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Five Most Populated Cities by Continent

Can you guess the five most populous urban areas in each continent?
Source: citypopulation.de. Cities located between two continents are placed in both
Not counting the loosely-defined Ruhr area
A city proper version of this quiz can be found here
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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First submittedJanuary 14, 2016
Last updatedJune 5, 2018
Times taken30,652
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Africa
18.2 mil
Cairo
18.2 mil
Lagos
13.4 mil
Johannesburg
11.6 mil
Kinshasa
7.65 mil
Luanda
 
 
Asia
45.6 mil
Guangzhou
39.9 mil
Tokyo
30.3 mil
Jakarta
29.5 mil
Shanghai
28.4 mil
Delhi
Europe
17.0 mil
Moscow
14.8 mil
Istanbul
14.6 mil
London
11.3 mil
Paris
6.35 mil
Madrid
 
 
North America
22.6 mil
Mexico City
22.2 mil
New York City
17.7 mil
Los Angeles
9.75 mil
Chicago
8.50 mil
Washington D.C.
Oceania
5.00 mil
Sydney
4.55 mil
Melbourne
2.95 mil
Brisbane
2.00 mil
Perth
1.55 mil
Auckland
 
 
South America
22.1 mil
São Paulo
16.1 mil
Buenos Aires
12.8 mil
Rio de Janeiro
10.3 mil
Lima
9.65 mil
Bogotá
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level 58
Jan 16, 2016
Good quiz. Missed Perth, Brisbane, Jakarta, and Khartoum.
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level 59
Jan 16, 2016
Thanks! Those are the hard ones.
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level 76
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 37
Feb 16, 2016
well kalbahamut do u approve of this quiz
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level 59
Feb 16, 2016
I may only hope.
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level 76
Feb 17, 2016
sure why not?
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level 59
Feb 17, 2016
@2233thth well, there you go! haha
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level 43
Jan 20, 2018
not if you're an Australian :)
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level 54
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 46
Jun 5, 2018
I somehow forgot tokyo
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level 43
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 73
Jan 22, 2016
Aw man...I spelled it Awkland
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level 72
Feb 16, 2016
What, Oakland?
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level 55
Feb 16, 2016
awkward
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level 61
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 61
Jun 4, 2018
OK weird
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level 56
Aug 29, 2019
Auckland
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level 70
Jul 17, 2018
Land of the auks.
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level 66
Jan 22, 2016
Missed Brisbane and Kinshasa. But, my geography knowledge of Africa is admittedly lacking. Awesome quiz, though! Thanks!! :D
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level 59
Jan 31, 2016
Thanks, and your welcome.
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level 79
Feb 17, 2016
Your geography knowledge is REALLY lacking if you think Brisbane is in Africa! ;)
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level 57
Feb 15, 2016
Got 100% with 22s to go. Madrid took 6 or 7 guesses
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level 57
Feb 15, 2016
Very good quiz, btw
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level 59
Feb 15, 2016
thanks!
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level 53
Feb 16, 2016
Am I missing something? How does D.C. have 8 million people?
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level 76
Feb 16, 2016
It does not. However, the "greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area" does.
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level 59
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 75
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 79
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 60
Feb 16, 2016
Cool quiz. Missed only Khartoum.
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level 66
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 59
Feb 16, 2016
Yep.
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level 69
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 47
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 59
Feb 16, 2016
You're not alone - 875 (as of now) also forgot Khartoum.
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level 59
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 59
Feb 16, 2016
kalbahamut: It does not. However, the "greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area" does.
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level 59
Feb 16, 2016
See the remarks on this page for any clarifications.
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level 62
Feb 17, 2016
Seoul not here?
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level 59
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 59
Feb 21, 2016
You're kidding?!
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level 76
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 59
Mar 9, 2016
No worries :)
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level 38
Mar 20, 2016
I am only eleven and I missed Auckland, Brisbane, and Khartoum
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level 59
Mar 20, 2016
Nice work, Landerson!
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level 28
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 57
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 52
Jan 8, 2017
Pretty sure Toronto is bigger then Washington D.C and Chicago.
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level 60
Jun 8, 2018
Washington DC's urban area likely also includes Baltimore.
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level 48
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 73
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 72
Apr 20, 2018
Which cities changed when this quiz was reset just now?
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level 65
Apr 21, 2018
from the above comment, I understand Khartoum has changed.... ;-)
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level 78
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 69
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 69
Apr 30, 2018
Also surprising how the world's largest city is one of the least guessed.
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level 59
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 34
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 79
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 57
Jun 4, 2018
Got them all pretty quickly, except Luanda which took me a number of guesses.
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level 79
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 79
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 57
Jun 4, 2018
Can we accept Joburg for Johannesburg please?
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level 59
Jun 4, 2018
Alright, it's pending review :)
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level 73
Jun 4, 2018
Official website even: https://www.joburg.org.za/
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level 65
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 57
Jun 4, 2018
missed 'kinshasa' because I forgot this first 'S', tried it three times
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level 58
Jun 5, 2018
Would be nice to accept Jburg
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level 53
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 38
Nov 16, 2018
missed Washington dc got the rest
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level 54
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 51
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 22
Mar 20, 2019
21 out of 30!
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level 44
Jun 24, 2019
Damn...I don't think I ever appreciated how big Lima and Bogota are.
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level 38
Aug 30, 2019
28/29 forgot Madrid :(. Where is Saint Petersburg
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level 43
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