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Most Guessed World Cities

Try to name the most well-known cities in the world, based on JetPunk stats from this quiz.
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Quiz by 5423addy
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Last updated: January 24, 2024
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First submittedMarch 6, 2017
Times taken55,308
Average score85.7%
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City
96
New York City
95
Tokyo
93
London
93
Paris
92
Los Angeles
91
Beijing
91
Moscow
%
City
90
Berlin
89
Delhi
88
Madrid
88
Shanghai
87
Mexico City
87
Rome
84
Cairo
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City
84
Chicago
84
Rio de Janeiro
84
Sydney
83
Mumbai
82
Barcelona
80
Jakarta
80
Miami
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Level 72
Jul 28, 2017
Good quiz. That last couple are quite tricky because there are so many plausible options.
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Level 79
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 70
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 47
Aug 4, 2017
Not surprised about Bogota or Bangkok
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Level 56
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 67
Aug 4, 2017
Quizzling you do surprise me
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Level 66
Aug 4, 2017
I'm not surprised I agree with quizzling.
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Level 77
Aug 4, 2017
I also agree.
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Level 65
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 65
Mar 17, 2020
not surprised by toronto either
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2020
surprising
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Level 37
Apr 25, 2020
What a surprise
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Level 57
Mar 23, 2021
Where is Surprise, Arizona?
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Level 59
Jun 22, 2021
In Arizona, I presume.
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Level 80
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 55
Oct 10, 2017
Its capital of Colombia
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Level 60
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 62
Mar 17, 2020
"i am ded not big surprise" -Heavy 2008
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Level 65
May 23, 2023
I think most people are only going to bother memorizing 1 or 2 Canadian cities. And my guess is they'd be Vancouver, Ontario, or Ottawa.

That's how I feel about the bottom half of South America. Buenos Aires is the most notable- good air, easy. Then Brasilia. Then it's just a mix of congested cities which I probably have no interest in visiting.

I guess Rio de Janeiro is at the top of the marketing pile due to the money they spent on the Olympics. I guess that's what doing something like buying the Olympics, or an F1 race, will get you- name recognition.

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Level 82
Jan 24, 2024
Ontario is a province.
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2024
I'm confused by your feelings about South America. The Southern Cone is smaller than India and has roughly the same population as Mexico, a lot of those people concentrated in maybe 10ish cities over 1M people. I don't know how they're any more congested than other major world cities. Plus it has the Andes, Pampas, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Iguazu Falls, and lots of beaches if you're not a city person. Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay have the highest HDIs in South America. Why so dismissive? Your loss I guess.
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2024
+ Dubai, Dubai is another one I originally expected.
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Level 69
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 86
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 43
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 63
Feb 9, 2024
It's just one example of Rio being more popular
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Level 43
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 63
Feb 9, 2024
It's just one example of Rio being more popular
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Level 50
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 74
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 43
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 74
Jan 5, 2021
There are also four cities from the USA, but not its capital city.
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Level 40
May 28, 2021
Only 27% guessed BH in most famous city per country quiz
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Level 72
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 82
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 65
Apr 2, 2019
Thats a really weird assumption....
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Level 74
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 69
Aug 4, 2017
Never thought of looking into India for cities.
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Level 84
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 67
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 65
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 65
May 23, 2023
I never associate DC with being a city for some reason. Maybe it has to do with the weirdness of Washington State vs Washington DC being on opposite ends of the country. And also the vagueness of "district". It's in a little overlooked pocket of my brain, alongside Bangladesh.
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Level 59
Jan 24, 2024
SF is no longer on.
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Level 47
Aug 4, 2017
Missed Mexico City!
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Level 82
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 65
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 74
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 82
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 77
Aug 4, 2017
You know you have a problem when you type China and it doesn't work :P
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2017
Sydney made it but Melbourne didn't. Suffer denizens of Bleak City.
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Level 69
Aug 8, 2017
Melburnian who got every one but Sydney, drat
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Level 56
Aug 5, 2017
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Level 65
Aug 6, 2017
I was going to suggest this. Nice work.
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Level 72
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 65
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 85
Jan 25, 2018
With 3 seconds left remembered that India existed and got them all.
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Level 24
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 24
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 89
Mar 17, 2020
Huh? Why is that?
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Level 64
Mar 17, 2020
I would've expected Jakarta in here
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Level 65
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 50
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 74
Jan 5, 2021
Spain has one, and Catalunya has one...
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Level 62
Apr 28, 2021
Missed Barcelona. I am in Barcelona.
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Level 40
May 4, 2021
surprised no seoul
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Level 85
Jan 24, 2024
Maybe it's a big-legged woman.
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Level 68
Jan 24, 2024
Excellent work.
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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 66
Jul 24, 2022
People are full of assumptions and hence life is full of surprises:)
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Level 66
Jan 24, 2024
kind of crazy that Jakarta makes it on the list, it might be a populous city but it's not very well known among'st westerners (the primary users of the site)
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Level 71
Jan 24, 2024
I was really surprised about Toronto not being on here for that reason.
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Level 84
Jan 24, 2024
I guess Moose Jaw came in at #22.