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Most Populous Cities as a Percent of Their Continent

Name the urban area whose populations make up at least 1.0% of their respective continents.
Urban area population according to citypopulation.de, January 2024
Oceania includes Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
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Last updated: March 6, 2024
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First submittedJuly 22, 2019
Times taken43,038
Average score75.7%
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City
11.12
Melbourne
11.07
Sydney
7.45
Brisbane / Gold Coast
5.04
São Paulo
5.01
Perth
4.17
Mexico City
3.81
Buenos Aires
3.66
New York City
3.29
Auckland
3.16
Adelaide
%
City
2.92
Moscow
2.86
Los Angeles
2.85
Rio de Janeiro
2.69
Lima
2.43
Istanbul
2.37
Bogotá
2.28
London
2.21
Honolulu
1.88
Santiago
%
City
1.76
Paris
1.60
Chicago
1.56
Cairo
1.47
Guangzhou
1.45
Lagos
1.42
Washington, D.C.
1.28
Boston
1.28
Toronto
1.27
Dallas
%
City
1.25
Philadelphia
1.24
San Francisco
1.17
Houston
1.12
Belo Horizonte
1.08
Kinshasa
1.05
Miami
1.02
Madrid
1.01
Johannesburg
1.01
Atlanta
105 Recent Comments
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Level 75
Sep 18, 2019
Honolulu should not be as high as it is. Even if you count the whole island of Oahu in Honolulu's population, it would still be .5 mil short
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Level 85
Sep 22, 2019
Hawaii is part of Oceania, and it therefore counts.
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Level 62
Apr 5, 2020
Hawaii isn’t on any continent! It should be removed from this quiz.
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Level 60
Mar 7, 2024
Of course Hawaii is on some continent. Islands are all parts of continents. Otherwise, is Japan not an Asian country? Is London not in Europe?
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2019
Honored that this quiz has spawned a new JetPunk debate
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Level 79
Mar 7, 2024
Nah, you just made a mistake and it's silly. Hawaii should not be classified as "Oceania" on this site.
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Level 66
Mar 7, 2024
Please explain why the very much Polynesian archipelago is not in Polynesia? Because it's slightly closer to America than some other Polynesian islands? Is Rapa Nui in South America?
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Level 73
Sep 19, 2019
Bloody Philadelphia ! I always forgot this city in every single quiz, damned !...

It should be erased to make all quizzes easier... (just kidding)

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Level 70
Jun 28, 2022
It could be erased from this quiz and included in the NYC agglomeration.

I know that's kind of ridiculous, but they've done that with Brisbane and Gold Coast in Australia - two separate cities whose outer reaches abut each other, so by the same logic Philly is part of NYC.

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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
New York and Philadelphia are farther away though, if the area grows more then maybe
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Level 65
Sep 20, 2019
What about Kinshasa?
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Level 65
Sep 20, 2019
Africa's population is at least 1.23 billion, so Kinshasa just misses the cut at 12 million.
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2022
Kinshasa seems to be big enough now. citypopulation.de puts it at 14.5m. Most sources seem to put Africa's population at about 1.41b at present.
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Level 86
Sep 26, 2019
Honolulu's not in Oceania! It's in Cyprus!
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Level 69
Oct 3, 2019
I've never before seen Guangzhou estimated to have a higher population than Tokyo. To get that number you have to combine Guangzhou with five other cities. The area covered by this agglomeration must be massive.

Does anybody know why citypopulation.de does it this way? It seems arbitrary to me. Though I suppose you have to draw a line somewhere and that always will be somewhat arbitrary.

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Level 65
Oct 3, 2019
Yes, this quiz uses urban agglomerations, so Guangzhou is paired with other major cities of the Pearl River Delta.
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Level 70
Oct 15, 2019
Yass, finally a featured quiz that considers Honolulu to be Oceanian! Progress is being made.
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Level 22
Oct 23, 2019
What about Helsinki Finland? And Christchurch NZ. There's so many cities that contain lots of a countries population
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Level 75
Oct 23, 2019
Just read the quiz title once more.
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2019
wth... since when is Honolulu in Oceania? I mean I know it's in the middle of the ocean but that's just weird. It is closer to the continental landmass of North America than it is to the continental landmass of Australia. by a pretty big margin, too.
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Level 67
Oct 23, 2019
Yeah, I could understand reassigning cities if you were talking about continents as defined by landmass and not just politically (French Guiana, for example, is often considered part of South America because it sits on the actual landmass)...but Hawaii isn't even on a land mass. It's just chilling out there on its own, pretty far from everything. It is part of the US by law, so I think it belongs in North America.

I don't think cultural similarities carry weight either, because there is a multitude of cultures on every continent. If Hawaiian is Oceanian because of its culture, then New Zealand is European. It does raise questions about territories though...I don't think anyone would consider Guam North American, for example. Anyway, the new Jimmy Eat World song is pretty good.

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Level 74
Oct 23, 2019
Oceania is not centred on the Australian landmass.
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2019
If Australia is not the continental part of Oceania then 1) that makes Australia an island, contradicting many other quizzes on the site, and 2) what is? You might want to look up the definition of continent
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Level 56
Nov 23, 2020
Well wikipedia (not the most authoritative source I realise) doesn't even describe Oceania as a continent. And the name is perhaps a clue to the fact that its main component is, er, ocean
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Level 66
Mar 7, 2024
There's a reason it's often referred to as "Australia & Oceania." Oceania's just lumped in with Australia because it's so distant from every other continent. Also Line Islands are in America according to you...

It's just stupid to arbitrarily gatekeep an arbitrary classification. Just lump all those islands together, why justify unreasonable claims because you got 36/37 on a quiz because of it?

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Level 79
Oct 23, 2019
Aaaarraarhhghghghh... missed Honolulu, misspelled Philadelphia, typed Dallas and Austin but missed Houston, missed Miami, and typed Georgia instead of Atlanta!!
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2019
Philly is an easier alternative :)
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Level 79
Oct 23, 2019
Nice :)
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Level 79
Feb 21, 2021
This time I got all but Honolulu!
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Level 88
Oct 23, 2019
Woo, my city made the cut! I missed it because I didn't expect it would, but still cool.
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Level 88
Jul 26, 2020
It appears to have been knocked off with the latest update. Boo-urns.
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2019
Loved the quiz but I think there's a few missing cities. Honolulu is not that big. According to the source it listed it at 1 million so Montreal at 4.2, Vancouver at over 2, and even Guadalajara at around 3 should be on here.
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Level 45
Oct 24, 2019
I take back my comment! I just realized that Honolulu counts as Oceania and not North America which makes perfect sense!!
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2019
Honolulu is ridiculous. It's not Oceania. It's an American city in an American state, not an American Territory. North America.
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Level 68
Oct 24, 2019
I don't believe it's ridiculous. Cayenne is a French city in the French equivalent of a state and it is clearly in South America. Inconsistent, potentially, but not ridiculous.
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Level 45
Oct 24, 2019
That's right...just because Honolulu is part of an American state it doesn't make it part of North America.
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Level 82
Oct 24, 2019
I wouldn't say that *just* because Hawaii is a US state that automatically makes it part of North America. But being in the middle of the Pacific ocean and closer to the American mainland than the Oceanic one, I'd say it might as well be. And I'm guessing a large portion of various resources include it as being in North America including other quizzes on this site.
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Level 76
May 30, 2021
The notion of Oceania, however, is not centred on its Australian mainland. Instead, as the name suggests, it is also precisely meant to include several island groups scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, which indeed share many geographical and historical characteristics. In that context, Hawaii is part of Polynesia, which in turn, as the caveat explains, is one of the constituent parts of Oceania.
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Level 60
Oct 3, 2023
Yeah, I think it could reasonably go either way. But it's in no way valid to say it's a part of the US, so it's in North America.
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
So is Kiribati in America, Kal?
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2019
You sneaky trickster! Honolulu? Really?
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2019
good thing i did 100 biggest cities right before this
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Level 49
Oct 25, 2019
Also known as "how many Australian cities can you name"
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2022
It would be trickier if all of the Australian cities with over 1% of Oceania's population were actually listed (three are missing).
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Level 38
Oct 25, 2019
I read the title as country instead of continent and was so confused. There should be one with countries though.
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Level 73
Oct 25, 2019
If we're talking metropolitan area rather than city proper, shouldn't the Rhine/Ruhr urban sprawl be included?
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Level 83
Feb 12, 2020
No, it's only about half the population of the Paris urban agglomeration.
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Level 59
Oct 25, 2019
Tokyo?
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2019
smaller urban area than Guangzhou
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Level 40
Oct 28, 2019
how is wellington on here but not christcurch?
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Level 71
Jan 1, 2020
Honolulu and Guangzhou surprised me!
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Level 81
Feb 12, 2020
one of these things is not like the other ones
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Level 77
Feb 12, 2020
Honolulu is on a volcano in the middle of the ocean. It's ridiculous to say it's on a continent anywhere.
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2020
It fits nicely into Oceania, a continent that consists almost entirely of islands in the middle of the Pacific ;)
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Level 63
Feb 13, 2020
Every piece of land belongs to some continent. I guess they underlined Polynesia in the caveat to give a hint towards Hawaii.
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Level 75
Jul 1, 2020
Given that this nonsense results in only 14% getting Honolulu, I vote to remove it.
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Level 60
Oct 3, 2023
That's a pretty bad metric for validity. You can't change the facts based on how many people know them.
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
I think that's due to people not reading the caveats properly, the underlined "Polynesia" is a dead giveaway
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Level 75
Feb 13, 2020
Only missed 1. The one I missed was because since it's part of a country in North America, I didn't think to count it as part of Oceania. Even though a hint was given. I will warn people pay close attention to all the hints given.
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Level 81
Feb 16, 2020
The Canberra and Newcastle (NSW) urban areas ('agglomerations') are both larger than Wellington (agglom). See citypopulation.de . So Wgtn should drop off, and Newcastle at least come on. Newcastle does not seem to be part of the Sydney agglom, only Central Coast is. Plus a trifling point: Australasia is redundant as NZ is part of Polynesia. Just say Australia.
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Level 81
Feb 17, 2020
I'm bored so i'll give figures - if you're using agglomerations, Wellington is 418,000 (https://www.citypopulation.de/en/newzealand/wellington/), yet Canberra is 457,000 and Newcastle 487,000 (https://www.citypopulation.de/Australia-AggloEst.html).

If you're using urban areas, Wellington is 209,000 (and FYI Christchurch is 374,000) (https://www.citypopulation.de/en/newzealand/cities/) yet Canberra is 432,000 so still above Wgtn (and Chch). Newcastle drops down to 322,000. https://www.citypopulation.de/Australia-UC.html

So it seems anyway you look at it Canberra pips Wellington and Guangzhou. And Newcastle too if you're consistent in using agglomerations, as ur using the Wgtn agglom not urban area.

(Even if you include Kapiti in the Wellington agglom,, which NZ stats do not, Wellington would be abt 465,000, so it's still pipped by Newcastle).

Ok, Oceanic pedantry over. I've probably bored many non-Oceanians too much...

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Level 68
Jun 1, 2020
Brisbane and Gold Coast are different cities.
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Level 71
Jun 14, 2020
Wait, isn't Belo supposed to be a standard type-in?
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Level 65
Jun 14, 2020
It was removed when BrazIlians questioned it, the new short type-in is BH.
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Level 49
Dec 30, 2020
If BH is accepted, then LA should be accepted as well.
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Level 65
Apr 23, 2022
Lagos is also in here, so that would be confusing
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Level 79
Mar 6, 2024
Yeah cities much more commonly start with LA than BH, so only BH can get away with it
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2020
Got done by Honolulu. Interesting debate - shows how notional the idea of a continent can be.
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Level 49
Dec 30, 2020
Guadalajara??? Canberra??
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Level 75
Feb 5, 2021
Guadalajara doesn't make the list. Other US cities are closer to making it than Guadalajara.
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Level 75
Feb 5, 2021
I know it is already in the comments but Wellington is on the list while Christchurch is not. According to citypopulation.de Christchurch has 383,000 people, and Wellington has 215,000. Her is the citypopulation.de New Zealand page for reference. Also neither Christchurch or Wellington should be on the quiz in the first place because Canberra (and arguably Newcastle) is bigger with a urban area population of 432,000 (citypopulation.de) and its agglomeration being 462,000.
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2021
How did you do the math on this? I'm planning on making a similar quiz but can't work my head around it XD
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2021
City population / continent population
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
* 100
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Level 49
May 22, 2021
I thought Lagos was the most populated in africa
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Level 55
Mar 20, 2022
Honolulu is part of North America not Oceania. Please change it.
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Level 76
Apr 13, 2023
Uhhh...no. Honolulu is and has always been part of Oceania.
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2022
Booooo to including Honolulu on this quiz
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2022
Australian cities are wrong.

Gold Coast (718k) is not part of Brisbane (2.58m), and should make the list in its own right.

While the M1 corridor between the two cities is becoming developed along its length, they are considered separate cities by Australians, and indeed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, our peak demographic institution. If they're the same city, then by the same criteria, so are New York and Philadelphia.

Canberra (463k) and Newcastle (505k) are both bigger than 1% of Oceania (and are both bigger than Wellington), and should make the list.

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Level 38
Oct 16, 2022
Even if you insist on counting the Gold Coast as part of Brisbane, as absurd as most Australians might find that to be, I still don't understand why Canberra isn't on this list. Using citypopulation.de Wellington has a population of 217k compared to Canberra at 478k, Newcastle at 350k and even the mighty gong at 279k.
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Level 61
Jan 6, 2023
I completely forgot Honolulu was a part of Oceania.
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Level 52
Mar 10, 2023
very embarassed (and proud?) to say i did this entire quiz (except honolulu) thinking it was percent of country, not continent.
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Level 44
May 1, 2023
What about Kinshasa ? I think more populated than Johannesburg.
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Level 36
May 6, 2023
LA sould count for los angeles
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Level 72
Mar 7, 2024
That typein would interfere with many other city names, including one on this list (Lagos).
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Level 70
May 23, 2023
While not cities and hence not qualified for this quiz, I wonder if any of the research stations in Antarctica have more than 1% of the continent's population.
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Level 84
Sep 11, 2023
Depends. If you're counting penguins as population, then probably not. : )
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Level 60
Oct 3, 2023
It would be hard for them not to. I don't think there are 100 people in Antarctica.
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Level 60
Mar 7, 2024
Apparently it varies from 1100 to 4400. I suppose 11 to 44 is a pretty low cut-off nonetheless.
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Level 58
Jul 17, 2023
I just blanked the names of all USA cities. Chicago? Boston? San Francisco? Never heard of it... tho only ones I missed... hahahahahah
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Level 84
Dec 22, 2023
Honolulu....you serious, Clark?
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Level 44
Jan 9, 2024
Didn't even think about Honolulu
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Level 72
Mar 7, 2024
Ah, has Melbourne surpassed Sydney? That's new. Surprised that Honolulu is so low, the caveat was pretty much a giveaway.
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Level 73
Mar 9, 2024
It hasn't. Sydney is still ahead by some distance, I don't know what source has been used here, but it's just plain wrong.
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2024
The source (citypopulation.de) is listed in the description. It's questionable, but you can take it up with them I suppose.
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Level 59
Mar 7, 2024
Interesting but because of citypopulation.de not considering agglomerations with less than 1M inhabitants, this quiz may be wrong about cities from Oceania. Maybe Port Moresby, Christchurch or Wellington could make the list, who knows?
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Level 79
Mar 7, 2024
Even with the caveat, I find it ridiculous you have included Hawaii as a part of Oceania and must give this quiz one star due to that. I don't care about the technicality, it's silly. Nobody thinks of Honolulu being a city in "Oceania", we think of it as a US city. This site NEVER includes Hawaii in the continent of "Oceania". Neither does any atlas I have ever looked at.

I'm tired of this site allowing for the picking and choosing of how and when to classify certain things depending on the mood of the quiz maker. Keep it consistent and common-sensical for crying out loud.

It reminds me of that silly subreddit " notliketheothergirls" when quiz makers make a point to do things like this to be dIfFeReNt and cause arguments. It's annoying to say the least and makes the site worse.

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Level 81
Mar 7, 2024
It's tricky and makes you think. Calm down.
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Level 84
Mar 10, 2024
National Geographic: Oceania also includes three island regions: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia (including the U.S. state of Hawai‘i).

World Atlas: Geographically, Hawaii is considered to be located in Oceania. [...] The Polynesia Region is mapped by a triangle in the Pacific Ocean. Polynesia includes Samoa, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, and on the northernmost tip of the triangle, lies the islands of Hawaii.

The fact that Hawai‘i is an US state doesn't take away the fact that the Hawaiian Islands are in Oceania. It just means that the US had a territory in Polynesia that later on was admitted into the Union.

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Level 72
Mar 11, 2024
Ah right, because how could anyone view Polynesia as part of Oceania?

Being a city in the US and being in Oceania are not mutually exclusive, that's ridiculous. That's like saying "Mumbai isn't in Asia, it's in India".

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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
Hawai'i is like the most Polynesian place I can think of other than French Polynesia, and the geography and culture absolutely support that. People forget about Hawai'i on US quizzes all the time too, so it's not always thought of as US. like you say it is. It's kind of in a limbo between two places, causing a blind spot regardless of what you're thinking about.
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Level 62
Mar 9, 2024
If you are considering the urban area population you are missing many urban areas in Asia larger than Guangzhou. Delhi, Mumbai, Tokyo, Dhaka, Beijing, Shanghai, and a few others all have more populous urban areas.
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2024
That's for the whole Pearl River Delta
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Level 73
Mar 9, 2024
Melbourne ahead of Sydney? Since when? And as for Brisbane/Gold Coast being listed as a single urban area, that's quite plainly ridiculous. They're a good 60km apart with other cities in between.
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Level 63
Mar 16, 2024
Wow, that's insane. More than 4% of North America lives in Mexico City. That's one out of every 25 people.