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Biggest Cities Starting With H

Name the world's most populous urban areas that start with the letter H.
According to citypopulation.de, January 2024
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Last updated: March 28, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 13, 2012
Times taken79,220
Average score60.0%
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Country
Population
City
China
13.9 mil
Hangzhou
Vietnam
13.9 mil
Ho Chi Minh City
India
11.4 mil
Hyderabad
China
7.80 mil
Hefei
China
7.25 mil
Hong Kong
Vietnam
7.15 mil
Hanoi
United States
7.05 mil
Houston
China
5.45 mil
Harbin
Country
Population
City
Germany
2.93 mil
Hamburg
China
2.83 mil
Handan
China
2.73 mil
Hohhot
China
2.68 mil
Haikou
Zimbabwe
2.63 mil
Harare
Pakistan
2.43 mil
Hyderabad
Cuba
2.23 mil
Havana
68 Comments
+5
Level 50
Jan 21, 2014
It's odd that more people have filled in Havana than the ones for Houston.

Hard quiz!

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Level 82
Jul 20, 2014
Not really since the country is given as a clue. Even though Houston is a larger and more important city, it's only one of many notable cities in the US while Havana is the only city in Cuba that anyone has ever heard of, thus the clue gives it away.
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Level 35
Jul 22, 2014
Why is Houston a more important city than Havana?
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2014
3x more people and even more if you count the urban area. An economy probably at least 50x as big if not more, don't feel like looking it up right now. Houston is much more internationally connected and internationally relevant. On the other hand Havana has a more colorful and interesting history and enjoys some recognition due to its status as a national capital. In my opinion that doesn't make up for the other things.
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Level 69
Jan 22, 2016
Actually, 3x more people in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan or statistical combined area; the urban area has around the same population as Havana, and a GDP that isn't quite 50 times it's size, though the MSA or CSA measures push it far beyond.
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Level 69
Jul 29, 2016
Important to whom? The US/Americans? Havana is more important to Cuba than Houston is to the US. It's their capital for crying out loud.
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Level 68
Nov 20, 2016
More important? I would argue that 11.27 million cubans would strongly disagree with you.

Havana 300 years older than Houston. Havana served as a staging point for the Spanish colonisation of south and central America, was the starting point of the Spanish-American war and contains a UNESCO world heritage site.

Apart from economics, in what way is Houston more 'Important'?

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Level 76
Dec 1, 2016
It's not just Cubans Havana's more important to. Add to that all of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2016
sleek: important to most people in the world, of which Cubans make up a tiny minority. may 11.27 million Cubans would disagree. Whooptee freaking do. You know there are over 7 billion people in the world who are not Cuban, right? You girls are so funny sometimes.
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Level ∞
Jan 6, 2019
I suppose "important" is subjective. For some, economy, innovation, and global connectivity are important. For others, status as a national capital and having an old city center are important. Europe has a lot of national capitals and old city centers, so people from Europe are probably prone to think that these are more important. I'd disagree personally, but I can see it both ways.
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Level 82
Mar 28, 2024
“Interesting” is not the same thing as “important”. Houston absolutely has a bigger presence on the global stage and is a more important city, but I think most would find Havana the more interesting place.
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Level 56
Jun 11, 2023
Also there was a pretty popular song called Havana
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Level 77
Nov 5, 2014
I almost missed Houston because I didn't notice the clue! As it is I only missed the 4 Chinese ones.
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Level 51
Sep 14, 2017
Havana is Cuba's capital, so of course more people know it than Houston. Further, as an American, I know so many American cities that I have trouble thinking of the right ones, whereas foreign cities are easier to remember because I know fewer...if that makes any sense. I see Cuba and I automatically think of Havana, whereas if I see United States, possibly 500 possibilities jump into my head for me to sort through.
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Level 74
Feb 27, 2021
Not everyone here are Americans, period.
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Level 47
Aug 14, 2023
Agreed :)

By the way I’m aware I’m replying to a 2 year old comment

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Level 49
Feb 27, 2021
Houston has NFL, NBA and MLB teams...:) j/k....well, I think I know what you mean as there are roughly 250 million n Americans versus 11 Million Cubans....but Cuba is better known around the world than Houston and many people probably connect Cuba with Havana, and the US with New York or LA instead...
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Level 66
Aug 23, 2021
i missed havana because i read cuba fast as china and didnt even bother trying because i couldnt think of any other chinese cities that start with h...
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Level 77
May 20, 2014
I chose the quiz and though H .. now that's gonna be Hong Kong at least. Now guess what city I did NOT enter? Chinese cities? Starts with H? I don't know any.. next question..
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Level 75
Jul 20, 2014
Got them all apart from the Chinese ones.
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Level 68
Jul 20, 2014
Lol I just plucked Huizhou out of thin air! What are the odds haha :)
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Level 29
May 3, 2017
Same, I put Huzhou and it worked
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2019
I literally thought that because there were so many cities in China that end in -zhou, maybe Huzhou? AND IT WORKED!!!
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2019
That's exactly how I got 100% this time.
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Level 49
Aug 14, 2022
This is exactly how I got more answers, looking in the comments
+6
Level 67
Jul 20, 2014
Feeling like a complete idiot for somehow not even thinking of Hong-Kong
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Level 51
Jul 22, 2015
Same here. Can't believe I didn't think of it!
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Level 73
Jul 8, 2021
Yeah lol, got 5/5 points but didn't get HK...
+1
Level 71
Jan 30, 2015
i always thought hyderabad was in india oh mon dieu
+4
Level 70
May 6, 2015
It is, one also in Pakistan ......... many places have the same name as another in the world.
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Level 49
Aug 14, 2022
I always thought it was Hyperabad
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Level 73
Dec 24, 2015
I was just about to quit when I wrote Hyderabad and got two for the price of one.

Too many cities in China and India to keep track of!

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Level 63
Sep 13, 2016
Hamburg 2.6 mil? The city itself has around 1.8 mil and the Metropolitan area over 5 mil.
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2017
Urgh, gave up the Chinese cities.. but missed Hong Kong. Sad.
+5
Level 51
May 4, 2017
Suprised to not see Hatlanta, Hoklahoma City, or Hoakland on this quiz.
+1
Level 51
May 5, 2017
A map would be helpful
+7
Level 83
Jan 10, 2018
I mean, it already gives you the country...
+6
Level 68
May 30, 2017
Oooh, two Hyderabads for the price of one!
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Level 62
Jun 12, 2017
Hangzhou just came up in my head. Didn't realize it was actually correct...
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2017
Hanoi has the pop if 8 mil...
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Level 52
Nov 30, 2022
Half of Hanoi's population is in rural districts. I think they haven't elevated them to the urban district status for now, because it means more infrastructure investments will be required.
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Level 32
Jun 17, 2018
ugh i said hangzhou too many times but didnt know the spelling :(
+1
Level 48
Jun 17, 2018
I got absolutely none of the ones from China (except Hong Kong), but I got all of the others...
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Level 23
Jan 16, 2019
Huainan is a prefecture-level city with 2,334,000 inhabitants in central Anhui Province
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Level 40
Jan 16, 2019
I got Hangzhou but not Hong Kong rip
+1
Level 52
Dec 28, 2020
I know, it is sad that when you don't guess an answer you die. RIP
+4
Level 74
Jan 16, 2019
Jetpunk has helped me expand my knowledge of Chinese cities but it's been slow going. Somehow for this quiz, my brain remembered Harbin before Hong Kong. That's a first!
+2
Level 66
Jan 16, 2019
My mind went to Harbin instead of Hong Kong first.
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Level 66
Jan 16, 2019
I was wondering why Heilongjiang wasn't on here since the population is around 40 million, but then I that it's a province.
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Level 28
Feb 20, 2019
So basically, know your Chinese cities and boom. Nice result
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Level 49
Aug 14, 2022
i Hate tHese cHinese cities, tHese are so cHinese names
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2022
Breaking news everyone, Chinese cities have Chinese names.
+1
Level 79
Mar 19, 2019
Nearly missed Hong Kong, as it is listed as being part of China.
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Level 82
Feb 11, 2020
it is a part of China.
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Level 49
Aug 14, 2022
Their pretty rebellious
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Level 82
Mar 28, 2024
Their pretty rebellious what?
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Level 59
Dec 19, 2022
So is the teenager across the street but he isn’t independent
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Level 20
Mar 21, 2019
Easy for me I'm Chinese and 75% American dating my a pretty hot American and 1/4 Puerto Rican got all right..
+2
Level 68
Nov 17, 2019
After I got Hangzhou and Hong Kong, I kept thinking of provinces and districts. Hebei, Hunan, Hainan, Haidian. And I've even been to Harbin!
+1
Level 82
Feb 11, 2020
I guessed all of those except for Haidian, as well, though eventually got the right answers.
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Level 61
Dec 17, 2020
i guessed huizhou on my first attempt!
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Level 59
Feb 27, 2021
Omg im so stupid I didnt do Hong Kong because it said China and I always forget its still an "autonomous region"
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Level 57
Aug 21, 2022
Hyderabad - two for the price of one!
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Level 59
Nov 30, 2022
I'm sort of proud that I got all the indian ones and all but one of the chinese.

Megacities are such a commodity there...

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Level 63
Mar 29, 2024
I think some of the Chinese city populations might be off. Citypopulation.de gives the population of Handan as 2.095 million and the population of Hohhot as 2.37 million, which are lower than you have in the quiz.

It might also be worth clarifying in the instructions which numbers are used for the Chinese cities, as many of these are listed separately as "cities" and "prefecture-level cities" with very different populations.

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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2024
https://www.citypopulation.de/en/world/agglomerations/
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Level 69
Mar 29, 2024
Hohhot? XD
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Level 70
Jul 12, 2024
typed hanzhou and huangzhou... but not the correct one (and it was actually randomnly made up! don't know the city, just know another one ends in zhou and han and huang sounded chinese. so close...)

Not a great start of the day and it is only 1:51 (at night). Or you could say maybe I got the unlucky out of the way early :)