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Largest Urban Agglomerations

22 Urban Areas of Nine Million People or More

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This is a listing of the 22 most populous urban agglomerations in the world (those having a population over nine million). Data are estimates of population in the year 2005 from the United Nations.

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 other lists, based on different methodologies.

1. Tokyo, Japan - 35,197,000
2. Mexico City, Mexico -19,411,000
3. New York, United States - 18,718,000
4. Sao Paulo, Brazil - 18,333,000
5. Mumbai, India - 18,196,000
6. Delhi, India - 15,048,000
7. Shanghai, China - 14,503,000
8. Kolkata, India - 14,277,000
9. Jakarta, Indonesia - 13,215,000
10. Buenos Aires, Argentina - 12,550,000
11. Los Angeles, United States - 12,298,000
12. Karachi, Pakistan - 11,608,000
13. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11,469,000
14. Osaka-Kobe, Japan - 11,268,000
15. Al-Qahirah (Cairo) - 11,128,000
16. Lagos, Nigeria - 10,886,000
17. Beijing, China - 10,717,000
18. Manila, Philippines - 10,686,000
19. Moskva (Moscow), Russia - 10,654,000
20. Paris, France - 9,820,000
21. Istanbul, Turkey - 9,712,000
22. Soul (Seoul), South Korea - 9,645,000

Source: United Nations Population Division - http://esa.un.org/unup

 

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