Most Guessed World Cities

Name the most well-known cities in the world, based on JetPunk stats from this quiz.
As of March 1, 2020
Quiz by 5423addy
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Last updated: March 2, 2020
First submittedMarch 6, 2017
Times taken40,704
Average score75.0%
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City
96
New York City
96
Tokyo
95
London
94
Paris
93
Los Angeles
93
Moscow
92
Beijing
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City
92
Berlin
90
Delhi
90
Mexico City
90
Madrid
90
Shanghai
89
Rome
87
Cairo
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City
87
Chicago
87
Rio de Janeiro
87
Sydney
85
Mumbai
85
Barcelona
84
San Francisco
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Level 70
Jul 28, 2017
Good quiz. That last couple are quite tricky because there are so many plausible options.
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Level 76
Jul 28, 2017
Agreed. I'm surprised that Istanbul didn't make the cut.
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Level 50
Nov 2, 2017
Me too.
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2020
Me too. And Hong Kong.
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Level 68
Aug 4, 2017
Very surprised that Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto, Bogota and Buenos Aires didn't make the quiz.
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Level 42
Aug 4, 2017
Not surprised about Bogota or Bangkok
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Level 55
Aug 4, 2017
I am surprised you are not surprised about Bangkok but not surprised you are not surprised about Bogota.
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2017
Quizzling you do surprise me
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Level 65
Aug 4, 2017
I'm not surprised I agree with quizzling.
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Level 75
Aug 4, 2017
I also agree.
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Level 64
Dec 3, 2017
I'm surprised your not surprised by Quizzling's surprise. His surprise and non-surprise were non-surprising to me but your surprise to his non-surprise to the surprise surprised me.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
not surprised by toronto either
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Level 59
Mar 17, 2020
surprising
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Level 39
Apr 25, 2020
What a surprise
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Level 54
Mar 23, 2021
Where is Surprise, Arizona?
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Level 54
Jun 22, 2021
In Arizona, I presume.
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Level 67
Aug 26, 2022
I’m surprised you would think that.
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Level 47
Aug 4, 2017
Same- Apart from Bogota! NOt great at geography, so don't know where that is!
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Level 53
Oct 10, 2017
Its capital of Colombia
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2020
Surprisingly, surprising.
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Level 82
May 19, 2018
I will be in Bogota next week, but it doesn't surprise me at all that it isn't on this list. Indeed I would expect Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima and Santiago to appear before Bogota.
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Level 57
Mar 17, 2020
"i am ded not big surprise" -Heavy 2008
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2017
Thought sao Paolo would be on here. When I think of Rio i think of Sao Paolo when it comes to world cities
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Level 84
Oct 12, 2018
Sao Paulo is bigger, but Rio is definitely more well known (which one has hosted an Olympics?)
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Level 37
Mar 19, 2020
Hosting the Olympics does not matter (despite being the last). In addition, there was a fraud in the choice by the director general of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. He was even arrested in 2017.
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Level 37
Mar 22, 2020
A lot of cities that have hosted the Olympics are not there. Therefore, it does not justify the lack of São Paulo.
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Level 51
Apr 8, 2020
a lot of cities have hosted the olympics, but only one was the last to host it, you genius.
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Level 72
Jan 5, 2021
Rio is much easier to write.

And even as of January 2021 it was still the last Olympic host city...

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Level 37
Mar 19, 2020
I live in Brazil, in Belo Horizonte. BH (as it is also known), is a prominent city here, but I already expected not to see it in the quiz. Now, what surprises me is the lack of São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, the Americas and the Southern Hemisphere. It is true that Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in Brazil, but the result surprised me. Curiosity: the capital of Brazil, is Brasília, and not any of those mentioned.
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Level 72
Jan 5, 2021
There are also four cities from the USA, but not its capital city.
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Level 41
May 28, 2021
Only 27% guessed BH in most famous city per country quiz
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Level 70
Aug 4, 2017
It's funny how the most-guessed city isn't the most-guessed on this list. :)
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Level 72
Aug 4, 2017
It's actually pretty interesting how closely correlated the most guessed in this quiz are to the most guessed overall.
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Level 84
Aug 4, 2017
I think some people see "world cities" and assume that means the USA is excluded. But after guessing Tokyo, London, and Paris and seeing there's still an empty spot at the top... probably most of them go on and guess New York.
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2019
Thats a really weird assumption....
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Level 75
Mar 17, 2020
It is, but have you worked for a US-based global company? Their definitions (admittedly in my not-too-extensive experience) of international, etc. tend to mean "non-US", whereas to me it means "the whole world, including US". OK, not exactly the same, but similar thinking
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Level 50
Mar 20, 2020
It's a realistic assumption.
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2017
Never thought of looking into India for cities.
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Level 87
Apr 10, 2018
They have lots of them! :-)
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Level 65
Aug 4, 2017
Interesting that Washington DC doesn't make the list, but San Francisco does. There are also numerous other world cities that I would have assumed would be here, like Hong Kong, Bangkok, etc.
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2018
Well San Francisco is the headquarters of many of the devices we are using. It is also more diverse and has more connections to other countries in it.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
Apart from politics ( which not everybody follows) washington is hardly ever mentioned. I think you hear most about NY, LA, San francisco, Chicago and Miami.
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Level 49
Aug 4, 2017
Missed Mexico City!
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Level 84
Aug 4, 2017
I wonder if there would be any cities that would show up here but do not because they have populations under 2.5 million. No really obvious ones I can think of, since it goes by urban area and not city proper. But maybe.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
Probably, but I wouldnt know which ones. Especially since I dont know the populations of all. My first two thoughts are Athens and Amsterdam. Athens urban area seems to have passed 3 mil. Amsterdam seems to be a contender.

I think you have the best shot in Europe and the US. For africa and asia we tend to know mainly the big ones, and sometimes not even those ! (besides capitals).

Ah and vatican city and monaco might have a shot.

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Level 75
Mar 17, 2020
I was thinking the same as K - would it be an idea to put this qualification in the headers, e.g. minimum population 2.63m [currently] or within the largest 200?
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Level 84
Mar 18, 2020
also the answers here are skewed toward what people would think of as large cities, since the answers are taken from the biggest cities in the world quiz.
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Level 75
Aug 4, 2017
You know you have a problem when you type China and it doesn't work :P
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2017
Sydney made it but Melbourne didn't. Suffer denizens of Bleak City.
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Level 67
Aug 8, 2017
Melburnian who got every one but Sydney, drat
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2017
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Level 62
Aug 6, 2017
I was going to suggest this. Nice work.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2017
I did the whole quiz thinking I was supposed to name the most named capital cities. I was endlessly puzzled when Washington DC was not on the list. What a dope I felt like when the answers came up.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
I apparently did that twice haha, though this time I figured it out in the last seconds so quickly could squeeze in a few :)
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Level 83
Jan 25, 2018
With 3 seconds left remembered that India existed and got them all.
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Level 25
Mar 10, 2020
Me: Has an encyclopedic knowledge of major cities |||

Me when I start this quiz: wHaT's A cItY???

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Level 25
Mar 10, 2020
I'm beginning to believe that the United States is the town drunk of the international community.
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Level 87
Mar 17, 2020
Huh? Why is that?
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Level 56
Mar 17, 2020
I would've expected Jakarta in here
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
Man once again I thought it was only capitals, it seems like I did that last time when I got 9, I was at 10 this time and was slightly confused none of my other attempts worked. untill with 30/35 seconds on the clock I decide to look at the title again... got all but 2
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Level 55
Mar 17, 2020
Hmm...I'm going to make a quiz on the most guessed answers on this quiz.
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Level 51
Apr 8, 2020
hmmm... Interesting to see that other than India, China, and the USA (the three most populous countries) the one country with two world renown cities is Spain.
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Level 72
Jan 5, 2021
Spain has one, and Catalunya has one...
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Level 58
Apr 28, 2021
Missed Barcelona. I am in Barcelona.
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Level 41
May 4, 2021
surprised no seoul
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Level 66
Aug 6, 2021
A quiz that accepts LA for Los Angeles!
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Level 49
Nov 15, 2021
Pretty accurate imo
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Level 63
Jul 24, 2022
People are full of assumptions and hence life is full of surprises:)