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Mega cities

They are the largest cities in the world, have several million people and an amazing cultural mixture within their broad levels of population. Goverments and politics aren't comparable with the ones of a small town somewhere in the meadowy countryside. But duties and responsibilities are also immense: Infrastructure and environment are on top of the problem's list of each mega city.

The Asian continent is the obvious leader of our ranking of worldwide mega cities. But Asia also provides the largest urban agglomerations worldwide, which consist of a bundle of political separated cities - such as Tokio-Yokohama, New York, Manila or Delhi.

The biggest US-city is New York City and comes 24th in the worldwide ranking.

Our comparison lists the populations of the actual cities (no summarized metropolitan areas or districts).

See also our ranking of the world's capital cities.

List of mega cities

RankMega cityCountryRegionPopulation
1Shanghai
China
East Asia24,153,000
2Beijing
China
East Asia21,700,000
3Istanbul
Turkey
Western Asia14,657,000
4Dhaka
Bangladesh
South Asia14,543,000
5Lagos
Nigeria
Western Africa14,234,000
6Tokyo
Japan
East Asia13,617,000
7Moscow
Russia
Eastern Europe13,198,000
8Karachi
Pakistan
South Asia13,052,000
9Mumbai
India
South Asia12,442,000
10São Paulo
Brazil
South America12,038,000
11Shenzhen
China
East Asia11,908,000
12Delhi
India
South Asia11,035,000
13Lima
Peru
South America10,852,000
14Guangzhou
China
East Asia10,641,000
15Seoul
South Korea
East Asia10,290,000
16Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa10,125,000
17Lahore
Pakistan
South Asia10,052,000
18Jakarta
Indonesia
Southeast Asia10,012,000
19Cairo
Egypt
Northern Africa9,500,000
20Tianjin
China
East Asia9,290,000
21Mexico City
Mexico
North America8,919,000
22Baghdad
Iraq
Western Asia8,765,000
23London
United Kingdom
British Isles8,674,000
24New York City
United States
North America8,538,000
25Bangalore
India
South Asia8,444,000
26Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Southeast Asia8,248,000
27Nanjing
China
East Asia8,230,000
28Chongqing
China
East Asia8,166,000
29Tehran
Iran
Western Asia8,154,000
30Bogotá
Colombia
South America8,081,000
31Dongguan
China
East Asia7,271,000
32Chennai
India
South Asia7,088,000
33Hyderabad
India
South Asia6,810,000
34Foshan
China
East Asia6,772,000
35Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
Western Asia6,507,000
36Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
South America6,454,000
37Shenyang
China
East Asia5,718,000
38Bangkok
Thailand
Southeast Asia5,687,000
39Ahmedabad
India
South Asia5,634,000
40Singapore
Singapore
Southeast Asia5,607,000
41Wuhan
China
East Asia5,372,000
42Saint Petersburg
Russia
Eastern Europe5,323,000
43Xi’an
China
East Asia5,206,000
44Hangzhou
China
East Asia5,162,000
45Casablanca
Morocco
Northern Africa5,118,000

Data as CSV file

A list of all cities with more than 1 million inhabitants can also be obtained as a CSV file in the download area.