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Saudi Arabia
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Media
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns

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Cities and Towns

The figures given by LookLex are estimates, and heavily rounded off. Accurate population figures presented by many other sources are deceptive and suggest a level of accuracy that does not exist. With few exceptions, urban population figures are no more than advanced guesswork.
Different countries count urban population according to varying methods. In many cases there are no official figures, there may never have been a proper census. There exists no consensus about how to define a border between neighbouring cities, nor to define city borders to a surrounding rural region. City populations are in some cases the population of a municipality, but municipalities can be smaller than the city proper, or they may include vast rural areas.
LookLex definition of a city or town requires continued settlement, and defines the border between neighbouring cities to be the administrative border, a river or a major highway. Our primary source for population data is City Population, but LookLex assess each figure, and in 5 to 10% of the cases we make a different estimate.

Riyadh 4,000,000
Jeddah 2,300,000
Mecca 1,400,000
Madina 870,000
Dammam 690,000
At Ta'if 590,000
Tabuk 350,000
Buraydah 350,000
Hofuf 320,000
Mubarraz 310,000
Khamis Mushayt 300,000
Ha'il 250,000
Hafar al-Batin *) 240,000
Kharj 220,000
Thuqbah *) 210,000
Jubail 200,000
Khobar 200,000
Yanbu 170,000
Abha 160,000
Ar'ar *) 160,000
Qatif 140,000
Sakaka *) 135,000
Unayzah *) 135,000
Najran 130,000
Jizan *) 120,000
Dhahran 105,000
Qurayyat *) 105,000
Al-Baha *) 90,000

All figures are 2003 estimates, except *) 2009 estimates.

By Tore Kjeilen