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Top 10 Most Populated Cities in the World

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Shanghai, China skyline

Shanghai, China skyline

The world’s population is growing more and more each year. Sometimes it feels like you can’t get away from society. With social media, television, and smartphones, we are more connected than at any other point in history.

Tokyo in Japan

Tokyo in Japan

But if you think you need your space, consider the fine people who live in these, the most populated cities in the world.

10. Mumbai, India

At number 10, Mumbai is India’s largest city. It is in fact considered a mega city. Although it comes in at number 10, it has the highest population density of any of the cities listed. With only 600 square kilometers, Mumbai’s population of 12,442,000 gives it a population density of over 20,000 people per square kilometer.

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

9. Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou, number 9 on the list, is located in the southeast province of Guangdong. It is China’s fourth largest city at 13,080,000. Guangzhou has many interesting nicknames including “The Capital of The Third World” and “The Los Angeles of China”.

Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou, China

8. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

A Short trip across the sea of Japan brings us to the number 8 city on the list, Tokyo. While the Greater Tokyo Area is the most populated metropolitan area in the world, The Tokyo Metropolis itself is only number 8 at 13,513,000.

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

7. Istanbul, Turkey

Number 7 on the list is Constantinople… sorry, I mean Istanbul. With 14,160,000 people, this transcontinental city and capital of Turkey has served as the gateway between Western and Eastern culture since 660 B.C.

Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

6. Tianjin, China

Tianjin is China’s third largest city and the number 6 city on the list of most populated cities in the world. Sitting in the northeast corner of China, Tianjin boasts a population of 15.2 million people.

Tianjin, China

Tianjin, China

5. Lagos, Nigeria

Number 5 on the list takes us out of Asia and into Africa. Specifically Lagos, Nigeria. With a population of 16,060,000 people, Lagos is the largest city on the continent, and outside of Asia for that matter.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria

4. Delhi, India

Number 4 takes us back to the populated country of India. With a population of 16,787,000 people, Delhi is the largest city in India and serves as the nation’s capital. Delhi’s extended urban population maxes out at 26 million, making it the second most populated area in the world.

Delhi, India

Delhi, India

3. Beijing, China

Number 3 on the list is the capital of The People’s Republic of China, Beijing. With a population of 21,516,000 people, Beijing is China’s second most populated city and maintains a lead of almost 5 million people over the number 4 spot, Delhi.

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

2. Karachi, Pakistan

Number 2 on the list takes us to Karachi, Pakistan. Karachi boasts an enormous population of 23.5 million people! Located on The Arabian Sea, Karachi has the two busiest ports in the country as well as the busiest airport.

Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

1. Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Finally, the number 1 spot on the list of the most populated countries in the world belongs to Shanghai, which means “upon the sea”. At 24,256,000 people, Shanghai also boasts the largest port in the world.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China


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