Which are the largest cities in the world, you may ask! Well, to answer that, first of all, let me clarify what a city is. In simple words, a city can be referred to as an area in space which consists of human beings living consistently. Typically, cities have a long history, and some fundamentals organize a town and act as an essential feature.
It is of major significance to consider the fact that a city with the largest metropolitan areas in the world does not necessarily contain the largest population.
Various researches have been carried out to determine the largest cities in the world.
According to the survey, Shanghai stands out in the list of largest cities in the world 2018 by population. Similarly, New York is the largest city in the world regarding the area.
We have compiled a list of 25 largest cities in the world by population and by area, by the research perpetrated during early 2018 with a brief and entailed description of each one of them.
Baghdad falls on the 25th position in this list. It is the capital city of Iraq. The approximate population of Baghdad is 8765000. It can also be categorized as the most densely populated city in Iraq and the second largest city in western Asia. Baghdad was originated in the 8th century, and this city has been a center point of learning and trade ever since its establishment.
With a massive population of approximately 8847000, Tehran falls on the 24th position in this list. It is the capital city of Iran. This city has the highest population not only in Iran but also in Western Asia. Similarly, it is the second biggest city by area in the middle east. Tehran consists of numerous museums and is culturally rich. However, there have been a lot of environmental issues in Tehran.
23. Mexico City
Mexico city is also referred to as the City of Mexico. This city has an approximate population of 8919000. Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. In America, Mexico city is considered to be one of the most influential hubs of finance and culture. The vast population of this city makes it the most populated in North America, and it falls in the 23rd position in the list of the largest cities in the world by population!
Cairo is the 22nd largest city in the world concerning population. It is the capital of Egypt, and this city has an approximate population of 9500000! Moreover, the metro population of this city is 20440000. In the middle east and Arab, Cairo has the largest metropolitan area.
Jakarta lies at the northwest region on the island of JAVA. This city is the capital of Indonesia. It is densely populated with an approximation of 9608000, which has often led to an ecological breakdown and is one of the significant challenges the city has had to face. Jakarta is considered a major hub for economy, culture, and politics in Indonesia.
The largest city of Peru, Lima, ranks in the 20th position as one of the largest cities in the world 2017. Lima, also the capital of Peru has a vast population of 9752000 approximately. This city is located in the central part of the country. Lima is home to The National University of San Marcos, one of t he oldest institutions of higher learning and still functioning.
Kinshasa holds a rough population of almost 10125000. It is the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa has the third largest area in Africa, and it is also the biggest city of the country. Situated alongside the Congo River, Kinshasa is considered to be both a province and a city. This city has a metro population of around 21265000.
Approximately, 10152000 inhabitants live in the capital of China’s Sichuan province consisting of a mild and humid climate. Chengdu was formerly named as Chengtu and lies among the three most populated countries in Western China. The Chengdu plain, known as the “Country of Heaven” is considered substantial regarding culture.
The capital of South Korea is the home for 10290000 inhabitants and ranks as the 17th largest city in the world by population 2017. You can always escape the crowd and visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main Royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Similarly, N Seoul Tower could be another destination to enjoy an incredible view of this big city.
With a population of 10355000 people, the second most populous city in Pakistan is the capital city of the country and is located at the northeastern region. Amidst the substantial crowd, one can always turn their attention to visit the Shalimar Gardens at Lahore.
One of the nine leading cities in China, Wuhan is densely populated with almost 10608000 people. It is the capital of the Hubei province in China. The second largest urban lake “East Lake” lies in this city. Similarly, rich in history and culture, Hubei Provincial museum also proves to be an incredible place to visit in the 15th largest city in the world!
Delhi is the world’s 14th largest city with an approximate population of 11035000. This city lies in India and is surrounded by Haryana at three sides, followed by Uttar Pradesh at the east. Including the massive community, Delhi is also home to the iconic Red Fort and 5-storeyed Qutb Minar. Similarly, this city can be an excellent destination for religious people all over the world to visit temples and experience a different culture.
Guangzhou, located in southern China is the capital city of the province of Guangdong. This city lies pretty close to Hong Kong and Macau and is the home for a vast population of around 11548000 inhabitants. The 13th largest city in the world is famous for the Canton tower and the fantastic landscape through its deck.
Once a small market town in China, Shenzhen is now the 12th largest city in the world. This city has proven to be one of the fastest and progressively growing cities in the world. Shenzhen is also referred to as Sham Chun and holds a population of around 11908000 people. The Window of the world, one of the most attractive tourist destinations is located in this city.
11. Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo has an approximate population of 12038000, and it covers an area of about 21243000. The 12th biggest city in the world is located in the south-east region of Brazil. This city is not only the most populous in Brazil but also in the western and the southern hemisphere. Similarly, Sao Paulo is considered to be the city where most of the people speak Portuguese.
Around 12400000 natives reside in this densely populated city known as Mumbai, commonly referred to as Bombay. This city is the capital city of Maharashtra and is the second most populous one in the entire Indian state. This city consists of the highest number of millionaires and billionaires in India and is considered to the wealthiest city of the nation.
Tianjin is one of the four leading cities of the People’s republic of China and is the habitat of a vast population of around 12784000 people. In northern China, this city is the largest coastal city and has a metro population of 15469000 approximately.
Manila, commonly called the City of Manila, is the capital of Philippines and ranks as the 8th largest city in the world by population. The Manila ocean park is widespread for its live shows and focuses on the aquatic theme and oceanarium. Fort Santiago is another iconic citadel to visit in Manila.
Moscow occupies the 7th position in our list, and it is the cosmopolitan capital of the nation where the world cup 2018 is being held. This city comprises approximately 13197596 habitats and consists of an area of 17900000. Russia’s symbolic center, Red Square lies outside the walls of this enormous city.
Comprising a massive population of 13617000, Tokyo, the capital of Japan lies in the 6th position. This city is well known for the busy lives of the natives. Tokyo is rich in tradition and modernization as well. We can witness the pairing of tradition and modernization in this city, from historic temples to massive skyscrapers.
Well known for its enormous history and culture, Dhaka ranks among the top 5 largest cities in the world. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, holds almost 14543000 natives in its lap. This city is the hub for an economy, trade, and culture in Bangladesh. There are plenty of museums, parks and art galleries here and thus people can acquire peace within these spots.
Istanbul has an approximate population of 14657000 and occupies an area of nearly 14804000. This city is also called Constantinople or Byzantium and is considered to be the most populous city in Turkey. Istanbul is the center point for the country’s economy and trade and is famous for the Iconic Blue Mosque.
Karachi, ranked as a beta world city, occupies the third spot among the largest cities in the world. This city approximately holds a population of 18000000 and occupies an area of about 27506000. Karachi is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Sindh and acts as the hub for the country’s finance, trade, and commerce.
Beijing is the second most populated and largest city in the entire world. This city was named Peking by the Romans, and it is the capital city of the People’s Republic of China. The Great Wall of China is located in this city. Beijing is the home to around 18590000 people, and it covers an area of 24900000 approximately. Temple of heaven and summer palace are some instances of iconic places to visit in this vast city.
And finally, Shanghai stands out as the largest city in the world by population, with an approximate of 24153000 natives as residents. Shanghai occupies a metro population of roughly 34000000. The country’s biggest city comprises of a 632m Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl TV tower. There are varieties of exciting places to visit at Shanghai, including Yu Garden, The Bund, Shanghai Disney resort and the historic City God temple of Shanghai!
Melbourne falls on the 25th position of the largest city in the world by area. This city is the capital state of Victoria. Melbourne covers an area of around 2080 square km. It is also considered to be the second densely populated city in Australia with a population of 3162000 approximately. This city consists of numerous art galleries. Yarra River lies at the central east part of this city.
24. St. Louis
St. Louis is one of the major cities in Mississippi. It covers an area of 2147 square kilometers, with a population of around 2078000 inhabitants. Gateway Arch, Gateway Arch National Park, Forest Park, city museum are the iconic highlights of this city. If you have a great music taste and you love listening to Blues music of legends such as Eric Clapton, the Soulard district in this city could be your destination!
With a population of nearly 10500000 people within the city and a massive area of around 2150 square km, Moscow ranks in the 23rd position of the largest cities in the world. Moscow is also the 7th largest city in the world by population. This city is the cosmopolitan capital of Russia, and the Red Square lies outside its walls.
Pittsburgh lies in the united states and is the administrative center of Pennsylvania. This city comprises of an approximate area of 2208 square kilometers, with a surprisingly less population of around 1753000 people. Situated at the western region, between the junction of 3 rivers, Pittsburgh is home to various museums and art galleries. The Andy Warhol Museum and Mount Washington are the highlights of this city.
21. Buenos Aires
The cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina ranks 21st in this list. The approximate area of this city is 2266 square km, with a massive population of 11200000. The center of this city is Plaza de Mayo with Teatro Colon as a significant attraction. Similarly, Latin American art is displayed in the modern MALBA museum of Buenos Aires.
20. San Juan
This Spanish city lies at the Atlantic coast of Puerto Rico and is the capital of the nation. The town comprises of 2309 square km area and is the home to around 2217000 population. San Juan is rich in beautiful colonial buildings in addition to an incredible landscape.
St.Paul, sometimes referred to as its neighboring city Minneapolis is the capital of Minnesota. It occupies an area of 2316 square km with 2389000 inhabitants.
South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg has a vast area of 2396 square km. The city of Johannesburg, the capital of Gauteng province, is home to 600000 natives and consists of numerous museums.
Located in the north-west of the Pacific, Seattle comprises a population of 2712000 people living in a vast area of 2470 square kilometers.
The commercial hub of Japan, Osaka, is the 16th largest town in the world, occupying an area of 2564 square km, with a considerable population of 16425000 people. Osaka also ranks as one of the largest cities by population and is known for modern architecture. Similarly, the street food in this city is famous all over the world.
Famous for its history and heritage, Essen lies in the western region of Germany. Essen has an area of 2642 square km, with a comparatively less population of 7350000 people.
Paris, a travel destination for every traveler is the capital city of France. The home of Eiffel Tower and well-known for fashion and culture, this European city occupies an enormous area of 2723 sq-km, with a population of 9645000 natives in approximation.
Nagoya, the capital city of Aichi prefecture of Japan, comprises of a population of 9 million people. The area taken by this city is approximately 2875 sq-km. This city is a central point for manufacture and shipping. The sky boat Ferris wheel and Nagoya castle are some of the beautiful highlights of this city.
Located at the edge of the south-east in Florida, Miami occupies an area of 2891 sq-km. About 4919000 natives reside in this major city. This city is widespread for its colorful art and decorations. Miami beach is probably the most visited places by celebrated people in Florida. The Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium are some of the famous places to visit in Miami.
The capital of the united states, Washington comprises an area of 2996 sq-km and is home to around 3.9 million people. Known to be one of the largest cities in the us, it is rich in iconic monuments and buildings. The three branches of the federal government; the capitol, the white house, and the supreme court reside in Washington.
Detroit city makes it to the top ten list as the largest city in the world by area 2017. This city has a land area of 3267 sq-km with a population of 3903000, surprisingly less in comparison to the area. This city is a hub for industries and is considered to be the largest city in the middle west state in Michigan.
Houston is a city in Texas and is considered to be the most populous city there. This city inhabits an area of 3355 sq-km and is home to 3823000 people approximately. Houston lies close to the space center. This vast city is widespread for its historic architecture and upscale restaurants.
Similar to Houston, Dallas is another major city in the northern region of Texas. Comprising a vast land area of 3644 sq-km, this city marks as the home to 4146000 natives. The sixth-floor museum at the Dealey Plaza, in this city, is the site of the assassination of the former president John F Kennedy in 1963. Dallas World equilibrium, Dallas Arboretum, and Botanical are some outstanding attraction in Dallas.
7. Los Angeles
Los Angeles is one of the prime cities in California and ranks as the 7th largest city in the world. This city, also considered the hub for television and film industry of the nation, inhabits an area of 4320 sq-km, and a rough population of 11789000 people. The widespread significant studios such as Paramount Pictures, Warner brothers reside in this city.
Founded in the early 1630s, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the united states. It is a city located in Massachusetts and inhabits a population of 4.03 million people within a land area of 4497 sq-km. One stop is a public marketplace in this city.
Rich in history, Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania also succeeds to position itself as the 5th largest city in the world. This city has a vast area of around 4661 sq-km and inhabits a population of 5.1 million. Philadelphia is a major attraction for tourists. The Philadelphia Museum is known to immortalize the run of Sylvester Stallone in his iconic movie “Rocky.”
A beautiful city in Georgia of the united states, also the capital of the nation is not only the 4th largest city but also the most populous one in the state of Georgia. This city inhabits a land area of 5083 sq-km with 3.5 million natives residing in it, with a density of 700 people per sq-km. Atlanta History center marks as the historic site of Martin Luther King Jr. An American sitcom named “Atlanta” was introduced in 2017 and is based in Atlanta!
Chicago or the city of Chicago grabs the third position, both as the largest city in the world by area and the most populous city in the united states after LA and New York. The land area covered by this city falls under an approximation of 5498 sq-km, with a massive population of around 8.3 million people.
The capital city of Japan, Tokyo is the second largest city in the world by area and the sixth biggest city regarding population. Comprising of an area of 6993 sq-km, and a population of a massive 33.2 million, Tokyo is wealthy in tradition and modernization.
1. New York City
New York City, the home of the Empire state building and The Times Square stands out as the largest city in the entire world by area, occupying an enormous region of 8683 sq-km, with an approximate population of 8.538 million natives. This city is famous for Broadway theaters and cinemas. If you are a fan of ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S,’ you should know that the apartment in the series lies in Corner Grove street in New York City!
A city is sorted out as the largest city based on the area it occupies and the population living in and around it. So, what’s the largest city in the world? In the above list, we have analyzed all the researches and surveys and accurately described the biggest cities in the world by population and by area in square kilometers.
You can serially go through them and acquire the necessary knowledge about the largest cities in the world. You can also learn about the fundamentals of all these cities, and the beautiful features all of them possess.
In addition to the criteria of falling under our list, the total of these 50 largest cities in the world(25 in terms of area and 25 in terms of population) mentioned above have specific characteristics and fundamentals of their own that make them a bit more special than just being among the largest cities in the world!