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Most Populous Non-Capital Cities

Name the 15 most populous cities in the world that are NOT national capitals.
Excluding capitals that are neighborhoods of larger cities e.g. New Delhi
Populations given are urban area calculations from citypopulation.de
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First submittedMay 18, 2016
Last updatedMay 18, 2016
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Population
City
47.7 mil
Guangzhou
30.9 mil
Shanghai
24.3 mil
Karachi
23.2 mil
Mumbai
22.0 mil
New York City
Population
City
21.8 mil
Sao Paulo
17.8 mil
Osaka
17.6 mil
Los Angeles
17.1 mil
Lagos
16.0 mil
Kolkata
Population
City
14.3 mil
Istanbul
13.4 mil
Johannesburg
12.7 mil
Rio de Janeiro
11.7 mil
Tianjin
10.5 mil
Bengaluru
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level 69
May 19, 2016
I realize that Johannesburg metro area includes Pretoria, in a similar way that Delhi metro area includes New Delhi. I determined that Pretoria is a very separate city from Johannesburg, even if its population is included in the total, while New Delhi is pretty much part of Delhi. Quibbling and commentary is accepted, however.
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level 60
Feb 26, 2017
Cool quiz, just forgot Istanbul, and I tried lots of spellings of Tientsin but failed...