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I want to create a list of all world cities named "Alexandria", along with their populations. Can a search engine do that? What could the query look like?

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Have you tried geonames.org? – barrycarter May 15 '13 at 20:26
@barrycarter Yes, thanks. Even though it does not show population for all cities, it's still valuable. Thank you. – Hosam Aly Jun 4 '13 at 21:48
You might want to play around with a db I created from the geonames.org data. Sample query: 69d09f284af2d9321d9a6863d0defa2d.geonames.db.barrycarter.info This isn't very detailed, includes cities whose alternate name is Alexandria, and exposes a duplicate in the geonames.org database. – barrycarter Jun 6 '13 at 4:10
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Mathematica could answer this with CityData:


Giving the following output:


But unfortunately the list of outputs, accessible by CityData["Alexandria"] in Mathematica isn't available in Wolfram|alpha at the moment.

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A search enging would not be an effective way to accomplish what you want since it would not distinguish between different Alexandrias. Instead, see Wikipedia's article on Alexandria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_(disambiguation) and click on the links in the article to see the population for each place.

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Thanks for your answer. I was hoping there would be a way to use something like Wolfram Alpha to generate that data, but it seems I'll have to do it manually for now. – Hosam Aly Mar 12 '13 at 18:09

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