U.S. States or European Countries by Population

Guess the U.S. states and European countries that had a population of at least 10 million people in 2020.
According to Worldometers and the U.S. Census Bureau
For European countries, only includes the population within Europe
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Last updated: January 10, 2021
First submittedDecember 27, 2016
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Average score87.5%
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Population
State / Country
112 mil
Russia
83.8 mil
Germany
67.8 mil
United Kingdom
65.3 mil
France
60.5 mil
Italy
46.7 mil
Spain
43.7 mil
Ukraine
39.4 mil
California
37.9 mil
Poland
Population
State / Country
29.4 mil
Texas
21.7 mil
Florida
19.3 mil
New York
19.3 mil
Romania
17.1 mil
Netherlands
12.8 mil
Pennsylvania
12.6 mil
Illinois
11.7 mil
Ohio
Population
State / Country
11.6 mil
Belgium
11.2 mil
Turkey
10.7 mil
Georgia
10.7 mil
Czech Republic
10.6 mil
North Carolina
10.4 mil
Greece
10.2 mil
Portugal
10.1 mil
Sweden
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Level 63
Jan 17, 2017
Quite interesting. Sucks that you don't know if you're missing a country or a state. I missed the two states with the lowest population here and one country in the last column.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2017
That's kinda the point of the quiz, isn't it? You don't know what you're missing. That's the challenge.

Nice quiz!

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Level 75
Mar 30, 2017
should Turkey be added?
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Level 44
May 25, 2017
Is Turkey a US state or a European country? No.
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Level 73
May 25, 2017
Turkey's an Asian and European country, the same as Russia. Most of it is in Asia though.

Probably shouldn't be added though, since I'm almost certain the European population of Turkey is way less than 10.5 million.

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Level 60
May 25, 2017
According to Wikipedia 12 million people live in the European part of Turkey, as most of Istanbul is located in the European part.
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Level 63
May 25, 2017
I think it is European. They compete in European sporting events, and more pertinently they want to join the European union.
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Level 40
May 25, 2017
Istanbul alone would beat 5 countries here
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Level 48
May 25, 2017
Starling: They don't want to join the EU, Erdogan is actually pushing laws that will make membership simply impossible. PS. Australia and Israel compete in the Eurovision, are they European?
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Level 46
May 25, 2017
I agree with Lapio on this one, turkey isn't European by culture, ethnicity, nor heritage. Whilst I agree that Istanbul is a European city, its only around 3% of the country which is European.
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Level 80
May 29, 2017
Morocco competed in Eurovision as well, they are still entitled to, like other Mediterranean countries.
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2019
Can someone explain to me the significance of Eurovision? Why would a TV show, even if it's based on countries, dictate which continent you belong to? People always bring it up, so it must mean more to people than I can gather from the Wikipedia page. I'm also confused how a Canadian won it for Switzerland.
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Level 50
Jan 20, 2020
^ Yep, please people let's use actual physical boundaries to determine the borders of continents. Admittedly these are difficult, since really Europe and Asia are the same continent, but let's at least not try to base it on political or social aspects of a country. After all, Saudi Arabia and Japan are completely different, yet are both always considered to be in Asia.
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Level 72
May 25, 2017
Actually Turkey's European population is about 11 million, but somehow Quizmaster states that Turkey is an asian country with a European population of 11 million, so not a European Country with a European population of x. Whereas Russia is a European country with a Asian population of x. :)
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Level 36
May 25, 2017
European population of Turkey is 11.3 million. 14.8 million people live in province of Istanbul and 9.5 million of it lives in European part. Additional 1.8 million people lives in other European provinces (Edirne, Kirklareli, Tekirdag). So, Turkey should be included.
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Level 23
Jan 11, 2021
A country belongs to a continent as soon as more than half of its population lives there. This is a scientific approach to determine whether a country is part of a continent or not.

Really easily understandable, thus Jetpunk officially uses this method in all its quizzes.

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Level 35
May 25, 2017
My God noooooooooooooo.

Turkey is not part of Europe despite 3% of its territory in Europe. Turkey is Asia.

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Level 40
Sep 8, 2019
Turkey has more similarities with Europe compared to Vietnam, Korea or Japan which are half a world away
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Level 51
Mar 22, 2022
its still asian
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Level 27
May 25, 2017
Sorta but it is considered part of Asia according to JetPunk. If Turkey was added, he should just fill it himself or herself.
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Level 65
May 25, 2017
Czechia FTW. Not hard, but perfect; love jetpunk
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Level 77
May 25, 2017
There's a mistake here. Texas should be number one. Texas has the biggest everything in the world, at least according to most Texans. :)
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Level 64
May 25, 2017
Biggest in size not population :)
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Level 80
May 29, 2017
Alaskans would disagree though.
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Level 16
Nov 28, 2021
Actually, it's not even biggest in size, Alaska has it beat there. Texas is number 2 in population (second to California) and in size.
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Level 33
May 25, 2017
yay 20/20 try 1 or 2
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Level 57
May 25, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 59
May 25, 2017
Never thought I would see Russia and Illinois on the same quiz! Interesting idea, though!
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Level 63
May 26, 2017
Ohio?
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Level 87
May 26, 2017
That also surprised me.
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2019
Makes sense if you know that Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus are all in Ohio.
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Level 78
Nov 27, 2019
and Toledo, Dayton, Akron, Youngstown.
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Level 57
Dec 7, 2019
People think of Ohio as a big wheat field, like Kansas or Nebraska ... when really, if anybody has ever lived there, they know that it is more akin to the east coast in that you can't drive ten minutes in any direction without bumping into a new community. There are people everywhere in Ohio.
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Level 53
May 26, 2017
The states were easy considered that I memorized the amount of electoral votes for each state
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Level 66
Aug 26, 2017
Russia is, so why Turkey is not here?
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Level 71
Feb 4, 2018
Go and live in Turkey for a year and then decide if it is Asia or Europe.
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Level 37
May 2, 2022
turkey is in asia
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Level 45
Dec 23, 2017
18/20.....missed poland and ukraine
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Level 71
Feb 4, 2018
Try my Double Trouble Countries quiz......here it is
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Level 81
Mar 12, 2018
I feel either Turkey should be added or a caveat included. East Thrace, the European portion of Turkey, had a population of 10.6 million at the 2012 census, meaning it meets the cut-off. I'm assuming it's not included because of one of two reasons: a) The source uses older data from before East Thrace passed the 10.5 million cut-off; or b) European country is here defined as a country with a majority of its population in Europe - would explain Turkey's absence and Russia's presence. If it is the former (which seems less likely, it's a 2015 source), perhaps finding more recent stats is in order. If it is the latter, perhaps that should be made explicit in the instructions.
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Level 39
Oct 23, 2018
It's easy if you remember the population of states. I live in Ohio and love state geography so I knew only seven states are up there. I just took an European population quiz before this one as well :)
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Level 87
Jan 8, 2019
It's estimated Michigan has 9.99 million people.
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Level 84
Feb 28, 2019
First I thought "Georgia is not in Europe!". Then I remembered it's also an US state, i feel dumb!
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Level 88
Feb 28, 2019
Sweden passed 10 million back in 2017 so please add it to the quiz. It doesn't show directly when you google but if you check wikipedia and this link (which is in Swedish unfortunately) to the central bureau of statistics in Sweden. Here it shows the exact number of the Swedish population.

https://www.scb.se/hitta-statistik/sverige-i-siffror/manniskorna-i-sverige/sveriges-befolkning/

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Level 41
Feb 28, 2019
Hmm, Georgia...

Arguably Asian country but some people count as European...

Or is it the state...

Hmm...

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Level 83
Feb 28, 2019
It's the state
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Level 56
Jan 15, 2021
i think he was being sarcastic or making a joke haha
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Level 74
Mar 8, 2021
He isn't good with humour.
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Level 83
May 9, 2022
^ yeah you're the expert obviously.
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Level 73
Feb 28, 2019
I managed to squeeze the Carolina one in in the last second - unfortunately I chose the wrong one! So, 19/20. :(
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Level 56
Feb 28, 2019
I was basing my knowledge of state populations off their number of electoral votes, and for a moment as I was trying to relate them to each other I went to myself, "How many electoral votes does Portugal have?"
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Level 44
Feb 28, 2019
good quiz! w/ only 6s to spare. that was a close one.
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Level 58
Feb 28, 2019
Sweden has more than 10 million people
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2019
Cool, next time I edit the quiz Sweden will be on it. Michigan, too, probably.
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Level 66
Nov 21, 2019
I missed Romania and Czechia I thought i would miss all the US states and then last sec i remembered there could be some missing european countries and managed to only get 2 left
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Level 64
Nov 21, 2019
Missing one from the first column couldn't figure it out. I guess I forgot to type Spain.
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Level 64
Jan 15, 2021
Got 100% this time but almost missed Spain again!
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Level 46
Nov 21, 2019
Hard to believe Portugal is bigger than Albania, Washington

State, Michigan, Austria.

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Level 50
Jun 25, 2020
I almost missed my home state. Can't believe there are more people here than Portugal.
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Level 50
Jul 11, 2020
When you don't know what Georgia this is lol

(I know that the country of Georgia is considered Asia in Jetpunk and has less than 10M people)

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Level 43
Aug 17, 2020
For a second I was like "Georgia, WTF?" but then I realized there is a U.S. State called Georgia, lol.
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2021
Nice quiz! Also happy to see good old Potsdamer Platz as the thumbnail! :)
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Level 76
Jan 10, 2021
Here is a quiz about U.S. or European states, provinces, etc. by population.
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Level 72
Jan 12, 2021
Amazing that there are more North Carolinians than Greeks, and more Floridians than Greeks PLUS North Carolinians.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
Sure, but am I the only one that finds it weird that European countries regularly get compared to US States on jetpunk, when many European regions, whether they be called régions in France, Bundesländer in Germany, or countries in the UK, can much more accurately be compared to US States, or even to many independent countries? For example: Northrhine-Westphalia has 18M inhabitants and a GDP of over 700 billion €, which makes it more populated than 46 US States, and richer than 43 or 44, depending on exchange rate. It would also be the fourth most populated and the fourth richest country in North America, or the second most populated and second richest in Oceania, beating New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. In fact, three Bundesländer (Northrhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, and Baden-Württemberg) would each be second only to Australia in population and wealth, in the whole of Oceania.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
You could make similar arguments for Ile-de-France (the region containing Paris), England, Lombardy, Andalucia, Catalonia... Some of these also enjoy a comparable level of autonomy to an US State.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
If there were quizzes comparing some European regions to US States, or to independent countries, I think many people would be surprised.
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Level 85
Jan 15, 2021
It looks like camus has already made such a quiz, as they noted just a couple comments before yours.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
Yes, apparently camus has made such a quiz, five days ago. It's a start, and I'll go nominate it in the hope it gets featured, but I think my astonishment is still fair. Jetpunk gets criticised a lot for being too US-centric, criticism which I often find exaggerated and not particularly subtle, but you'll have to admit that some of the people who regularly freak out when you misplace Delaware or Wyoming on a map probably couldn't name a single region of France, Germany, India, China, Russia, or any other country.
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Level 76
Jan 21, 2021
I think both ways are legit. It's interesting to see that the state of Arizona is more populated than the Baltic countries put together, for example. But of course you can do the same with other sub-national entities around the world. This front-page quiz has all of them with more than 10 million people, and I just realized that my quiz is a US-Euro version of that.
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Level 76
Feb 9, 2021
I also just stumbled upon this fact: Los Angeles County has more people than 42 US states and 33 European countries.
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Level 83
Jan 17, 2021
You're not the only one but it's still weird that you find it weird.
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Level 48
Jan 15, 2021
How close is Michigan to being on this list?
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Level 64
Jan 15, 2021
Very close per my google search. Maybe it will be added in the next update once official 2020 population is calculated.
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Level 70
Jan 15, 2021
It would be funny to add Asian subdivisions to this. Uttar Pradesh for example (the most populous subdivision in the world) would dwarf even Russia. There are plenty of other places in India and China that would also pretty high up, not to mention regions in other populous countries (Punjab in Pakistan, Dhaka in Bangladesh, etc.).
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Level 52
Jan 15, 2021
While we're throwing in everything else, let's add some Oceanian islands, African intergovernmental organizations, South American cities, Antarctic research stations, and non-US North American counties.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
I don't get your comment. Why shouldn't we add regions from other continents? Many European regions are comparable to US States in size, wealth, and autonomy. Many regions from other continents dwarf US States in those categories. Why shouldn't they be compared?
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
Also: there are more people in Sao Paulo alone than in Georgia or North Carolina.
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Level 74
Mar 8, 2021
I agree gandalf. Similarly, there are people on this site who denigrate small independent states like San Marino because they have a lower population than a small city in the USA, as though that is the only indicator of its (in)significance. They disregard the fact that it has a 1700 year history.
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Level 58
Jan 10, 2022
This would then be a quiz of Asian subdivisions then...
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Level 43
Jan 15, 2021
ohio having more people than greece is so funny to me
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Level 57
Jan 17, 2021
Wait why does Turkey only have 11m? Ah yes the european part
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Level 57
Jan 17, 2021
Its funny that Belgium has 3 times more people than Mongolia, but mongolia has 50 times more land
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Level 50
May 19, 2021
It's funny that Mongolia is 782,058 times bigger than Monaco but has 83 times the population.
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Level 55
Nov 27, 2021
but.. Mongolia has more people
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Level 40
Jan 27, 2021
Poland actually have 38,3mln population.
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Level 47
Mar 24, 2021
Great quiz! only missed Ohio
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Level 43
Apr 7, 2021
just took an quiz with the electoral college, so i knew the states and was able to guess the rest of most populated european countries
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Level 49
May 29, 2021
Georgia has a population of 3.989 million... oh wait, it's the US state Georgia.
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Level 44
Oct 4, 2021
If Russia is on here then Turkey should be too
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Level 55
Jan 8, 2022
I'm losing it. For some reason I thought it said American cities not states. Made it quite difficult for me.
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Level 54
Feb 14, 2022
Georgia the state or Georgia the country