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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 17th 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 Asia22,315,000
2Karachi
Pakistan
South Asia13,052,000
3Mumbai
India
South Asia12,692,000
4Beijing
China
East Asia11,717,000
5Istanbul
Turkey
Western Asia11,174,000
6Guangzhou
China
East Asia11,071,000
7Delhi
India
South Asia10,928,000
8Lagos
Nigeria
Western Africa10,404,000
9Moscow
Russia
Eastern Europe10,381,000
10Shenzhen
China
East Asia10,358,000
11Seoul
South Korea
East Asia10,349,000
12São Paulo
Brazil
South America10,021,000
13Jakarta
Indonesia
Southeast Asia9,588,000
14Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa9,464,000
15Mexico City
Mexico
North America8,851,000
16Tokyo
Japan
East Asia8,337,000
17New York City
United States
North America8,175,000
18Dongguan
China
East Asia8,000,000
19Cairo
Egypt
Northern Africa7,735,000
20Lima
Peru
South America7,606,000
21London
United Kingdom
British Isles7,557,000
22Nanjing
China
East Asia7,165,000
23Tehran
Iran
Western Asia7,153,000
24Nanchong
China
East Asia7,150,000
25Hong Kong
Hong Kong
East Asia7,098,000
26Lahore
Pakistan
South Asia7,092,000
27Bogotá
Colombia
South America6,840,000
28Dhaka
Bangladesh
South Asia6,725,000
29Hanoi
Vietnam
Southeast Asia6,449,000
30Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
South America6,430,000
31Shenyang
China
East Asia6,256,000
32Hangzhou
China
East Asia6,242,000
33Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
Southeast Asia6,117,000
34Caracas
Venezuela
South America5,809,000
35Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
Western Asia5,700,000
36Ahmedabad
India
South Asia5,571,000
37Baghdad
Iraq
Western Asia5,514,000
38Tai’an
China
East Asia5,499,000
39Singapore
Singapore
Southeast Asia5,399,000
40Suzhou
China
East Asia5,346,000
41Shantou
China
East Asia5,329,000
42Bangkok
Thailand
Southeast Asia5,104,000
43Bangalore
India
South Asia5,104,000
44Saint Petersburg
Russia
Eastern Europe5,028,000