Five Most Populated Cities by Continent

Can you guess the five most populous urban areas in each continent?
Source: citypopulation.de, 2020
Cities located between two continents are placed in both
A city proper version of this quiz can be found here
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: February 11, 2020
First submittedJanuary 14, 2016
Times taken97,524
Average score73.3%
Rating4.95
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Africa
21.0 mil
Cairo
19.4 mil
Lagos
13.9 mil
Johannesburg
12.4 mil
Kinshasa
8.15 mil
Luanda
 
 
Asia
46.7 mil
Guangzhou
40.4 mil
Tokyo
33.6 mil
Shanghai
31.3 mil
Jakarta
30.3 mil
Delhi
Europe
17.3 mil
Moscow
16.0 mil
Istanbul
14.8 mil
London
11.4 mil
Paris
6.55 mil
Madrid
 
 
North America
23.0 mil
Mexico City
22.1 mil
New York City
17.7 mil
Los Angeles
9.75 mil
Chicago
8.55 mil
Washington D.C.
Oceania
5.30 mil
Sydney
4.98 mil
Melbourne
3.15 mil
Brisbane
2.08 mil
Perth
1.41 mil
Auckland
 
 
South America
22.4 mil
São Paulo
16.4 mil
Buenos Aires
13.2 mil
Rio de Janeiro
10.1 mil
Lima
9.60 mil
Bogotá
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Level 65
Jan 16, 2016
Good quiz. Missed Perth, Brisbane, Jakarta, and Khartoum.
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Level 64
Jan 16, 2016
Thanks! Those are the hard ones.
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Level 84
Feb 16, 2016
Got all of them. Last one to occur to me was my original home "urban area"... Washington.
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Level 49
Feb 16, 2016
Same as kal, often tend to forget about Washington's urban area..
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Level 38
Feb 16, 2016
well kalbahamut do u approve of this quiz
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2016
I may only hope.
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Level 84
Feb 17, 2016
sure why not?
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Level 48
Jan 20, 2018
not if you're an Australian :)
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Level 62
Jun 4, 2018
Wow. I guessed Washington DC through sheer dumb luck. To get this size of "urban area" they must include Baltimore and a big chunk of northern Virginia?
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Level 66
Jun 5, 2018
I somehow forgot tokyo
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Level 47
Mar 7, 2019
the frick did washington come from??? all of virginia? ive heard only 500,000 to one million.
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Level 58
Nov 4, 2020
The district alone has 600,000

Virginia-8 million

Maryland-6 million

so for DC to be eight million, they would have to be over half of the DMV area

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Level 58
Oct 22, 2020
Khartoum is not on the quiz, genious
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Level 58
Nov 4, 2020
it was, you could probably guess that with the author of the quiz replying, genius
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Level 54
Jan 16, 2022
*genious
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Level 36
Mar 8, 2022
its actually genius. use a dictionary.
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Level 76
Jan 22, 2016
Aw man...I spelled it Awkland
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2016
What, Oakland?
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Level 58
Feb 16, 2016
awkward
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2016
auckward.
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2016
oakward
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Level 31
Feb 16, 2016
hogwarts?
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2018
OK weird
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Level 76
Aug 29, 2019
Auckland
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
Ogre
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Level 74
Aug 17, 2020
Well, at least one got it right.
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Level 38
Feb 22, 2021
Auctionland
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Level 87
Jul 17, 2018
Land of the auks.
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Level 52
Mar 29, 2020
Aukistan
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Level 50
Dec 6, 2021
Kinda like Akwafina
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Level 65
Feb 25, 2022
Aquafina?
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2016
Got 100% with 22s to go. Madrid took 6 or 7 guesses
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2016
Very good quiz, btw
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Level 64
Feb 15, 2016
thanks!
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Level 17
Sep 28, 2020
Not gonna lie, I had 5 seconds to go and was saved by the fact all I had to type was rio.
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Level 50
Aug 12, 2022
I don’t even know how to spell the rest of the land, like Rio de janiro?
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Level 55
Feb 16, 2016
Am I missing something? How does D.C. have 8 million people?
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Level 84
Feb 16, 2016
It does not. However, the "greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area" does.
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2016
Yes but citypopulation.de tries it best to account for the definition of an urban area for every single country in the world!
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Level 77
Jun 4, 2018
I always get confused about the differences among city proper, metropolitan, and urban areas. I know city proper is the population of a city only, but I have no idea where the boundaries are for most, and it's the same with metropolitan and urban areas. No idea what is included for each city, and that can make a big difference in which cities make the list and which do not.
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Level 84
Jun 4, 2018
@ander217 I don't know the difference either, but I've done enough Jetpunk quizzes (and tried my hand at writing a couple of my own) that I've started to learn which cities are biggest according to citypopulation.de. Like Guangzhou as the "biggest city in the world."
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Level 87
Apr 6, 2020
Exactly. It uses broadly defined "metropolitan areas" which take in large areas of rural and non-contiguous population. The statistics come from government definitions which vary immensely from country to country.
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Level 67
Apr 6, 2020
Citypopulation.de seems to do just whatever the f they feel like, hah we just have yo go along with it.
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2016
Cool quiz. Missed only Khartoum.
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Level 70
Feb 16, 2016
Guangzhou only counts if you include essentially the entire Pearl River Delta (Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, etc.). Shenzhen is 140 km from Guangzhou.

By that logic San Diego is part of Los Angeles and Philadelphia is part of New York.

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Level 64
Feb 16, 2016
Yep.
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Level 82
May 13, 2016
I don't think distance is the key factor here. If that entire area is built up, then yes, it should be included. Having spent a lot of time in the area I can confirm it is one contiguous urban expanse. The Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area includes places a similar distance apart and is much less dense than the Guangzhou-PRD metro area.
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Level 61
Feb 16, 2016
only missed Guangzhou! Let me compensate my failure to name the most crowded city by stating that I started with Africa and naming the five cities in correct order, without any mistakes in between. Legendary! :D
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Level 46
Feb 16, 2016
Missed Khartoum.
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2016
You're not alone - 875 (as of now) also forgot Khartoum.
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Level 64
Dec 27, 2016
Did I say 875? I meant 8,230
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Level 41
Feb 16, 2016
How does Washington D.C have 8.30 million it only has 658,893 according to google
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2016
kalbahamut: It does not. However, the "greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area" does.
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Level 57
Sep 19, 2020
umm thats not kalbahamut. thats moon101
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Level 54
Jan 16, 2022
Quizzer6794's quoting kalbahamut from earlier.
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2016
See the remarks on this page for any clarifications.
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Level 72
Feb 17, 2016
Seoul not here?
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Level 64
Feb 17, 2016
check the page above
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Level 44
Feb 21, 2016
You should accept Baltimore for Washington DC. That is what I tried.
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Level 64
Feb 21, 2016
You're kidding?!
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Level 72
Apr 6, 2020
If it's counting both as the same city, then yes obviously you should.
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Level 82
Apr 6, 2016
Historically, Baltimore was the larger city - though it isn't any longer. Both populations (City proper) in the 600,000's; DC at ~670k, Baltimore at ~625k.
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Level 47
Mar 9, 2016
Oops! I searched biggest cities by continent and nothing came up! Sorry
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Level 64
Mar 9, 2016
No worries :)
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Level 58
Mar 20, 2016
I am only eleven and I missed Auckland, Brisbane, and Khartoum
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Level 64
Mar 20, 2016
Nice work, Landerson!
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Level 35
Mar 24, 2016
Only missed Auckland. Tried Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Darwin, Wellington, Christchurch and even Port Moresby. Facepalm, i forgotten something like Auckland even exist :D
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Level 68
Apr 14, 2016
Awesome Quiz, missed only Khartoum!
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Level 45
Sep 11, 2016
nice quiz, missed the whole of south america because i didnt see it!!
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2019
I cant see south america from where I live either
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Level 57
Jan 8, 2017
Pretty sure Toronto is bigger then Washington D.C and Chicago.
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Level 66
Jun 8, 2018
Washington DC's urban area likely also includes Baltimore.
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2020
not the chicago area but definitely dc
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2020
i'll bet the whole state of maryland and virginia is included in the dc area
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2020
The Washington DC metro area is extremely large and includes counties north of Fredricksburg Virginia and most of the state of Maryland, including the Baltimore metro area. While DC proper is not that large population-wise, its surrounding counties are heavily populated with the adjacent Montogomery, Prince George's, and Fairfax counties all-surpassing 1 million in population in their own right. DC is a major hub of business in the US and has the population to boot, it just so happens most of this population lives in the surrounding counties due to the extremely small size of the district of Columbia.
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2020
Toronto's metro area only has about 6 million people while Chicago's is nearly 10 million and Washington DC's (which includes Baltimore due their extremely close proximity) is a little over 9 million
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Level 33
Jun 18, 2021
Toronto only had a population of 5-6 million while Chicago has around 10 million. Also, Washington D.C. includes big chunks of Maryland and Virginia.
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Level 61
Jun 6, 2017
Istanbul. For the same reason every time. Great quiz though. 6794 stands for some big number that represents how good his quizzes are.
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Level 72
Jan 16, 2018
Only missed Khartoum, but that's because I didn't put the H in the right place... Maybe add Karthoum as a type-in? (Or not. Maybe I should just learn how to spell it!)
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Level 75
Apr 20, 2018
Which cities changed when this quiz was reset just now?
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Level 69
Apr 21, 2018
from the above comment, I understand Khartoum has changed.... ;-)
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Level 83
Apr 24, 2018
Istanbul! I know it's in Europe, but I never remember that when I'm taking quizzes.
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Level 82
Apr 30, 2018
Interesting how the largest city on any other list is considerably smaller than the smallest on the Asian list.
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Level 82
Apr 30, 2018
Also surprising how the world's largest city is one of the least guessed.
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Level 61
Jun 4, 2018
Guangzhou is enormous, but it's a relatively new city in terms of importance and it's not like most people outside China have a great knowledge of the country to begin with. Most people can name Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and not many others.
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Level 36
Feb 22, 2019
Cities in china I can name just off the top of my head:

Shanghai

Beijing

Hong Kong

Macau

Wuhan

Hangzhou

Tianjin

Guangzhou

Shenzhen

Nanjing

Xi'an

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Level 82
Mar 8, 2022
Guangzhou is not "relative new in terms of its importance". It has been one of China's most significant ports since the Han Dynasty, two thousand years ago. One medieval European visitor, Odoric of Pordenone, stated that Guangzhou was three times as big as Venice and probably produced more than all of Italy. That was eight hundred years ago.
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Level 84
Jun 4, 2018
It also doesn't help that some people probably only know it by the old-school name "Canton" (as in "Cantonese"), which is an issue for a number of Chinese cities (and cities in other countries as well, I assume).
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Level 8
Jun 4, 2018
dang, johannesburg slipped my mind, and i legit dindt know bogota, but got the rest
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Level 65
Jun 4, 2018
Got them all pretty quickly, except Luanda which took me a number of guesses.
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Level 84
Jun 4, 2018
Luanda was the last one I got, and definitely one that I would not have gotten without having taken a bunch of other Jetpunk quizzes!
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Level 78
Mar 1, 2019
Sheldon much?
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Level 67
Apr 6, 2020
Because he takes quizzes??
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Level 84
Jun 4, 2018
Before starting the quiz, I was curious whether the Oceania column would be 100% Australian. For the sake of variety, I was pleased to see that it was not :)
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Level 71
Jun 4, 2018
Can we accept Joburg for Johannesburg please?
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2018
Alright, it's pending review :)
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Level 80
Jun 4, 2018
Official website even:

https://www.joburg.org.za/

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Level 72
Jun 4, 2018
This was harder than I thought it would be, I liked that there was not too much time, or at least I should say I ran out of time before I ran out of idea. Fun quiz.
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Level 63
Jun 4, 2018
missed 'kinshasa' because I forgot this first 'S', tried it three times
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Level 59
Jun 5, 2018
Would be nice to accept Jburg
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Level 59
Mar 2, 2021
Would also be nice to accept Ldon, Wton, Ksa, Pris, and plenty of others but we can't always get what we want, can we.
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Level 61
Jun 5, 2018
I'm not sure Guangzhou has that many people. Many other websites put it around 15 million. But great quiz!
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Level 53
Dec 17, 2018
Hey, my home is here. Also, 1 second left and won.
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Level 48
Jan 10, 2019
Got 100% with 1 second left. Washington D.C. has almsot caught me.
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2019
Can you give a little bit extra time? I was seriously struggling with time at the end.
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Level 51
Mar 20, 2019
21 out of 30!
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Level 57
Jun 24, 2019
Damn...I don't think I ever appreciated how big Lima and Bogota are.
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Level 39
Aug 30, 2019
28/29 forgot Madrid :(. Where is Saint Petersburg
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Level 47
Aug 31, 2019
How did I miss Kinshasa?! I spelled Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa, Accra, Alexandria, but forgot all about Kinshasa! I also somehow forgot Shanghai and Mexico City
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Level 65
Apr 6, 2020
I only missed Luanda. Surprised to see it is on there and Alexandria and Dar Es Salaam aren't.
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Level 72
Oct 29, 2019
The last one I remembered was the capital of the country I live in
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2019
It's interesting how the 5th largest in Asia > Largest in anyother continent + Sydney + Auckland
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2019
What do you mean with +sydney+auckland?
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Level 85
Apr 6, 2020
I'm guessing they mean that even if you added the populations of Sydney and Auckland to the population of the largest urban area of any of the other continents, the 5th largest Asian urban area would still have a higher population.
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Level 44
Dec 10, 2019
i got all BUT Shanghai...

:(

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Level 40
Jan 12, 2020
Not surprising all of Asia's are higher the the largest one of everything else..
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Level 41
Mar 31, 2020
All but Luanda and Auckland
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Level 71
Apr 3, 2020
Kinshasa and Luanda :(
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Level 17
Apr 6, 2020
Somehow I missed Sydney, Moscow, Cairo and Delhi. HOW
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Level 55
Apr 15, 2020
Istanbul is not classified as a European city....
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Level ∞
Apr 15, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul
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Level 33
Apr 17, 2020
I am making a quiz with a similar idea but the formatting is wrong. How did you make 2 rows of 3 with your groups?
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Level 33
Apr 27, 2020
Nice quiz. I missed Auckland, Brisbane, Luanda and Perth.
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Level 41
Jun 13, 2020
Gee I always forgot that Egypt is located in Africa
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Level 58
Sep 11, 2020
Washington DC?,What about Houston instead.
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Level 58
Sep 11, 2020
100% by the way
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Level 20
Oct 28, 2020
Mumbai and Kolkata are both more populated then Delhi and Shanghai is smaller than Mumbai, also Tokyo is the largest city in the world and Mumbai is the second largest in the world
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Level 33
Jun 18, 2021
It was said before. Guangzhou includes Shenzen and the entire pearl river delta which is a lot of people. More than Tokyo. Also, Mumbai is not second, it only includes a population of 18-21 million. And Kolkata (Including Howrah) is a big city, third in India, but still less than Delhi, which will include neighboring cities like Noida, Gurugram, and Ghaziabad.
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Level 20
Oct 28, 2020
Shanghai is 4th
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Level 34
Nov 27, 2020
did'nt write mumbai or kolkata. guangzhou isnt that populated, so is jakarta. not that great
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Level 33
Jun 18, 2021
Guangzhou includes Shenzen and the entire pearl river delta which is a lot of people. More than Tokyo. Also, Mumbai is not second, it only includes a population of 18 million. And Kolkata (Including Howrah) is a big city, third in India, but still less than Delhi. Jakarta has a population of over 20 million, but with Tangerang and Bekasi, it will have a population of over 30 million.
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Level 49
Jul 29, 2021
Jakarta alone is probably around 10mil, but if you count in Greater Jakarta which has most of its residential area, the number inflates significantly.
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Level 38
Jan 2, 2021
Mexico City has a population of 21,851,669
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Level 28
May 23, 2021
where is Berlin?
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Level 33
Jun 18, 2021
Berlin only has a population of 4 million, so it wouldn't make the top five. The weird thing is that Germany is the most populated country in Europe (Even more than Turkey) with Russia excluded.
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Level 56
Jul 27, 2021
Missed Brisbane and Luanda
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Level 61
Aug 11, 2021
Missed, DC, Kinshasa, and Luanda
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Level 16
Aug 17, 2021
If I had like 2 more minutes, I could've got them all. time to take over and over until I can type them faster >_
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Level 41
Oct 9, 2021
Today I've learned there is a city called Guangzhou.

Lo and behold, it's only the biggest city in the world.

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Level 82
Nov 15, 2021
You may have heard it by its old English name before: Canton. It's where you get the name of the Cantonese language from.

It's been a pretty significant city for thousands of years, being founded during the Qin Dynasty. The medieval Italian traveler Odoric of Pordenone said the city was three times the size of Venice and produced perhaps as much as all of Italy.

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Level 26
Jun 24, 2022
Im guessing the test is updated, as there is no "Khartoum" in the list, but Luanda now. Either way, I almost lost because of Washington DC, my brain almost completely deleted that city LMAO