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Top 10 Biggest Cities in the World

Updated on March 9, 2017
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Biggest Cities in the World

The world has been tremendously evolving and advancing for the past several decades. Today`s world is completely different than the world our grand grand parents lived in. The population of the earth has been increasing with very fast pace, as cities around the world have evolved to be more than just municipalities and places for people to live/work at. Cities have become global economic hubs which support global financial stability across the world.
This is especially true for the top ten largest cities in the world, as they are the main business/economic centers in today's world.
This is a list of the Top Ten Biggest Cities in the World sorted by population.

#10 Largest Cities in the World - Mexico City, Mexico - 19,463,000 People

Mexico City is the biggest city in Mexico with staggering 19,463,000 people population. Mexico City is also the capital city of Mexico, as it is the country's financial, cultural and economic hub. Mexico City is one of the most important cities in North America, and it is considered a crucial financial hub not only for North America but the entire world.
Mexico City is also considered one of the top ten wealthiest cities in the world, as its financial growth is expected to continue in years to come.
Mexico City is the cultural capital of Mexico as well, and every tourist that goes to Mexico, would love the city itself, and the incredible history behind it. Mexico City is also a great place where you will be able to taste authentic Mexican food, made in a unique way typical for that part of the country.
All in all Mexico City is a very prosperous city, with huge potential. It is one of the main drivers of the Mexican economy as people always look at it first to determine the country's economic future.

Mexico City, Mexico Location

Mexico City:
Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

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Sao Paulo at Night
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#9 Largest Cities in the World - Sao Paulo, Brazil - 20,186,000 People

Sao Paulo, is the largest city in Brazil and in the southern hemisphere. Sao Paulo's population adds up to 20,186,000 people (including the metro area). Sao Paulo is the capital of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, as it very well be considered the capital of Brazil (which is Brasilia). Sao Paulo is one of the biggest business hubs in the entire world, and it is the main driver of the South American economy. Culturally Sao Paulo offers unbelievable experiences as tourists can visits world class museums, and art exhibits.
The only downfall of Sao Paulo is that it is considered one of the most dangerous cities in South America, however with nearly 21 million people on tab crime rates are expected to be high. In order to be safe in Sao Paulo you will need to be cautious and not attract attention. If you put some simple street smart techniques you will be as safe as any other city in the world.

Sao Paulo is a soccer city as it has four major football teams playing in the metro area: Corinthians, Palmeiras, Sao Paulo and Santos are the teams that are widely supported in Sao Paulo.

Brazil is amazing, Sao Paulo is amazing as well.There is so much to see and do in Sao Paulo that a tourist will have to devote just a week to see all of Sao Paulo's attraction. In order to see all of Brazil's attractions you will need at least two months.

Great Sao Paulo Travel Books

Sao Paulo, Brazil - Location

Sao Paulo Brazil:
São Paulo, Brazil

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#8 Largest Cities in the World - New York CIty, USA - 20,464,000 People

New York City is the worlds eight largest city. It is the most populous city in the United States with an impressive 20,464,000 people that live in the New York metro area. New York City is considered the most important city to the US economy as the New York is the home of the most important Stock Exchange in the entire world. The stock exchange on Wall Street has brought New York lots of pride and responsibility as the financial world follows the slightest movements on the worlds most important street.
New York City is also known as the cultural capital of the world, as it hosts citizens from pretty much every nation, who speak over 800 languages in the borders of NYC. The United Nations headquarters are located in New York City, as the city prides itself as the symbol of American freedom and worldwide peace.

It is one of the most prestigious cities to live in and celebrities, athletes and politicians all have their own piece of this "concrete jungle".
Without a doubt New York City is a must visit destination when traveling to the United States. There are so many activities a visitor can engage in, you will need at least a week to get familiar with the wonderful New York City culture and style. Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Empire State building, Central Park, Yankee Stadium and so much more is right in your fingertips when you visit the "BIG APPLE".

New York City at Night

New York City Aerial View
New York City Aerial View | Source

New York City - Location

New York City:
New York, NY, USA

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#7 Largest Cities in the World - Karachi, Pakistan - 20,711,000 People

Karachi in Pakistan is the seventh largest city in the entire world. It is the largest city in Pakistan, with 20,711,000 people. Karachi is Pakistan's most important financial hub as it is also has the largest port from which makes Karachi a wonderful place for running an industrial business, something that Pakistan is in a huge need of.

Karachi is the cultural hub of Pakistan, as lots of international corporations have offices in this prominent city. Karachi is also known for great educational institutions as people from all over Asia send their kids to study in Karachi.

Karachi is a great place to visit when in Pakistan, and it truly stands out from the most cities in the region. The city has lots to offer, and the most important part is that the people of Karachi are always friendly and welcome people from all overt the world.

Karachi, Pakistan - Location

Karachi Pakistan:
Karachi, Pakistan

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Manila at Night
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#6 Largest Cities in the World - Manila, Philippines - 20,767,000 People

The sixth largest city in the world is Manila located in the Philippines. Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, Metro Manila is the most vital city in the Philippines as it is the largest financial, cultural and economic hub in the region. Metro Manila is the home of 20,767,000 people, as population density problems have been rising for the past decade.

Metro Manila is a very exotic place to visit, and there is nothing like it in the world. One of the best things about Manila is the weather, which is great all year round. Not to mention that Manila is right on the Manila Bay which makes it even more prettier with great places to visit and travel to.

Philippines might not be your go-to destination, however if you ever make a trip to this beautiful country, you will need to check out Manila because it has an unbelievable amount of attractions to offer.

Manila, Philippines - Location

Manila, Philippines

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#5 Largest Cities in the World - Shanghai, China - 20,860,000 People

Shanghai, China is the largest city in China as it is the home of a tremendous amounts of people, to be exact about 20,860,000 people call Shanghai their home. Shanghai is one of the most important cities in the world, especially in the business world. It is one of the largest transportation cities, as it plays a crucial economic role in China, Asia and the world in general.

Shanghai is truly a cosmopolitan city, with magnificent infrastructure and lots of places to visit and explore. It is the home of one of the tallest buildings in the world the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Shanghai has turned out to be an economic, financial and entertainment worldwide hub, as millions of tourists flock every year to visit one of the most magnificent cities on this planet: Shanghai.

Shanghai at Night!
Shanghai at Night! | Source

Great Shanghai Travel Books

Shanghai, China - Location

Shanghai, China:
Shanghai, China

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#4 Largest Cities in the World - Delhi, India - 22,242,000 People

Delhi is located in India, and it is the worlds fourth largest country. Delhi is the home of more than 22,242,000 people, as it continues to grow tremendously as each day goes by. Delhi is a metropolitan region in India and it includes New Delhi, which is the capital city of India.

Delhi is the largest city in terms of area in India as well. Delhi really is somewhat of an independent entity from the rest of India and it can be easily compared to a state of India rather than just a city. Delhi has been around for centuries and there is a lot of rich history associated with it. Delhi has been growing tremendously as India has been facing an over population problem for quite a while now, and it doesn't seem to get better. Even that there are problems with over population, Delhi is a wonderful place filled with wonderful, welcoming people. It is extremely different than the rest of the world, and that is what makes it so interesting to explore.

Delhi is a remarkable city and people who travel to India must explore the rich cultural and entertainment side of Delhi.

Delhi, India - Location

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Seoul at Night
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#3 Largest Cities in the World - Seoul, South Korea - 22,547,000 People

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and it currently ranks as the third biggest city in the entire world. The Seoul metropolitan area is the home of nearly 22,547,000 people.
Seoul is the largest business, financial, entertainment and political hub in South Korea, as well as one of the most important cities in Asia.
Seoul has been showing rapid growth in all social layers, as it has become one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Seoul is largely fueled by inspiring young professionals as the technology business has become something resembling the backbone of Seoul's prosperous plans. It is the home of the largest technology companies in the world such as Samsung and LG.
Seoul has been rated numerous times as one of the best places to live in Asia, and the quality of life has been compared to leading world class cities such as New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.
When visiting South Korea, a tourist must visit Seoul, its incredibly diverse population and impressive history can wow anyone traveling to the 'Special City'. If all major cities follow Seoul;s lead, they will be in great shape and will help the global economy as much as currently Seoul does (rated top 5 in global economic importance).

Seoul, South Korea - Location

Seoul, South Korea

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#2 Largest Cities in the World - Jakarta, Indonesia - 26,063,000 People

Jakarta is the capital and the largest city in Indonesia. It is currently the second largest city in the world with over 26,063,000 people living in the metropolitan area.
Jakarta is Indonesia's most important city as it is the largest political, economic and financial hub. Indonesia's success in largely dependent on how successful Jakarta is functioning, as the city has become vital not only for the country but for the entire region. Jakarta is an educational hub as well, with numerous universities and higher learning institutions, teaching the future leaders of Indonesia and the region.
Jakarta is not known for attracting international tourists, as it mostly serves domestic travelers who are willing to explore the numerous attractions Jakarta has to offer. This trend however might be changing soon as the Indonesian travel industry has seen an impressive growth for over five years now.

Jakarta is a hard working city with which it is impossible for Indonesia and the region to prosper.

Jakarta, Indonesia - Location

Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia

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#1 Largest Cities in the World - Tokyo, Japan - 37,126,000 People

Tokyo is the largest city in the entire world as it is the home of a staggering 37,126,000 people. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, and it is considered one of the best cities to live in the world. Tokyo has become one of the most important cities, as it is vital for the world's economy and financial stability. It is a world class city and together with New York City and London it is considered one of most expensive cities.
Tokyo has been always featured in any list of significance, as it has been one of the main drivers of the worldwide economy. As a sign of how important Tokyo is to the financial and economic worldwide development, many powerful companies have opened offices in Tokyo.
Tokyo is a prime destination for tourism, as the city offers an unbelievable variety of tourist destinations, and places to see.
Tokyo is a must see destination and it should be in any serious traveler's bucket list. The people of Japan are extremely warm and welcoming and they will gladly welcome you to their capital. Tokyo is more than just a city, it represents human creativity and pushes limits of everything that we currently know about how a city should be set up.
Tokyo is beautiful with millions of people visiting it every year. Hurry up and go see the largest city in the entire world.

Beautiful Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan - Location

Tokyo, Japan

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    • profile image


      6 years ago

      karachi. pakistan is the best

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      6 years ago

      Im surprised to not see Mumbai in the list

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      Avinesh Prahladi 

      6 years ago from Chandigarh

      Thanks for this informative hub, it surely made me aware of the largest cities.

      Thanks !!!

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      Toy Tasting 

      7 years ago from Mumbai

      Very useful

      Thanks for sharing! :)

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      JR Krishna 

      7 years ago from India

      Informative hub

      Photos are interesting

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      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub!

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      The Reminder 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Great hub and very informative article.

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      Mel Carriere 

      7 years ago from San Diego California

      Interesting study. A lot of the cities that were heading the list when I was young have now been surpassed. I believe Mexico City was number one for a long time, but according to your info has sunken all the way down to number ten on the list. Thank you for taking the time to compile this information.

    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      7 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      This is a very informative article. I have lived in two of those 10 cities (new York and Karachi).

      I hope somebody gets to do a trip of all these 10 largest cities of the world and writes a travel book with all the information and pictures. I bet it is going to be a best seller.

      While I am happy that a city from my country of origin (Karachi, Pakistan) made it to the list, I am a bit surprised that Mumbai, India didn't make it.

    • pmarinov profile imageAUTHOR

      Blogger at Best 

      7 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thanks! Yea that picture is amazing. Gotta love NYC :) as for Manila Bay I've also heard that it is very pretty, and one of the top destinations to visit while in the Philippines.

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      7 years ago from India

      New York City in the Night - the picture is amazing to see. You are right 'Manila Bay' is one of the prettiest tour destinations in the Philippines . Informative hub this one :)


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