Top 10 Largest Cities in the World By Population

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Urban centres have been proliferating across the world. As people generally settle in large cities to take advantage of better economic opportunities, modern infrastructure, and other amenities. However, Asian cities have recorded outstanding growth and development, and most of the largest cities of the world are undoubted, situated in Asia according to the report generated by United Nations Population Division in the year 2016. The only African city in the list is Lagos So, here is the list of Top 10 largest cities in the world in terms of population.

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4Mumbai, India21,357,000
5Sao Paulo, Brazil21,297,000
6Beijing, China21,240,000
7Mexico City, Mexico21,157,000
8Osaka, Japan20,337,000
9Cairo, Egypt20,337,000
10New York,United States18,604,000

1. Tokyo, Japan: 38,140,000

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan is one of Japan’s forty-seven prefectures. Initially, the city was popularly known as Edo but was later renamed in 1868 when the Japanese imperial family relocated there from Kyoto. Tokyo is home to fifty-one of the Fortune Global 500 firms, and it is ranked 4th in the Global Cities Index. The inhabitants of Tokyo are almost all Japanese with some communities of Chinese and Koreans. Tokyo is home to the headquarters of many large corporations and financial institutions such as Yokohama, Chiba, and Kawasaki and many more. One of the most visited cities in the world has headquarters of large corporations and financial institutions, however, the manufacturing sector is mainly concentrated in Yokohama, Chiba, and Kawasaki.

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2. Dehli, India: 26,454,000

Delhi or the National Capital Territory (NCT) is the capital city of India. Delhi is the third most populous city in the world with a population of about 26,454,000 million. Also, it is one of the largest cities in India in terms of geographical area. Due to its economic potential and the existence of a large number of favourable opportunities for the people, there has been a tremendous development in transport, education and other facilities offered by the government and other agencies in Delhi. The city is divided into two regions old Delhi in the north and New Delhi that has been declared as its capital in the 20th century.

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3. Shanghai, China: 24,484,000

Shanghai, the most populous city in China and the most populous city in the world as well as a population of more than 24 million. Shanghai, however, is a renowned international metropolis and a global financial centre and a transport hub with world’s busiest container port. Situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River, it is one of the most influential economic, financial, and richest cities in Easternmost parts of China. The city reported double-digit growth rate since 1992 except during recession of 2008 and 2009. The main services of Shanghai include real estate, financial services, and retail, however, manufacturing accounts for 40% of the total output. The city has many industrial zones namely Shanghai Hongqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone.

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4. Mumbai, India: 21,357,000

Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra is the most crowded city in India and the 10th most crowded agglomeration on the planet, with an estimated population of about 21,357,000. The city standout among the most populated urban districts on the planet and the 2nd most crowded metropolitan zone in India. Popularly referred to as the city that never sleeps; Mumbai is the industrial, financial, and celluloid hub of India, hence derive the reputation of being the financial capital of the country and has the major contribution in the GDP of the country. The city is home to the largest number of population of billionaires and millionaires of the country. It is also headquarters of important financial institutions as the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Reserve Bank of India.

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5. Sao Paulo, Brazil: 21,297,000

As per the United Nations population report, Asia and Africa will see enormous growth in the coming decades. Sao Paulo is the 5th largest city in the world with a population of 21,297,000, however, it is predicted that by 2030, the city will have a population of 23,444,00. The city is the vibrant financial centre of Brazil and known for its cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition.

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6. Beijing, China: 21,240,000

Beijing is the third largest of the four directly controlled municipalities of the People’s Republic of China. With the population of about  21,240,000, it is the second largest city in the world. Beijing, the capital city of China is a unique combination of traditional and modern architecture and is situated in the northern part of the People’s Republic of China. The Population of Beijing is increasing every year and the government is looking for a solution to control and reduce the Population of Beijing as well as China in the upcoming years. The city is an important part of economic development since it produces products like Automobiles, textiles, aerospace equipment, semiconductors and petrochemicals. Also, Beijing has seven World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.

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7. Mexico City, Mexico: 21,157,000

Mexico city with a population of 21,157,000 is one of the most densely populated cities in the country. However, as per the reports it is predicted that in 2030 Mexico city will have a population of 23,865,000. The city famous for a 13th-century Aztec temple known as Templo Mayor, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional. The Palacio Nacional is considered to be houses of historic murals by Diego Rivera. All these spots are situated on the massive main square also known as the Zocalo. The capital city of Mexico is one of the most important financial and cultural hubs of the country.

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8. Osaka, Japan: 20,337,000

Currently, both Osaka and Tokyo are one of the largest cities of the world in terms of population but the fact is that both cities experiencing a drop in the population growth or you can say they have negative population growth. According to the report, Osaka will have a population of 19,976,000 in 2030. Osaka is the largest port city of Japan and the most important commercial centre on the Japanese island of Honshu. The city is quite famous for its nightlife, modern architecture and hearty street food. The main tourist spots are 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle and cherry-blossom trees.


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9. Cairo, Egypt: 19,128,000

One of the major cities of the country from past thousands of years is also one of the populous and largest cities in the world with a population of 19,128,000. However, it is predicted that by 2030, the city will have a population of 24,502,000 people. The city is set along the Nile river and the heart of the city includes some major points like Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum. The artefacts of royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun can be seen there. Giza site is nearby to the Cairo city that has some iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. The city is home to many international media, businesses, and organizations.

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10. New York, New York–Newark, New Jersey, United States: 18,604,000

Reports state that the statistical figures of New York, New York and Newark, New Jersey will grow upto 19,885,000 by 2030, however, the growth could be slow. The cities are among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centres. It has some of the iconic sites includes skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. The city is home to the headquarters of the United States and one of the fastest paced city in the world.

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