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15 Largest Cities in South America With a Map

Using the map, name the 15 most populous urban areas in South America.
Urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2024
Quiz by Quizzer6794
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Last updated: March 2, 2024
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First submittedSeptember 11, 2016
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Population
City
22.1 m
São Paulo
16.7 m
Buenos Aires
12.5 m
Rio de Janeiro
11.8 m
Lima
10.4 m
Bogotá
8.25 m
Santiago
4.93 m
Belo Horizonte
4.28 m
Medellín
3.97 m
Brasília
3.92 m
Porto Alegre
3.83 m
Caracas
3.68 m
Recife
3.58 m
Fortaleza
3.43 m
Salvador
3.42 m
Curitiba
69 Comments
+16
Level 43
Oct 30, 2016
I was thinking that Belem was part of this list or Manaus too but...
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Manaus has 2.2 million in city proper, and Belém 1.5. The urban areas respectively place the 11th (with 2.7 million) and 14th (with 2.5 million) place of the country.
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2016
I got more than half of Brazilian ones from World Cup.
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2016
This is the only one of these I didn't ace easily. I sometimes forget some Brazilian cities.
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Level 82
May 4, 2019
I think I need to go spend some time in Brazil. I still have trouble getting them all.
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Level 70
Apr 9, 2021
why 3 years later (replying 2 years later)
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2021
I guess because 3 years after leaving the first comment, I still missed one or more Brazilian cities. Also... had long wanted to visit Brazil for a while for other reasons. Never even been to South America. I'm sure that was part of my thinking.

I'm also sure you'll be happy to know that 2.5 years after leaving the 2nd comment, though, and I got all of the right answers this time. I didn't even have to go to Brazil to learn them.

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Level 68
Oct 13, 2021
I wonder if Kal will get the chance to go to Brazil by the next time this quiz features
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
I hope so ;)
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Level 55
Oct 13, 2021
Don't come to Brazil. Not even Brazilians want to be here right now.

Sicerely, a Brazilian fella

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Level 59
Oct 13, 2021
jair b
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Level 43
Oct 14, 2021
STF is already making brainwash on us lol
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Level 82
Dec 20, 2022
menrva: I'm sure I've been to worse places.
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Level 80
Nov 2, 2016
Great quiz!
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Level 77
Nov 2, 2016
I am surprised Buenos Aires is bigger than Rio. Sorta thought it was the other way around. Those Brazilian cities.. at least there aren't as many as in China, although they are almost as tricky. World Cup was really good for geography trivia.
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2020
For the city proper, Rio is twice as big as Buenos Aires, but the greater Buenos Aires is HUGE
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Level 26
Aug 12, 2021
the proper city of Buenos Aires is really small, with around 3 million, while the city of Rio on the other hand has around 13 million or more.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
The city proper of Rio is about 6 million. The metro area is basically this population.
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Level 66
Dec 4, 2016
what about Manaus???
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2017
Just over 2 million.
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Level 49
Apr 19, 2021
Why does everyone here think Manaus is so big??
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Manaus is the 7th biggest city of Brazil, considering the city proper, and the urban area is really small in comparison. Maybe people are guessing the cities of 2014 World Cup.
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2021
Also, Manaus is easily recognizable for me because it's the only major city in the Amazon. I get confused by the exact locations of many of these Brazilian cities, but Manaus sticks out like a thumb.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Belém os also a big city on the Amazon. Both Manaus and Belém are the only cities on Brazilian Amazon, with +1m inhabitants. The metro area is small in comparison, though :)
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Level 63
Dec 4, 2016
14/15 for me. I forgot Fortaleza.
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Level 81
Jan 19, 2017
Kept trying Manaus as well. Got them all in the end though. Could be a difference between city vs. metro area. Porto Alegre has a much bigger metro area population.
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Level 26
Aug 12, 2021
Manaus is in Amazonas, near the center of South America, so next time, if you see coastal cities, just for you to know its not Manaus. Its a really fun thing because Manaus and Cuiaba as well are usually really lonely cities, in the middle of no where haha
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Yeah, isn’t so in the center as is located 2348km north from Cuiabá, where is the geodesic center of South America lol.
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Level 44
Mar 20, 2017
Rio de Janeiro is such a beautiful city
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Level 40
Mar 6, 2021
thanks im from rio :)
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
With all its huge problems of inequality and criminality, Rio can still be a really charming city, that I sadly couldn’t visit still.
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Level 71
Aug 28, 2017
Easy
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Level 69
Jan 11, 2018
I thought I typed in Recife, must have spelled it wrong. :(
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Level 80
Sep 4, 2018
I always underestimate Brazil's population compared to the rest of South America.
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Level 66
Jan 21, 2022
It's like almost half of South America's population and area.
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Level 68
May 4, 2019
50 seconds to finish it in slow mode. Proud South American here!
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Level 41
May 27, 2019
I've been spelling it like"Fonteleza" instead of Fortaleza 😑.
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Level 41
May 27, 2019
Please accept "Belo" for Belo Horizonte
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Level ∞
May 27, 2019
Some Brazilians commented that nobody calls it Belo and so it shouldn't be accepted. However, you can type in BH.
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Level 41
May 28, 2019
Ok
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Level 38
Jun 16, 2019
Nobody calls it Belo in Brazil.
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Level 68
Jul 2, 2019
Ok.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Yeah, as a proud Belo-Horizontino, we are accustomed to say BH.
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Level 73
Oct 13, 2021
People from Sao Paulo (Paulistanos) use SP as well
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Or Sampa
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Belo? As from the own city I think only BH can be accepted.
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Level 38
Sep 24, 2019
Surprised no Belem.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Belém on city proper figures on 11th place, and the urban area is really small. Is the 14th of Brazil :)
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Level 56
Mar 28, 2020
Not knowing Brazilian cities really hinders your performance in this one....
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Level 64
Apr 3, 2020
12/15 first try. Can't believe I missed Sao Paulo!!!!
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Level 40
Apr 16, 2021
for some reason i thought bogota was in brazil lol
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Uau Thai, aí forçou mesmo hein kkkkkk
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Level 26
Aug 12, 2021
really easy, but I was struggling on my last one (Recife) which I thought was Natal, and I was trying to remember what was the other city REALLY close to Natal, and yeah I finally remembered it was Recife.
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Level 67
Oct 13, 2021
Curitiba is very underrated. You should research its urban planning.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Indeed. The index of life quality is really big. I don’t know why I still didn’t visit a single part of South of Brazil ;-;
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Level 52
Oct 13, 2021
I think you should include "Sao Salvador" for Salvador
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Errr... no.
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Level 66
Jan 21, 2022
But why?
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2022
The ancient name of the city was "São Salvador da Baia de Todos os Santos", meaning "Saint Savior of the Bay of All Saints" but nowadays its name is only Salvador.
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Level 50
Oct 13, 2021
14/15, thought "Porto" would be enough
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Level 35
Apr 24, 2024
There are many "Porto" cities here in Brazil, such as: Porto Velho, Porto Seguro, Porto Feliz, Porto União...

So I don't agree with just accepting "Porto" for Porto Alegre

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Level 43
Oct 13, 2021
Somehow I glitched on Medellín, but my time is 0:55. When you know the Brazilian cities, you ace the half of the quiz :)
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Level 59
Oct 13, 2021
I've done so many school projects on Brazil that this quiz was very easy
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Level 43
Oct 14, 2021
I would like to study on your school then lol
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Level 61
May 10, 2022
*sad Grêmio fan noises*

Only reason I knew Porto Alegre.

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Level 56
Jun 24, 2023
I'm not good at my Brazilian cities
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Level 40
Feb 22, 2024
brazil carried
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Level 28
May 7, 2024
got all of them extremely quickly except Curitiba, couldn't manage to spell it so I sat here looking like an idiot
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Level 28
May 7, 2024
got all of them pretty quickly aside Curitiba which I didn't know how to spell