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Biggest Cities with Exceptions

Most of the world's biggest cities are in Asia. Try to name the biggest cities in the world that AREN'T.
Includes cities that are transcontinental
Urban area population, according to citypopulation.de - 2016
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: October 21, 2016
First submittedMarch 31, 2016
Times taken12,605
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Pop.
Urban Area
22.1 mil
Mexico City
22.0 mil
New York City
21.8 mil
São Paulo
17.6 mil
Los Angeles
17.1 mil
Lagos
16.9 mil
Moscow
16.8 mil
Cairo
15.8 mil
Buenos Aires
14.4 mil
London
14.3 mil
Istanbul
13.4 mil
Johannesburg
12.7 mil
Rio de Janeiro
11.2 mil
Paris
10.6 mil
Kinshasa
9.95 mil
Lima
9.80 mil
Chicago
9.35 mil
Bogotá
Pop.
Urban Area
8.35 mil
Washington, DC
7.60 mil
San Francisco
7.35 mil
Boston
7.30 mil
Philadelphia
7.10 mil
Toronto
7.05 mil
Santiago
6.80 mil
Luanda
6.55 mil
Dallas
6.25 mil
Madrid
6.20 mil
Houston
6.10 mil
Miami
5.70 mil
Detroit
5.60 mil
(The Ruhr)
5.55 mil
Khartoum
5.50 mil
Atlanta
5.45 mil
Saint Petersburg
5.30 mil
Dar es Salaam
Pop.
Urban Area
5.20 mil
Nairobi
5.15 mil
Alexandria
5.15 mil
Milan
5.05 mil
Abidjan
4.98 mil
Guadalajara
4.93 mil
Belo Horizonte
4.90 mil
Sydney
4.85 mil
Cologne / Dusseldorf
4.65 mil
Barcelona
4.65 mil
Monterrey
4.58 mil
Accra
4.50 mil
Berlin
4.40 mil
Melbourne
4.33 mil
Phoenix
4.25 mil
Naples
4.18 mil
Casablanca
4.13 mil
Cape Town
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level 77
Mar 31, 2016
Forgot about Australia...
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level 77
Oct 21, 2016
Forgot them again
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level 55
Oct 21, 2016
gj
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level 53
Nov 23, 2016
lol xD
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level 66
Apr 26, 2017
I'm amazed that two Australian cities made the list since their overall population is so low. I've never been there, but I suspect that the population is heavily compacted into the capital cities (Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne etc), with almost nobody living outside these cities.
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level 71
May 8, 2017
Pretty much...around half of the population lives within 100 km of the three main centres. Despite the stereotypes, Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world
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level 71
Aug 1, 2016
Typo in Belo Horizonte's population.
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level 80
Aug 1, 2016
Why can I never remember Atlanta exists? :-\
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level 76
Sep 4, 2016
I do that, and also forget about Phoenix. It's really annoying.
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level 74
Oct 12, 2016
I do that about Toronto ...
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level 51
Mar 12, 2018
Well now, at least in America, we're unforgettable. Not in a good way, though...
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level 74
Jun 26, 2018
Because it's quasi-urban at best, very, very spread out.
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level 84
Aug 1, 2016
Very fun quiz. Small typo - Belo Horizonte is showing as 1.93 instead of 4.93 which I assume is the correct figure.
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level 70
Aug 2, 2016
If you have The Ruhr already filled in, why is Cologne/Dusseldorf listed separately? Good to learn a few of the biggest African cities that rarely make the lists (Luanda, Abidjan...)
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level 84
Aug 3, 2016
+1. I would definitely have tried Dusseldorf if not for the Ruhr already being filled in. Very misleading.
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level ∞
Aug 3, 2016
Yeah, that's confusing. I don't know why citypopulation.de doesn't include Dusseldorf in the Ruhr. But even so they are good source, and much better than the alternatives.
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level 66
Oct 25, 2016
The Ruhr is a river and the cities along the Ruhr (and Lippe) are an urban area referred to as "Ruhr-area", when Düsseldorf is included, it's usually referred to as Rhein-Ruhr, to indicate you go beyond the Ruhr-area. Hope this helps :)
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level 67
Oct 21, 2016
If you like this good quiz you may like some of mine try.... Mal's European Closest Capital Hopscotch .......... for a challenge.
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level 44
Oct 21, 2016
Great quiz, surprised I forgot Phoenix (among a few others of course)
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level 49
Oct 21, 2016
Might have done better had I remembered the 17 million person metro area I used to live in.
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level 61
Oct 21, 2016
Istanbul is in Turkey (Asia).
+4
level 77
Oct 21, 2016
Here we go
+1
level 76
Oct 21, 2016
"Includes cities that are transcontinental" - Istanbul fits that caveat since it is in both Europe and Asia.
+1
level 33
Oct 21, 2016
Naples where?
+4
level 47
Oct 21, 2016
It's a city in Italy
+2
level 80
Oct 21, 2016
He might have confused it with the 11 other cities in America named Naples.
+1
level 74
Jul 3, 2018
Florida
+2
level 47
Oct 21, 2016
33/50 I made this quiz... what on earth :(
+2
level 80
Oct 21, 2016
Ha! Too busy makin' 'em and not enough time takin' 'em! :-)
+1
level 61
Oct 21, 2016
40/50, new record for me!
+1
level 60
Oct 21, 2016
49/50... f* you Detroit xD
+5
level 74
Jul 3, 2018
That's what 2/3 of the residents have said since 1950.
+1
level 76
Oct 21, 2016
Nice pic of Mexico, and it was also nice that you accept just "Mexico" as a valid answer.
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level 61
Oct 21, 2016
41/50
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level 67
Oct 23, 2016
Great quiz. Could do with a bit more time though. I still had about a dozen to type in when I ran out of time and I hadn't reached the stage of 'name any remotely big/famous city and hope'.
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level 51
Mar 12, 2018
Would that have got you Casablanca?
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level 43
Oct 24, 2016
Forgot Mexico City.... :\
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level 49
Dec 1, 2016
47/50 but could have done it with more time. It is amazing how many cities disappear from this list when Asia is not included!
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level 39
Feb 16, 2017
Mexico City is bigger than New York City? Didn't expect that!
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level 40
Apr 12, 2017
WHY DIDN'T LOS ANGELES WORK FOR ME?????
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level 48
Jun 8, 2017
Missed one. One. I thought: start with U.S., leave Canada 'til later. Arrgh!
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level 41
Jan 30, 2019
San Francisco's population is 7 million? I did not know that.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
It includes San Jose and Oakland.
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level 41
Mar 28, 2019
New York city has a population of 8 million.
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level 63
May 23, 2019
Shouldn't Rome be on here?
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