Largest cities in the world

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The world's ten largest urban agglomerations according to United Nations 2005 estimates for 2010, are shown below. The term “urban agglomeration” refers to the population contained within the contours of a contiguous territory inhabited at urban density levels without regard to administrative boundaries. It usually incorporates the population in a city or town plus that in the suburban areas lying outside of but being adjacent to the city boundaries. Whenever possible, data classified according to the concept of urban agglomeration are used. However, some countries do not produce data according to the concept of urban agglomeration but use instead that of metropolitan area (e.g., the case Mexico City below) or city proper (e.g. the case of Moscow below). If possible, such data are adjusted to conform to the concept urban agglomeration. When sufficient information is not available to permit such an adjustment, data based on the concept of city proper or metropolitan area are used. The sources listed online indicate whether data were adjusted to conform to the urban agglomeration concept or whether a different concept was used.:

 

 

 Urban Agglomeration

 Country

 Population (million)

 1

Tokyo

Japan

 39.094

 2

Mumbai

India

 20.027

 3

Sao Paulo

Brazil

 19.582

 4

Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City)

Mexico

 19.485

 5

New York-Newark

United States

 19.441

 6

Delhi

India

 17.015

 7

Shanghai

China

 15.789

 8

Kolkata (Calcutta)

India

 15.577

 9

Dhaka

Bangladesh

 14.796

 10

Buenos Aires

Argentina

 13.089

 11

Karachi

Pakistan

 13.052

 12

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana

United States

 12.773

 13

Al-Qahirah (Cairo)

Egypt

 12.503

 14

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

 12.171

 15

Beijing

China

 11.741

 16

 Manila

 Philippines

 11.662

 17

 Osaka-Kobe

 Japan

 11.337

 18

 Lagos

 Nigeria

 10.572

 19

Istanbul

 Turkey

 10.530

 20

Moskva (Moscow)

 Russia

 10.495

 

Source:

  1. Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision and World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision, http://esa.un.org/unup, Monday, March 01, 2010; 1:10:19 PM. 
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(2010). Largest cities in the world. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/154171

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