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World 50K+ City Coverage

Directions

First choose a difficulty by typing ‘beg’, ‘int’, ‘adv, or ‘exp’ – Beginner is 1000km radius, Intermediate 500km, Advanced 250km, and Expert 100km. Then, enter 50K+ population cities and all 50K+ population cities within that radius will automatically fill in. When you have at least 160 countries, the countries remaining will be shown.

hugequiz Premium members will see the 25 largest missed cities at the end of the quiz as large, purple markers – you can mouseover them to see city details for each.

NEW: Premium members can now also play a 3-hour time limit ‘custom’ coverage quiz of any distance from 50km to 2500km, simply enter the distance followed by a ‘.’ instead of choosing from one of the four levels, i.e. ‘1500.’ Quiz score is not recorded for the custom coverage option.

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Bladselleri
11 days ago

Out of curiosity, how are you using citypopulation.de – are you only allowing official census numbers (even if they are very old) or also estimates? I happened to look at the page for Central African Republic today and it seems like the cities and numbers listed in the quiz are based on the last census, which was from 2003. According to the estimate from 2021 there are now 10 cities with over 50K.

Bladselleri
1 month ago

Any chance of fixing the issue with all times past 1 hour registering as 0m 0s for advanced and expert? 🙂

andrea
3 months ago

It looks like the “Data Updated” is incorrect – it still says 10/11/2021 even though the total number of cities just changed.

gawungis
3 months ago

Also, why doesn’t Tidore, West Papua, Indonesia work? It does in other quizzes that are less up-to-date than this one. Surely they haven’t lost 50k people in a few years?

gawungis
2 months ago
Reply to  darin

It’s accepted in the World 500 Km Coverage Challenge, just tried it again and it worked.

Bladselleri
4 months ago

The marker for Hulunbuir in northern China appears to be quite off

Bladselleri
4 months ago
Reply to  darin

Yeah, it’s a bit tricky sometimes with cities vs. prefectures in China, since many prefectures are named after cities and it is not so clear if the name refers to the city or the prefecture. The large area for Hulunbuir is the entire prefecture, and it would be a bit peculiar to count all that as the city. To my knowledge you don’t do that with other Chinese prefectures (practically all larger Chinese cities in the quiz have a prefecture as well but are still placed at their city centers), and other cities within Hulunbuir prefecture also appear on the quiz.
Now, I don’t have intimate knowledge of Hulunbuir specifically, and some sources list the city name as Hailar instead of Hulunbuir. You might even want to accept both (I have only ever heard of Hulunbuir, and it does come up as “prefecture level city” when I google it). Either way the city itself is quite clearly located to the west of Yakeshi and not to the east as it is currently.

Bladselleri
4 months ago
Reply to  darin

Weird, doesn’t seem that consistent from them.
Anyway, thank you, and thanks for your great work on these quizzes – truly amazing and enjoyable to play!

Bladselleri
4 months ago

I’ve been wondering for a while, why do we have two Dohas and two Kuwait Cities?
Also, there seems to be some kind of bug with the scoring at advanced and expert, for most scores except a few it says 0 minutes 0 seconds.

drgn2580
5 months ago

Really having a fun time speedrunning this. Helps that cities like “St Louis” or “San Juan” have significant transcontinental coverage!

paradox28
5 months ago

Is this quiz no longer available to non premium users? I used to be non premium users could play it every other week.

jalffie
5 months ago
Reply to  darin

How is the server run that the traffic needs to be so actively controlled? It seems like a hassle tbh

drgn2580
6 months ago

Interestingly, putting Sittwe, Myanmar doesn’t not work, but Akyab does!

jalffie
6 months ago

the leaderboard is a mess due to the change in total number of cities… also some times seem suspiciously low

Zayren
6 months ago

For some reason Gitega is missing

ColeFO2
8 months ago

shout out to Darin, this guy is thorough, nice job 🙂

schraverus124
8 months ago

Why is Muscat not there, if going of urban area that is almost at a million

candaroglu
8 days ago
Reply to  darin

As a former Muscat resident, I’ll try to explain this. On Citypopulation, the site lists “As-Sib” as being the largest city in Oman. I lived in As-Sib. Technically. It’s a neighborhood. 400,000 people may seem large for a neighborhood, but that’s what it is. I’ve heard of Matrah (it’s Mutrah), one of the other districts. That’s where the Old City is located-the only reason people might use the word Mutrah is discussing tourism. Honestly, Bawshar, the other one, I don’t even know that. If you said you lived in Bawshar, I’d ask where that was. They’re all Muscat. People also know Ruwi-this is a commercial area where you will only see people of South Asian descent. I remember once asking for my address and realizing I immediately made a mistake-the poor secretary started writing six lines:

Area (Al Hail South for me)
Building No.: xxxx
Way No.: xxxx
Street No.: xxxx (the same number as the way number!)
Block No.: xxx
Plot No: x/xxx

candaroglu
8 days ago
Reply to  candaroglu

I can’t think of another example in any capital city like Muscat. I’ve lived in Kharkiv, Aden, Dushanbe, Sana’a, Ankara, Istanbul, Sousse, Damascus, and Buenos Aires and while I can tell you the districts I lived in, it’s not like “Baghdad Street” is a valid answer for the capital of Syria.

candaroglu
8 days ago
Reply to  candaroglu

Another quick useless fact. I should correct myself. I lived in Seeb (spelled that way in English). Except for citypopulation, I have never seen “Sib” written and I have never heard a person use the definite article (al, as in this case) to describe it.

FlorianKyo
9 months ago

What is missing for France if you have mainland and French Guiana?

FlorianKyo
8 months ago
Reply to  darin

I see no 50k+ city

FlorianKyo
8 months ago
Reply to  darin

Now that I have premium I can see that Noumea was missing

eltabarnako
9 months ago

I’m a bit confused… I just paid to become a Premium Member but I still can’t see the city names anywhere? When I hover my mouse over a checkmark, it only indicated the population number… I am very disappointed

Baurn23
10 months ago

I tried to put in Yelizovo cuz it was one of the two Russian ones I was missing, but it didn’t seem to work, is it under a different name (I ended up typing Magadan to get it within the circle but I’m curious for the future)

avic57
10 months ago
Reply to  darin

whats the petropavlosk kamchatskiy city name i cant spell it right

zxph
10 months ago
Reply to  avic57

Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, don’t use an “i” in the Kamchatsky part.

dgghh
9 months ago
Reply to  ItsBeniobro

It’s petropavlovsk kamchatsky and magadan

Tommygogo
10 months ago

Hi, could you consider put a untimed possibility for learing purposes?

paradox28
11 months ago

Did a new city get added to Saudi Arabia? On the intermediate level, I don’t remember having to type Riyadh to complete the country. Putting in Doha, Sanaa, Mecca, Hail, Abha, Basra, Tikrit, & Salt seemed to cover it before. But now I have to type in Riyadh to cover the country. Or did one of the cities I listed get slightly moved away from the center of the country?

Shadowofthesun
11 months ago

It appears Nuuk doesnt work for greenland. is it under another name?

ebcon
11 months ago

What is the city in northeast Alberta? It’s obviously Fort McMurray, but that isn’t an accepted answer. Is it in the list under another name?

4xion
10 months ago
Reply to  darin

This isn’t quite right, Wood Buffalo is the extremely large regional municipality (over 60000 sq km according to Statistics Canada), and Fort McMurray is the local population center (how StatCan classifies towns, cities, etc) with population 68002 according to the Canadian 2021 census

4xion
10 months ago
Reply to  darin

Interesting, this one seems to have it correct: https://citypopulation.de/en/canada/cities/
with no Wood Buffalo listed. Similarly, https://citypopulation.de/en/canada/alberta/_/UA0292__wood_buffalo_fort_mcmurra/
also Statistics Canada has Fort McMurray as the population center and Wood Buffalo as the large region

sircus
1 year ago

Great puzzle and website, congrats! It would be nice to add Cordova as a valid spelling for the Spanish -speaking cities of Córdoba.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%B3rdoba,_Spain

BaronessSandra
1 year ago

Cape Breton, Canada doesn’t seem to be a valid answer, but it shows up on other quizes as a 50k+ city. According to this http://www.citypopulation.de/en/canada/cities/novascotia/?cityid=2799, it has a population of 94007.

BaronessSandra
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

But the world cities random grid quiz does not use urban area. I had Cape Breton as an answer there multiple times. Its also an answer in North America city grid and Canada city grid and its given population there is about 90k.

diogenes
1 year ago

Kazakhstan ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

cminusmax
1 year ago

Sānménxiá (Henen, China) is a bit off, too, lies in Shanxi. Also, as BaronBones remarked below, Pematangsiantar in Indonesia is placed on the wrong island. Maybe you could correct this, too.
Might I ask what source you used for the cities in Myanmar (name, population); I can’t recognise your selection on citypop? Thanks a lot!

cminusmax
1 year ago

Sorry. me again, Milange (Mozambique) lies im Malawi on your map. Maybe you could double check? Thanks

BaronessSandra
1 year ago

This quiz seems to be missing Shepparton, Australia, although other quizes do have it (as a 50k+ city)

BaronessSandra
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

On Australia city grid for example Shepparton has a 50-75k pin though.

BaronessSandra
1 year ago
Reply to  BaronessSandra

Also, Pematangsiantar in Indonesia seems to have the wrong coordinates: it’s supposed to be in North Sumatra, but it shows up on Central Java. Seems to be in the wrong spot on random grid world as well (had a tile that had to be Pematangsiantar according to citypopulation.de, but instead the answer was Tebbingtinggi).

MajorHurricane
1 year ago

Missed one city in Russia and one in Algeria. Looks like either Tamanrasset or Djanet in Algeria, it appears by other comments that Salekhard was the one in Russia I missed

paradox28
1 year ago

Finally a 100% on intermediate. What a tough but fun quiz. How people are able to figure out the least amount of cities to be the most efficient, I’m not sure how they are able to do it so well. I’ll have to redo intermediate a few more times before I dare try advanced.

paradox28
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

Great. Now there’s some random Portugal oversees territory city out there I can’t find now. It’s not Praia. What a pain to be so close to 100%. 9453/9455.

paradox28
1 year ago
Reply to  paradox28

Ah, it was Funchal.

paradox28
1 year ago

I got 9448 but can’t find that elusive missing Russian city. It’s not Norilsk, Magadan, Novy Urengoy, Yakutsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Murmansk, Surgut, Ufa, Omsk, Tomsk, Bratsk, Kazan, Volgograd, Moscow, Syktyvkar, Arkhangelsk, Salekhard, etc. I cannot figure out if it’s in Siberia or farther east. It’s driving me crazy.

paradox28
1 year ago
Reply to  paradox28

I think it was Neryungri, btw.

gengarca
6 months ago
Reply to  paradox28

Could it have been Khabarovsk, perhaps?

zxph
1 year ago

Is petropavlovsk on the quiz? I always seem to get a marker around that area whenever i do cities in that vicinity, but im not able to type it in.

alb4
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

I tried to enter this but I missed the second ‘v’

zxph
1 year ago
Reply to  alb4

i always used a different spelling or just tried “petropavlovsk”, never worked so i usually left it.

aniasu2619
1 year ago

I got 9240 on my first try. I did search up some cities to get their spelling, but I already knew those before.

Purahan2011
1 year ago

First attempt was 9081, all from memory

Kanonier1886
1 year ago
Reply to  Purahan2011

9213

Flaxstav
1 year ago

9000 on the first try, with the help of wikipedia, sometimes the city names are very different in english xD

Flaxstav
1 year ago
Reply to  Flaxstav

btw, great quiz

JuliaDel
1 year ago

Is there a time limit to this quiz? Suddenly, it just stopped.

JuliaDel
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

Yes, thank you! Eventually figured it out 🙂 Great set of quizzes!

dsb203
1 year ago

out of curiosity: where did you get the raw data for this, is it publicly available?

dsb203
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

very cool, I’ll check it out. Thanks!

GeneralKenobi
1 year ago

Why isn’t bucarest a city

kosta123456
1 year ago

i am very disappointed i didnt get everything in russia, i have no idea what i even missed

nicbertobvan
1 year ago
Reply to  kosta123456

Did you get Norilsk?

Asphalt09
1 year ago
Reply to  nicbertobvan

The hard cities are Norilsk, Yakustk, Salekhard, Magadan etc.

bibian
1 year ago
Reply to  Asphalt09

Yakutsk is easy if you’ve played Risk! 🙂

Qazmkop13579
1 year ago

Why doesn’t Muscat, the capital of Oman work. it has a population of over 1 million.

Qazmkop13579
1 year ago
Reply to  darin

The city proper still has a population of 750k according to multiple sources.

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