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List of cities by population

 

List of cities by population

This is a list of the world's largest cities in population, ordered by several ranking methods. Determining the world's largest cities depends on which definitions of "city" and "size" are used, and how those definitions are applied. The "size" of a city can refer to its land area, but it is more typically the population. How one defines the land area of a city, however, is key to determining its population.

Common methods for defining the boundaries of a city

Urban Area
"City" defined as a physically contiguous urban area, without regard to territorial or other boundaries. The delineation is usually done using some type of urban density, such as population density or density of buildings (for example, "gaps between structures may not exceed 200 metres"). Satellite and/or aerial maps may be used. For statistical convenience, such areas are sometimes adjusted to appropriate administrative boundaries, yielding an agglomeration.
Metropolitan Area
"City" as defined by the habits of its demographic population, as by metropolitan area, labour market area, or similar. Such definitions are usually based on commuting between home and work. Commuter flow thresholds into the core urban area are established by the national census authority, determining which areas are included.
City Proper (Administrative)
"City" as strictly defined by a given government (city proper). Typically based on a municipality or equivalent entity, or sometimes a group of municipalities under a regional government.

Cities making the top 20 in a list

The numbers after each cell give the ranking of that city in that list. This table is designed to be a way to compare the different lists and discover which cities are well-recognised by all of them, without favouring one list over the others. Rankings in bold are the rankings of the cities in the top 20 of each sources' list. The first four columns are the four different lists used by World Heritage Encyclopedia; after them, external sources are given.

City Country Urban Area Urban Area (UN) Metropolitan Area City Proper WorldAtlas World Gazetteer City Population
Bangkok  Thailand 19 36 58 44 48 21
Beijing  China 11 8 19 9 12 23 14
Bogotá  Colombia 31 13 17 26 25 16 37
Buenos Aires  Argentina 21 12 17 59 20 16 20
Cairo  Egypt 16 18 16 25 17 13 17
Delhi  India 4 2 8 4 15 9 6
Dhaka  Bangladesh 24 9 24 15 18 17
Guangzhou  China 12 28 26 44 61 2
Hong Kong 14 26 12 11 28
Istanbul  Turkey 19 19 2 23 17 23
Jakarta  Indonesia 2 24 6 12 21 8 3
Karachi  Pakistan 11 10 20 3 21[1] 22 8
Kinshasa  Democratic Republic of the Congo 29 29 17 46 28 30
Kolkata  India 18 10 14 44 9 14 19
Lagos  Nigeria 25 20 15 7 19 25
Lima  Peru 30 27 18 26 40 32
London  United Kingdom 32 30 18 19 25 20 24
Los Angeles  United States 17 13 13 47 17 13 13
Manila  Philippines 6 15 11 16 5 9
Mexico City  Mexico 10 3 3 10 2 2 7
Moscow  Russia 15 16 15 7 24 15 16
Mumbai  India 13 7 5 2 3 5 12
New York City  United States 8 4 4 13 5 3 10
Osaka  Japan 14 17 9 18 12 15
Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 22 14 27 19 24 26
São Paulo  Brazil 9 5 7 6 4 6 11
Seoul  South Korea 3 22 2 8 2 4 5
Shanghai  China 5 6 10 1 6 10 3
Tehran  Iran 39 35 16 27 21 22
Tianjin  China 44 32 8 20 52 28
Tokyo  Japan 1 1 1 14 1 1 1

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