The World’s Top 10 Richest Cities By GDP

Wealth of any nation is measured by the gross domestic product of the services and goods. GDP is also referred to as the market value of goods and services.  The GDP captures the true monetary value of any economy and that is why it is the best measure for determining whether a city is poor or rich. It is the sum total of every output placed together from an economy. If it is well calculated, then it is should be the best method to determine wealthy cities.

Below is a list of our top 10 richest cities by GDP

10. Shanghai, China

Shanghai World Financial Center

This city has a population of 23,019,148, occupies an area of 6,340.5 square kilometers and has a GDP of $516.5 billion. It is on the Eastern coast of China and has been around since 960AD. Started as a fishing village and was elevated in 1074 to a market town during the Song Dynasty. In the 20th century, it became an important port city. It has several tourist attractions, such as The Bund , Orient Pearl TV Tower. It produces oil, chemicals and steel production.

9. Moscow, Russia

Butyrka Prison, Moscow, Russia

It has a population of 11,503,501, occupies an area of 2,510 square kilometers, and has a GDP of 520.1 billion. It is located in western Russia and it dates back in 1147. It was conquered by the Mongols, the Poles, the Swedes and the French. It has several attraction such as Bolshoi Theater, mausoleum housing Vladimir Lenin’s preserved corpse, Kremlin, and Red Square.

8. Chicago, USA


It is in an area of 606.1 square kilometers with a population of 2,707, 120 with a GDP of $524.6 billion. This is a city in Illinois State and it first started as a Native Americans state. It was founded in 1833 as a town. In 1837, its rapid population growth necessitated it to be called a city. Attractive features include Wrigley Field, Chicago Theater, and the Field Museum of Natural History. It has invested in printing, manufacturing and publishing industries.

7. Osaka, Japan

With a GDP of $654.8, a population of 1,545,410 and an area of 552.26 square kilometers, this city found in southern Japan was found way back in 6BC. It grew into a major city between 1603 and 1867. In 1889 it expanded and became a modern municipality. Attractions include Universal  studios, Kiyomizu Temple and Osaka Castle.

6. Paris, France

Paris, France

It has a GDP of $669.2 billion, a population of 10,413,386 and it is on a 105.4 square kilometer area. It was first settled by a Celtic sub tribe called Parisii and later named after them – Paris. It is one of the most visited places in Europe and some of the attractions include the Champs Elysees, the Louvre Museum , Eiffel Tower,  and Arc De Triompe.

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