Over the past several decades there have been significant changes in the population of the world. Places which were previously uninhabited are dotted with cities and towns, making room for the ever-expanding numbers of people. Some of the larger cities in the world are also expanding their borders, building new housing complexes to accommodate the influx of new residents who relocate for one reason or another, as well as for the birth rate, which continues to add to the growth rate. There are several ways to classify the megacities of the world, and if you want to know which one is the largest, then the parameters of what defines “large” must be defined first. The way that we categorize and rank cities may be in accordance with their physical size, or the total square miles or kilometers of surface that lies within the city’s borders. Another measurement could be the total number of inhabitants recorded through the most recent census. A third method is to determine the population density, or how many people on average live within a square mile or a square kilometer. While we’ve included these statistics in our descriptions, we’re concerned with the number of persons recorded at the most current accounting through the officially administered census. While the numbers frequently change from month to month or year to year, these are the most recent and accepted representations of how many people are residents in each of the cities examined. If you’re wondering just how many people there are in some of our larger cities, here are the 20 most populated cities in the world in 2019.
20. Guangzhou – Population: 13 million
Guangzhou, China is also known as Kwangshow or Canton. It is China’s largest city as well as the capital city of the Guangdong province. It is located on the Pearl River and is an international hub with a massive migrant population. It’s also the third-largest city in the country of China. The density of the population is 2,000 persons per square kilometer in an ara that measures 7,434.4 square kilometers.
19. Rio De Janeiro – Population: 13,374,275
Rio is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro. It is Brazil’s second-largest city. it hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics and at this time it had an estimated population of 6.45 million. The population has more than doubled in this time. Rio De Janeiro is the home of Corcovado Mountain’s Christ the Redeemer statue which is one of the seven wonders of the world. The city property is 1,221 square kilometers with a population density of 13,930 persons per square mile.
18. Tianjin – Population: 13,396,402
Tianjin is located in China’s northern coast. it is China’s largest coastal city. The total surface area of the city is 11,946 square kilometers with a population density of 1,300 people per square kilometer. If you’re going by square miles that is 3,400 residents. The urban population of Tianjin is China’s fourth-largest.
17. Manila – Population: 12.8 million
Manila is the second-largest city in the Philippines. It is a part of Metro Manila, which is a group of 16 combined cities with a population of 12.8 million at the last census. This is the city that has the densest population in the entire world. The total area of the city is 16,56 square miles. Crammed within its boundaries are 111,002 people per square mile. The urban area of metro Manila grows during the daytime to approximately 15 million, but there are people who are coming and going and therefore not counted in the census.
16. Lagos – Population 13,463,421
Lagos is the most populated city in Nigeria. It is located on the coast and is a port city which is a metropolitan area which began on Lagos Island, then expanded to the mainland. Lagos covers 452.23 square miles in area and the growing population is estimated to be quantified with a density of 17,800 inhabitants per square mile.
15. Calcutta – Population: 14,755.186
Calcutta, also known as Kolkata is the capital city of the West Bengal State of India. It sits on the Hooghly River. The city is the educational and commercial hub of all East India as well as being the oldest port in the nation. They have a high population density that is estimated at 63,000 people per square mile, making it one of the densest mega-cities in teh world. The surface area of Calcutta is 79.150 square miles.
14. Istanbul – Population: 14,967,667
Istanbul, formerly known as Old Constantinople is the country of Turkey’s largest city. It is located between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea on the Bosphorus waterway. This is in the northwest part of the country. It’s the commercial center of the country that links with Asia and Europe. The rapidly growing population has made for a dense population core. The area of the city is 1,539 square kilometers with a density of 2,523 inhabitants per square kilometer, which is far more than the average of the rest of the country which is estimated at just t102 persons per sq. km.
13. Buenos Aires – Population: 15,057,273
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital city and it is also the largest in the country. It is located on the Rio de la Plata’s western shore. The district of Buenos Aires is autonomous since granted such status in 1994. The metropolitan area is measured at 3,800 square kilometers with a density of 13,680 inhabitants per square kilometer, in comparison to its suburbs which has a density of only 2,400 per square kilometer.
12 Chongqing – Population: 15,354,067
Chongqing is located in the Southwest of China, and combines with Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing in the direct-controlled municipalities of the PRC. The total area of Chongqing is 31,816 square miles and the population density is 910 people per square mile. Although the population density is less than many of the major metropolitan areas of the world, the area of this city is massive.
11. Karachi – Population: 15,741,406
Karachi is the 11th most populated city in the world for 2019. It is the capital city of the Sindh province in Pakistan. The city sits on teh Arabian Sea and has earned the title “City of Lights.” Karachi is a megacity that has a population density of 63,000 people per square mile. This is one of the densest areas on the planet, being bested only by Mumbai, Bangladesh, and Dhaka. Prior to Islamabad, Karachi was the capital of the country of Pakistan but has been demoted to the Sindh province capital.
10. New York, New York, United States – Population: 18.6 million
There is a population of 10 million in New York City, but when the New York City Metro area is figured in there are 18.6 million people. This city is also known as “The Big Apple.” It’s one of the most popular tourist places in the world and it attracts millions of visitors into the ara annually.
9. Cairo, Egypt – Population: 20 million
Cairo is a megacity located in the country of Egypt, and it sits within 45 minutes of the Giza Pyramids, which are one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the most highly visited places by tourists. This swells the population of the city to well above the 20 million residents that inhabit the area. Due to the overpopulation of the city, there is a high poverty rate, yet the population continues to grow at a rapid pace, and the available resources do not cover all the need.
8. Osaka, Japan – Population: 20.3 million
Osaka is the eighth-largest city in the world for 2019, by population figures. It is a megacity which is well-laid out with regard to its public transportation. The city is tastefully designed with a combination of modern and ancient architecture and design. It is also known for the amazing cuisine and culinary feats accomplished by chefs residing in some of the finest Japanese restaurants in the world, and this draws huge crowds of visitors from other parts of the world, in addition to its 20.3 million inhabitants.
7. Mexico City, Mexico – Population: 21.2 million
Mexico City is one of the most populated cities in all of North America and the seventh most populated in the world. Previously known for high crime rates and slum areas, the officials have made great progress in their cleanup efforts and the crime rate is significantly lowered, making it a more desirable vacation destination. The city features over 40 thousand restaurants.
6. Beijing, China – Population: 21.2 million
Beijing is the capital of China and the sixth most populated city in the world for 2019. This megacity is the home of Tiananmen Square, the largest square within the largest palace in the world, along with the famed Forbidden City. The sixth most populated city on the planet is located within the most highly populated country in the world, which is China.
5. Sao Paulo, Brazil- Population: 21.3 million
Sao Paulo has a slightly higher population than Beijing as of 2012. It is also ranked as the city with the most people in all of South America. Sao Paulo is well known for its amazing cuisine, its nightlife the culture. Numerous students stay in Sao Paulo to attend their multiple universities.
4. Mumbai (Bombay) – Population: 21.46 million
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra state in West-Central India. The city encompasses 25 square miles of surface and is located on Salsette and Mumbai Islands on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Mumbai is an island that was made by may through reclamation projects in the 19th century, using basaltic islets to form a peninsula. It is connected to the mainland through railroads and causeways. Being the home of West India’s only natural deepwater harbor makes it an industrial center and transportation hub for the region. It’s the heart of manufacturing of all types throughout a broad range of industries, but there are also terrible and expansive slums in the city.
3. Shanghai, China – Population: 24.48 million
Shanghai is the largest city in China. It is located in the Jiangsu Province of East China at the estuary where the Yangtze river is joined by the Huangpu River. The city is one of the greatest seaports in the world, and it occupies a space of 2,400 square miles.
2. Delhi, India – Population: 26.45 million
Delhi is the National Capital Territory of Delhi, meaning it is India’s capital city. On the eastern side, it borders Uttar Pradesh, and on the other three sides, it borders Haryana. The city covers 1,484 square kilometers. The urban area is still extending. This is the second most populated city in India and the urban spread encompasses the neighboring cities of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad, Sonipat, and Bahadurgarh, together creating a population of more than 26 million persons. Delhi ranks second-highest in CDP per capita in the country. The city also has the most air pollution of any city in the country. The population density is 23,893 individuals per square kilometer. Delhi is the second most populated city in the world as of 2019.
1. Tokyo, Japan – Population: 38.14 million
Tokyo, Japan is the most highly populated city in the world for 2019. The city has grown rapidly since 1990 when the census revealed a population of 11,854,987 persons, by more than three times its previous numbers. Tokyo is firmly established as a major industrial hub for Japan, as well as the country’s cultural, educational, financial and administrative center. It’s among the most economically powerful and influential cities in the world, serving communications and corporate functions for much of the Eastern Pacific Rim.