Population Trivia

Can you answer these questions related to population statistics?
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What country is projected to be the most populous in the world by 2030?
India
What is the northernmost city with a metro population over 10 million?
Moscow
What country used to have over 20 sheep for every person, but now
only has 6 per person?
New Zealand
What was the most populous city in the year 1 AD?
Rome
What is the most densely populated island in the U.S.?
Manhattan
What river has over 500 million people living in its watershed?
Ganges / Brahmaputra
What island has a population of around 6.6 million - lower than it was in the 1840s?
Ireland
What was the third most populous country in the 1980s?
Soviet Union
What is world's most densely populated country?
Monaco
What is world's least densely populated country?
Mongolia
What is the least densely populated U.S. state?
Alaska
What suburb of Tokyo has over 3.7 million people?
Yokohama
What U.S. city has lost over 1.1 million residents since 1950?
Detroit
What country's population has decreased by over 6 million people since 1993?
Ukraine
What is the world's most populous island? (hint: coffee)
Java
What country has 9.2 million residents, but only 1.4 million citizens?
United Arab Emirates
What country has the most Muslims?
Indonesia
What is the most populous city in Indochina?
Bangkok
What city in South America had a population of 0 in 1950, but has over 3 million today?
Brasília
What is the easternmost city with a metro population over 1 million?
Auckland
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Level 61
Dec 9, 2017
For the final question, perhaps mention that "easternmost" is relative to the Prime Meridian.
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Level 64
Dec 11, 2017
Actually I believe it's easternmost relative to the international date line rather than the prime meridian.
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Level 80
Mar 23, 2018
It's easternmost relative to both. But why would that even need to be specified? If you understand what easternmost means, then the answer is correct regardless of what reference point you're using.
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Level 82
Mar 23, 2018
I think it would help people like me if it were specified. As it happens, I did not understand what easternmost meant in this context, and I am obviously not the only one.
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Level 81
Mar 23, 2018
And what else could that mean? If New Zealand is not easternmost, then what is? Hawaii?
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Level 80
Mar 23, 2018
You guys don't make any sense. It's like saying... what's the largest state in the USA?

What do you mean? Largest relative to Delaware? Or largest relative to Virginia?

It doesn't matter... largest is largest...

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Level 62
Mar 23, 2018
The problem is that Auckland is only easternmost on certain maps. If you are using a globe, there is no such thing as eastern most. Every city has a city east of it. Hawaii is east of New Zealand. Mexico is east of Hawaii. Egypt is east of Mexico. Thailand is east of Egypt. Auckland is east of Thailand, and it goes on forever.
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Level 73
Mar 26, 2018
There's no such thing as Easternmost on a globe, because you can always go further east.
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Level 80
Mar 27, 2018
Which popular internationally recognized map are you using that has the easternmost edge somewhere other than the international date line? Oh? There is no such map? You're just being pedantic prats? Oh, alright then. Proceed.
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Level 78
Mar 29, 2018
Kal this is ONE time that I have to disagree with you. A map of any kind is only a flat, one dimensional representation of the earth with a beginning and an end. Since the earth is a sphere, you can always go farther east unless there is a predetermined point at which you are no longer going in an easterly direction. Your argument about the largest US state is sort of unrelated because you are talking about a particular set of things with a known, limited number - 50 and because they are all of a different size they can be arranged from smallest to largest the only requirement for that to be done is that each state must be larger than the one before it. On the planet earth what has been determined to be the point at which east ends and west begins? I'm not saying that you are wrong. I'm just pointing out that there is more than one way to look at it - determined by what data and information you have to work with.
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Level 80
Mar 31, 2018
I understand what a sphere is. But again, show me a representation of Earth with an easternmost edge (the only representations that would be relevant to the discussion, so globes are immediately disqualified), that is widely produced and popularly used around the world, where the easternmost edge is something other than the International Date Line.
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Level 70
Jan 3, 2020
With the globe argument, I'd ask how do you determine your position on the globe? My guess is you'd use longitude and lattitude coordinates, which do contain east and west references. :)
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Level 78
Mar 31, 2018
I'm not talking about a globe or a map or a representation of any kind. I'm talking about the earth. The question only asks what is the easternmost city. All I'm saying is that without something to measure easternmost from there is no end to east or west. If you are in Auckland and you sail into the sunrise, what direction are you going? It isn't like the North Pole where everything else is south of there - the Pole is a fixed point of reference. There is no natural law that dictates east and west.
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Level 75
Nov 23, 2018
Regardless, I don't understand what the drawback is of making the clue more specific, to help folks who may not grok the question.
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2017
The Ukraine is not the only country to see a decrease of over 6 million people. Sudan lost 12 million with the creation of South Sudan.
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Level ∞
Dec 10, 2017
The population of Sudan is much higher today than in 1993, even with the loss of South Sudan.
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2018
When taking the quiz, my thoughts were Sudan and Serbia due to loss of territory. I did some research to try to prove you wrong, but I think you are right.
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Level 62
Dec 10, 2017
Superb quiz, thanks!
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Level 26
Mar 23, 2018
Since when is the soviet union a country, as the name suggest it is a union of different countries
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Level 69
Mar 23, 2018
The Soviet Union was a sovereign state, much like how the UK is a sovereign state made up of countries.
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Level 49
Mar 23, 2018
USSR= United Soviet Socialist Republics.. I suppose tho you would then say that The United States of America are all separate right? so Ohio, is a different country than Indiana?
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Level 80
Mar 23, 2018
Since 1922
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2018
"What is the world's most populous island? (hint: coffee)"

I don't think that hint is needed to be honest

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Level 73
Mar 23, 2018
Agreed. There are much harder questions on this quiz that don't have a hint.
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Level 37
Mar 24, 2018
Seconded. Remove it, please.
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Level 45
Mar 23, 2018
Why has Detroit lost 1.1 million residents since 1950...is it murder rate or just extensive migration??
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2018
Because of the loss of jobs due to the decline of the automotive industry in the US.
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2018
Migration. There are a lot of murders, but not so many that it would have that much of an effect on population.
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Level 47
Mar 23, 2018
It's not as bad as it seems - they all just moved to the suburbs around it
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Level 80
Mar 31, 2018
People don't move because of crime. No US city is that bad. People move because of economic opportunity. It's all about jobs.
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Level 42
Mar 23, 2018
Java has more people than Australia?
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Level 70
Mar 23, 2018
Australia is technically a continent
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2018
And Java has about 6 times as many people as Australia
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Level 82
Mar 23, 2018
I had no idea what the frame of reference was supposed to be for that last question.
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Level 73
Mar 23, 2018
That would be common knowledge.
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Level 26
Mar 24, 2018
Right. Unlike north and south poles, there is no east/west barrier. You can go beyond the Int'l date line. That question makes no sense.
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Level 67
Mar 23, 2018
Agreed on the last question being confusing.
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Level 59
Mar 23, 2018
i feel like there's nowhere near enough time for this quiz... at least add another minute perhaps?
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Level 51
Mar 24, 2018
I agree, I felt like it was a little tight for time.
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Level 47
Mar 23, 2018
Usually don't do that well on quizzes, but 100% on this one :)
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Level 26
Mar 24, 2018
Yokohama is not a part of Tokyo. It is its own city.
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Level 77
Feb 4, 2020
It says it is a suburb of Tokyo.
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Level 59
Jul 18, 2020
Why Ukraine lost that much population?