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The 20 Largest Cities in the World of 2018

The 20 Largest Cities in the World of 2018
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By 2050, the world will be home to almost 10 billion people, two-thirds of which will live in cities. As the transition from rural to urban continues, a network of metropolises across the world is rapidly expanding. Today, the world’s 20 largest cities are home to almost half a billion people, a number only set to rise as urban centers become taller, more expansive, and more dense.

Below, we have rounded up the top 20 cities in the world of 2018, with additional figures on population, area, and density. Eight of the top 10 cities are in Asia, with India and China both containing 3 of the top 20. The largest American city is New York City, while the largest city on the European continent is Moscow. Read on below for the full results.

1. Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan

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Population: 38,050,000
Area: 8,547 sqkm
Density: 4,500/sqkm

2. Jakarta, Indonesia

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Population: 32,275,000
Area: 3,302 sqkm
Density: 9,800/sqkm

3. Delhi, India

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Population: 27,280,000
Area: 2,202 sqkm
Density: 12,400/sqkm

4. Manila, Philippines

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Population: 24,650,000
Area: 1,787 sqkm
Density: 13,600/sqkm

5. Seoul, South Korea

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Population: 24,210,000
Area: 2,745 sqkm
Density: 8,800/sqkm

6. Shanghai, China

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Population: 24,115,000
Area: 4,015 sqkm
Density: 6,000/sqkm

7. Mumbai, India

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Population: 23,265,000
Area: 881 sqkm
Density: 26,400/sqkm

8. New York City, USA

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New York. Image via shutterstock.com

Population: 21,575,000
Area: 11,875 sqkm
Density: 1,700/sqkm

9. Beijing, China

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Beijing. Image via shutterstock.com

Population: 21,250,000
Area: 4,144 sqkm
Density: 5,100/sqkm

10. Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Population: 21,100,000
Area: 3,043 sqkm
Density: 6,900/sqkm

11. Mexico City, Mexico

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Population: 20,565,000
Area: 2,370 sqkm
Density: 8,700/sqkm

12. Guangzhou, China

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Population: 19,965,000
Area: 3,820 sqkm
Density: 5,200/sqkm

13. Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Population: 17,425,000
Area: 368 sqkm
Density: 47,400/sqkm

14. Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan

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Population: 17,165,000
Area: 3,238 sqkm
Density: 5,300/sqk

15. Moscow, Russia

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Population: 16,855,000
Area: 5,698 sqkm
Density: 3,000/sqkm

16. Greater Cairo, Egypt

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Population: 16,545,000
Area: 1,917 sqkm
Density: 8,600/sqkm

17. Bangkok, Thailand

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Population: 15,975,000
Area: 3,043 sqkm
Density: 5,200/sqkm

18. Los Angeles, USA

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Population: 15,620,000
Area: 6,299 sqkm
Density: 2,300/sqkm 

19. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires. Image via shutterstock.com

Population: 15,520,000
Area: 6,299 sqkm
Density: 2,300/sqkm

20. Kolkata, India

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Kolkata. Image via shutterstock.com

Population: 15,095,000
Area: 1,347 sqkm
Density: 11,200/sqkm 

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "The 20 Largest Cities in the World of 2018" 27 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/906605/the-20-largest-cities-in-the-world-of-2018/> ISSN 0719-8884
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