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100 Biggest Cities in 1950 on a World Map

Using the map below, name the world's 100 most populous urban areas in 1950.
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First submittedNovember 19, 2020
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Country
Population
Urban Area
United States
12,338,000
New York
Japan
11,275,000
Tokyo
United Kingdom
8,361,000
London
Japan
7,005,000
Osaka
France
6,283,000
Paris
Russian Federation (USSR)
5,356,000
Moscow
Argentina
5,166,000
Buenos Aires
United States
4,999,000
Chicago
India
4,604,000
Kolkata
China
4,288,000
Shanghai
United States
4,046,000
Los Angeles
Mexico
3,365,000
Mexico City
Germany
3,338,000
Berlin
United States
3,128,000
Philadelphia
India
3,089,000
Mumbai
Brazil
3,026,000
Rio de Janeiro
Russian Federation (USSR)
2,903,000
Saint Petersburg
United States
2,769,000
Detroit
United States
2,551,000
Boston
Egypt
2,494,000
Cairo
China
2,467,000
Tianjin
United Kingdom
2,422,000
Manchester
Brazil
2,334,000
São Paulo
Japan
2,237,000
Nagoya
United Kingdom
2,229,000
Birmingham
China
2,148,000
Shenyang
Italy
1,884,000
Rome
Italy
1,883,000
Milan
United States
1,855,000
San Francisco
Spain
1,809,000
Barcelona
United Kingdom
1,755,000
Glasgow
Spain
1,700,000
Madrid
United Kingdom
1,692,000
Leeds
Australia
1,690,000
Sydney
China
1,682,000
Hong Kong
China
1,671,000
Beijing
Hungary
1,618,000
Budapest
Austria
1,615,000
Vienna
Germany
1,608,000
Hamburg
China
1,567,000
Chongqing
Philippines
1,544,000
Manila
United States
1,539,000
Pittsburgh
Italy
1,498,000
Naples
India
1,491,000
Chennai
Indonesia
1,452,000
Jakarta
Belgium
1,415,000
Brussels
United States
1,407,000
St. Louis
Japan
1,403,000
Fukuoka
United States
1,392,000
Cleveland
United Kingdom
1,382,000
Liverpool
Country
Population
Urban Area
India
1,369,000
Delhi
Thailand
1,360,000
Bangkok
Greece
1,347,000
Athens
Canada
1,343,000
Montréal
Australia
1,332,000
Melbourne
Chile
1,322,000
Santiago
Portugal
1,304,000
Lisbon
Myanmar
1,302,000
Yangon
United States
1,298,000
Washington
Denmark
1,216,000
Copenhagen
Vietnam
1,213,000
Ho Chi Minh City
Uruguay
1,212,000
Montevideo
United States
1,168,000
Baltimore
Cuba
1,142,000
Havana
India
1,096,000
Hyderabad
Canada
1,068,000
Toronto
China
1,068,000
Wuhan
Peru
1,066,000
Lima
Pakistan
1,055,000
Karachi
China
1,049,000
Guangzhou
Iran
1,041,000
Tehran
China
1,037,000
Nanjing
Egypt
1,037,000
Alexandria
Republic of Korea
1,021,000
Seoul
Singapore
1,016,000
Singapore
Italy
1,011,000
Turin
United States
996,000
Minneapolis
Turkey
967,000
Istanbul
Republic of Korea
948,000
Busan
Czechia
935,000
Prague
South Africa
911,000
Johannesburg
United Kingdom
909,000
Newcastle
United States
899,000
Buffalo
Azerbaijan
897,000
Baku
United States
881,000
Cincinnati
United States
866,000
Dallas
India
855,000
Ahmadabad
Netherlands
851,000
Amsterdam
Pakistan
836,000
Lahore
United States
836,000
Milwaukee
Germany
831,000
Munich
Ukraine (USSR)
815,000
Kiev
Russian Federation (USSR)
796,000
Nizhny Novgorod
United States
795,000
Seattle
Italy
785,000
Genoa
Poland
768,000
Warsaw
China
765,000
Changchun
Netherlands
764,000
Rotterdam
Belgium
759,000
Antwerpen
Ukraine (USSR)
758,000
Kharkiv
31 Comments
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Level 60
Apr 14, 2024
I really want to change the actual name for St. Petersburg and Kolkata to their 1950 names Leningrad and Calcutta, respectively, but that would reset the stats...sorry. They're accepted as type-ins though
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2020
Nice quiz Dodoma! And no, I think 100 answers is just fine. Also, can you accept Antwerp or just change it to the correct English spelling?
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Level 51
Nov 19, 2020
Agree
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Level 51
Nov 19, 2020
Hmm.... Can you add the great lakes to the map and change the color of some lakes (e.g. Victoria or Nicaragua) to blue?
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Level 71
Nov 19, 2020
Accept “Antwerp”
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2020
Fixed, I was going by the 1950 names. Antwerp is now accepted.
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Level 51
Nov 19, 2020
And can you accept Antwerp for Antwerpen and Ahmedabad for Ahmadabad?
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2020
They are
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
Wow, its amazing how much Detroit has shrunk by!
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2020
Yep
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Level 51
Nov 19, 2020
18th city in population
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
now, less than 675,000
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
Btw, you are 4 takes away from 7000
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Level 55
Apr 2, 2021
And now, you are 10 times that!
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Level 60
Apr 2, 2021
lol
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2024
now 417x that...
+1
Level 75
Nov 19, 2020
Fukuoka is misspelled.
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Level 45
Nov 19, 2020
Why does the map not show the Great Lakes in U.S./Canada but it shows the other lakes?
+2
Level 60
Nov 19, 2020
I'm aware, it was a mistake (I'm really bad at making historical maps). i'll fix it when I can
+4
Level 40
Nov 19, 2020
West Yorkshire isn't a city.
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Level 78
Nov 20, 2020
I think it's spelled Ahmedabad.
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Level 60
Feb 14, 2021
Both spellings work
+3
Level 69
Nov 21, 2020
West Yorkshire is a county in England that includes large cities and towns such as Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2021
Pandora, recently you've had a knack of creating too many amazing quizzes! 90/100, nominated for sure. The more we get into the future, the more population will be centered around Africa and Asia.
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Level 56
May 12, 2021
Leeds should be accepted for West Yorkshire.
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Level 60
May 12, 2021
fixed
+5
Level 29
Jan 20, 2023
Wasn't St. Petersburg called Leningrad?
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Level 65
May 31, 2023
This quiz is really good for accepting a lot of the contemporary forms in use in 1950 but yes it should allow Leningrad (and Peking).
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Level 65
Oct 2, 2023
nice quiz! Would prefer to see historical names for cities. e.g. Calcutta, Leningrad etc.
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Level 70
Apr 15, 2024
How did you add tags to this quiz?
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Level 60
Apr 15, 2024
I didn't