The World’s Top 10 Largest Cities in 2016

A cities size can be determined by any number of ways, but usually population is the determining factor. As time marches forward, the world’s population increases with much speed. There are a number of large cities in the world, but let’s take a look at the current top ten.

10. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is ranked as the 10th largest city in the world with a population of 19,463,000. Since Mexico City was founded in 1325, it has been Mexico’s social center. It is the home of the Aztec Stadium where every Sunday the stadium hosts national soccer matches. Mexico City is also popular for its wide array of sightseeing.

9. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is the 9th largest city in the world with a population of 20,186,000. Sao Paulo is the premier place for business conferences and seminars. Home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, Sao Paulo is also famous for its natural beauty and incredible shopping.

8. New York City, United States

New York City, United States

New York City is ranked 8th with a population of 20,464,000. Nicknamed the “Big Apple,” musicians coined this term to play the big time. New York City is the most populated city in the United States. It is also known for its subway system, which is the largest mass transit system in the world.

7. Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

With a population of 20,711,000, Karachi is the 7th largest city in the world. Known for its wonderful landscape, culture and lifestyle, Karachi is the cultural center of Pakistan. Home to two famous museums, The Mohatta Palace Museum and National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi also holds the tomb of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

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6. Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Manila is ranked as the 6th largest city in the world with a population of 20,767,000.Manila is nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient and is the capital city of the Philippines. It is also the country’s financial, publishing and business center. Located in Manila you will find the National Library.

5. Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Populated with 20,860,000 people, Shanghai is the 5th largest city in the world.There are many attractions and restaurants for tourists in Shanghai, including numerous museums, towers, gardens and temples. It is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional features. Shanghai is also the busiest container port in the world.

4. Delhi, India

Delhi, India

Delhi has a population of 22,242,000 and is ranked as the 4th largest city in the world. As the capital of India, Delhi is also one of the world’s ‘greenest’ cities with almost 20% of green cover. Delhi is also the home of Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret. Interestingly, Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt seven times by successive empires and dynasties.

3. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is ranked as the 3rd largest city in the world with a population of 22,547,000.As the capital and largest city of South Korea, Seoul is considered a global city as well as the center of South Korea economy, culture, and politics. There are mostly dense high rise buildings in the city due to its population density. Seoul is also home to many historic sites and monuments.

2. Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia

The second largest city in the world is Jakarta with a population of 26,063,000. Jakarta is the capital and largest city in Indonesia. This city is the world’s largest Muslim country with 86% Muslim population. Jakarta is the perfect mix if western architecture and traditional Indonesian culture.

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1. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The largest city in the world is Tokyo, with a population of 37,126,000. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and also one of the busiest and most commercial cities. Skyscrapers, extravagant bars and lounges, and large shopping arcades are prominent in Tokyo. In and around Tokyo, you can find 5 of the 25 world’s greatest amusement parks and one of the world’s most expensive restaurants called Aragawa, known for its Kobe Beef.   An International magazine ranked Tokyo as the 3rd most livable city in the world.

There are thousands of cities in the world and with the rise in population; we will see even more cities expanding. For tourists and natives, the largest cities in the world can be an intense experience as the sights, smells, sounds, and sometimes the feel of the population can be intoxicating and uplifting.


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