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The 150 Largest Cities in the World

The largest city in the world by population is Tokyo, Japan, with a population of 38,001,000. Tokyo is followed by Delhi, India (population 25,703,168) and Shanghai, China (population 23,740,778). The following is a list of the world's 150 largest metropolitan areas, which generally includes an urban area and its surrounding suburbs. 

Capital cities of the world - with population

RankCityCountryPopulation (Metropolitan Area)
1TokyoJapan38,001,000
2DelhiIndia25,703,168
3ShanghaiChina23,740,778
4Sao PauloBrazil21,066,245
5MumbaiIndia21,042,538
6Mexico City Mexico20,998,543
7BeijingChina20,383,994
8Osaka Japan20,237,645
9Cairo Egypt18,771,769
10New YorkUnited States18,593,220
11DhakaBangladesh17,598,228
12KarachiPakistan16,617,644
13Buenos AiresArgentina15,180,176
14KolkataIndia14,864,919
15IstanbulTurkey14,163,989
16ChongqingChina13,331,579
17LagosNigeria13,122,829
18ManilaPhilippines12,946,263
19Rio de JaneiroBrazil12,902,306
20GuangzhouChina12,458,130
21Los AngelesUnited States12,309,530
22Moscow Russia12,165,704
23KinshasaDemocratic Republic of the Congo11,586,914
24TianjinChina11,210,329
25ParisFrance10,843,285
26ShenzhenChina10,749,473
27JakartaIndonesia10,323,142
28LondonUnited Kingdom10,313,307
29BangaloreIndia10,087,132
30LimaPeru9,897,033
31Chennai India9,890,427
32SeoulSouth Korea9,773,746
33BogotáColombia9,764,769
34Nagoya Japan9,406,264
35JohannesburgSouth Africa9,398,698
36BangkokThailand9,269,823
37HyderabadIndia8,943,523
38ChicagoUnited States8,744,835
39LahorePakistan8,741,365
40TehranIran8,432,196
41WuhanChina7,905,572
42ChengduChina7,555,705
43DongguanChina7,434,935
44NanjingChina7,369,157
45AhmadabadIndia7,342,850
46Hong KongHong Kong7,313,557
47Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam7,297,780
48FoshanFoshan7,035,945
49Kuala LumpurMalaysia6,836,911
50BaghdadIraq6,642,848
51SantiagoChile6,507,400
52HangzhouChina6,390,637
53Riyadh Saudi Arabia6,369,710
54ShenyangChina6,315,470
55MadridSpain6,199,254
56Xi'anChina6,043,700
57TorontoCanada5,992,739
58MiamiUnited States5,817,221
59Pune  India5,727,530
60Belo HorizonteBrazil5,716,422
61DallasUnited States5,702,641
62SuratIndia5,650,011
63HoustonUnited States5,638,045
64SingaporeSingapore5,618,866
65PhiladelphiaUnited States5,585,211
66KitakyushuJapan5,510,478
67LuandaAngola5,506,000
68SuzhouChina5,472,033
69HaerbinChina5,457,414
70BarcelonaSpain5,258,319
71AtlantaUnited States5,142,140
72Khartoum Sudan5,129,358
73Dar es SalaamTanzania5,115,670
74Saint Petersburg Russia4,992,991
75Washington, D.C.United States4,955,139
76AbidjanCote d'Ivoire4,859,798
77GuadalajaraMexico4,843,241
78YangonMyanmar4,801,930
79Alexandria Egypt4,777,677
80AnkaraTurkey4,749,968
81KabulAfghanistan4,634,875
82QingdaoChina4,565,549
83ChittagongBangladesh4,539,393
84MonterreyMexico4,512,572
85SydneyAustralia4,505,341
86DalianChina4,489,380
87XiamenChina4,430,081
88ZhengzhouChina4,387,118
89BostonUnited States4,249,036
90MelbourneAustralia4,203,416
91BrasíliaBrazil4,155,476
92JiddahSaudi Arabia4,075,803
93PhoenixUnited States4,062,605
94Ji'nan China4,032,150
95MontréalCanada3,980,708
96ShantouChina3,948,813
97NairobiKenya3,914,791
98MedellínColombia3,910,989
99FortalezaBrazil3,880,202
100KunmingChina3,779,558
101ChangchunChina3,762,390
102ChangshaChina3,761,018
103RecifeBrazil3,738,526
104RomeItaly3,717,956
105ZhongshanChina3,691,360
106Cape TownSouth Africa3,660,447
107DetroitUnited States3,639,050
108Hanoi Vietnam3,629,493
109Tel Aviv Israel3,608,265
110Porto AlegreBrazil3,602,526
111KanoNigeria3,587,049
112SalvadorBrazil3,582,967
113FaisalabadPakistan3,566,952
114BerlinGermany3,563,194
115Aleppo Syria3,561,796
116DakarSenegal3,520,215
117Casablanca Morroco3,514,958
118Urumqi China3,498,591
119Taiyuan China3,481,810
120CuritibaBrazil3,473,681
121JaipurIndia3,460,701
122ShizuokaJapan3,368,988
123HefeiChina3,347,591
124San FranciscoUnited States3,300,075
125Fuzhou China3,282,932
126ShijiazhuangChina3,264,498
127SeattleUnited States3,248,724
128Addis AbabaEthiopia3,237,525
129NanningChina3,234,379
130LucknowIndia3,221,817
131BusanSouth Korea3,216,298
132WenzhouChina3,207,846
133IbadanNigeria3,160,190
134NingboChina3,131,921
135San DiegoUnited States3,107,034
136Milan Italy3,098,974
137YaoundeCameroon3,065,692
138Athens Greece3,051,899
139Wuxi China3,049,042
140CampinasBrazil3,047,102
141IzmirTurkey3,040,416
142KanpurIndia3,020,795
143MashhadIran3,014,424
144PueblaMexico2,984,048
145Sana'a Yemen2,961,934
146Santo DomingoDomican Republic2,945,353
147DoualaCameroon2,943,318
148Kiev Ukraine2,941,884
149Guatemala City Guatemala2,918,337
150CaracasVenezuela2,916,183


Source: The World's Cities Data Booklet, United Nations. Page last updated on January 16, 2018. 

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