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Biggest City by Time Zone

Can you name the most populous city in all of the world's time zones?
Based on urban area population according to citypopulation.de, with Wikipedia as a secondary source
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Last updated: March 2, 2022
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First submittedDecember 11, 2012
Times taken50,448
Average score51.6%
Rating4.76
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Time
Population
City
-12:00
-
no major cities
-11:00
11.5 k
Pago Pago, American Samoa
-10:00
953 k
Honolulu
-9:30
-
no major cities
-9:00
398 k
Anchorage
-8:00
17.5 m
Los Angeles
-7:00
4.73 m
Phoenix
-6:00
24.7 m
Mexico City
-5:00
23.0 m
New York City
-4:00
8.00 m
Santiago
-3:30
206 k
St. John's
-3:00
22.7 mil
São Paulo
-2:00
-
no major cities
-1:00
159 k
Praia, Cape Verde
GMT
14.7 m
London
+1:00
20.7 m
Lagos
+2:00
21.9 m
Cairo
+3:00
17.4 m
Moscow
+3:30
15.8 m
Tehran
Time
Population
City
+4:00
6.05 m
Dubai
+4:30
4.63 m
Kabul
+5:00
18.6 m
Karachi
+5:30
32.4 m
Delhi
+5:45
3.03 m
Kathmandu
+6:00
20.9 m
Dhaka
+6:30
5.85 m
Yangon
+7:00
28.6 m
Jakarta
+8:00
65.1 m
Guangzhou
+8:45
-
no major cities
+9:00
40.7 m
Tokyo
+9:30
1.38 m
Adelaide
+10:00
5,45 m
Sydney
+10:30
-
no major cities
+11:00
199 k
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
+12:00
1.47 m
Auckland
+12:45
-
no major cities
+13:00
41.6 k
Apia, Samoa
+14:00
-
no major cities
57 Comments
+4
Level 35
Dec 29, 2012
12. started a minute and a half late!
+13
Level 82
Jan 15, 2013
needed more time... maybe 2 more minutes. Cool quiz though.
+3
Level 28
Dec 10, 2013
I've been following Guangzhou ever since they started building that TV Tower a couple years ago...very respectable city indeed, even if Shanghai Tower will be taller.
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Level 69
Aug 14, 2014
I suppose I should have got St Johns, bearing in mind I was there last week :P
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Level 46
Mar 15, 2022
That's OK, I live in Phoenix and didn't even get that, figuring that there must be a bigger city in my time zone.
+5
Level ∞
Mar 6, 2015
I had to update this quiz because Moscow and Vladivostok changed time zones. Unfortunately, the quiz is much harder now.
+2
Level 75
May 15, 2015
Hard, but enjoyable.
+19
Level 76
Feb 15, 2019
Well, finally Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk gets the respect it deserves.
+3
Level 70
Jan 6, 2020
They timetraveled? Or teleported the city
+1
Level 76
May 15, 2015
According to Wikipedia, Pago Pago's population is 3,656.
+9
Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
11,500 in "Greater" Pago Pago, lol
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Level 56
May 15, 2015
Well, this opened my eyes! I am from the -6:00 time zone in the US (central time), and I was convinced that the quiz was broken because it wouldn't accept Chicago. It didn't even occur to me to extend my view all the way south. Respect, Mexico!
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Level 78
Feb 15, 2019
There might be a wall soon, blocking your view.
+2
Level 90
Mar 14, 2022
I don’t think that’s gonna be a problem anymore…
+2
Level 67
May 15, 2015
Santiago is UTC-3, not -4. The largest city in UTC-4 is Santo Domingo at 2.9 M.
+1
Level 74
May 15, 2015
This is correct. Even though Santiago should, by geography, be UTC-5, it is UTC-3, like São Paulo.
+1
Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Not what I'm seeing on Wikipedia.
+1
Level 83
Feb 15, 2019
It was -3 in May, maybe that's what confused them
+2
Level 74
May 15, 2015
What a fantastic quiz. Five stars for sure.
+2
Level 65
May 16, 2015
For -6:00, I kept trying Chicago until I realized how US-centric was being. Also, this quiz needs way more time.
+2
Level 54
Aug 19, 2015
this is a good one because you can't simply rely on your map knowledge as time zones are not always, well, never parallel to longitude.
+2
Level 75
Sep 18, 2015
This needs to get updated I think, +8:30, Pyongyang, isn't it?
+1
Level 28
Dec 21, 2015
So 55,000 constitutes a major city? I think that one would be very hard for people to get. Even Praia in Cape Verde is pretty much off the radar for most people.
+9
Level 70
May 1, 2016
Well known to Jetpunkers 'Capitalists'
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Level 71
Mar 14, 2022
Yuzhno-S has less claim, at least Praia is a capital
+1
Level 64
Feb 2, 2016
I got Pago Pago but I did not get Kabul. 27/32
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Level 48
Jul 19, 2016
Missed ten. Sao Paulo, Caracas, Santiago and all of the cities under 1M. Damn South America! Know all of the three, but that was impossible for me to realize their actual locations, distances and zones.
+1
Level 83
Oct 12, 2016
Pyongyang needs to be added, a caveat that winter time is meant here, and +11:30 can be removed as Norfolk switched to +11.
+3
Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Removed the now-unused time zone. Fortunately for me North Korea changed their time zone so I don't have to worry about that anymore.
+1
Level 35
Oct 22, 2016
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has been changed to UTC+1100
+1
Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Added, thanks
+1
Level 56
Oct 23, 2016
am i being really stupid or is pago pago way too high?
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Level 82
Apr 8, 2019
11k people isn't very many. According to Wikipedia there are over 3,000 just in the village of Pago Pago but these numbers are for urban areas.
+1
Level 68
Jun 6, 2017
Very good quiz.
+1
Level 57
Feb 1, 2018
Great idea, and great quiz!
+2
Level 81
Feb 15, 2019
Good quiz. I did badly.
+5
Level 85
Feb 16, 2019
This should really have a map.
+2
Level 70
Jan 6, 2020
And then connect the dots :)
+1
Level 73
Feb 16, 2019
Really interesting quiz.
+1
Level 89
Apr 8, 2019
Nice quiz. Thanks.
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Level 70
Apr 9, 2019
I forgot that China is all one time zone and was trying a bunch of cities there before realizing. And I still didn't get Guangzhou.
+2
Level 65
Feb 12, 2020
Would love a map version of this one :D
+1
Level 47
May 17, 2020
I thought there was 24 time zones
+1
Level 61
Aug 23, 2020
Minus 12 to plus 14 makes 26?
+2
Level 76
Feb 28, 2021
The International Date Line stretches all the way around to the east of Kiribati, so there are two extra hours. Yes, this means that it can be 3 different days at the same time.
+1
Level 79
Feb 21, 2021
I want to KICK myself for forgetting Anchorage.
+14
Level 76
Feb 28, 2021
For those of you wondering what the largest settlement is in the time zones with "no major cities":

-12:00: Uninhabited

-9:30: Taiohae, French Polynesia, pop 2,183

-2:00: Vila dos Remédios, Brazil, pop 2,629

+8:45: Eucla, Australia, pop 53

+10:30: Lord Howe Island, Australia, pop 382

+12:45: Waitangi, New Zealand, pop 250

+14:00: Tabwakea, Kiribati, pop 1,881

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Level 70
Mar 13, 2022
+08:45 is such a weird time-zone, it consists of a small strip of roadhouses around the Western Australia-South Australia border, servicing an isolated section of road connecting the population island around Perth to the rest of the country. It's mindblowing how small all of those communities are too.

Genuinely the most interesting thing I learnt while researching my timezones map quiz!

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Level 54
Aug 9, 2021
New York City and Santiago are in the same timezone,-4:00...
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2022
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City

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Level 65
Oct 14, 2021
I don't think it would be *that* hard to make a map for this, you just need to draw some different colored lines and maybe the number in the bottom.
+3
Level 73
Mar 13, 2022
Could do with more time, 5 minutes doesn’t seem long enough for 31 answers that you really have to think about
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Level 69
Mar 13, 2022
I got 24
+1
Level 71
Mar 14, 2022
Some surprising things here

Santiago (west coast) ahead of New York (east Coast)

Nepal on 45 minutes

Nur Sultan being on the same time as Dhaka

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Level 53
Mar 28, 2022
guangzoug or whatever it is does not have 65 million people, you typed that wrong. The website either misstyped or you misstyped it.
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2023
I never really liked how Guangzhou's population is calculated, but it's based on the fact that it has absorbed like 7 cities around it (Huizhou and Shenzhen are two notable ones), severely boosting its population. Keep in mind Tokyo has about 12 million people before counting pretty much the entire region of Kanto in Japan
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Level 78
Dec 15, 2023
I've seen the world map millions of times, and i still can't believe that Chile is east of New York City.