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100 Biggest Cities on a World Map

With the help of a map, try to name the 100 most populous urban areas in the world.
As of January 2024 according to citypopulation.de
Urban area population, not city proper population
One loosely-defined area (The Ruhr) has been filled in
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Last updated: March 3, 2024
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First submittedOctober 24, 2016
Times taken300,433
Average score69.0%
Rating4.99
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Population
City
70.1 m
Guangzhou / Shenzhen
41.0 m
Tokyo
40.8 m
Shanghai / Suzhou
34.6 m
Delhi
29.2 m
Jakarta
27.2 m
Manila
27.1 m
Mumbai
25.1 m
Mexico City
25.1 m
Seoul
22.5 m
Cairo
22.5 m
Dhaka
22.1 m
São Paulo
22.0 m
New York City
21.2 m
Bangkok
21.2 m
Beijing
20.9 m
Karachi
20.7 m
Lagos
19.1 m
Moscow
17.7 m
Kolkata
17.7 m
Osaka
17.3 m
Chengdu
17.2 m
Los Angeles
16.7 m
Buenos Aires
16.5 m
Tehran
15.9 m
Istanbul
15.6 m
Kinshasa
14.9 m
London
14.9 m
Xiamen
14.6 m
Johannesburg
14.5 m
Lahore
14.2 m
Bangalore
13.9 m
Hangzhou
13.9 m
Ho Chi Minh City
12.8 m
Xi'an
Population
City
12.6 m
Chennai
12.5 m
Rio de Janeiro
12.2 m
Wuhan
11.8 m
Lima
11.5 m
Paris
11.5 m
Tianjin
11.4 m
Hyderabad
11.0 m
Changsha
10.9 m
Chongqing
10.5 m
Nagoya
10.4 m
Bogotá
9.95 m
Taipei
9.80 m
Zhengzhou
9.65 m
Chicago
9.60 m
Ahmedabad
9.35 m
Luanda
9.30 m
Kuala Lumpur
9.30 m
Nanjing
8.70 m
Shenyang
8.55 m
Washington / Baltimore
8.25 m
Santiago
8.00 m
Shantou
7.85 m
Singapore
7.80 m
Hefei
7.75 m
Pune
7.75 m
Surat
7.70 m
Boston
7.70 m
Toronto
7.65 m
Baghdad
7.65 m
Dallas
7.50 m
Philadelphia
7.50 m
Riyadh
7.45 m
Qingdao
7.45 m
San Francisco
Population
City
7.30 m
Ningbo
7.25 m
Hong Kong
7.15 m
Hanoi
7.05 m
Houston
7.05 m
Khartoum
6.95 m
Bandung
6.80 m
Abidjan
6.70 m
Nairobi
6.65 m
Madrid
6.60 m
Accra
6.55 m
Jinan
6.50 m
Kunming
6.50 m
Saint Petersburg
6.30 m
Miami
6.25 m
Dar es Salaam
6.20 m
Alexandria
6.20 m
Shijiazhuang
6.15 m
Yangon
6.10 m
Atlanta
6.10 m
Milan
6.00 m
Amman
6.00 m
Monterrey
5.95 m
Dubai
5.95 m
Taiyuan
5.90 m
Surabaya
5.85 m
Guadalajara
5.75 m
Detroit
5.65 m
The Ruhr
5.45 m
Bamako
5.45 m
Harbin
5.30 m
Dalian
5.30 m
Nanning
5.20 m
Kano
+82
Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
2021 update. Goodbye Berlin. Hello, Kano.
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Level 57
Aug 6, 2019
Damn, got 99/100. Must have typed Zhangzhou by accident... Great quiz!
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Level 47
Aug 31, 2019
Excuse me but Guangzhou has a population of 13 million, it's the Pearl River Delta that has 40+ million.
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Level 82
Feb 3, 2020
Ever traveled in the PRD? If you're coming from HK, once you cross the border from the SAR into Shenzhen, you never leave an urban area as you travel up to Guangzhou. Once three separate cities, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen have completely merged along with many smaller cities and towns.
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Level 54
Oct 16, 2019
90/100
+3
Level 65
Nov 11, 2019
I can barely find those cities on China using a map. Not fun.
+2
Level 21
Nov 19, 2019
I got 100% and I'm not one of those people who use google or anything like that. I am such a nerd
+1
Level 44
Mar 22, 2024
you and me both
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Level 51
Dec 24, 2019
Shouldn't Qiqihar be on here? It has a population of around 5.5 million people.
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Level 82
Feb 3, 2020
I think that's in its administrative areas. A lot of prefecture-level and municipality-level Chinese cities include far more people in their administrative boundaries than the actual urban or metro population. It's the reverse of the US where many administrative boundaries only enclose a small part of the actual metro population.
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Level 51
Dec 30, 2019
why don't you accept abu dhabi
+18
Level 82
Feb 3, 2020
Because it isn't big enough...
+4
Level 61
May 29, 2022
Size doesn't matter
+3
Level 65
Mar 23, 2020
I totally thought I was making up a couple Chinese cities, but they were actually correct.
+3
Level 45
Apr 2, 2020
i purposefully made stuff up and got one of them
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Level 14
Apr 11, 2020
Hey, I was wondering if anyone knew what the city in the Middle East between Israel Jordan and Palestine is? It’s not Jerusalem or Amman, and i couldn’t find anything else, so what is it!
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Level 60
Apr 12, 2020
Did you say the countries wrong? There's only one dot between israel, jordan, and Palestine, and it's Amman.
+2
Level 14
Apr 12, 2020
Oof
+10
Level 44
Apr 19, 2020
The increase in people naming Wuhan must be decent now aha
+2
Level 53
Jun 5, 2020
Got 94 and forgot Jeddah. Also almost forgot Hong Kong
+2
Level 54
Jul 9, 2020
Forgot Wuhan *facepalm*
+4
Level 85
Jan 10, 2022
Nowadays, no one is ever likely to forget Wuhan.
+1
Level 61
Nov 7, 2022
I just forgot Wuhan...:(
+3
Level 38
Feb 22, 2024
after covid, nobody forgets Wuhan.
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Level 46
Sep 3, 2020
Some of these numbers seem a bit high. 22 million in NYC? That can't be true, because there's only 19 million in the entire state.
+8
Level 53
Oct 27, 2020
This is the urban area population, so it includes suburbs that are out of New York state borders.
+1
Level 85
Jan 10, 2022
Much of New Jersey, Connecticut, and a bit of Pennsylvania are within the NYC greater metro area.
+2
Level 45
Sep 29, 2020
Only missed Nanjing and Zhengzhou.
+2
Level 56
Oct 2, 2020
Embarrassingly missed Surabaya
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Level 49
Oct 20, 2020
BH shouldn't be accepted for Bell Horizonte if LA isn't going to be accepted for Los Angeles.
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Level 77
Feb 28, 2021
BH - no other (major) cities start with BH (With the exception of Bhopal, India)

LA - Las Vegas, Lagos and Lahore (the last 2 are on this quiz)

So no.

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Level 42
Mar 1, 2021
That doesn't matter
+4
Level 56
Mar 28, 2021
When people try to typein la las vegas, lahore, and lagos will show up
+1
Level 49
May 1, 2021
Can we also have KL instead of Kuala Lumpur? No one really calls it the latter
+3
Level 21
Nov 21, 2020
I got 98 on my first try but I still missed Beijing.
+2
Level 35
Nov 23, 2020
I cant believe I completed the quiz with1:58 left!
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Level 21
Nov 23, 2020
I got 2:12 left.I have 6 minutes left until I reach the chinese cities
+2
Level 61
Dec 15, 2020
97, missed 1 chinese, 1 indian, and 1 indonesian
+3
Level 50
Dec 30, 2020
78, missed a majority of Chinese cities
+2
Level 55
Jan 2, 2021
95. Missed 4 Chinese, 1 Indonesian
+3
Level 48
Jan 30, 2021
most of the US cities are by far too big in this list....
+2
Level 51
Feb 15, 2021
Hanoi has a population of 8 Million!!
+3
Level 77
Feb 28, 2021
According to the source, Hanoi is 4,025,000 - not big enough for the quiz.
+2
Level 82
Feb 25, 2021
Is SJK no longer accepted for Sri Lanka's capital?
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Level 85
Feb 28, 2021
This quiz is asking for the urban areas. SJK, or "Kotte" is considered a satellite city to the Columbo urban area.
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Level 56
Feb 28, 2021
great, thanks for updating the quiz!
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2021
I finally got 100% on this quiz yesterday, and now it's updated. The timing...
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Level 88
Mar 1, 2021
99/100 and beaten by 23.1% of people. Wow, people on jetpunk really know their big cities.
+2
Level 56
Mar 10, 2021
Where'd you get ur sources? Very Inaccurate quiz
+11
Level 55
Mar 13, 2021
So inaccurate that you can't even provide an example.
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Level 26
Mar 10, 2021
got 92! I got all but Pune, Bandung, Surabaya, Shantou, Wenzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Qingdao
+3
Level 26
Mar 10, 2021
lol I can't believe I missed Nanjing, I've heard of that city many times
+1
Level 51
Jan 31, 2022
Well, a lot of Chinese cities are missed. So this has to be genuine.
+3
Level 36
Mar 20, 2021
There is absolutely no way that Hefei is bigger than Dalian
+1
Level 59
Oct 6, 2021
there is a way
+2
Level 71
Apr 5, 2021
only missed hefei :(
+5
Level 29
Apr 18, 2021
Respect to the people who got all the Chinese cities. I hope to be there one day.
+1
Level 65
May 9, 2021
I want to type-in Bhopal,but I got Belo Horizonte,actually,I don't know this before...

How funny!

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Level 53
May 17, 2021
in your map, HEFEI in China is dotted wrongly. In reality, Hefei is west of Nanjing. In your map, it´s norwest of Nanjing.
+1
Level 37
Jul 13, 2021
99%... missed Shantou :(
+1
Level 88
Oct 8, 2021
Same here. I seem to frequently miss Shantou. Maybe I'll make a special effort to remember it next time.
+1
Level 88
Mar 20, 2024
Got it this time!
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Level 93
Aug 17, 2021
Points to note about using the urban area: Of the big two Tokyo metro area is actually only around 14 million and the wider area used here covers the same area as the whole of Maryland; none of the sub cities would make the list on their own; Guangzhou/Shenzhen is also clearly on the list with about 23M in their metro areas but also has the sub-cities of Foshan and Dongguan at around 7M each.

Suzhou would also make the list at about 11M but makes sense to be included with Shanghai as a large number commute in both directions and they are going to open a metro line to connect them fairly soon.

No other agglomeration on the list has a satellite/sub-city which would make the list in its own right. However of the others: Johannesburg seems to be less than half the city itself (with 6M in East Rand West Rand and Pretoria); Singapore and Detroit both include areas in other countries; and Shantou, Dubai, Guadalajara, Wenzhou and Taipei would not make the list excluding satellite cities.

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Level 93
Aug 17, 2021
Not complaining, just pointing out some hopefully interesting nuggets from using this methodology.
+1
Level 56
Sep 24, 2021
I am very close now, only missed 3 of the Chinese cities to get 100%... one day :D
+1
Level 56
Oct 4, 2021
why is Hong Kong grayed out?
+1
Level 56
Sep 11, 2022
...in dark mode
+2
Level 46
Oct 6, 2021
Most obvious one I missed was Taipei, didn't notice it out of the sea of other dots in and around China
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Level 44
Nov 16, 2021
You cant count guangzhou and shenzhen together, they are both tier one cities
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Level 51
Jan 31, 2022
I don't think so.

As far as I know, the area around the Pearl River delta is to be combined into a single megacity. And this is what I found on the web.

*Called the “Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One” scheme, the plan will effectively merge Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Huizhou, Zhaoqing, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, and Zhuhai into a single megacity with a geographical size larger than Switzerland. *

Whereas, some cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen are already combined.

+1
Level 44
Nov 16, 2021
Mumbai urban area population is 42 million and delhi is 200 000 less than mumbai, I sat down and added them up together
+3
Level 57
Nov 30, 2021
9 cities in India and 12 in USA? Something doesn't add up....
+2
Level 51
Jan 31, 2022
Exactly...
+2
Level 49
Dec 5, 2021
I think Busan should be added, it has 8.6 million people for it's metro area
+1
Level 51
Jan 31, 2022
I think the location of Hefei is a little towards the southwest. On this map, it's in the place of Bengbu(on the original map).
+2
Level 44
Jan 31, 2022
is it just me or did shantou just not exist until this quiz
+1
Level 57
Mar 6, 2024
i was thinking the same thing lol
+1
Level 53
Mar 5, 2022
I think citypopulation.de's website has been updated for 2022 data. Look here.
+1
Level 35
Apr 22, 2022
all of them with 5:11 left
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Level 60
Jun 7, 2022
92/100, china stumped me
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Level 49
Jun 11, 2022
100 on the first try means I really need to get a life
+1
Level 47
Jun 17, 2022
What are the two grey dots in western Germany?
+8
Level 82
Aug 15, 2022
I'm guessing one is the loosely defined "Ruhr Area," greyed out because there's no single urban center, and the other is probably Bielefeld, greyed out because it doesn't really exist.
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Level 60
Dec 20, 2022
4:31 don't know if it is a great time but proud to know them all.

it's a second try because first try i forgot changsha zhengzhou and philadelphia, i freaking forgot philadelphia.

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Level 49
Jan 23, 2023
Anyone gonna put the answers on?
+1
Level 60
Feb 10, 2023
100/100 in 5 mins & 23 seconds. Easy, peesy, lemon squeezy for a swot like me.
+1
Level 29
Mar 7, 2023
Ha, I could've sworn that Belo Horizonte was closer to the coast. Other than that, I got most of them besides a couple of obscure Chinese cities
+1
Level 65
Mar 27, 2023
Why does Surat seem to be in the middle of the ocean?
+1
Level 43
May 21, 2023
I tried typing in the capital of Iraq, but it auto-corrected to Belo Horizonte. Still works.
+3
Level 57
Sep 23, 2023
Accept Narrm for Melbourne?
+1
Level 59
Mar 4, 2024
surely not
+1
Level 23
Feb 14, 2024
95, missed Bandung, Zhengzhou, Hefei, Wenzhou and Shantou. Dangit.
+1
Level 38
Feb 22, 2024
82/100. Missed Kuala Lumpur, Washington-Baltimore, Accra, and Dar es Salaam. tried typing in addis ababa, but I realized what the city was too late.
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Level 56
Mar 3, 2024
The 71 mil figure you have for guangzhou is the Greater Bay Area which includes Hong Kong. So you have honkong counted twice here
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Level ∞
Mar 3, 2024
Nope.
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Level 34
Mar 4, 2024
Is there a particular reason the California Bay Area area is labelled as San Francisco rather than San Jose? I know SF is the more famous city of the two, but SJ is the larger of the two by about 100K.
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Level ∞
Mar 4, 2024
Same reason Manila is not labeled as "Quezon City". Because it would make us look ridiculous.
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Level 43
Mar 12, 2024
I know this has already been brought up, but if you are going to accept Philly for Philadelphia and SF for San Francisco you have to accept LA for Los Angeles. I live in California, everyone calls Los Angeles LA and I rarely hear anyone refer to San Francisco as SF, usually Frisco, San Fran or the Bay.
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Level 93
Apr 3, 2024
The difference is no other cities start with 'SF' or 'Philly,' whereas there's many cities (even one on this list) that start with 'La.' That's probably why it's not an accepted type-in.
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Level 46
Apr 5, 2024
Ok, im not an american but…

I missed NYC.