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Five Most Populated Cities by Continent

Can you guess the five most populous urban areas in each continent?
Source: citypopulation.de, 2023
Cities located between two continents are placed in both
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Last updated: March 3, 2023
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First submittedJanuary 14, 2016
Times taken148,628
Average score70.0%
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Africa
22.2 m
Cairo
21.4 m
Lagos
15.0 m
Kinshasa
14.8 m
Johannesburg
9.00 m
Luanda
 
 
Asia
67.8 m
Guangzhou
40.4 m
Tokyo
40.0 m
Shanghai
33.4 m
Delhi
28.9 m
Jakarta
Europe
18.8 m
Moscow
16.2 m
Istanbul
14.8 m
London
11.4 m
Paris
6.85 m
Madrid
 
 
North America
24.9 m
Mexico City
23.1 m
New York City
17.7 m
Los Angeles
9.90 m
Chicago
8.80 m
Washington D.C.
Oceania
4.95 m
Melbourne
4.93 m
Sydney
3.28 m
Brisbane
2.23 m
Perth
1.45 m
Auckland
 
 
South America
23.0 m
São Paulo
16.7 m
Buenos Aires
13.4 m
Rio de Janeiro
11.6 m
Lima
10.0 m
Bogotá
101 Recent Comments
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Level 41
Sep 11, 2016
nice quiz, missed the whole of south america because i didnt see it!!
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Level 69
Nov 16, 2019
I cant see south america from where I live either
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Level 69
Jan 8, 2017
Pretty sure Toronto is bigger then Washington D.C and Chicago.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2018
Washington DC's urban area likely also includes Baltimore.
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2020
not the chicago area but definitely dc
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2020
i'll bet the whole state of maryland and virginia is included in the dc area
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2020
The Washington DC metro area is extremely large and includes counties north of Fredricksburg Virginia and most of the state of Maryland, including the Baltimore metro area. While DC proper is not that large population-wise, its surrounding counties are heavily populated with the adjacent Montogomery, Prince George's, and Fairfax counties all-surpassing 1 million in population in their own right. DC is a major hub of business in the US and has the population to boot, it just so happens most of this population lives in the surrounding counties due to the extremely small size of the district of Columbia.
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Level 59
Apr 6, 2020
Toronto's metro area only has about 6 million people while Chicago's is nearly 10 million and Washington DC's (which includes Baltimore due their extremely close proximity) is a little over 9 million
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Level 32
Jun 18, 2021
Toronto only had a population of 5-6 million while Chicago has around 10 million. Also, Washington D.C. includes big chunks of Maryland and Virginia.
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Level 67
Jun 6, 2017
Istanbul. For the same reason every time. Great quiz though. 6794 stands for some big number that represents how good his quizzes are.
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Level 71
Jan 16, 2018
Only missed Khartoum, but that's because I didn't put the H in the right place... Maybe add Karthoum as a type-in? (Or not. Maybe I should just learn how to spell it!)
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Level 76
Apr 20, 2018
Which cities changed when this quiz was reset just now?
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Level 72
Apr 21, 2018
from the above comment, I understand Khartoum has changed.... ;-)
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Level 86
Apr 24, 2018
Istanbul! I know it's in Europe, but I never remember that when I'm taking quizzes.
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Level 82
Apr 30, 2018
Interesting how the largest city on any other list is considerably smaller than the smallest on the Asian list.
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Level 82
Apr 30, 2018
Also surprising how the world's largest city is one of the least guessed.
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Level 60
Jun 4, 2018
Guangzhou is enormous, but it's a relatively new city in terms of importance and it's not like most people outside China have a great knowledge of the country to begin with. Most people can name Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and not many others.
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Level 34
Feb 22, 2019
Cities in china I can name just off the top of my head:

Shanghai

Beijing

Hong Kong

Macau

Wuhan

Hangzhou

Tianjin

Guangzhou

Shenzhen

Nanjing

Xi'an

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Level 44
Jan 22, 2024
I can do

Shanghai

Beijing

Hong Kong

Guangzhou

Macau

Xiamen

Wuhan

Xi’an

Harbin

Dalian

Qingdao

Guangdong

Tianjin

Urumqi

Lhasa

Chongqing

Yunnan

Chengdu

That’s about it

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Level 82
Mar 8, 2022
Guangzhou is not "relative new in terms of its importance". It has been one of China's most significant ports since the Han Dynasty, two thousand years ago. One medieval European visitor, Odoric of Pordenone, stated that Guangzhou was three times as big as Venice and probably produced more than all of Italy. That was eight hundred years ago.
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Level 86
Jun 4, 2018
It also doesn't help that some people probably only know it by the old-school name "Canton" (as in "Cantonese"), which is an issue for a number of Chinese cities (and cities in other countries as well, I assume).
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Level 44
May 23, 2024
guangzhou is only the largest when using a very specific interpretation of what a metropolitan area is, so tokyo is still considered the largest by most definitions :3
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Level 8
Jun 4, 2018
dang, johannesburg slipped my mind, and i legit dindt know bogota, but got the rest
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2018
Got them all pretty quickly, except Luanda which took me a number of guesses.
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Level 86
Jun 4, 2018
Luanda was the last one I got, and definitely one that I would not have gotten without having taken a bunch of other Jetpunk quizzes!
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Level 72
Mar 1, 2019
Sheldon much?
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Level 44
May 23, 2024
my brother in christ we are on a website designed specifically for nerds
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Level 69
Apr 6, 2020
Because he takes quizzes??
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Level 86
Jun 4, 2018
Before starting the quiz, I was curious whether the Oceania column would be 100% Australian. For the sake of variety, I was pleased to see that it was not :)
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Level 72
Jun 4, 2018
Can we accept Joburg for Johannesburg please?
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Level 65
Jun 4, 2018
Alright, it's pending review :)
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Level 83
Jun 4, 2018
Official website even:

https://www.joburg.org.za/

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Level 73
Jun 4, 2018
This was harder than I thought it would be, I liked that there was not too much time, or at least I should say I ran out of time before I ran out of idea. Fun quiz.
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Level 61
Jun 4, 2018
missed 'kinshasa' because I forgot this first 'S', tried it three times
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Level 58
Jun 5, 2018
Would be nice to accept Jburg
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Level 60
Mar 2, 2021
Would also be nice to accept Ldon, Wton, Ksa, Pris, and plenty of others but we can't always get what we want, can we.
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Level 63
Jun 5, 2018
I'm not sure Guangzhou has that many people. Many other websites put it around 15 million. But great quiz!
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Level 52
Dec 17, 2018
Hey, my home is here. Also, 1 second left and won.
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Level 55
Jan 10, 2019
Got 100% with 1 second left. Washington D.C. has almsot caught me.
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Level 59
Mar 17, 2019
Can you give a little bit extra time? I was seriously struggling with time at the end.
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2019
21 out of 30!
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Level 67
Jun 24, 2019
Damn...I don't think I ever appreciated how big Lima and Bogota are.
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Level 38
Aug 30, 2019
28/29 forgot Madrid :(. Where is Saint Petersburg
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2024
I was surprised Paris was on their i like the same reaction
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Level 47
Aug 31, 2019
How did I miss Kinshasa?! I spelled Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa, Accra, Alexandria, but forgot all about Kinshasa! I also somehow forgot Shanghai and Mexico City
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Level 66
Apr 6, 2020
I only missed Luanda. Surprised to see it is on there and Alexandria and Dar Es Salaam aren't.
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Level 76
Oct 29, 2019
The last one I remembered was the capital of the country I live in
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2019
It's interesting how the 5th largest in Asia > Largest in anyother continent + Sydney + Auckland
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Level 69
Nov 16, 2019
What do you mean with +sydney+auckland?
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Level 88
Apr 6, 2020
I'm guessing they mean that even if you added the populations of Sydney and Auckland to the population of the largest urban area of any of the other continents, the 5th largest Asian urban area would still have a higher population.
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Level 54
Dec 10, 2019
i got all BUT Shanghai...

:(

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Level 45
Jan 12, 2020
Not surprising all of Asia's are higher the the largest one of everything else..
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Level 39
Mar 31, 2020
All but Luanda and Auckland
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Level 73
Apr 3, 2020
Kinshasa and Luanda :(
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Level 16
Apr 6, 2020
Somehow I missed Sydney, Moscow, Cairo and Delhi. HOW
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2024
On my first attempt i missed Washington, Luanda, Jakarta, Brisbane, London, and Lima
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Level 58
Apr 15, 2020
Istanbul is not classified as a European city....
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Level ∞
Apr 15, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul
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Level 42
Apr 17, 2020
I am making a quiz with a similar idea but the formatting is wrong. How did you make 2 rows of 3 with your groups?
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Level 54
Apr 27, 2020
Nice quiz. I missed Auckland, Brisbane, Luanda and Perth.
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Level 39
Jun 13, 2020
Gee I always forgot that Egypt is located in Africa
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Level 69
Sep 11, 2020
Washington DC?,What about Houston instead.
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2024
Exactly what i was thinking
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Level 69
Sep 11, 2020
100% by the way
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Level 46
Oct 28, 2020
Mumbai and Kolkata are both more populated then Delhi and Shanghai is smaller than Mumbai, also Tokyo is the largest city in the world and Mumbai is the second largest in the world
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Level 32
Jun 18, 2021
It was said before. Guangzhou includes Shenzen and the entire pearl river delta which is a lot of people. More than Tokyo. Also, Mumbai is not second, it only includes a population of 18-21 million. And Kolkata (Including Howrah) is a big city, third in India, but still less than Delhi, which will include neighboring cities like Noida, Gurugram, and Ghaziabad.
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Level 46
Oct 28, 2020
Shanghai is 4th
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Level 34
Nov 27, 2020
did'nt write mumbai or kolkata. guangzhou isnt that populated, so is jakarta. not that great
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Level 32
Jun 18, 2021
Guangzhou includes Shenzen and the entire pearl river delta which is a lot of people. More than Tokyo. Also, Mumbai is not second, it only includes a population of 18 million. And Kolkata (Including Howrah) is a big city, third in India, but still less than Delhi. Jakarta has a population of over 20 million, but with Tangerang and Bekasi, it will have a population of over 30 million.
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Level 47
Jul 29, 2021
Jakarta alone is probably around 10mil, but if you count in Greater Jakarta which has most of its residential area, the number inflates significantly.
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Level 42
Jan 2, 2021
Mexico City has a population of 21,851,669
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Level 27
May 23, 2021
where is Berlin?
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Level 32
Jun 18, 2021
Berlin only has a population of 4 million, so it wouldn't make the top five. The weird thing is that Germany is the most populated country in Europe (Even more than Turkey) with Russia excluded.
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2024
Europe is to overrated when it comes to multiple terms like the west has a lot less people then you think and is a lot lot lot smaller in size and Africa is underrated for example DRC is very underestimated like their so populated that Kinshasa is literally the largest French speaking city so yes DRC is also ginormous in size use the website Truesize.com but the world lies to you in this way
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Level 60
Jul 27, 2021
Missed Brisbane and Luanda
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Level 65
Aug 11, 2021
Missed, DC, Kinshasa, and Luanda
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Level 16
Aug 17, 2021
If I had like 2 more minutes, I could've got them all. time to take over and over until I can type them faster >_
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Level 61
Feb 17, 2023
unfair time limit
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2024
Oh look at the badges and try those quizzes in city
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Level 42
Oct 9, 2021
Today I've learned there is a city called Guangzhou.

Lo and behold, it's only the biggest city in the world.

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Level 82
Nov 15, 2021
You may have heard it by its old English name before: Canton. It's where you get the name of the Cantonese language from.

It's been a pretty significant city for thousands of years, being founded during the Qin Dynasty. The medieval Italian traveler Odoric of Pordenone said the city was three times the size of Venice and produced perhaps as much as all of Italy.

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Level 26
Jun 24, 2022
Im guessing the test is updated, as there is no "Khartoum" in the list, but Luanda now. Either way, I almost lost because of Washington DC, my brain almost completely deleted that city LMAO
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Level 75
May 4, 2023
Me too, I tried loads of Mexican cities before DC.
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Level 54
Oct 20, 2022
I was under the impression that Tokyo was the biggest city in the world....
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Level 75
May 4, 2023
It just depends how you measure them.
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Level 44
May 23, 2024
it is by most definitions of what a city is, but jetpunk appears to use a slightly wonky definition from an article on statista.com... with sources that i can't view without making a statista account :3
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Level 20
Jan 12, 2023
Missed Guangzhou (because I can't spell)

Missed Washington DC

Missed Luanda

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Level 61
Feb 17, 2023
28/30 I should have got Luanda and Washington D.C. BLAST!!!
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Level 43
Mar 12, 2023
HOW DID I MISS MADRID!?!?!?!
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Level 40
May 4, 2023
Really need to study more North America and Oceania cities, always forgot LA and Chicago lol
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Level 65
May 4, 2023
Guangzhou 54%? Wow.
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Level 59
May 4, 2023
..nice...but too easy...
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Level 68
May 4, 2023
Just a heads up, Melbourne and Sydney need to switch places on the table (4.95m vs. 4.93m).
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Level 68
May 4, 2023
Also Johannesburg and Kinshasa now that I look at it!
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Level 45
May 13, 2023
Fantastic quiz!Kinshasa and Johannesburg needs to swap though.
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Level 50
May 25, 2023
29/30 how did I miss washington lol
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Level 19
Oct 9, 2023
I'm sorry since when does Guangzhou have a population of 67 million? I thought that Tokyo/Yokohama were the most populated in the world.
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Level 57
Jan 1, 2024
You might have confused that with population density, Tokyo definitely has the highest population density of any city in the world but does not have that much land area. Its population is 14.67 million
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Level 76
Oct 22, 2023
Istanbul is not in Europe.
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Level 59
Nov 29, 2023
Istanbul is on its own peninsula that is connected to Europe. Turkey owns this peninsula though, which makes Turkey a transcontinental country, as the Europe-Asia border "goes through" the straight of Bosphorus, which is the divide between Turkey's two pieces of land.
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Level 44
May 23, 2024
29/30, i thought about luanda but didn't try it to save time :3 i always forget how large angola actually is, both in population and area