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Largest Cities in the World - List Two

Most Populous Urban Agglomerations

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This is a listing of the 34 most populous urban areas in the world (those having a population over eight million). Data are estimates from late 2005.

All population figures for the world's largest urban areas are simply estimates. There's no way to know the exact population of such a large place. If you don't like this list, you can review Largest Cities in the World - List One, based on different methodologies. Both lists are valid estimates.

1. Tokyo, Japan - 34,100,000
2. Mexico City, Mexico - 22,650,000
3. Seoul, South Korea - 22,250,000
4. New York, United States - 21,850,000
5. Sao Paulo, Brazil - 20,200,000
6. Mumbai, India - 19,700,000
7. Dehli, India - 19,500,000
8. Los Angeles, United States - 17,950,000
9. Shanghai, China - 17,900,000
10. Jakarta, Indonesia - 17,150,000
11. Osaka, Japan - 16,800,000
12. Kolkata, India - 15,550,000
13. Cairo, Egypt - 15,450,000
14. Manila, Philippines - 14,850,000
15. Karachi, Pakistan - 14,100,000
16. Moscow, Russia - 13,750,000
17. Buenos Aires, Argentina - 13,400,000
18. Dhaka, Bangladesh - 13,100,000
19. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12,100,000
20. Beijing, China - 11,950,000
20. London, United Kingdom - 11,950,000
22. Tehran, Iran - 11,800,000
23. Istanbul, Turkey - 11,400,000
24. Lagos, Nigeria - 11,000,000
25. Shenzhen, China - 10,450,000
26. Paris, France - 9,900,000
27. Chicago, United States - 9,750,000
28. Guangzhou, China (Canton) - 9,400,000
29. Chongqing, China (Chungking) - 9,200,000
30. Wuhan, China - 8,950,000
31. Lima, Peru - 8,500,000
32. Bogota, Colombia - 8,250,000
33. Washington-Baltimore, United States - 8,100,000
34. Nagoya, Japan - 8,050,000

Source: Th. Brinkhoff: The Principal Agglomerations of the World, http://www.citypopulation.de, Oct. 1, 2005.

 

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