World’s largest “polis” suffix cities


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Below is a list of the largest cities in the world that incorporate a standard variation of the Greek term for a city-state “polis” as a suffix in their name*. Since some of these cities are suburbs of larger cities, the rankings are based on the core “polis” city population. A minimum population of 10,000 was necessary to be included on the list.

  1. Indianapolis, Indiana = 867,125 (2018 est.)
  2. Florianópolis, Brazil = 477,798 (2016)
  3. Mariupol, Ukraine = 461,810 (2013)
  4. Sevastopol, Ukraine/Russia = 443,211 (2019)
  5. Stavropol, Russia = 433,931 (2018 est.)
  6. Minneapolis, Minnesota = 425,403 (2018 est.)
  7. Anápolis, Brazil = 361,991 (2014)
  8. Petrópolis, Brazil = 305,917 (2010)
  9. Teresópolis , Brazil = 180,886 (2018 est.)
  10. Tiraspol, Moldova = 133,807 (2015)
  11. Alexandroupoli, Greece = 72,959 (2011)
  12. Penápolis, Brazil = 58,510 (2010)
  13. Kannapolis, North Carolina = 49,761 (2018 est.)
  14. Quirinópolis, Brazil = 46,778 (2014)
  15. Annapolis, Maryland = 39,174 (2018 est.)
  16. Marijampolė, Lithuania = 36,629 (2017)
  17. Neapoli, Greece = 27,084 (2011)
  18. Gallipoli, Italy = 20,604 (2017)
  19. Megalopoli, Greece = 10,687 (2011)

*”Bul” in the name Istanbul is the Turkish variation of “polis.” If included on the list, Istanbul would be the largest “polis” city.

SOURCES: en.wikipedia.org for each city and flag plus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polis

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2 Responses to World’s largest “polis” suffix cities

  1. Dan Tilque says:

    Perhaps Istanbul should be the largest city in this list. Its name comes from the Turkish pronunciation of a Greek phrase meaning “in the city” or “to the city”, as described in the Wikipage below. Thus, the -bul part of Istanbul derives from -polis.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Istanbul#%C4%B0stanbul

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