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Biggest City by Island

Name the most populous city that can be found on each of these islands.
The opposite of this quiz by MattPunk.
Even if only PART OF THE CITY is on the island
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Last updated: March 5, 2020
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First submittedMarch 7, 2013
Times taken43,080
Average score57.1%
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Island
Largest City
Great Britain
London
Hispaniola
Santo Domingo
Oahu
Honolulu
Ireland
Dublin
Long Island
New York City
Java
Jakarta
Cuba
Havana
Mallorca
Palma
Puerto Rico
San Juan
Sicily
Palermo
Cyprus
Nicosia
Island
Largest City
Crete
Heraklion
Newfoundland
St. John's
Luzon
Manila
Tasmania
Hobart
Hawaii (Big Island)
Hilo
South Island (New Zealand)
Christchurch
Sardinia
Cagliari
Bali
Denpasar
Vancouver Island
Victoria
Zealand
Copenhagen
64 Comments
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2013
I was born on Long Island and lived there for 25 years. New York City is not contained on Long Island. Only two of its five boroughs (Brooklyn and Queens) are located there, and the people who actually inhabit those boroughs would never identify as Long Islanders. No one, from either NYC or Long Island, would ever claim that New York City is the biggest city on Long Island. Long Beach and Glen Cove are the only cities on Long Island; Long Beach is bigger.
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Level 82
Apr 2, 2013
The quiz doesn't say biggest city contained by the island. Just the biggest city on the island. Though I understand your point, I found it odd, too. But isn't it odd that we find it odd? I mean Brooklyn and Queens together are much larger than Manhattan and The Bronx. A much larger percentage of New York City is on Long Island than anywhere else, and yet that part of the city is only considered the periphery. Odd. At least they didn't incorrectly count Manhattan as an island again as they did on the most populous islands quiz...
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Level 92
Mar 3, 2014
Also curious as to why Manhattan isn't an island. Sure, the borough of Manhattan includes the mainland area of Marble Hill*, but the island of Manhattan is surrounded by the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers (the latter two actually are straits, not rivers, but that's perhaps overly pedantic).

*Marble Hill used to be on Manhattan island, until they dug the ship channel and redirected the Harlem strait to the south of Marble Hill, thus cutting it off from Manhattan island, and ultimately reconnecting it to the mainland.

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Level 78
May 7, 2015
Kalba...you gotta zoom in bro...
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Level 82
Aug 26, 2015
I think when I made this comment I didn't know that some of these were straits, not actually rivers, as plats pointed out. Whatever, I was wrong.
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2015
I thought the East River was an estuary.
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Level 75
Dec 11, 2017
Yes, Manhattan is still an island, but this discussion sparked my curiosity as to the difference between strait and estuary and which category the NYC rivers fall into - Wikipedia let me down. It says the East River is an estuary - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_River. It also says the Harlem River is a tidal strait connecting the Hudson and East Rivers, then the same article goes on to say that the Harlem River is actually an estuary which connects to the East River which itself is not a river but a "salt water tidal strait". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_River. I'm so confused. Are straits and estuaries the same thing?
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Level 74
Dec 11, 2017
According to Google, an estuary is where the tide meets the stream. I remembering learning that it's where saltwater meets freshwater. Because of the mixing of the salt- and freshwater, it supports marine wildlife and stuff, I believe. So, it's possible to be both an estuary and a river or a strait or a bay or anything else. That's my understanding.
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Level 89
Apr 10, 2019
@ander217 Stop using Wikipedia as a source then. The reason any Wikipedia article longer than 2 sentences viewed more than 90 times is rife with contradictions is that about 2,700 random internet users wrote and rewrote and overwrote and admin banned and IP blocked and troll account revenge edited it every 4 minutes for the past 15 years when you check the edit history and "discussion" (troll war board).

In short, use a real site or one referenced by Wikipedia that's bona fide. Heck, I think I'll go edit the article now to say the East River is a national seagull and piping plover sanctuary with all vehicle crossings to be removed by July. Democracy of knowledge, innit grand?

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Level 71
Sep 21, 2017
I was expecting this quiz to ask for Brooklyn or Queens, whichever has more people these days. Asking for NYC overall just seems wrong.
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Level 89
Apr 10, 2019
5 million of NYC's 8.5 million people live on Long Island so most of the city does reside there. Another 2.5 million of New York State's portion of NYC's urbanized area reside on Long Island versus about 900,000 to the north of the city in NYS.

Take this quiz in another 80 years and Long Island City and Brooklyn will be lapping up the skyscraper department.

Maybe.

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Level 69
Jun 28, 2020
agreed
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Level 59
Apr 2, 2013
Im sorry, but living in NYC all my life, NYC is not on Long Island. The boroughs of Queens & Brooklyn are(Brooklyn being the large containing 2.5 million people). When addressing any mailings, you would specify Brooklyn, NY (City, State). Colloquially speaking, when addressing New York City many people are referring to Manhattan.
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Level 75
Aug 26, 2015
That's confusing to this non-New Yorker. If Brooklyn and Queens aren't part of New York City, why are they listed as one of the five boroughs of NYC? I understand colloquial use, but I mean, it shouldn't go both ways. Either they are a part of New York City in which case a portion of NYC is officially located on Long Island, or they are not part of NYC and therefore should be called a city unto themselves, and not one of the boroughs of NYC. Am I the only one confused by this?
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Level 82
Sep 5, 2015
No it's not just you. I think it seems counter-intuitive because when people think of New York City they automatically think of Manhattan. But... the city on Long Island is still New York City.
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Level 82
Sep 5, 2015
Again, it doesn't say that the entire city is on the island. If New York City is not the largest city on Long Island, then what city on Long Island is bigger?

You're thinking about it this way:

Q: Where is New York City?

A: Long Island

which does make it seem like a wrong answer. But you're just thinking of it wrong. You should be thinking like this:

Q: Which city is on Long Island?

A: New York City

This way it's obviously right. There is no other city on Long Island aside from New York.

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Level 71
Apr 2, 2013
I almost didn't get Copenhagen. And I live there. Facepalm!!
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Level 71
Apr 10, 2013
Yeah, I was trying all these Dutch cities before it occurred to me that they call Sjælland Zealand for some reason. @_@
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Level 82
Sep 5, 2015
That reason would be that this is an English-language website.
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Level 59
Jun 27, 2020
But it's confusing that English uses the name "Zealand" for Sjælland, because it makes it seem like New Zealand was named after it, while it was actually named after the Dutch province of Zeeland (whose English spelling used to be Zealand). Although the latter isn't an island, so it should be clear which one the quiz is asking about.
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2020
Zeeland as a whole is not an island, but it is made up of islands (and former islands), apart from the lower region which borders Belgium, "Zeeuws Vlaanderen" (zeelandic flanders). Which contains 3 of the 13 subdivisions.
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Level 66
May 19, 2022
I was trying any city I could find on Dutch Zeeland too x)
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2013
Yay, I live on one of these islands! ^_^ (Tasmania)
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Level 73
Mar 25, 2014
I typed a number of time Heraklion, as I've been there, and it didn't take it
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Level 48
Apr 19, 2014
I took this quiz in Honolulu.
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Level 60
Jun 2, 2014
A little help with spelling please, I put 'Nicasia' & 'Santa Domingo'
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Level 80
Jul 6, 2015
why should misspelling be permitted? if you can't spell the answer correctly, too bad!
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Level 59
May 21, 2020
Same here, I put in 'Densapar' instead of Densapar.
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Level 79
Jun 27, 2020
Try again
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Level 89
Sep 6, 2020
Santa Domingo would be a male Domingo given female sainte status. Santa Daminga would be appropriate if there were such a female name.
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Level 69
Apr 11, 2015
Dammit, kept trying "Las Palmas" and things, confusing the Balearic with the Canaries one.
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Level 71
Sep 21, 2017
Same!
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2024
And to be even more confusing, one of the Canary Islands is also called La Palma!
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Level 37
Dec 11, 2017
Spelling really let me down on this one
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Level 67
Dec 11, 2017
Can you accept La Palma?
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Level 58
Dec 12, 2017
Why would they accept the name of a completely different place? The city is called Palma, or Palma de Mallorca. La Palma is one of the Canary Islands. Las Palmas is a city, but that is also in the Canary Islands.
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Level 91
Dec 19, 2018
@fitheach That's just confusing.
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2020
People should start copywriting their geographic names ;) (toponym/geonym)
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Level 62
Dec 11, 2017
Cool idea, thanks
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Level 24
Oct 6, 2019
Please accept Leukosia and Lefkosia for Nicosia, it's the local name
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Level 29
Jun 27, 2020
That’s like saying accept København for Copenhagen coz “that’s what they call it in Denmark” This is an English quiz not Cypriot
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Level 66
Mar 19, 2024
Many are counted though, like München and Firenze
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Level 44
Jan 24, 2020
Zealand is both the translation for the Danish Sjælland and the Dutch Zeeland, maybe add (dk) or (nl) for whichever one you mean :)
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Level 65
Jun 27, 2020
Our Dutch Zeeland is not an island though...even though it contains some islands :)
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Level 86
Mar 4, 2020
Darn it. I tried herkalion but not heraklion. oops
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Level 58
Jun 27, 2020
where are the so called geography phenoms who score 100% on list tests after taking them 15 times , who brag and pretend , i scored 21 of 21 my first time , when i take a list test the first time i place in the 20th percentile but actually requiring real Geography knowledge on this on i am in the 100 th it doesnt add up except if my scenario is the reality
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Level 60
Jun 27, 2020
Bruh chill. There are many others like you.
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Level 79
Jun 27, 2020
Pretty sure the stats only count first attempts though...
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2023
No one brags- some of us like to learn to teach ourselves -this is the most redeeming quality of this site except for the fun. Whatever got you thru the pandemic... It is fun to win 1st time but you still get your points when you learn them all overtime.

No one cares about bragging rights. I keep doing the ones I know for fun to keep up the bank of knowledge. Provinces of Italy w/a map, Depts of France with a map, Counties of UK, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a map, Counties of California, with a map, all the Empty maps and Disappearing maps of all continents and the world, the shapes of the countries, flags and combos, all current colours of Crayola Crayons,PMs/UK, ones by borders, but drawing and eliminating of borders ones are so hard. Wish they would make lines a little darker and separate countries, continents until we can learn and compile to the world levels. Not bragging this is interesting to me and I only compete against myself not for speed so much but to learn! We = OCD!

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Level 67
Jun 27, 2020
my home city- the largest city in Crete
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Level 56
Jul 1, 2020
Bizarre that more people know Palma than Copenhagen! Shows where people go on holiday I suppose.
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Level 64
Jan 2, 2023
I think it's more that people don't know the name of the island Copenhagen is on.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2023
they guessed because they knew it was Denmark but they have been to Palma.
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Level 79
Jan 10, 2021
I kept trying Vancouver for Vancouver Island
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2023
Vancouver is on the mainland. Victoria is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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Level 59
Feb 25, 2021
YAY i got them all
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Level 81
Mar 11, 2021
I didn't know the capital of the Big Island in Hawaii. But I do now. Thanks jetpunk.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2023
Hilo is the main city with the most people. Kona is the main city on the other side. Each Islands is a county so Hilo may be the county seat, but Honolulu is the capital city for the state as well as the county seat for the Island of Oahu.
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Level 60
Jul 8, 2021
Santo Dominigo does'nt work for me.
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Level 87
Mar 17, 2023
I have no clue why.
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Level 56
Sep 17, 2022
Saanich is bigger than Victoria. So Vancouver Island is wrong.
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Level 61
Feb 12, 2023
16/21
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2023
hate to tell you but NYC is Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island that is 5 boroughs none are on Long Island. I was born in Brooklyn, I did not find out until recently that some people just say NYC for any borough they were born in which is accurate. I found out because to obtain a birth certificate you have to go through the whole NYC Health Department. It is all one thing, but it still says Brooklyn on my Birth Certificate and I still put that I was born in Brooklyn which is what it says on my passport. Long Island is just smallish cities and even smaller towns out to Montauk not NYC!!!!!!!!!
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Level 39
Sep 1, 2023
You were born in Brooklyn but you don't know it's on Long Island? I suggest you look at a map.