LARGEST WORLD CITIES TO SHARE THEIR NAMES WITH NO OTHER
CITIES, TOWNS OR VILLAGES
In the book (and
on this website), the 10 largest U.S. cities to share their names with
no other world cities (or towns or even very small villages) are listed
(Seattle is #1).
Worldwide, unique city names are much more common than in the United
States (of the top 50 world cities, 14 have unique names; of the top
50 U.S. cities, only 5 have unique names). This is partly because
some U.S. cities are named after cities in other countries, but more
because many countries feature languages that are the predominantly
spoken in just one or two countries. Also, countries outside the
United States are less likely to duplicate a town or city name,
while the United States duplicates many (Washington, Springfield,
No English, Spanish or French names (languages used in many countries)
made the top ten ("Mexico City" was not included in this list since
numerous towns (mostly in the U.S.) are named "Mexico", even though
those other towns aren't normally referred to as "Mexico City").
The highest ranking city with an English name was Cape Town, South
Africa, at #16.
1. Seoul, South Korea
2. Istanbul, Turkey
3. Jakarta, Indonesia
4. Kinshasa, Congo (Dem. Rep.)
5. Bangkok, Thailand
6. Bangalore, India
7. Rangoon (Yangon), Burma
8. Wuhan, China
9. Chongqing (Chungking), China
10. Xi'an, China
Mexico City (see above) was not included since there are many towns
named Mexico. Mumbay, India (previously known as Bombay) was not
included since other towns are named Bombay (and the name change
was recent). Ironically, Beijing, China (the new name) is not
unique, yet Peking (the old name) is.
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