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 taken61,986
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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 57
Jan 16, 2016
Good quiz. Missed Perth, Brisbane, Jakarta, and Khartoum.
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Level 63
Jan 16, 2016
Thanks! Those are the hard ones.
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Level 80
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 51
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 63
Feb 16, 2016
I may only hope.
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2016
sure why not?
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Level 63
Feb 17, 2016
@2233thth well, there you go! haha
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Level 48
Jan 20, 2018
not if you're an Australian :)
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Level 59
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 57
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 43
Oct 22, 2020
Khartoum is not on the quiz, genious
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2016
Aw man...I spelled it Awkland
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Level 74
Feb 16, 2016
What, Oakland?
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Level 59
Feb 16, 2016
awkward
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2016
auckward.
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2016
oakward
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Level 31
Feb 16, 2016
hogwarts?
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Level 65
Jun 4, 2018
OK weird
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2019
Auckland
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
Ogre
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2020
Well, at least one got it right.
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2018
Land of the auks.
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Level 53
Mar 29, 2020
Aukistan
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Level 58
Feb 15, 2016
Got 100% with 22s to go. Madrid took 6 or 7 guesses
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Level 58
Feb 15, 2016
Very good quiz, btw
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Level 63
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 56
Feb 16, 2016
Am I missing something? How does D.C. have 8 million people?
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Level 80
Feb 16, 2016
It does not. However, the "greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area" does.
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Level 63
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 78
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 81
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 81
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 65
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 63
Feb 16, 2016
Yep.
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Level 72
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 54
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 63
Feb 16, 2016
You're not alone - 875 (as of now) also forgot Khartoum.
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Level 63
Dec 27, 2016
Did I say 875? I meant 8,230
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Level 42
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 63
Feb 16, 2016
kalbahamut: It does not. However, the "greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area" does.
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Level 51
Sep 19, 2020
umm thats not kalbahamut. thats moon101
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2016
See the remarks on this page for any clarifications.
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Level 70
Feb 17, 2016
Seoul not here?
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Level 63
Feb 17, 2016
check the page above
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Level 43
Feb 21, 2016
You should accept Baltimore for Washington DC. That is what I tried.
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2016
You're kidding?!
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Level 53
Apr 6, 2020
If it's counting both as the same city, then yes obviously you should.
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Level 79
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 63
Mar 9, 2016
No worries :)
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Level 40
Mar 20, 2016
I am only eleven and I missed Auckland, Brisbane, and Khartoum
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Level 63
Mar 20, 2016
Nice work, Landerson!
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Level 31
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 62
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 54
Jan 8, 2017
Pretty sure Toronto is bigger then Washington D.C and Chicago.
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Level 64
Jun 8, 2018
Washington DC's urban area likely also includes Baltimore.
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Level 38
Apr 6, 2020
not the chicago area but definitely dc
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Level 38
Apr 6, 2020
i'll bet the whole state of maryland and virginia is included in the dc area
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Level 55
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 55
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 47
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 74
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 74
Apr 20, 2018
Which cities changed when this quiz was reset just now?
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Level 68
Apr 21, 2018
from the above comment, I understand Khartoum has changed.... ;-)
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Level 81
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 72
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 72
Apr 30, 2018
Also surprising how the world's largest city is one of the least guessed.
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Level 60
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 81
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 61
Jun 4, 2018
Got them all pretty quickly, except Luanda which took me a number of guesses.
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Level 81
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 81
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 67
Jun 4, 2018
Can we accept Joburg for Johannesburg please?
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Level 63
Jun 4, 2018
Alright, it's pending review :)
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Level 77
Jun 4, 2018
Official website even: https://www.joburg.org.za/
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Level 68
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 61
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 57
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 36
Nov 16, 2018
missed Washington dc got the rest
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2018
Hey, my home is here. Also, 1 second left and won.
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Level 38
Jan 10, 2019
Got 100% with 1 second left. Washington D.C. has almsot caught me.
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Level 56
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 32
Mar 20, 2019
21 out of 30!
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Level 54
Jun 24, 2019
Damn...I don't think I ever appreciated how big Lima and Bogota are.
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Level 40
Aug 30, 2019
28/29 forgot Madrid :(. Where is Saint Petersburg
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Level 48
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 60
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 62
Oct 29, 2019
The last one I remembered was the capital of the country I live in
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Level 71
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 82
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 35
Dec 10, 2019
i got all BUT Shanghai... :(
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Level 30
Jan 12, 2020
Not surprising all of Asia's are higher the the largest one of everything else..
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Level 42
Mar 31, 2020
All but Luanda and Auckland
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Level 58
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 47
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 23
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 45
Sep 11, 2020
Washington DC?,What about Houston instead.
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Level 45
Sep 11, 2020
100% by the way
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Level 15
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 15
Oct 28, 2020
Shanghai is 4th