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Five Biggest Cities by Country

Try to name the five most populous urban areas in each of the countries below.
Urban population population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de as of 2024
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: March 7, 2024
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First submittedOctober 4, 2013
Times taken136,426
Average score61.7%
Rating4.67
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United States
22.0 m
New York City
17.2 m
Los Angeles
9.65 m
Chicago
8.55 m
Washington, D.C.
7.70 m
Boston
 
 
Australia
5.00 m
Melbourne
4.98 m
Sydney
3.35 m
Brisbane
2.25 m
Perth
1.42 m
Adelaide
 
 
Brazil
22.1 m
São Paulo
12.5 m
Rio de Janeiro
4.93 m
Belo Horizonte
3.98 m
Brasília
3.93 m
Porto Alegre
Canada
7.70 m
Toronto
4.43 m
Montreal
3.08 m
Vancouver
1.46 m
Calgary
1.43 m
Edmonton
 
 
China
70.1 m
Guangzhou
40.8 m
Shanghai
21.2 m
Beijing
17.3 m
Chengdu
14.9 m
Xiamen
 
 
Colombia
10.4 m
Bogotá
4.28 m
Medellín
2.95 m
Cali
2.33 m
Barranquilla
1.35 m
Bucaramanga
United Kingdom
14.9 m
London
3.25 m
Birmingham
3.15 m
Manchester
2.23 m
Leeds
1.89 m
Liverpool
 
 
India
34.6 m
Delhi
27.1 m
Mumbai
17.7 m
Kolkata
14.2 m
Bangalore
12.6 m
Chennai
 
 
Japan
41.0 m
Tokyo
17.7 m
Osaka
10.5 m
Nagoya
2.83 m
Fukuoka
2.50 m
Sapporo
Mexico
25.1 m
Mexico City
6.00 m
Monterrey
5.85 m
Guadalajara
4.23 m
Puebla
2.68 m
Toluca
 
 
Nigeria
20.7 m
Lagos
5.20 m
Kano
3.33 m
Ibadan
2.90 m
Abuja
2.20 m
Port Harcourt
 
 
Russia
19.1 m
Moscow
6.50 m
Saint Petersburg
1.86 m
Yekaterinburg
1.86 m
Novosibirsk
1.66 m
Nizhny Novgorod
100 Recent Comments
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Level 45
Apr 3, 2014
How does Washington, DC make the list when Houston doesn't?
+6
Level ∞
Apr 3, 2014
The greater DC area is much larger than that of Houston's. Houston isn't even the largest metro in Texas.
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Level 88
Oct 9, 2014
Nice quiz. :D I checked the source though and there are relevant updates for 6 of the categories (Brasil, Canada, Colombia, Japan, USA & UK)

Cheers!

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Level 86
May 17, 2014
Not enough european countries in this quiz.
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Level 86
Feb 19, 2016
I still think this is unbalanced ;). Americas : 5 ; Asia : 3,5 ; Europe : 1,5, Africa : 1, Oceania : 1...
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Level 70
Jun 4, 2016
Not enough African countries on this quiz...
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Level 68
Jun 18, 2019
Not enough comments about why some cities shouldnt be on this quiz and what metro and urban is...
+1
Level 45
May 23, 2024
Europe is fake
+1
Level 28
May 30, 2014
100% with 1:55 remaining
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Level 80
Jun 4, 2015
I tried Ekaterinburg and didn't get it. Add as an alternate spelling?
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Level 16
Jul 14, 2015
Miami is the 4th largest urban area in the U.S.
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Level 65
Sep 11, 2020
its city proper, not area.
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Level 69
Apr 20, 2024
it's... not?
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2015
Fun quiz. Though it's annoying how people are always correcting these population quizzes as if they're the unquestioned lord and master of census taking
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2016
It's pretty amazing how Houston, Dallas, and Miami can all be the 4th biggest city in the USA. All these people trying to correct the quiz can't even agree on which city is right (hint: it's probably the city in the quiz!)
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Level 68
Feb 18, 2016
Managed to guess all of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil cities with ease.

Only missed Sapporo in Japan and Tianjin in China.

But only managed to get Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia and only Bogota for Colombia.

Good quiz, a mix of well known and obscure countries (well, cities). Would love to see more editions of this quiz!

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Level 65
Feb 18, 2016
It's amazing that only 4% of quiz takers know about Xiamen. I didn't. A city of 3.5 million Xiameners going about their Xiamener business day in and day out, year after year and I had no idea that they even existed. I need to travel more broadly, I think.
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Level 86
Feb 19, 2016
It seems Xiamen has grown very fast.
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Level 75
Sep 15, 2018
I knew it but spelled it wrong - Xiaman, Xianamen, then gave up and moved on.
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Level 43
Sep 25, 2021
I kept spelling "Tianmen" for some reason
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Level 60
Mar 10, 2024
Probably combined Xiamen and Tianjin ;)
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2016
I got 55 which I was pretty proud of. And whilst people are disputing what city is bigger than what in other countries, the top 5 in Australia are most definitely correct. Actually, these 5 cities account for 63.5% of the entire population of the country. Maybe someone could do a quiz on countries with highest rates of urbanization or population concentration or whatever it may be called. And another for the opposite, most diverse or spread out, scattered like lost fragments, spread like lost souls cast on the wind, or something like that.
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Level 37
Apr 30, 2016
I always though the top 5 American cities went like this: New York City, Los Angeles, chicago, Dallas, Phoenix
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Level 43
Oct 19, 2016
Urban area: see above. City proper: NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia (99% sure)
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Level 71
May 1, 2017
I believe that Manchester has just recently overtaken Birmingham as the UK's second most populated City.
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Level 58
May 1, 2017
OP, Johannesburg and Pretoria are not the same cities.
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Level 61
May 1, 2017
Urban area or not, DC and San Fran should not be in top 5. It should be NY, LA, Chicago, Dallas and Houston if you go by Metropolitan Statistical Area. It should be NY, LA, Chicago, Houston and Philly by city limits.

https://www.census.gov/data/datasets/2016/demo/popest/total-metro-and-micro-statistical-areas.html

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Level ∞
May 1, 2017
CSA not MSA
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Level 49
May 2, 2017
What a great ideia for a quiz! If you're thinking about a second edition I think a good list of countries would be Argentina, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Nigeria, D. R. Congo, Italy, France, Germany, Spain.
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Level 48
May 2, 2017
Maybe some day a quiz maker will issue a series titled "For This Quiz We're Looking for URBAN AREAS. Understand??? Not CITIES - URBAN AREAS (slap-slap-slap) UUUUURBAN AAAAAREEEEAAAAS".

Then follow it up with cities.

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Level 68
Jun 18, 2019
I honestly think it wouldnt make much difference in the comments section hahah
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Level 60
Mar 10, 2024
It would be funny at least.
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Level 55
Jul 9, 2017
I spelled "Porto Alegre" as "Port Alegre" and moved on when it did not accept it. Why isn't "Port Alegre" accepted?
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2020
Because that's not the name of the city.
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Level 59
May 20, 2024
Same here. Jetpunk accepts lots of misspelled words, this would not be an unreasonable one to accept. If someone types "Port Alegre" its pretty obvious what they are meaning. Its not like you can confuse it for Sao Paolo or Brasilia is it!
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Level 57
Jul 18, 2017
xiamen? That's a small city
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Level 71
Sep 17, 2017
Xiamen? How about 26 other larger cities in China??? For example: Chongqing, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Xi'an, Jinan, etc.
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Level 51
Mar 1, 2018
Say it with me now...metropolitan...statistical...area.
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Level 56
Feb 2, 2018
I put colcatta and Calcatta neither worked
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Level 65
Sep 11, 2020
just type "Calcuta"
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Level 62
Mar 1, 2018
East London is larger than Bloemfontein according wikipedia. 755k vs 747k
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Level 39
Mar 2, 2018
According to Wikipedia Toluca is 32nd biggest city in Mexico.
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Level 78
Jan 15, 2021
According to both the caveat and description, it says this quiz uses urban area (and not city proper).
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Level 58
Mar 2, 2018
One way to know the colombian cities listed in this quiz:

Bogota: capital city, among the highest capitals in the world. Almost every colombian hates her, but almost everyone lives here

Medellín: second biggest city, used to have a big cartel. Only one in Colombia with "metro" rapid transit

Cali: Salsa big bands, biggest city near the Pacific, used to have the other big cartel

Barranquilla: biggest city in the colombian caribean coast. Some very beautiful mixed latino/lebanese girls

Bucaramanga: Only city in the world where women iron with their own bare hands.

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Level 66
Mar 2, 2018
I would love to see this become a series!
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Level 44
Sep 15, 2018
Can't you accept "Novgorod"?
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Level 60
Mar 10, 2024
Novgorod refers to Veliky Novgorod.
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Level 44
Sep 15, 2018
Just come across this quiz. United Kingdom list is very wrong. All the cities are in England. Glasgow, at just over 800k is the third largest city in the UK. Bristol at 617k is larger than either Liverpool 540k or Manchester 520k.
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Level 73
Sep 15, 2018
It's urban area population, not city proper.
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Level 55
May 13, 2022
The urban population is still bigger

City population of: Glasgow = 635k vs Liverpool = 864k

Urban population of: Glasgow = 1.68M vs Liverpool = 1.5M

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Level 70
Sep 15, 2018
Hey, I've created a quiz of this type on all top five cities in Asian countries!

Be sure to check it out!!

Top Five Biggest Cities In Asia

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Level 25
Sep 16, 2018
Is it not Janiero in place of Janeiro?
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Level 60
Mar 10, 2024
Janeiro is correct.
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Level 22
Sep 16, 2018
Where is France ??? It's a important state !
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Level 82
Sep 16, 2018
France is far below South Africa when you look at vuvuzelas per capita.
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Level 80
Sep 18, 2018
Tough crowd. Didn't accept Bloemfontain on this quiz.
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Level 73
Nov 5, 2018
Need some spelling generosity on this one....
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Level 66
Sep 19, 2018
Jesus Christ, I hate citypopulation.de. Horrible tally of metro populations.
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Level 36
Feb 3, 2019
i missed new york because i thought it was a country
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Level 60
Aug 21, 2021
I do not know how to respond to this
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Level 47
Feb 3, 2019
this test is so wrong, philly, houston and dallas are a lot bigger than san franscisco or dc
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Level 60
Aug 21, 2021
Did you read the caveats or any comments above? If you did, you should say, “maybe use a different way of measuring population,” instead of insisting one thing like a arrogant idiot. It’s been stated a lot how the population is measured on this quiz, so deal with it. They are both correct, so QM has to choose which one he wants.
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Level 57
Jul 3, 2019
I live in Xiamen. It's not even the biggest city in this province, let alone 5th in all, of China. Xiamen only has around 5 million people: Chngqing, by comparison, has more than 30 million people!
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Level 38
Sep 1, 2019
Ecatepec is bigger than Toluca https://www.bing.com/search?q=ecatepec+population&form=EDGEAR&qs=PF&cvid=f5e7e69ad9184e04b37911a86d045100&cc=GB&setlang=en-US&PC=LCTS and https://www.bing.com/search?q=toluca+population&form=EDGEAR&qs=TPP&cvid=86b6c80fa1c049768f0c6c4cafeb8f43&cc=GB&setlang=en-US&PC=LCTS
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Level 63
Jul 8, 2021
Looking on Google maps, it appears that Ecatapec is in the same urban area as Mexico city appearing in a gray area contiguous with Mexico city and thus could be considered part of Mexico city.
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Level 84
Nov 9, 2019
Thinking of notorious drug cartels helped with Colombia.

Thinking of a Risk board was completely useless for Russia.

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Level 40
Jun 24, 2022
Lol
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Level 56
Nov 6, 2020
Lovely quiz, thank you. The idea that Liverpool is bigger than Glasgow though is for the birds.

I only got them all for Britain, India, Australia, Canada and South Africa. That's the Commonwealth outlook for you I suppose

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Level 51
Jan 8, 2021
Do you more quizzes like this with different countries? If not, please make a series!
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Level 61
May 15, 2022
A randomized version would be neat
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Level 57
Jan 15, 2021
Whats the difference between the two Novgorods? I also try to put novgorod as a type in because I can never remember them
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Level 60
Mar 10, 2024
I believe Novgorod only refers to Veliky Novgorod. They are different cities; Novgorod is the name of an oblast, a former country, and means "new city".
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Level 44
Mar 3, 2021
36/60

I spelled Yekaterinburg wrong );

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Level 63
May 1, 2021
San Francisco? No way.
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Level 28
Jan 2, 2024
yes way
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Level 40
May 27, 2021
@MG17, come here, only 27% could guess your home city.
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Level 67
Jun 7, 2021
Port Elizabeth was renamed Gqeberha a few months back
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Level 42
Jul 7, 2021
I only know cali and medelin from narcos
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Level 60
Jul 25, 2021
Leeds or Liverpool bigger than Glasgow?

I don't think so.

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Level 75
Oct 14, 2021
Even if you don't rename Port Elizabeth to Gqeberha, at least accept it as a type-in.
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Level 59
Dec 27, 2021
I feel like the fifth largest city in Colombia is Cartagena
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Level 82
Jan 16, 2022
You know you've been on Jetpunk too long when you think of Xiamen and Guangzhou before Beijing
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Level 67
Mar 10, 2022
41
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Level 55
Apr 26, 2022
Missed only Bucaramanga

Great Quiz!

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Level 61
May 15, 2022
Pretty happy with 55/60 and getting Puebla, Toluca, and Bucaramanga. Missed Monterrey, Sapporo, Tianjin, Nizhny Novgorod and Fukuoka, definitely could have gotten most of those.
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Level 40
Jun 24, 2022
THAT QUIZ WAS UTTERLY AWFUL. JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT.
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Level 59
Jun 27, 2022
Just check if Colombia, Russia and Mexico have to be updated please...
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Level 29
Jul 1, 2022
I put Delhi but it didn't work?
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Level 64
Aug 27, 2022
wow im surprised that only 0.8 people got 100%! i really thought it was gonna be a lot more than that
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Level 64
Aug 27, 2022
other than that i got all of them so im really happy about that
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Level 51
Apr 1, 2023
im sure that i wouldve gotten at least 80% if this was with city proper but for m*tro area population this is absolutely impossible
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Level 83
Mar 7, 2024
...why did you put an asterisk in 'metro'?
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Level 81
Mar 7, 2024
Watch your language. We don’t say m*tro around here. There are children on this website.
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Level 59
Mar 11, 2024
this is urban area
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Level 23
Jan 2, 2024
Indonesia??
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Level 75
Mar 25, 2024
Albania?
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Level 53
May 23, 2024
Madagascar?
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Level 46
Mar 11, 2024
Hi QM,

Would you consider adding 30 seconds. I ran out of time and there are a lot of countries. Thanks.

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Level 73
Mar 24, 2024
Can Santiago de Cali please be an accepted type-in for a city that is called Santiago de Cali? Totally fine with the shortened version of the name, but there's no logic in *not* taking the full version.