Most Populous Cities as a Percent of Their Continent

Name the urban area whose populations make up at least 1.0% of their respective continents.
Urban area population according to citypopulation.de and Worldometers, Feb 2020
Oceania includes Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
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Last updated: February 12, 2020
First submittedJuly 22, 2019
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City
12.4%
Sydney
11.7%
Melbourne
7.38%
Brisbane / Gold Coast
5.20%
São Paulo
4.86%
Perth
3.88%
Mexico City
3.81%
Buenos Aires
3.73%
New York City
3.30%
Auckland
3.14%
Adelaide
3.06%
Rio de Janeiro
2.99%
Los Angeles
%
City
2.34%
Lima
2.34%
Honolulu
2.31%
Moscow
2.23%
Bogotá
2.14%
Istanbul
1.98%
London
1.68%
Santiago
1.65%
Chicago
1.57%
Cairo
1.52%
Paris
1.45%
Lagos
1.44%
Washington, D.C.
%
City
1.33%
San Francisco
1.31%
Boston
1.26%
Toronto
1.24%
Philadelphia
1.22%
Dallas
1.16%
Belo Horizonte
1.14%
Houston
1.08%
Miami
1.04%
Johannesburg
1.02%
Wellington
1.01%
Guangzhou
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Level 50
Jul 22, 2019
Santiago and Bogota?
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Level 65
Jul 22, 2019
Thanks, added
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Level 27
Jan 13, 2021
I just missed Honolulu
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Level 68
Jul 22, 2019
Gold Coast (Australia) should be on the list. It's more than half the size (population) of Adelaide so must be at least 1.75%
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Level 65
Jul 22, 2019
Gold Coast is included with Brisbane in our source
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Level 68
Oct 25, 2019
Completely separate cities at least 60km apart!
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Level 76
Feb 12, 2020
Drive from Logan, through Beenleigh and Ormeau to Southport and tell me when you find that 60 km gap between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. If Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dongguan are considered one contiguous metro area, then it makes sense that Brisbane and the GC also be so considered.
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2020
And that's the problem with urban area population. No one living on the Gold Coast would consider themselves a part of Brisbane and vice versa. The cities have vastly different histories and demographics (though admittedly not as different as some of the Chinese cities that are lumped together like Guangzhou and Shenzhen). However, it is the best system available to standardise all city populations
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Level 60
Oct 29, 2020
The stupid thing about Brisbane / Gold Coast being agglomerated by citypopulation.de is that the Australian Bureau of Statistics - surely their primary source - compiles a list of agglomerations (which it calls Significant Urban Areas) on which Brisbane and Gold Coast are not combined. Even Wikipedia, which uses the ABS data, gets this right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Australia_by_population

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Level 90
Aug 24, 2019
The column's header should say "city" not "country"
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Level 90
Aug 24, 2019
Why there isn't Istanbul?
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Level 65
Aug 24, 2019
Good eye, waiting for approval for both of those
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2019
Oh man. Only one I missed was Guangzhou, in last place. I didn't think that there would be any from Asia on the list given the massive population of Asia.
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Level 82
Sep 22, 2019
Well, you should have at least tried the biggest city in each continent to be sure ;).
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2019
yeah should have
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Level 56
Jul 6, 2020
I've always heard Tokyo is the biggest city. Maybe that is metropolitan area and not urban area. So I tried Tokyo and didn't bother trying other Asian cities
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Level 43
Jul 23, 2020
Tokyo is the largest through some sources. Guangzhou is only the largest when you include Shenzhen, Dongguan and Foshan. Some do and some dont because they are all very large on their own.
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Level 77
Feb 11, 2021
The Pearl River Delta is not a metropolis.... it is a megalopolis. Including it as one thing means you should also include everything from Washington DC to Boston as one, or the entire Seoul area.
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Level 62
Aug 25, 2019
Very interesting quiz !
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Level 65
Aug 25, 2019
Thanks! You can also try the version for Countries with the Most Cities :)
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Level 26
Aug 25, 2019
what about vienna? austria has a population of about 8.8m and vienna has about 1.9m
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Level 65
Aug 25, 2019
This is based on the % of continent, not country.
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Level 29
Aug 25, 2019
Only missed Belo Horizonte
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Level 68
Aug 25, 2019
Missed Guangzhou. Typed Tokyo and thought that there weren't any Asian cities. Completely forget about the Guangzhou/Shenzhen/"Other mega-cities" metropolitan area...
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2019
I like the that world's largest city (according to citypop) barely sneaks in at the bottom of the list.
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Level 68
Aug 26, 2019
If all those American cities are on there, surely Toronto should as well.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2019
Toronto's been added
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Level 76
Aug 26, 2019
I typed 'Bello Horizonte' instead of 'Belo Horizonte'

Come on, it should have counted!

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Level 85
Aug 26, 2019
According to citypopulation.de Toronto has 7.35 million. Just above Dallas at 7.1 million so they definitely should be on the list.
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Level 68
Aug 26, 2019
Didn't except any Asian City on here.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2019
Guangzhou is there at the end, but it does show just how massive the Asian population is!
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Level 67
Nov 22, 2019
*accept
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Level 81
Aug 26, 2019
Are we requiring Belo Horizonte typed in in full now? Used to be just "Belo" was enough.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2019
Most natives don't use that Belo. In any case, BH is still acceptable and even shorter.
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Level ∞
Aug 26, 2019
Yep, we got a lot of complaints from natives saying that

"Belo" is just wrong.

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Level 81
Sep 17, 2019
Oh okay. It was confusing at first when it was just Belo, then learned that and now it's confusing it isn't.
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Level 42
Oct 23, 2019
That's like only typing "New" for New York
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2019
Wellington with 416,800 is 1.04% (http://citypopulation.de/php/newzealand-wellington.php)
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Level 57
Aug 29, 2019
Shows the insane number of people in Asia and how sparse Oceania is
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Level 72
Aug 31, 2019
Do we consider Hawaii to be part of Oceania or North America? The Wikipedia article on Hawaii says that it is "geographically located in Oceania, although it is governed as a part of North America". Since we generally go by strictly geographical definitions (see the Cyprus debate), I guess Honolulu should be added?
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Level 63
Sep 16, 2019
+1 for Honolulu being added. Its population is high enough I'm fairly sure.
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Level ∞
Sep 17, 2019
Added that one and Wellington.
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Level 81
Sep 17, 2019
Okay, so now this quiz contradicts 95% of the relevant geography quizzes on JetPunk.
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Level 83
Sep 17, 2019
Does kind of go against the JetPunk grain, although there can be an argument either way.

Makes me wish Nicosia were big enough to make the European cutoff.

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Level 82
Sep 26, 2019
Wow, Google's dumber than I thought. Doesn't even know that North America isn't a country ;)
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Level 81
Sep 17, 2019
Istanbul is partially in Europe. Most of Turkey isn't and the capital isn't, so Turkey isn't in Europe. No part of Cyprus is in Europe so there's no call to add Nicosia. Even if countries the cities are in are considered part of one continent, Jetpunk has still before too put cities on the continent they actually are (usually with a caveat). And Russia seems often to be divided to Asian and European part.
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Level 73
Sep 25, 2019
If you're going to move Hawaii to Oceania there should be an note, at least. That is....unexpected to say the least.
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Level ∞
Sep 25, 2019
Okay
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2019
Yeah count me in the "no" camp for moving Hawaii out of North America.
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2019
I disagree and don't think your Puerto Rico analogy is accurate. It would be more like saying Puerto Rico was part of the Lesser Antilles. Though that's not a perfect analogy either because the lesser and greater Antilles are better defined.

A better analogy would perhaps be saying that Mallorca is part of Africa. Mallorca is a constituent part of Spain. It's closer to the European mainland than it is to Africa. There's not really any good reason to put it in Africa. But it sits in the middle of the Mediterranean so it could go either way...

or perhaps arguing that the island of Rhodes is a part of Asia. Rhodes is close to the island of Cyprus which is usually counted as part of Asia. However it is closer to Greece than it is to Cyprus (though closer to the Asian mainland than the European one). And it is a part of Greece. So is it Europe? Or Asia? I think there's a stronger case for Hawaii being North American than for Rhodes being European.

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Level 82
Oct 27, 2019
I would not be surprised to see an older map that grouped in islands that are today considered European and Greek, such as Rhodes and Kos, with Anatolia and Asia Minor. But these things aren't definitive they are cultural and political constructs.
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Level 72
Aug 31, 2020
Hawaii is definitely closer to other islands in Oceania than to the American mainland. Majuro, the capital of the Marshall islands, is around 200-300 miles closer to Hawaii than California. Even if we say that Hawaii isn't part of Oceania, it definitely isn't part of North America. It has no historical, cultural, geological, or proximal connection to the mainland, just to the other pacific islands and the Polynesians.
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2020
Yes, to me it's clearly a part of Oceania... just my two penn'orth anyway
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Level 74
Sep 18, 2019
Honolulu should not be as high as it is. Even if you count the whole island of Oahu in Honolulu's population, it would still be .5 mil short
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Level 72
Sep 22, 2019
Hawaii is part of Oceania, and it therefore counts.
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2020
Hawaii isn’t on any continent! It should be removed from this quiz.
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2019
Honored that this quiz has spawned a new JetPunk debate
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Level 69
Sep 19, 2019
Bloody Philadelphia ! I always forgot this city in every single quiz, damned !...

It should be erased to make all quizzes easier... (just kidding)

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Level 62
Sep 20, 2019
What about Kinshasa?
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Level 65
Sep 20, 2019
Africa's population is at least 1.23 billion, so Kinshasa just misses the cut at 12 million.
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Level 82
Sep 26, 2019
Honolulu's not in Oceania! It's in Cyprus!
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Level 61
Oct 3, 2019
I've never before seen Guangzhou estimated to have a higher population than Tokyo. To get that number you have to combine Guangzhou with five other cities. The area covered by this agglomeration must be massive.

Does anybody know why citypopulation.de does it this way? It seems arbitrary to me. Though I suppose you have to draw a line somewhere and that always will be somewhat arbitrary.

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Level 65
Oct 3, 2019
Yes, this quiz uses urban agglomerations, so Guangzhou is paired with other major cities of the Pearl River Delta.
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Level 72
Oct 15, 2019
Yass, finally a featured quiz that considers Honolulu to be Oceanian! Progress is being made.
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Level 21
Oct 23, 2019
What about Helsinki Finland? And Christchurch NZ. There's so many cities that contain lots of a countries population
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Level 70
Oct 23, 2019
Just read the quiz title once more.
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2019
wth... since when is Honolulu in Oceania? I mean I know it's in the middle of the ocean but that's just weird. It is closer to the continental landmass of North America than it is to the continental landmass of Australia. by a pretty big margin, too.
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Level 66
Oct 23, 2019
Yeah, I could understand reassigning cities if you were talking about continents as defined by landmass and not just politically (French Guiana, for example, is often considered part of South America because it sits on the actual landmass)...but Hawaii isn't even on a land mass. It's just chilling out there on its own, pretty far from everything. It is part of the US by law, so I think it belongs in North America.

I don't think cultural similarities carry weight either, because there is a multitude of cultures on every continent. If Hawaiian is Oceanian because of its culture, then New Zealand is European. It does raise questions about territories though...I don't think anyone would consider Guam North American, for example. Anyway, the new Jimmy Eat World song is pretty good.

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Level 74
Oct 23, 2019
Oceania is not centred on the Australian landmass.
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2019
If Australia is not the continental part of Oceania then 1) that makes Australia an island, contradicting many other quizzes on the site, and 2) what is? You might want to look up the definition of continent
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2020
Well wikipedia (not the most authoritative source I realise) doesn't even describe Oceania as a continent. And the name is perhaps a clue to the fact that its main component is, er, ocean
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Aaaarraarhhghghghh... missed Honolulu, misspelled Philadelphia, typed Dallas and Austin but missed Houston, missed Miami, and typed Georgia instead of Atlanta!!
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2019
Philly is an easier alternative :)
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2019
Nice :)
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Level 73
Feb 21, 2021
This time I got all but Honolulu!
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Level 83
Oct 23, 2019
Woo, my city made the cut! I missed it because I didn't expect it would, but still cool.
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Level 83
Jul 26, 2020
It appears to have been knocked off with the latest update. Boo-urns.
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Level 43
Oct 23, 2019
Loved the quiz but I think there's a few missing cities. Honolulu is not that big. According to the source it listed it at 1 million so Montreal at 4.2, Vancouver at over 2, and even Guadalajara at around 3 should be on here.
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Level 43
Oct 24, 2019
I take back my comment! I just realized that Honolulu counts as Oceania and not North America which makes perfect sense!!
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Level 57
Oct 23, 2019
Honolulu is ridiculous. It's not Oceania. It's an American city in an American state, not an American Territory. North America.
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Level 65
Oct 24, 2019
I don't believe it's ridiculous. Cayenne is a French city in the French equivalent of a state and it is clearly in South America. Inconsistent, potentially, but not ridiculous.
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Level 43
Oct 24, 2019
That's right...just because Honolulu is part of an American state it doesn't make it part of North America.
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Level 82
Oct 24, 2019
I wouldn't say that *just* because Hawaii is a US state that automatically makes it part of North America. But being in the middle of the Pacific ocean and closer to the American mainland than the Oceanic one, I'd say it might as well be. And I'm guessing a large portion of various resources include it as being in North America including other quizzes on this site.
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Level 72
May 30, 2021
The notion of Oceania, however, is not centred on its Australian mainland. Instead, as the name suggests, it is also precisely meant to include several island groups scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, which indeed share many geographical and historical characteristics. In that context, Hawaii is part of Polynesia, which in turn, as the caveat explains, is one of the constituent parts of Oceania.
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Level 62
Oct 23, 2019
You sneaky trickster! Honolulu? Really?
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Level 47
Oct 23, 2019
good thing i did 100 biggest cities right before this
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Level 46
Oct 25, 2019
Also known as "how many Australian cities can you name"
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Level 39
Oct 25, 2019
I read the title as country instead of continent and was so confused. There should be one with countries though.
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Level 68
Oct 25, 2019
If we're talking metropolitan area rather than city proper, shouldn't the Rhine/Ruhr urban sprawl be included?
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Level 79
Feb 12, 2020
No, it's only about half the population of the Paris urban agglomeration.
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Level 55
Oct 25, 2019
Tokyo?
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2019
smaller urban area than Guangzhou
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Level 42
Oct 28, 2019
how is wellington on here but not christcurch?
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Level 67
Jan 1, 2020
Honolulu and Guangzhou surprised me!
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Level 75
Feb 12, 2020
one of these things is not like the other ones
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Level 81
Feb 12, 2020
Honolulu is on a volcano in the middle of the ocean. It's ridiculous to say it's on a continent anywhere.
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2020
It fits nicely into Oceania, a continent that consists almost entirely of islands in the middle of the Pacific ;)
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Level 64
Feb 13, 2020
Every piece of land belongs to some continent. I guess they underlined Polynesia in the caveat to give a hint towards Hawaii.
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Level 74
Jul 1, 2020
Given that this nonsense results in only 14% getting Honolulu, I vote to remove it.
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Level 71
Feb 13, 2020
Only missed 1. The one I missed was because since it's part of a country in North America, I didn't think to count it as part of Oceania. Even though a hint was given. I will warn people pay close attention to all the hints given.
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2020
The Canberra and Newcastle (NSW) urban areas ('agglomerations') are both larger than Wellington (agglom). See citypopulation.de . So Wgtn should drop off, and Newcastle at least come on. Newcastle does not seem to be part of the Sydney agglom, only Central Coast is. Plus a trifling point: Australasia is redundant as NZ is part of Polynesia. Just say Australia.
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Level 75
Feb 17, 2020
I'm bored so i'll give figures - if you're using agglomerations, Wellington is 418,000 (https://www.citypopulation.de/en/newzealand/wellington/), yet Canberra is 457,000 and Newcastle 487,000 (https://www.citypopulation.de/Australia-AggloEst.html).

If you're using urban areas, Wellington is 209,000 (and FYI Christchurch is 374,000) (https://www.citypopulation.de/en/newzealand/cities/) yet Canberra is 432,000 so still above Wgtn (and Chch). Newcastle drops down to 322,000. https://www.citypopulation.de/Australia-UC.html

So it seems anyway you look at it Canberra pips Wellington and Guangzhou. And Newcastle too if you're consistent in using agglomerations, as ur using the Wgtn agglom not urban area.

(Even if you include Kapiti in the Wellington agglom,, which NZ stats do not, Wellington would be abt 465,000, so it's still pipped by Newcastle).

Ok, Oceanic pedantry over. I've probably bored many non-Oceanians too much...

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Level 61
Jun 1, 2020
Brisbane and Gold Coast are different cities.
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2020
Wait, isn't Belo supposed to be a standard type-in?
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Level 65
Jun 14, 2020
It was removed when BrazIlians questioned it, the new short type-in is BH.
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Level 45
Dec 30, 2020
If BH is accepted, then LA should be accepted as well.
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Level 64
Sep 10, 2020
Got done by Honolulu. Interesting debate - shows how notional the idea of a continent can be.
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Level 45
Dec 30, 2020
Guadalajara??? Canberra??
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Level 65
Feb 5, 2021
Guadalajara doesn't make the list. Other US cities are closer to making it than Guadalajara.
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Level 65
Feb 5, 2021
I know it is already in the comments but Wellington is on the list while Christchurch is not. According to citypopulation.de Christchurch has 383,000 people, and Wellington has 215,000. Her is the citypopulation.de New Zealand page for reference. Also neither Christchurch or Wellington should be on the quiz in the first place because Canberra (and arguably Newcastle) is bigger with a urban area population of 432,000 (citypopulation.de) and its agglomeration being 462,000.
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Level 55
Feb 23, 2021
How did you do the math on this? I'm planning on making a similar quiz but can't work my head around it XD
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2021
City population / continent population
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Level 45
May 22, 2021
I thought Lagos was the most populated in africa