Lake City and Ulaan Baatar to exceed the 1 million limit either.
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level 62
Jan 6, 2015
Palermo should be the answer for Sicily - if you accept Helsinki dor the North pole, than Palermo - which is more or less of the same size - should be accepted for Sicily!
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level 64
Nov 22, 2015
The cities are supposed to have a population of over 1 million, but Las Vegas has hardly over 600,000!
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level ∞
Jan 26, 2016
Urban area population is over 2 million
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level 56
Feb 2, 2016
Sevilla should be accepted for Seville?
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level 76
Apr 26, 2016
Maybe Salt Lake is sufficient without typing City?
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level 59
Apr 26, 2016
Could you accept just Salt Lake, without typing City?
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level 24
Apr 26, 2016
Can we accept "Sevilla"?
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level ∞
Apr 26, 2016
Sevilla and Salt Lake will work now.
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level 61
Apr 27, 2016
I can't believe I didn't get Vancouver. I live there >_>
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level 58
Apr 27, 2016
Isn't it now called Denali?
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level 52
Apr 29, 2016
Super hard quiz! Thanks!
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level 65
Jan 18, 2017
Please accept Katmandú, as other quizzes do. Thanks.
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level 59
May 17, 2017
Really fun quiz, thanks. Got 15/20, should have got 18.
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level 46
Mar 1, 2018
Palermo, Sicily has over 1 million people in its metro area
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level 77
Sep 16, 2018
Excellent quiz. Nice challenge level.
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level 46
Dec 14, 2018
according to citypopulation.de naha, the largest city on okinawa, has 1m people