Biggest Cities That Aren't World Capitals

Name the most populous urban areas that aren't the capital of their country.
Urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2019
Not including Johannesburg because the urban area includes Pretoria
Quiz by cty
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Last updated: December 7, 2019
First submittedJune 29, 2016
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Population
City
45.6 m
Guangzhou / Shenzhen
35.9 m
Shanghai
25.2 m
Mumbai
22.4 m
New York City
22.2 m
São Paulo
18.8 m
Lagos
17.8 m
Los Angeles
Population
City
17.7 m
Osaka
17.3 m
Karachi
16.6 m
Kolkata
15.8 m
Istanbul
13.2 m
Tianjin
13.1 m
Rio de Janeiro
12.6 m
Lahore
Population
City
11.8 m
Bangalore
11.0 m
Chennai
10.5 m
Nagoya
9.90 m
Xiamen
9.85 m
Hyderabad
9.85 m
Chengdu
9.75 m
Chicago
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Level 73
Jul 21, 2016
This is well done, but I already made the exact same thing a few months ago...
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Level 73
Jul 21, 2016
http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/183941/most-populous-non-capital-cities
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Level 63
Jul 21, 2016
This quiz could have been made even more far back, but the date given shows the date this quiz was featured/last updated
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Level ∞
Jul 25, 2016
In this case, @GrandMo is right. Sorry to all.
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Level 65
Nov 10, 2016
14/20 in Asia alone! Way to go!
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2016
Very enjoyable quiz, thanks.
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Level 60
Nov 11, 2016
great, well done
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Level 66
Nov 11, 2016
Got all but New York. Feeling dumb
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Level 78
Nov 11, 2016
Misery loves company. I'm right there with you.
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Level 58
Nov 11, 2016
Ho Chi Minh City?
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2016
Has population less than 9.6 million.
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Level 62
Nov 12, 2016
So I got Nagoya and Xiamen and missed New York City, Los Angeles, and Istanbul.
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Level 61
Nov 13, 2016
missed 3 obvious ones. Great quiz!
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Level 24
Nov 13, 2016
Delhi isn't the capital city of India, New Delhi is. BTW Delhi is bigger than Mumbai
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Level 36
Nov 19, 2018
technically new delhi is just a neighbourhood in delhi

we count the whole Delhi-NCR region as capital

btw NCR-national capital region

it includes delhi as a whole along with satellite smaller cities mainly IT and industrial hubs like Gurgaon , Noida , dwarka , Faridabad , meerut and Ghaziabad and many other smaller villages and towns

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Level 48
Jun 8, 2017
Only missed Xiamen. Annoying, but I should be happy with it.
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Level 42
Nov 29, 2017
Delhi?
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Level 64
Dec 17, 2017
Johannesburg?
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Level 64
Dec 17, 2017
Why aren't you including Johannesburg?
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Level 66
Dec 17, 2017
Johannesburg's urban area contains Pretoria, a capital of South Africa.
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Level 64
Feb 19, 2019
Oh okay that makes sense.
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2018
Nice quiz. I'd like to see an extended version of this quiz with maybe 50 answers.
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Level 82
Feb 16, 2019
Typo: Shanghai is 35.9, not 45.6.
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Level ∞
Feb 17, 2019
Fixed
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2019
Would suggest a quiz similar, BUT only with the cities that surpass their countries' capital.

Let me explain myself: all the Chinese cities that surpass Beijing would do, but those that are below Beijing wouldn't do.

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Level 81
Mar 27, 2019
or how about one of those "quiz with exceptions" quizzes? In this case, exclude India and China.
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Level 81
Mar 27, 2019
gosh darn it. I swear I typed Chengdu. Only one I missed.
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Level 59
Mar 27, 2019
And I typed Chengdu more than 5 times only to see it's not in the list
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Level 81
Mar 27, 2019
Then what's that city after Hyderabad and before Chicago that starts with a Cheng and ends with a du?
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Level 30
Mar 27, 2019
great quiz! 20/21 in 2:02

kept thinking lagos was capital of nigeria

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Level 71
Jun 17, 2019
Sadly, you were a little out of date.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2019
If Guangzhou is listed at 45.6M, then Karachi should be higher than Mumbai.
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Level 65
Mar 27, 2019
There is a really good Chinese restaurant around the corner from me called Chengdu Impression, and while taking this quiz I thought "I should really get some Chinese food tonight"...and I still missed Chengdu. For shame.
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2019
That's a kind of mixed name for a restaurant, isn't it? "Is this food Szechuan food from Chengdu?" "Well, it's an IMPRESSION, actually."
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Level 75
May 23, 2020
How is it possible that Chongqing is not on this quiz?
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Level 71
Sep 1, 2020
When Chongqing was cut away from Sichuan province, it included a large portion of territory not part of the metropolitan area. This is different than Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, which I think caused a lot of confusion, as I started hearing people referring to Chongqing as the world's biggest city.