Largest compass point cities in the world


Source: en.wikipedia.org

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Below are lists of the largest cities in the world that incorporate one of the four cardinal compass points (North, South, East, West) into their name. All cities with more than 50,000 residents, plus the largest one just under 50,000 population were included in the lists. Any additions, changes, corrections, and oversights are most welcome.

Gleaning the data, there seems to be less likelihood of naming a place with the direction “East” in it versus the other three compass points. I have no idea why this is, though it could be they just are not large enough to make the list as cities like Easton, East Peoria, Eastpointe, East Providence, East Liverpool, East St. Louis, East Chicago, and East Moline certainly dot our maps in the United States.

The only intercardinal or ordinal city name which I am aware of is North East, Pennsylvania, which oddly enough happens to be located in northwestern part of the state near Erie.  Enjoy!

North

  1. North Dum Dum, India = 253,625 (2011)
  2. North Las Vegas, NV = 216,961 (2010)
  3. Northampton, UK = 212,100 (2011)
  4. North Charleston, SC = 97,471 (2010)
  5. Norrkoping, Sweden = 87,247 (2011) –  Norr translates to North
  6. Palmerston North, New Zealand = 75,543 (2006)
  7. North Richland Hills, TX = 63,343 (2010)
  8. North Little Rock, AR = 62,304 (2010)
  9. North Miami, FL = 58,786 (2010)
  10. North Port, FL = 57,357 (2010)
  11. North Bay, ON, Canada = 53,651 (2011)
  12. North Vancouver, BC, Canada = 48,196 (2011)

South

  1. South Dum Dum, India = 410,524 (2011)
  2. Southwark, UK (London Borough) = 288,300 (2011)
  3. Southampton, UK = 253,651 (2011)
  4. Southend-on-Sea, UK = 177,931 (2011)
  5. South Bend, IN = 101,168 (2010)
  6. South Gate, CA = 94,396 (2010)
  7. Sodertalje, Sweden = 64,619 (2010) – Soder translates to South
  8. South San Francisco, CA = 63,632 (2010)
  9. South Whittier, CA = 57,156 (2010)
  10. South Hill, WA = 52,431 (2010)
  11. South Jordan, UT = 50,418 (2010)
  12. Southaven, MS = 48,982 (2010)

East

  1. East London, South Africa = 267,007 (2011)
  2. East Los Angeles, CA = 126,496 (2010)
  3. Eastbourne, UK = 99,412 (2011)
  4. East Hartford, CT = 51,252 (2010)
  5. East Orange, NJ = 64,270 (2010)
  6. East Lansing, MI = 48,579 (2010)

West

  1. Westminster, UK (London Borough) = 219,396 (2011)
  2. West Valley City, UT = 129,480 (2010)
  3. Vasteras, Sweden = 110,887 (2010) – Vast translates to West
  4. Westminster, CO = 106,114 (2010)
  5. West Covina, CA = 106,098 (2010)
  6. West Jordan, UT = 103,712 (2010)
  7. West Palm Beach, FL = 99,919 (2010)
  8. Westminster, CA = 89,701 (2010)
  9. Westland, MI = 84,094 (2010)
  10. West Bromich, UK = 75,405 (2011)
  11. Weston, FL = 65,333 (2010)
  12. West Hartford, CT = 63,268 (2010)
  13. West Des Moines, IA = 56,609 (2010)
  14. West Haven, CT = 55,564 (2010)
  15. Midwest City, OK = 54,371 (2010)
  16. West New York, NJ = 49,708 (2010)
  • Population sources: en.wikipedia.org
  • Map sources: google.com/maps
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2 Responses to Largest compass point cities in the world

  1. jeansc35 says:

    The one thing I don’t like is the use of “largest” as a synonym, without explanation, for “most populous.” My major in Geography says I’m going to understand “largest” to mean “having the biggest area” unless someone says he is using a different, lesser definition.

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