The World's 50 Largest Cities by Letter - A

Can you guess the 50 biggest urban areas that start with the letter A?
using urban area to avoid any suburbs
Main source: OECD's World Cities Tool
see comments for further sources and methodology
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Last updated: January 16, 2021
First submittedAugust 19, 2017
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Rank
Population
Country
City
1
6,358,000
India
Ahmedabad
2
5,591,000
United States
Atlanta
3
5,279,000
Egypt
Alexandria
4
4,921,000
Algeria
Algiers
5
4,857,000
Turkey
Ankara
6
4,786,000
Ghana
Accra
7
4,650,000
Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan
8
4,123,000
Jordan
Amman
9
3,969,000
Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
10
3,747,000
Greece
Athens
11
3,210,000
Madagascar
Antananarivo
12
2,610,000
China
Anshan
13
2,578,000
Nigeria
Abuja
14
2,488,000
Paraguay
Asunción
15
2,438,000
Syria
Aleppo
16
2,044,000
Kazakhstan
Almaty
17
1,984,000
Philippines
Angeles
18
1,929,000
Netherlands
Amsterdam
19
1,895,000
United States
Austin
20
1,817,000
Belgium
Antwerp
21
1,760,000
India
Agra
22
1,562,000
China
Anyang
23
1,466,000
New Zealand
Auckland
24
1,391,000
Iran
Ahvaz
25
1,384,000
Australia
Adelaide
Rank
Population
Country
City
26
1,333,000
Pakistan
Abbottabad
27
1,268,000
Nigeria
Aba
28
1,258,000
Eritrea
Asmara
29
1,243,000
India
Asansol
30
1,212,000
India
Allahabad
31
1,193,000
India
Aurangabad
32
1,184,000
India
Amritsar
33
1,123,000
Morocco
Agadir
34
1,088,000
Turkey
Antalya
35
1,059,000
Mexico
Aguascalientes
36
1,036,000
United States
Allentown
37
1,017,000
U. A. E.
Abu Dhabi
38
930,000
Brazil
Aracaju
39
920,000
Peru
Arequipa
40
912,000
U. A. E.
Al-Ain
41
911,000
India
Aligarh
42
908,000
Turkmenistan
Ashgabat
43
890,000
United States
Albuquerque
44
854,000
Mexico
Acapulco
45
810,000
Turkey
Adana
46
767,000
Nigeria
Abeokuta
47
745,000
Yemen
Aden
48
729,000
China
Anqing
49
717,000
Tanzania
Arusha
50
688,000
United States
Albany
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Level 72
Jan 16, 2021
Methodology and Sources

I created a database, trying to list all urban areas with at least 100,000 inhabitants.

I wanted to do this quiz series using urban areas to avoid obscure suburbs. However, I did not group international cities together, so e.g. El Paso and Juárez will remain separated despite their proximity.

The main source is OECD's worldcitiestool.

In case of omissions (e.g. Iquitos, Peru) or untrustworthy population figures (Comilla, Bangladesh having 8 million inhabitants), both populationdata.net and citypopulation.de have been used as secondary sources.

Last but not least, obvious suburbs have been grouped together.

Enjoy!

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Level 90
Aug 19, 2017
A really interesting list and a tough quiz.

It's strange not to find Atlanta on this list since its metro area (5.7 million) is the ninth largest in the US, but the population of the city proper is 472k.

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Level 72
Dec 15, 2020
It now is! Amazing to see the difference between Atlanta proper and Atlanta metro.
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Level 78
Jan 17, 2021
Maybe something went wrong in the process, but in the other quizzes the dots vary in size while they're all the same in this one.
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Level 72
Jan 17, 2021
D'oh! I simply forgot to adjust dot sizes to population. It'll eventually be fixed.