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 2019 according to citypopulation.de
Urban area population, not city proper population
Two loosely-defined areas around the Ruhr have been filled in
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Last updated: February 21, 2019
First submittedOctober 24, 2016
Times taken114,320
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Population
Urban Area
45.6 m
Guangzhou
40.2 m
Tokyo
35.9 m
Shanghai
30.6 m
Jakarta
29.4 m
Delhi
25.2 m
Manila
24.7 m
Mumbai
24.7 m
Seoul
22.8 m
Mexico City
22.4 m
New York City
22.2 m
São Paulo
20.5 m
Cairo
20.4 m
Beijing
19.5 m
Dhaka
18.8 m
Lagos
18.3 m
Bangkok
17.8 m
Los Angeles
17.7 m
Osaka
17.3 m
Karachi
17.2 m
Moscow
16.6 m
Kolkata
16.3 m
Buenos Aires
15.8 m
Istanbul
15.0 m
Tehran
14.7 m
London
13.7 m
Johannesburg
13.2 m
Tianjin
13.1 m
Rio de Janeiro
12.6 m
Lahore
12.0 m
Kinshasa
11.8 m
Bangalore
11.4 m
Paris
11.0 m
Chennai
10.5 m
Nagoya
Population
Urban Area
9.90 m
Lima
9.90 m
Xiamen
9.85 m
Hyderabad
9.80 m
Bogotá
9.80 m
Chengdu
9.75 m
Chicago
9.10 m
Taipei
8.85 m
Wuhan
8.70 m
Kuala Lumpur
8.60 m
Ho Chi Minh City
8.55 m
Washington, DC
8.30 m
Hangzhou
8.25 m
Ahmedabad
8.05 m
Chongqing
7.90 m
Luanda
7.90 m
Shenyang
7.85 m
San Francisco
7.80 m
Singapore
7.75 m
Riyadh
7.70 m
Shantou
7.65 m
Boston
7.45 m
Hong Kong
7.35 m
Philadelphia
7.35 m
Toronto
7.20 m
Santiago
7.10 m
Dallas
6.85 m
Baghdad
6.85 m
Bandung
6.80 m
Xi'an
6.70 m
Nanjing
6.70 m
Pune
6.60 m
Houston
6.45 m
Madrid
6.35 m
Miami
Population
Urban Area
6.35 m
Surat
6.15 m
Dar es Salaam
6.15 m
Khartoum
6.00 m
Surabaya
5.95 m
Nairobi
5.95 m
Qingdao
5.80 m
Atlanta
5.70 m
Alexandria
5.70 m
Detroit
5.70 m
(The Ruhr)
5.60 m
Saint Petersburg
5.50 m
Yangon
5.45 m
Abidjan
5.45 m
Amman
5.35 m
Zhengzhou
5.25 m
Guadalajara
5.25 m
Wenzhou
5.20 m
Milan
5.20 m
Sydney
5.15 m
Harbin
5.00 m
(Cologne / Düsseldorf )
4.98 m
Ankara
4.98 m
Belo Horizonte
4.95 m
Accra
4.93 m
Monterrey
4.90 m
Dubai
4.85 m
Melbourne
4.83 m
Chittagong
4.83 m
Hefei
4.78 m
Jeddah
4.75 m
Berlin
4.75 m
Changsha
4.73 m
Barcelona
4.73 m
Colombo
+7
Level 72
Oct 24, 2016
Great! I was hoping to have them shown in alphabetical order so I could get a hint on the ones I couldn't find. I didn't get Belo but I don't see any missing dots in Brazil
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Level 47
Oct 24, 2016
Oops, Added in the Belo dot. :)
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Level 53
Oct 24, 2016
Nobody calls it Belo in Brazil and I was born there. BH is a more usual alternative name for the city.
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2016
Belo means beautiful, so that's no true @dunkinggandalf. The Wikipedia page lists these three nicknames: "BH", "The Garden City", and "Belô". If anyone else from Brazil is reading, please comment with your opinion.
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Level 32
May 24, 2017
yeah i dont ever heard anyone calling it Belo. BH is the most commom nickname for the city.
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Level 53
Nov 14, 2017
I'm from Brazil, and I endorse, 99,9% of us just say "BH" (pronounced "beh-ah-GAH") or "Belo Horizonte" (pronounced colloquially contracted "belorizont"), never heard before this supposed nickname for the city. If you say to a Brazilian from a nearby city: "I'm going to Belo today", they are going to confirm: "Huh... where? Belo Horizonte?", since isn't common at all calling the city like that. All that said, I have a personal preference of not typing too much, so I like to skip the "horizonte" part, hahahahahaha... The person who put it on Wikipedia was just trying to popularize the nickname, I suppose... Rio de Janeiro may seems the same for a few people, but isn't: Just saying "Rio" is pretty common and used in official ads and tourism guides...
+6
Level ∞
Feb 20, 2019
Thanks to the people from Brazil who have commented. Belo will no longer be an acceptable type-in, and BH will.
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Level 79
Feb 20, 2019
So, after all these years, Belo is no good any more? Like everyone else, I'm used to being able to type Belo, and it didn't occur to me to type the whole name when it didn't work. Where's the "dislike" button?
+24
Level ∞
Feb 20, 2019
One thing I've learned with running this site is that no matter what I do people will complain. It's one of the reasons I've very hesitant to change things.
+8
Level 32
Mar 6, 2019
Don't worry about it quizmaster. People just need to think a bit more. I tried "Belo" and when it didn't work I looked at the dot and tried Brasilia. Then I figured I needed the spell the whole thing cause that dot couldn't be anything else!
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Level 69
Apr 28, 2019
I was surprised when I tried Bhopal and it gave me Belo Horizonte.
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Level 78
Apr 28, 2019
QM, maybe instead of removing Belo, just add BH. That way everyone should be happy except me who didn't know either one.
+8
Level 67
Jun 7, 2019
BH means bra in my language.. So dont tell someone to remove the BH haha
+2
Level 38
May 26, 2020
i mean if your gonna accept "BH" you have to accept L.A.. When was the last time you heard anyone say LOS ANGELES?
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Level 38
Aug 15, 2020
like please im tired of spelling los angeles maybe not percisely LA, but L A , or L.A. it is still better than los angeles.
+2
Level 74
Oct 24, 2016
Wonderful quiz! I love it. Great work
+2
Level 62
Dec 27, 2016
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+6
Level 83
Oct 24, 2016
Great quiz. Really need to brush up on my east Asia cities. Getting better over time though!
+3
Level 72
Oct 24, 2016
Enjoyed this very much. Took me a while cycling through possibilities to get the last three Chinese cities, but I made it in the end. Figures seem to vary quite widely by source when it comes to the populations of Chinese cities, so it's always a challenge to work out which are being included and which aren't. I suppose the dense population of the coastal provinces makes it tricky at times to work out where one city ends and another begins and administrative boundaries aren't much use, as most 'municipalities' include the surrounding countryside as well as the city.
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Level 37
Dec 27, 2016
Got cities in every other continent on this map except for Asia. Lots of Chinese cities I missed.
+3
Level 56
Sep 1, 2019
I don’t want to be rude or offensive or anything, but all the cities I missed were in China (except for two in Indonesia) and a feel that this quiz was mostly “Largest Cities in China”.
+3
Level 29
Jan 28, 2020
It's not exactly China's fault it has so many cities in the top 100
+2
Level 47
Dec 27, 2016
Missed a few in China and India. But finally, a quiz that allows you to type Melbourne with the E. But why is Dar just acceptable for Dar es Salaam?
+4
Level 60
Dec 27, 2016
Apparently it's commonly called "Dar" by people in Tanzania, so it's accepted as a nickname.
+2
Level 61
Dec 27, 2016
Awesome quiz with the map. Got 92. Missed 2 in India and 6 in China.
+6
Level 43
Dec 27, 2016
THOSE STUPID CHINESE CITIES! Only got 76 ;(
+9
Level 60
Mar 21, 2019
Yep, 1.3 billion people. Definitely stupid
+2
Level 52
Dec 27, 2016
This was a good quiz. I got 94 and I missed 1 in India and 5 in China.
+5
Level 48
Dec 27, 2016
Every biggest cities quiz should be made without china and India...
+7
Level 50
Jan 13, 2017
100 Biggest Cities on a World Map With Exceptions - completely exclude China and India and see what other cities make the list.
+3
Level 56
Dec 28, 2016
Hefei is not positioned quite right. It is farther south than Nanjing.
+2
Level 56
Dec 29, 2016
How do you get the 7.6 million figure for San Francisco? On it's wiki, it says its population is less than 900 thousand.
+8
Level 52
Jan 10, 2017
Urban area, not just the city itself
+3
Level 62
Feb 16, 2017
Well I was doing just fine and dandy, and then I got to Asia...
+2
Level 56
May 20, 2017
Got 74/100, didn't miss anything outside of Asia. Only mad about missing one. Ho Chi Minh. I just glossed over Vietnam!
+2
Level 52
May 24, 2017
constantinople
+9
Level 54
Mar 12, 2018
It's been ninety-five years since Constantinople was last called Constantinople.
+9
Level 53
Jan 17, 2019
That's nobody's business but the Turks
+2
Level 42
Oct 16, 2017
Same gigaflops, but for me it was 5 Chinese lol, first try
+3
Level 43
Nov 14, 2017
79/100 them bloody Chinese cities are tough haha
+4
Level 25
Nov 15, 2017
28/100 with the first go. I feel like an idiot as (being from Europe) I couldn't even think of all the European cities. Well, on the positive side: plenty of room for improvement. LOVE THIS QUIZ!
+2
Level 45
Mar 12, 2018
I think many in China and Africa are still missing.
+4
Level 64
Mar 13, 2018
I like to consider myself pretty global so this quiz proved to be a bitter humble pie. Two billion plus people are in India and China alone and I was only able to name but a handful of the cities they call home. I need take better notice.
+2
Level 53
Mar 21, 2018
Nice! I did 98/100 i missed 2 chinese cities
+2
Level 43
Jun 2, 2018
great quiz! i got all of them except Changsha Zengzhou and Wenzhou although i did recognize them after.
+3
Level 70
Jun 21, 2018
Good quiz, I think Surabaja should count.
+2
Level 60
Aug 4, 2018
Got 92 I missed 2 in Indonesia and the rest in china
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Level 53
Jan 17, 2019
I don't know India and China very well.
+6
Level 80
Feb 5, 2019
Missed Wangchung and QingQangQong.
+5
Level 78
Apr 29, 2019
Haha wang
+2
Level 67
Feb 11, 2019
Please accept Poone for Pune, as Bombay is accepted for Mumbai, Calcutta for Kolkata, and Madras for Chennai, thanks
+3
Level ∞
Feb 20, 2019
Or you could just type Pune. In any case, the old name for the city is Poona not Poone.
+2
Level 67
Nov 19, 2019
Oh whoops, I meant to write 'Poona'.
+4
Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
Shouldn't you accept just "Belo" as in every other quiz as well? Missed that one because I didn't type in "Horizonte".
+3
Level ∞
Feb 21, 2019
This is why I don't change things. Some people really wanted me to not accept Belo because nobody calls it that. BH will work now however.
+2
Level 34
Mar 6, 2019
Same
+2
Level 42
Feb 21, 2019
Could you accept Chattogram in addition to Chittagong? The city officially changed its name to this in 2018.
+2
Level ∞
Feb 21, 2019
Yes
+8
Level 75
Mar 4, 2019
Ah yes, Chattogram - the really low tech precursor to MSN Messenger
+3
Level 58
Apr 19, 2019
I’m wondering why Cologne is always grayed out? Wouldn’t it be enough to accept both Cologne and Dusseldorf instead of always giving it away as a freebie? I think Johannesburg and Pretoria work that way in most quizzes.
+2
Level 78
Apr 29, 2019
I think it covers the whole ruhr area, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne, Essen etc
+2
Level 51
Apr 28, 2019
Need to brush up on my Chinese knowledge...
+3
Level 60
Apr 28, 2019
I can never spell Sri Lanka’s capital so I’m glad Colombo is accepted as an answer!
+2
Level 49
Jun 20, 2020
Colombo is a different city. It is not the same as Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the new capital.
+2
Level 50
Apr 29, 2019
98/100 I missed Nagoya and Qingdao i'm salty
+3
Level 47
May 4, 2019
99/100 :l .... why does this have to happen to me
+2
Level 56
Jul 2, 2019
80/100 not great but I definitely need to brush up on those obscure Chinese cities. Also I put surubaya 😢 but whatever, good quiz
+2
Level 49
Aug 6, 2019
Damn, got 99/100. Must have typed Zhangzhou by accident... Great quiz!
+3
Level 48
Aug 31, 2019
Excuse me but Guangzhou has a population of 13 million, it's the Pearl River Delta that has 40+ million.
+2
Level 72
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.
+2
Level 47
Oct 16, 2019
90/100
+3
Level 67
Nov 11, 2019
I can barely find those cities on China using a map. Not fun.
+2
Level 18
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
+2
Level 48
Dec 24, 2019
Shouldn't Qiqihar be on here? It has a population of around 5.5 million people.
+2
Level 72
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.
+2
Level 49
Dec 30, 2019
why don't you accept abu dhabi
+5
Level 72
Feb 3, 2020
Because it isn't big enough...
+2
Level 56
Mar 23, 2020
I totally thought I was making up a couple Chinese cities, but they were actually correct.
+2
Level 47
Apr 2, 2020
i purposefully made stuff up and got one of them
+2
Level 15
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 55
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 15
Apr 12, 2020
Oof
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Level 40
Apr 19, 2020
The increase in people naming Wuhan must be decent now aha
+2
Level 56
Jun 5, 2020
Got 94 and forgot Jeddah. Also almost forgot Hong Kong
+2
Level 31
Jul 9, 2020
Forgot Wuhan *facepalm*
+2
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.
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Level 43
Oct 27, 2020
This is the urban area population, so it includes suburbs that are out of New York state borders.
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Level 34
Sep 29, 2020
Only missed Nanjing and Zhengzhou.
+2
Level 51
Oct 2, 2020
Embarrassingly missed Surabaya
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Level 38
Oct 20, 2020
BH shouldn't be accepted for Bell Horizonte if LA isn't going to be accepted for Los Angeles.