List of the Largest Cities in the World by Total Population

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List of the Largest Cities in the World
List of the Largest Cities in the World by Total Population

Following is a list of the largest cities in the world by total population. The cities are ranked in descending order, beginning with the largest city first. The population numbers shown includes the population within the recognized metro area of the city, and includes the people living in the immediate surrounding area outside of the established border of the city.

Please note the population numbers are as of 2009. Updated numbers will be updated shortly

List of Top 10 Cities in the World, Ranked by Population

RankCity, CountryPopulation
1Tokyo, Japan32,450,000 people
2Seóul, South Korea20,550,000 people
3Mexico City, Mexico20,450,000 people
4New York City, USA19,750,000 people
5Mumbai, India19,200,000 people
6Jakarta, Indonesia18,900,000 people
7Sáo Paulo, Brazil18,850,000 people
8Delhi, India18,680,000 people
9Õsaka/Kobe, Japan17,350,000 people
10Shanghai, China16,650,000 people

11 through 100

RankCity, CountryPopulation
11Manilla, Phillipines16,300,000
12Los Angeles, USA15,250,000
13Calcutta, India15,100,000
14Moscow, Russia15,000,0000
15Cairo, Egypt14,450,000
16Lagos, Nigeria13,488,000
17Buenos Aires, Argentina13,170,000
18London, United Kingdom12,875,000

19. Beijing, China – 12,500,000
20. Karachi, Pakistan – 11,800,000
21. Dhaka, Bangladesh – 10,979,000
22. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 10,556,000
23. Tianjin, China – 10,239,000
24. Paris, France – 9,638,000
25. Istanbul, Turkey – 9,413,000
26. Lima, Peru – 7,443,000
27. Tehrãn, Iran – 7,380,000
28. Bangkok, Thailand – 7,221,000
29. Chicago, USA – 6,945,000
30. Bogotá, Colombia – 6,834,000
31. Hyderabad, India – 6,833,000
32. Chennai, India – 6,639,000
33. Essen, Germany – 6,559,000
34. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 6,424,519
35. Hangzhou, China – 6,389,000
36. Hong Kong, China – 6,097,000
37. Lahore, Pakistan – 6,030,000
38. Shenyang, China – 5,681,000
39. Changchun, China – 5,566,000
40. Bangalore, India – 5,544,000
41. Harbin, China – 5,475,000
42. Chengdu, China – 5,293,000
43. Santiago, Chile – 5,261,000
44. Guangzhou, China – 5,162,000
45. St. Petersburg, Russian Fed. – 5,132,000
46. Kinshasa, DRC – 5,068,000
47. Baghdãd, Iraq – 4,796,000
48. Jinan, China – 4,789,000
49. Houston, United States – 4,750,000
50. Toronto, Canada – 4,657,000
51. Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) – 4,458,000
52. Alger, Algeria – 4,447,000
53. Philadelphia, USA – 4,398,000
54. Qingdao, China – 4,376,000
55. Milano, Italy – 4,251,000
56. Pusan, South Korea – 4,239,000
57. Belo Horizonte, Brazil – 4,160,000
58. Almadabad, India – 4,154,000
59. Madrid, Spain – 4,072,000
60. San Francisco, USA – 4,051,000
61. Alexandria, Egypt – 3,995,000
62. Washington DC, USA – 3,927,000
63. Wuhan, China – 3,918,000
64. Dallas, USA – 3,912,000
65. Guadalajara, Mexico – 3,908,000
66. Chongging, China – 3,896,000
67. Medellin, Colombia – 3,831,000
68. Detroit, USA – 3,785,000
69. Handan, China – 3,763,000
70. Frankfurt, Germany – 3,700,000
71. Porto Alegre, Brazil – 3,699,000
72. Hanoi, Vietnam – 3,678,000
73. Sydney, Australia – 3,665,000
74. Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. – 3,601,000
75. Singapore, Singapore – 3,587,000
76. Casablanca, Morocco – 3,535,000
77. Katowice, Poland – 3,488,000
78. Pune, India – 3,485,000
79. Bangdung, Indonesia – 3,420,000
80. Monterrey, Mexico – 3,416,000
81. Montréal, Canada – 3,401,000
82. Nagoya, Japan – 3,377,000
83. Nanjing, China – 3,375,000
84. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – 3,359,000
85. Xi’an, China – 3,352,000
86. Berlin, Germany – 3,337,000
87. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 3,328,000
88. Recife, Brazil – 3,307,000
89. Dusseldorf, Germany – 3,251,000
90. Ankara, Turkey – 3,190,000
91. Melbourne, Australia – 3,188,000
92. Salvador, Brazil – 3,180,000
93. Dalian, China – 3,153,000
94. Caracas, Venezuela – 3,153,000
95. Adis Abeba, Ethiopia – 3,112,000
96. Athina, Greece – 3,103,000
97. Cape Town, South Africa – 3,092,000
98. Koln, Germany – 3.067,000
99. Maputo, Mozambique – 3,017,000
100. Napoli, Italy – 3,012,000

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