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Can you name the 33 largest cities on each continent?
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NOTE: Largest cities by proper city population.
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Aug 28th, 2010 at 23:01 GMT
Why 33 you say? Well, 33 cities on six continents make 198 cities, and Sporcle limits each quiz to 200 answers. It was the highest number of cities I could cram in, without exceeding that limit and still have an equal number of cities on each continent.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 00:05 GMT
You forgot Antarctica... /sarcasm Good quiz, more interesting way to think of it than with countries...
Aug 29th, 2010 at 00:34 GMT
I need to learn my Australian, Brazilian, and New Zealand cities.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 00:48 GMT
Very good quiz. A minor detail: please correct "Yokohama, Japan" (it appears as "Yokohama, Tokyo"). What I see is that it's a mix of metropolitan areas and cities proper. Buenos Aires is metro area (the population of the city itself is stagnated at 3 million since sixty years ago), but São Paulo is only the city (the metro area, with 39 municipalities, is between 19 and 20 million). However, I think this isn't much important to solve the quiz, as the answers appear anyway, higher or lower in the list.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 01:46 GMT
I'm not sure where the source gets its information, but Soweto has been incorporated into the city of Johannesburg since 1994.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 10:49 GMT
There are a few oddities with this list, typically that different size measurements are used for different countries. Philippines is clearly metros (Quezon City, Caloocan etc are in the Manila totals), USA have city proper and Sweden shows urban area. This really makes it impossible to compare across country borders with the source.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 11:20 GMT
Does anybody else feels like some cities are really missing here? Hongkong and Guangzhou should be on this list, according to all sources I can find...
Aug 29th, 2010 at 12:48 GMT
@dancastro: Yokohama has been fixed. And I hear what you're saying about the mix of cities and metros, but you'll have to take it up with World Gazetteer.
@mmuller86: World Gazetteer puts Guangzhou at 43rd place in Asia, and I'm pretty sure Hong Kong counts as a metro area.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 16:16 GMT
i agree with the above. this source has a lot of incongruities. off the top of my head, i noticed the Manila thing that cuendillar brought up (Quezon City is actually the largest city in the Philippines when going by city proper) and the fact that all of the Canadian cities are based on metro populations rather than city proper.
Aug 29th, 2010 at 19:11 GMT
Montreal, along with all of the other canadian cities, is being counted for its metro populations, as the city proper has around 1.6 million, and the metro area has 3.6 million. I can only assume that other cities that are rarely on these types of quizzes (león, ecatepec, naucalpan, zapopan) have similar circumstances. Plus, when Ottawa is listed as a higher population than Washington, you have to know something is wrong
Aug 29th, 2010 at 19:42 GMT
The above comment by MaxQ was by me. I was on my friend's computer and forgot to sign into my own account. Having Soweto on this list is absolutely incorrect, as it is part of the city of Johannesburg.
Aug 30th, 2010 at 03:50 GMT
This is a wonderful idea for a quiz, but the inconsistencies are really aggravating. I know that it's extremely difficult to find any kind of authoritative source on metro area populations, but suggesting that Tokyo is the ninth largest city in Asia is really a joke. Also, please at least make a note specifying that the game is based on geographical continents and not political ones. I understand the reasoning for Honolulu, but it was very unexpected.
Sep 29th, 2010 at 01:52 GMT
honolulu counts for oceania, eh?
Oct 19th, 2010 at 05:14 GMT
Not the most reliable source, but good quiz nonetheless.
Nov 19th, 2010 at 01:50 GMT
the population given for vancouver is the metro area.
Jan 2nd, 2011 at 07:37 GMT
Turkey is in Europe, not Asia. Isn't it?
Jan 9th, 2011 at 22:26 GMT
maybe, since you have 2 extra answers, you could make Istanbul a bonus in Asia, maybe same for Moscow? idk just seems odd to have only 197 cities. Oh and btw, Awesome quiz.
Jan 21st, 2011 at 05:35 GMT
I noticed, you typically gave the metro population for the Canadian cities and the city proper populations for the US... why?
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 19:13 GMT
For some reason, Ottawa actually seems to be the only Canadian city not using metro populations (yes, scoripyo, Ottawa's city-proper pop is higher than DC's). Calgary may be using city proper stats too, just outdated ones (it's hard to tell since its city+metro numbers don't differ much).
Feb 26th, 2011 at 18:06 GMT
The mixture of using metro populations for some cities and "city proper" populations for others is confusing and frustrating. Montreal is neither the 5th largest city nor the 5th largest metro area in North America, for example.
Apr 7th, 2011 at 08:39 GMT
This quiz mixes metro areas among individual cities, as has been said already. The source you used seems to give inconsistent or bad measures of what truly constitutes a "city." It treats many major cities, especially those in China, as territories or states and, thus, divides up their population amongst the various subdivisions of the city. As a result, the distinct urban entity of Hong Kong, which by all measures is at least 6-7 million people is fractured into the districts of the city.
May 5th, 2011 at 06:21 GMT
I swear, someday I WILL learn how to spell 'Dnipropetrovsk'.
May 8th, 2011 at 19:39 GMT
Some of this numbers are for City Proper and some of them are for metro area. Toronto's city proper has 2.5 million people. LA's metro area has 15 million people. Maybe some consistency would be better?
May 16th, 2011 at 21:07 GMT
This quiz is a bit too inconsistent to be great. Potential, but less-than-stellar execution
Jun 30th, 2011 at 03:42 GMT
It was fun going through each continent, brainstorming up some good ones. The downside is definitely the source. When Guangzhou doesn't make it but Chennai does, there must be something going on.
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