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Top Ten Largest Cities (by Population)

The Top Ten Largest Cities map shows the most populated cities of the world such as Tokyo, New Delhi, Mexico City, New York City, Shanghai etc.

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The top ten largest cities map shows some of the leading cities of the world such as Tokyo, New Delhi, Mexico City, New York City, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Beijing, Dhaka and Kolkata.

Here’s the order:

Tokyo :
Tokyo is a prefecture in Japan. It is situated in the southeastern region of Honshu Island and is made up of islands Ogasawara and Izu. The prefecture became a reality in 1943 after Tokyo City combined with Tokyo Prefecture. It is also the capital city of Japan.

New Delhi :
New Delhi is an important city in India by virtue of being its capital. It also operates as the capital of National Capital Territory of Delhi. It is part of the Delhi metropolitan area – it is also one of Delhi Union Territory’s 9 districts. It covers an aggregate area of 16 square miles.

Mexico City :
Mexico City functions as the synonymous North American nation’s Federal District capital. It is unique in the sense that it is not a state per se but operates as an independent federation. Mexico City is the biggest city of the country and is a key political, educational, cultural and economic hub.

New York City :
In USA, New York has the maximum number of residents. It is also the heart of New York Metropolitan Area that is one of the most highly populated regions on a global basis. It also houses the headquarters of the United Nations and is a global commercial, media and business hub.

Shanghai :
Of all the cities in China, Shanghai has the maximum population. It is situated in eastern part of the Asian nation and lies in a central region in the Chinese coast. It is at the source of the Yangtze River. The city has attained remarkable economic growth in the previous 20 years.

Sao Paulo :
In the southern and western parts of the world, Sao Paulo is the biggest city. It is the heart of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Area and has been rated as the 2nd most populated metropolitan region in both South and North America combined.

Mumbai :
Mumbai was known earlier on as Bombay. Of all the Indian cities, it has the maximum population and globally it stands on the 5th position in this regard. It has an estimated population of 12.5 million.

Top Ten Largest Cities
Rank orderCountryUrban agglomerationNotePopulation (millions)
3MexicoMexico City(17)20.45
4United States of AmericaNew York-Newark(25)20.35
6BrazilSão Paulo(3)19.92
7IndiaMumbai 19.74
10IndiaKolkata  14.40

Source : United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2012).
World Urbanization Prospects : The 2011 Revision. CD-ROM Edition - Data in digital form (POP/ DB/WUP/Rev.2011).

Notes : 
(2) Mega city.
(3) Regioe metropolitana; refers to the Regioe Integrada de Desenvolvimento do Distrito Federal e Entorno.
(5) Data after 2000 include urban population in Daxing, Pinggu, and Huairou Districts.
(7) For 2000, the population of the city is composed of population in all City Districts meeting the criteria such as “contiguous built-up area,” being the location of the local government,being a Street or Having a Resident Committee.
(12) 1991 and 2001 data based on a definition of urban agglomeration that is not restricted to state boundaries (National Capital Territory).
Contiguous suburban cities and towns, such as Faridabad, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad are included in Dehli.
(16) As defined by the Statistics Bureau of Japan, Census figure of 2005 refers to Kanto major metropolitan area (M.M.A.).
(17) Zona metropolitana, which includes several municipios.
(25) Data refer to the urbanized area (UA), that is, contiguous territory that meets minimum population density requirements. Each UA is named after the most populous place or places contained within it.

Last Updated on : March 25, 2013