Top 10 Cities by Population in the World

Have you ever wondered what is the most populated city in the world? It may be your own town, or it might be one of your favorite cities. It doesn’t matter what the land area of the city measures, what is important here is the estimate of the people living in that particular field.

However, we are referring to the Top 10 Cities by Population in the World. Therefore, a city is based on legal or political boundaries of a locality and its urban status is usually composed of some form of local government. Now, the World Urbanization Prospects defines it as “the population living within the administrative boundaries of a city or controlled directly from the city by a single authority.” This may not include the suburban areas.

The rating was based on the city with the highest population growth. Now, take a look at this list so you may have an idea about the world’s most populous city.

10. Moscow, Russia (Population: 12,197,596)

Population of MoscowThe largest and capital city of Russia, Moscow is the focal point of the country’s political, economic, cultural and scientific sectors. The city has received various titles aside from being the largest town on the European continent. One of the world’s biggest cities, it is also the 14th largest metro area, the 17th largest agglomeration, the 16th largest urban area, and the 10th largest by population.

In 2013, Forbes noted that the city was once again ranked as the ninth most expensive city in the world and many more. According to the survey, the city has expanded its territory doubling the area from 1,091 square kilometers to 2, 511 square kilometers. This expansion resulted to the additional population of 233,000 inhabitants.


9. Mumbai, India (Population: 12,478,447)

Population of MumbaiAlso known as Bombay, the capital city of Maharashtra is the most populated town in India. The city is the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, one of the most populous urban regions, and the second most populous metropolitan area in India. Mumbai was then called the alpha world city in 2009.

While the city has the highest GDP of any city in South, West, or Central Asia, Mumbai is the wealthiest city in India with the highest number of billionaires and millionaires in the country. Furthermore, the city is financial, commercial and entertainment center of the country and one of the world’s top 10 centers of commerce in terms of international financial flow.


8. Guangzhou, China (Population: 12,700,800)

Guangzhou of GuangzhouAlso known as Canton, Guangzhou is the largest and capital city of Guangdong province. In the entire Chinese city, Guangzhou is the third largest city and the largest city in South Central China.

While the 2014’s administrative area of the city was estimated to have a population of 13,080,500, some estimates include the entire Pearl River Delta Mega City with about 44 million total populations. Guangzhou is one of the most populous metropolitan agglomerations on Earth which was also called as the Beta+ world city.


7. Tianjin, China (12,938,224)

Population of TianjinLocated along the west coast of the Bohai Gulf, the city comprises of 4,037 square kilometers of the land area. With its neighboring provinces Shandong and Liaoning, the city is bordered by Beijing 120 kilometers to the northwest, the Hebei surround the east.

Tianjin is one of the five central cities of China. In terms of urban population, the city ranks fourth largest in the country while fifth in the Mainland China in terms of administrative area population. While the city is a part of the Bohai Economic Rim, it is considered the largest coastal city in northern China.


6. Tokyo, Japan (Population: 13,297,269)

Tokyo PopulationThe largest and capital city of Japan, Tokyo is the home of Japan’s Emperor and the Japanese government. The city is formerly called ‘Edo’ but it was renamed to Tokyo in 1868. While Tokyo has been ranked as one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, it is actually the metropolitan county.

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world which the government administers the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo. Furthermore, Tokyo ranked third in the International Financial Centers Development Index Edit, third in the Global Economic Power Index and fourth in the Global Cities Index and considered the alpha+ world city.


5. Istanbul, Turkey (Population: 14,377,019)

Crowd in IstanbulIn world history, Istanbul is also known as Constantinople and Byzantium. The city is the most populous city in Turkey and the major economic, cultural, and historical center of the country. Aside from being one of the most populated cities in the world, Istanbul ranked the fifth largest city proper and the largest European city.

This year, Istanbul gained an estimate of 12.56 million foreign tourists after it was recognized as the European Capital of Culture five years ago. Additionally, UNESCO World Heritage Site listed this city with its culture and entertainment.


4. Delhi, India (Population: 16,787,941)

Population of DelhiThe capital territory of India, Delhi is the second most populated city and the second most populous urban agglomeration in India. Delhi also ranked as the world’s third largest metropolitan area. As the years pass by, the city’s population growth consistently increases.

In most of its history, Delhi was considered as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. Furthermore, Delhi has become the capital if the National Capital Territory of Delhi comprising nine districts, 27 tehsils, 59 census towns, 300 villages, and three statutory towns.


3. Lagos, Nigeria (Population: 21,324,000)

Lagos PopulationThe largest city in Nigeria, Lagos is the second fast growing urban area in the African continent and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. While the mega city has the highest GDP, Lagos is the financial center of Africa.

Lagos is also the home of one of the largest and busiest sports on the African continent. The city has expanded due to the massive rapid urbanization.


2. Karachi, Pakistan (Population: 23,500,000)

Population of KarachiThe capital of the Sindh province, Karachi is the largest and most populous metropolitan city of Pakistan. It also ranked as the sixth most major metropolitan area and the second biggest city in the world by population.

Known as the city of lights due to its active nightlife, Karachi is the main seaport and financial center of the country. It ranked as the seventh largest urban agglomeration in the world and the largest city in the Muslim world.


1. Shanghai, China (Population: 24,150,000)

Population of ShangaiAnd to top the list, China has been aforementioned for two times already and this will be the third time. Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the world’s largest city by population. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the country and the world’s busiest container port.

Shanghai is the international financial and transport center. With its land area estimate of 6,340.5 square kilometers, the city is located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China.