Top 10 Most Populated Cities in The World

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Populated Cities in The World in 2017. The world is becoming more and more urban as time goes on. Projections show that by 2050 an extra 2.5 billion people will be living in urban areas than they do today, a staggering statistic. It currently stands at 54% but if this takes place then it will be 66% of the global human population. This growth has actually happened relatively recently. In 1950 746 million people lived in urban areas. This increased to 3.9 billion by 2014. Most urban dwellers live in Asia (53% of urban dwellers overall) followed by Europe and then Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2014 there were 28 ‘mega cities‘ with a population of more than 10 million people. Cities have their problems and challenges for urban planners but they are also arguably a greener way for people to live and most people will have have a higher standard of living if they live in the cities compared to if they live in the countryside. There are for example many more opportunities available to people to ‘make their way in the world’. This list looks at the biggest cities in the world by population, counting down from 10 to 1 (note the list includes ‘cities proper’ and does not include suburbs).

List of Top 10 Most Populated Cities in The World 2017

10. Mumbai, India (population 12,442,373)

Mumbai, India Top Most Popular Populated Cities in The World 2018

Known as Bombay until 1995 Mumbai has the second largest population in India. Mumbai lies on the west coast of the subcontinent and has a deep natural harbour. It was originally made up of seven islands that were home to a fishing colony.It is the financial, commercial and entertainment centre of the country, the home of Bollywood and accounts for 25% of India’s industrial output.

9. Guangzhou, China (population 13,080,500

Guangzhou, China Top Populated Cities in The World 2017

Located in south eastern China on the Pearl River this city serves as a major port and trade area. It is the fourth largest Chinese city, although with suburbs it would perhaps be the third. It is perhaps best known for the annual Canton Fair which is the oldest and largest trade fair in the country.

8. Tokyo, Japan (Population 13,513,734)


Japan’s only featured city on this list of most populated cities 2017, Tokyo is a major Asian metropolis. Japan famously has a falling population overall but Tokyo continues to justify its status as a mega city. Indeed, the greater Tokyo area is the largest metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of government and the Japanese financial industry. It is also a very popular city with tourists and students which swells its temporary population even further.

7. Istanbul, Turkey (population 14,160,467)


Historically known as Constantinople, Istanbul is the cultural, economic and historic centre of Turkey. It straddles the Bosphorus strait and has historically be a key strategic point of control between the Black Sea and Meditteranean. It served as a Roman Imperial capital for centuries. In 2010 it was named the European capital of culture and it attracts millions of tourists every year. Indeed, in 2015 12.56 million people visited the city. It has a fast growing economy.

6. Tianjin, China (population 15,200,000)

Tianjin, China Top Most Famous Populated Cities in The World 2019

The second Chinese city to feature on the list, Tianjin is perhaps the least well known internationally of the four cities featured. However, this walled city is a major port and gateway to the capital city area. It is located in northern China bordering Hebai Province and the Beijing municipality. It is growing rapidly and is attractiing companies from all over the world who see the growth that is taking place and want to exploit the opportunities available in terms of investment.

5. Lagos, Nigeria (population 16,060,303)


Lagos has the highest population of any city in Africa and it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It also has one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent, largely due to its geographical positioning, convenient for trade from Europe and the Americas as well as trade coming from Asia and southern Africa on its way to Europe. It is the economic focal point of the country and generates much of the county’s GDP. It is a major financial and commercial centre as well as trade, finance and telecommunications. Indeed, it is one of the most expensive cities in ytthe world. It is a particularly large centre of oil, which accounts for about 15% of its wealth.

4. Delhi, India (population 16,349,831)


The cities entire population with outskirts is about 25 million but this figure includes the core city. As the capital of India it has grown to incorporate much of the surroundign land, towns and villages and so has rapidly grown outwards. Delhi is an ancient city that has been inhabited ince the 6th century BC. It is home to the federal government of India as well as the local government of Delhi. It is therefore the political centre of the country.

3. Beijing, China (population 21,516,000)

Beijing, China Top 10 Most Populated Cities in The World 2017

The first city proper to go over 20 million, Beijing is the capital of China and was formerly known as Peking. It is the political, cultural and educational centre of the country and a major hub of transportation. As a cultural hub it is home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the Grand Canal and the Great Wall. It continues to grow as do its financial and business districts.

2. Karachi, Pakistan (population 23,500,000)

Karachi, Pakistan Top Popular Populated Cities in The World 2018

Karachi is a major sea port and financial centre as well as the largest city in Pakistan. It is known as the ‘city of lights’ mainly because of its nightlife and 24 hour culture. It is home to thriving banking, textiles, car, publishing, fashion and software industries. It is also a hub of higher education, partiuclarly for Muslims. According to Forbes it is the fastest growing mega city in the world and has grown 80% in the past decade.

1. Shanghai, China (population 24,256,800)


Rapidly approaching a population of 25 million, although including its suburbs it has already surpassed this) Shanghai is the most populous city 2017 in China and indeed the world. It is a global financial centre, from which is gains much of its wealth and it also is home to the world’s busiest container port.

So, there we have it, the list of the ten most populated cities in the world 2017 so far as their cores go. Population in urban areas continues to grow and it is likely that we will see other cities come onto this list in the coming years. Some cities, such as Tokyo, may fall off the list as they have a falling population but it is for sure that all of these populated cities will continue to become wealthier and more prosperous.

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