Top 10 Most Populated Cities in the World
Cities home to millions of inhabitants provide vibrant living environments and are major tourism draws, drawing in millions of tourists every year. Their diversity makes these centers of culture an excellent opportunity to witness and understand different worldviews and beliefs.
Some are bustling while others are peaceful and serene, some futuristic while others hold on to centuries of traditions.
As humans, we tend to inhabit cities. Cities are large areas inhabited solely by humans and their buildings, providing ample opportunity for those choosing to reside there.
Recent years have witnessed slower urban center growth due to population aging and lower birth rates; however, such decreases should be offset by rapidly developing Indian and Chinese cities that are growing fast.
Tokyo, home to 37 million residents, is one of the densestly populated cities on earth. A bustling metropolis comprised of modern skyscrapers and millenary traditions, this vibrant metropolis provides endless shopping, entertainment, culture and cuisine options; not to mention beautiful parks, gardens and historical temples that call Tokyo home. However, getting around can be tricky given its busy streets and public transportation systems – an advantage for visitors from outside Japan who might visit as visitors or residents alike!
Shanghai, located near the south estuary of Yangtze River, has emerged as China’s most populous and one of the most iconic cities worldwide. Renowned for its stunning skyline – featuring Nanjing Road as its shopping district which rivals Oxford Street and Champs-Elysees in size.
Chinese policy of one child per family has enabled China’s population to remain high; however, this may start to diminish as cities reach peak population density with low fertility rates and an aging population making living conditions increasingly challenging.
However, by 2050 Shanghai is predicted to experience rapid urbanization and strong economic development; its population could then surpass Beijing as the most populous city worldwide. Furthermore, Shanghai hosts many foreign residents as well as being home for Lela Nargi who has contributed her expertise as a science writer for Readers Digest, The Washington Post Sierra NPR The Counter JSTOR Daily publications.
Osaka is a port city and commercial center on Japan’s western island of Honshu, known for its concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants and 16th century Shogunate Osaka Castle with its moat surrounding an idyllic park featuring plum, peach, and cherry blossom trees. Additionally, nearby Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine boasts one of Japan’s oldest shrines.
Over half the global population now resides in urban environments and this number is projected to increase to 60 percent by 2030. Here are 10 cities with the most residents living within defined administrative boundaries; Chongqing in China takes first place here based on this measure; rankings may differ depending on criteria used to define city boundaries and measure population numbers.
Beijing made history when it became the first non-Asian city to make this list, boasting 21 million residents and home to one of the world’s greatest and best preserved ancient architectural complexes, The Forbidden City. While Beijing’s population is aging quickly, foreign residents–especially diplomats and business associates–continue to flock there for work or play.
Foreign workers are helping Tokyo slow its population growth as an aging population and declining birthrate have stopped it from increasing further. Meanwhile, China and India have seen their cities’ populations continue to skyrocket, while urbanisation trends likely to continue into the foreseeable future. It may only be a matter of time before Asian cities emerge as leaders of global urbanisation as the next most populous cities – so keep watching!
Dubai is one of the fastest-growing cities worldwide due to massive construction projects and a robust economy. Additionally, it’s well known as an iconic shopping mecca, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe.
Securing safety in Bahrain has also been achieved: the city has managed to avoid many of the conflicts that have beset other Middle Eastern areas, while its business-savvy ruling family has cut taxes for foreign workers. Bahrain has since become an oasis for pearl diving, trading and shipping as well as luxury tourism and finance.
While populations in Europe may be shrinking, Dubai continues to experience exponential population growth and is projected to surpass New York City by 2035. But which cities will take the top spots going forward depends on how one defines and measures cities based on metrics like population.
As the world grows and develops, more people are moving into cities to pursue careers, studies, and live their lives. There are now more people living in urban areas than ever before causing many major cities to rapidly expand into overpopulated spaces.
Mumbai (formerly Bombay), known for being India’s financial center, is also home to Bollywood film studios and popular among business travelers. Boasting an active nightlife scene, trendy cafes and restaurants as well as numerous cultural events that attract both locals and visitors, Mumbai offers plenty of entertainment for both residents and visitors alike.
At an estimated population of 28 million, including the wider metropolitan area, Singapore stands as one of the world’s most densely-populated cities.
7. Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia, boasting a population of 1.76 million residents in its city proper alone. Kuala Lumpur’s iconic PETRONAS Towers – commonly referred to as Twin Towers – are must-see landmarks, and every visitor should make time for them during their stay in Malaysia.
City also hosts an extensive network of multilane roads and highways as well as an expanding light rail public transit system, making it the transportation hub for Peninsular Malaysia as well as its premier economic centre.
Although federal government administration was moved from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, some important Malaysian institutions remain there such as Bank Negara and Securities Commission of Malaysia. A stroll in KL reveals its diversity with multiple places of worship, languages, and dance forms being practiced across its streets; one can witness Chinese families praying and lighting joss sticks while an Indian household will be playing their latest Tamil hit music in some suburban areas.
Guangzhou (known as Canton to Westerners) is an important Chinese industrial and commercial center. Serving as its local power base since over two millennia ago, this ancient metropolis also acts as an entryway into China’s turbulent history of change and revolution.
Guangzhou’s economy is driven by its robust manufacturing sector and numerous world-class universities, including Sun Yat-sen University (known in Chinese as Zhong Shan Da Xue Jungsaan Daaihhohk or Zhongshan Daxue), one of China’s premier institutions of higher learning.
City is well known for its handicrafts, such as ivory carvings, paper umbrellas and fans made of ivory. Additionally, it was once an important hub of trade along the Maritime Silk Road and is still an exporter of textiles, electronic goods and jewelry products. Furthermore, Zen Buddhism is highly prevalent here with six patriarchs serving their religion at this location.
9. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City in southeast Asia is one of the fastest-growing cities globally, projected to experience population growth of more than 3.4 million by 2022 and become the third most populous city globally.
People from across the nation come here for work and higher education. Additionally, its culture has been heavily influenced by foreign influences, making it a very diverse city that welcomes change with open arms.
Lela Nargi is an award-winning journalist who covers science, sustainability, climate and agriculture for Readers Digest, Washington Post Sierra NPR Daily as well as JSTOR Daily. With cities in Europe and the US now beginning to shrink due to an aging population and lower birth rates resulting in less urban growth overall. This could potentially alter our Top 10 lists going forward.
Scientific and technological progress have spurred rapid population growth in urban centers worldwide. People also migrate in search of work or opportunity, further contributing to urban expansion around the globe.
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and a leading financial center of Asia. Served by two airports and boasting an efficient subway and highway transportation system, this vibrant metropolis also hosts many historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace which dates back to Joseon Dynasty days.
Visitors to Seoul will discover a city that uniquely blends tradition with modernity. Known for its work hard/play hard culture, this 24-hour metropolis features ancient temples alongside futuristic skyscrapers like N Seoul Tower and gold-clad 63 Building.