Change being the only constant factor known to our planet, cities and metropolis tend to grow from big to bigger as time happens to pass by. Though all these towns are expanding in possible areas, population is a prime feature that has started determining the size and growth of a city. With this issue in mind, discussed below are the names that have topped the record of top 10 largest cities in the world. Continue read to dig out further details.
Top Ten Largest Cities in the World
The list of top ten largest cities in the world mentions the urban that have record breaking population.
The home of the Japanese Imperial Family, Tokyo is the largest city in the world with a population of 37,126,000. As per the Mercer consulting firm, the global city was as well the most expensive city in the world in 2013. Being the capital of Japan, it hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies. It takes credit for hosting the 1964 Summer Olympic Games and will be doing so again in 2020. Cuisine from this urban has an international recognition and few of its recipes are practised in all the leading eateries of the world.
Lying on the Northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the cultural, economic and political hub for the Indonesian island. During 2008, GaWC research mentioned it as a global city bearing 26,063,000 populations. Over the past years, it has witnessed a swifter economical growth as compared to its neighbours – Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Currently it is also the seat of the ASEAN Secretariat. Jakarta serves as the gateway of Indonesia and allows tourists for a stop-over on the way to Indonesian tourist spots.
Owing to 24,000,000 populations, Shanghai is the transport as well as the financial centre in the world. Sitting at the mouth of the River Yangtze, the Chinese urban is a notorious tour destination due to its historically remarkable places and spots including the City God Temple, The Bund and the Yu Garden. Since 2004, Shanghai has been hosting the famous Chinese Grand Prix.
History dating back to over 2000 years, Seoul is the second largest metropolitan in terms of area and the fourth largest as per population which is estimated to be 22,547,000. The urban is one of the three kingdoms of Korea and is located besides the Han River. The metropolis is the home to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, resulting in being the most visited city in South Korea. G-20 Seoul summit (2010), FIFA World Cup (2002), Summer Olympics (1988) and Asian Games (1986) were the internal games that were held in the capital.
At fifth position we have Manila – the “Pearl of the Orient” as it is the linking route for Latin America, Europe and Asia. Covering an area of 38.55 square kilometres, it accounts for 20,767,000 inhabitants. Including sixteen areas, the capital of Philippines is divided into six legislative districts. Furthermore, it is not only the shopping head of the nation but is also well known as one of the best shopping destinations in Asia. The largest shopping mall in the metropolis – Robinsons Place Manila is situated at the heart of the city while its traditional markets are found surrounding it.
Regarded as a beta world city, Karachi is a prominent seaport and financial hub in Pakistan. It has an estimated population of 20,711,000 and is the biggest city in the Muslim world. Additionally, it grabs the eleventh spot among the urban agglomeration across the globe. Karachi is the harbour to the nation’s largest corporations whether it is textiles, automotive industry, fashion, publishing, medical research, shipping, entertainment, advertising or software development. It is also known as the “City of Lights”.
7. New York
One of the most populous cities in the United States, New York is even known to be one amid the top ten largest cities in the world. Despite it was inhabited by various American tribes, the city thrived to be the most renowned urban of contemporary time. As per 2012 census, it has 20,464,000 inhabitants and due to immigration, its numbers are increasing with the passing days. Currently it consists of 62 counties.
8. Sao Paulo
The biggest city proper in whole of Southern Hemisphere, Sao Paulo is the largest urban in Brazil along with the tag of being the eighth largest city in the world with populace counted be 20,186,000 as off 2012. It holds an influential position among the world leaders in the fields of commerce, arts, finance and entertainment. This city was named after Greek Apostle – Saint Paul of Tarsus. Besides all these, the urban is eminent for unpredictable weather, architecture, severe traffic congestion, helicopter fleet size, gastronomy and skyscrapers.
9. Mexico City
Being the seat of the federal powers of Mexico, the Mexico City is educationally, politically, culturally and financially inclined metropolis in the federal republic of North America. With over 19,463,000 residents and as the “alpha” global urban of the modern era, it is located at an altitude of 2,240 metres in the Valley of Mexico. Mexico City is also recognised as a leading centre for music, advertising, television and film industries in Latin America. Moreover, Azteca and Televisa – the two biggest media names in the Spanish speaking world are situated here.
The capital city of Egypt, Cairo is the last one to fit into the record of top ten largest cities in the world with a population of 17,816,000. Popular as the “the city of a thousand minarets”, it is even the largest city in Africa and Middle-East. Situated in this metropolitan is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the world – al-Azhar University. Roots of cairo’s history can found in the Fatimid dynasty of the 10th century CE.