Throughout the world, there are thousands of cities with millions of inhabitants, as well as more than 100 that have more than 10 million people living in them. It can be difficult to decide which city to visit if you want to see a lot of people in one place, so this article will break down the top 10 most populated cities in the world for you. If you’re looking to visit an area with an impressive concentration of people, these cities are your best bet!
1. Tokyo (Population: 37,435,191)
According to recent estimates, the 23 wards that comprise Tokyo had an approximate 2016 population of 9,262,046. The 23 wards comprised the boundaries of the historic city of Tokyo, which merged with the prefecture in 1943. Today, Tokyo extends far beyond its original borders, and is considered one of the world’s largest urban sprawls, so it’s hard to estimate just how many people live there.
2. Delhi (Population: 29,399,141)
Delhi, or the National Capital Territory (NCT) of India, is a large metropolitan area in India. Delhi is the fifth most populous city in the world and the largest city in India area-wise. Delhi has an estimated 2016 population of 18.6 million.
The NCT and its urban areas are granted the special status of National Capital Region, and this NCR includes neighboring cities of Baghpat, Alwar, Sonepat, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Noida, and nearby towns. The NCR has an estimated population of 24 million, exceeding the Delhi population of 17.8 million in 2014.
Delhi has a rapidly growing population, which was near 16.7 million in 2011.
3. Shanghai (Population: 26,317,104)
In addition to being the most populous city in China, Shanghai’s proper size makes it the largest city in the world. It’s a financial center and a global city, and it rests at the mouth of the Yangtze River in East China. Shanghai, also known as the Pearl of the Orient and the Paris of the East, has an estimated population of just over 24 million in 2016, which makes it larger than Taiwan.
4. São Paulo (Population: 21,846,507)
This article will be about São Paulo City and the state of Brazil, and what this article covers is São Paulo City as it is, with an urban population of 11,967,825 as of 2016.
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the top 10th largest city in the world. It’s also the largest city in the southern hemisphere. In addition to being an entertainment, arts, finance, and commerce capital, São Paulo also hosts the world’s largest gay pride parade. Better known as Sampa or City of Drizzle, the city had a population of 11.31 million in 2011.
The estimated population of São Paulo in 2018 is over 12 million residents.
5. Mexico City (Population: 21,671,908)
Informally known as Mexico City or Mexico D.F., Mexico City is the capital and headquarters of Mexico’s federal government. Additionally, it is a federal district, which is not one of the 31 states, but belongs to the entire federation. The 2016 population of Mexico City is 8,918,653.
As of 2016, the city’s estimated population is 8.9 million and it is one of the largest financial centers on the continent.
A population of 8,918,653 is expected in 2016, up from 8.851 million in 2010. The metropolitan area, however, has a population of 21.2 million people, making Mexico City the most populous metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere.
6. Cairo (Population: 20,484,965)
Egypt’s capital and largest city is Cairo, which is located close to the Nile Delta. A city with a long history, Cairo blends old-world Egypt with new-world Egypt. Egyptians often call it Masr, which is the Arabic pronunciation of Egypt, as well as Al Qahirah, Kayro or Umm al-Dunya (“the Mother of the World”). There were approximately 12 million people living in the city in 2016.
As of 2016, Egypt’s population is estimated at 12 million, with a metropolitan population of 20.5 million. This makes Cairo the largest city in Africa and the Middle East, and the 17th largest metro area in the world.
Nearly all Egyptians live in Cairo, Alexandria, or elsewhere along the Nile river banks or the Suez Canal. The capital of Egypt and other major cities of the country are some of the most densely populated places on Earth.
7. Dhaka (Population: 20,283,552)
Dhaka is a diverse city that is located near the Buriganga River in the central region of Bangladesh. Dhaka is the largest city in the country, as well as the capital. The Greater Dhaka Area population was 18.237 million in 2016.
Dhaka is the largest city in Bangladesh, as well as one of the most populated cities in the world. The Greater Dhaka Area had an estimated population of 18 million in 2016, while the city itself has an estimated population of 8.5 million.
8. Mumbai (Population: 20,185,064)
Mumbai, more popularly known as Bombay, is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India and it is the most populous city in India. Mumbai is the 4th most populous city in the world and is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. India’s last census, taken in 2011, put Mumbai’s Urban Agglomeration at 20,748,395, while the city itself was recorded at 12,478,447. The next national census is set for 2021.
9. Beijing (Population: 20,035,455)
Beijing had a population of 19,612,368 in the 2010 census, according to the official Chinese government statistics agency. At the beginning of 2016, the population was estimated at 21.7 million.
In addition to the growing population of China at large, Beijing’s population has also been growing at breakneck speed. Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the city’s population grew by 44 percent, from 13,569,194 in 2000 to 19,612,368 in 2010. Although the last ten years have seen the city’s fastest growth in modern history, the city has consistently grown at a rapid clip. The average growth rate since the 1960s has been around 20% per decade.
Beijing is still growing. Although there are no official estimates of Beijing’s population in 2016, unofficial estimates put it at over 21 million. China’s Five-Year Plan, which began in 2016, is expected to keep Beijing’s population under 23 million through 2020. Some experts believe that by 2050, there will be more than 50 million people living in Beijing.
10. Osaka (Population: 19,222,665)
Japan’s city of Osaka is located in the Kansai region, known for its rich culture. Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area, Keihanshin, includes Osaka, which is the capital of the Osaka Prefecture. Here, more than 19 million people live. Osaka is home to more than 2 million people.