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The world's largest cities

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The hustle and bustle of urban life may appeal to you or not but there is something impressive about big cities. The constant buzz, remarkable architecture, street lights and neons by night appeal to many people, even if just for a few days city break.

If you are into this kind of trips, you may have wondered which city in the world is actually the biggest.

Classification depends on the main factor that we take into account. Typically, the cities are categorised according to their population count. However, the ratings may focus on the population density, administrative city area, metropolitan area etc.

Below you will find two lists of top 10 largest cities, based on the popultion number and city area.

Largest cities by population
City
Country
Estimated population
1. Tokyo
Japan
37,843,000
2. Jakarta
Indonesia
30,539,000
3. Delhi
India
24,998,000
4. Manila
Philippines
24,123,000
5. Seoul
South Korea
23,480,000
6. Shanghai
China
23,416,000
7. Karachi
Pakistan
22,123,000
8. Beijing
China
21,009,000
9. New York City
USA
20,630,000
10. Guangzhou
China
20,597,000


Largest cities by area
City
Country
Area (square kilometres)
1. Chongqing
China
82,300
2. Zunyi
China
30,763
3. Ankara
Turkey
24,521
4. Hangzhou
China
16,847
5. Beijing
China
16,411
6. Shenyang
China
12,942
7. Chengdu
China
12,132
8. Changsha
China
11,819
9. Tianjin
China
11,760
10. Hefei
China
11,323


Did you know?

The list of the largest cities is a subject to constant changes. Not long ago, in 2000, the 10 most populated cities were (in this order): Mexico, São Paulo, Tokyo, Calcutta, Greater Bombay, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Delhi.

Which big city do you think is worth visiting and why?

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Top Discussions

~ hennas 2023-01-19 10:34:23

i though highland in scotland may have made the list tbh

~ pcp 2021-07-23 05:33:13

Technically Scotland doesn't count because they abolished the use of counties, hence why Inverness shire is not on the list.

~ dcd 2021-07-04 17:15:54

What happened to Invernessshire? at 10,907 km2 it is the biggest. Argyllshire would be up there too. 8,055 km2. This seems...