A map of the large conurbation area of Helsinki (in yellow) in Uusimaa, Finland
Satellite photo from 2012 showing Sydney in the centre, with Wollongong visible on the left and the Central Coast on the right
Nocturnal view of the New York City metropolitan area, the world's most brightly illuminated conurbation and largest urban landmass. Long Island extends 120 miles eastward from Manhattan, the central core of the conurbation.
The ten largest urban centers in China
Rhine-Ruhr, the largest conurbation of the European continent
2011 Rural Urban classification by Local Authority Districts in England
2011 Rural Urban classification by census Output Areas in England

Region comprising a number of metropolises, cities, large towns, and other urban areas that, through population growth and physical expansion, have merged to form one continuous urban or industrially developed area.

- Conurbation

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Travel to work area

Travel to work areas in England and Wales
TTW Flow Map 2011 for England and Wales
Map of the London TTW area (red) showing the main road and rail links into the city.

A travel to work area or TTWA is a statistical tool used by UK Government agencies and local authorities, especially by the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentres, to indicate an area where the population would generally commute to a larger town, city or conurbation for the purposes of employment.

West Midlands conurbation

The West Midlands Urban Area as at the 2001 Census
Skyline of Central Birmingham.
St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton.
Solihull High Street.
Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.
Dudley Town Centre.
West Midlands conurbation at night from the ISS.

The West Midlands conurbation is the large conurbation that includes the cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the towns of Sutton Coldfield, Dudley, Walsall, West Bromwich, Solihull, Stourbridge and Halesowen in the English West Midlands.


New York has garnered the nickname Metropolis to describe the city in the daytime in popular culture, contrasting with Gotham, sometimes used to describe New York at night.
Skyline of Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolis, with Mount Fuji in the background
Taipei Skyline with the Taipei 101
Cairo Skyline
Dhaka is Bangladesh's largest city
Shanghai is the largest city in China
Jakarta, the largest and busiest city in Indonesia
Tehran is Iran's largest city
Metro Manila, the most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines
Skyline of Singapore metropolis
Skyline of Dubai
Sarajevo, the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Warsaw, the capital and largest city of Poland
London is the largest city in the United Kingdom
Mexico City is Mexico's capital and largest city
New York is the largest city in the U.S.
Aerial view of Buenos Aires
São Paulo is Brazil's largest city
Financial district of Santiago, Chile.
Mumbai, MH
Chennai, TN
New Delhi, NCT
Varanasi, UP
Lucknow, UP
Kolkata, WB
Bangalore, KA
Hyderabad, TG
Ahmedabad, GJ
Pune, MH
Visakhapatnam, AP
Jaipur, RJ
Sapporo, Hokkaidō region
Sendai, Tōhoku region
Tokyo, Kantō region
Nagoya, Chūbu region
Osaka, Kansai region
Hiroshima, Chūgoku region
Fukuoka, Kyushu region
Kuala Lumpur, the largest city in Malaysia
Berlin is Germany's largest city.
Rhine-Ruhr is Germany's largest metropolis (the photo shows Dortmund).
Frankfurt is one of Germany's most important cities.
Moscow, the capital and largest city of Russia
Saint Petersburg, the cultural capital and the second-largest city
Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in the country.
Madrid (capital city of Spain)
Madrid skyline at night
Toronto is Canada's largest city.
Montreal is Canada's largest French-speaking city.
Vancouver is Canada's largest coastal city and most important port.
Sydney is Australia's largest metropolis.
Melbourne is Australia's second-largest metropolis.
Brisbane is Australia's third-largest metropolis.
Perth is the largest city in Western Australia.
Adelaide is the largest city in South Australia.
Gold Coast is Australia's largest regional city.

A metropolis is a large city or conurbation which is a significant economic, political, and cultural center for a country or region, and an important hub for regional or international connections, commerce, and communications.

Urban area

Human settlement with a high population density and infrastructure of built environment.

Greater Tokyo Area, Japan, the world's most populated urban area, with about 38 million inhabitants
Greater Melbourne, Australia at night, seen from the International Space Station
Urban land area (km2), 2010
Urban areas with at least one million inhabitants in 2006
India gate panorama.
A street sign indicating the beginning of an urban area in Finland. The picture was taken in Vimpeli.
São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the Southern Hemisphere, in the Americas, and the world's ninth-largest urban area by population.
Moscow, the capital and largest city of Russia
Saint Petersburg, the cultural capital and the second-largest city
Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in the country.

Urban areas are created through urbanization and are categorized by urban morphology as cities, towns, conurbations or suburbs.


Largest city in Nigeria and the second most populous city in Africa, with a population of 15.3 million as of 2022 within the city proper.

Aerial view of Lagos in 1929
Map of Lagos' initial city boundaries, showing its contemporary districts. This definition is rarely used in the present day; the expanded metropolitan area is now a more accepted definition of Lagos.
Lekki Conservation Centre canopy walk
Lagos Marina
Victoria Island
Civic Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos
A map showing the 16 LGAs making up Lagos Metropolitan Area
Lagos market scene
Apapa port
Entrance of the Lekki Free Trade Zone
Construction of the Dangote Raffinerie
Tree growing in Freedom Park
Tinubu Square
National Stadium.
The Lagos Black Heritage Festival Parade, 2012
Lekki Beach in Lagos
The Cathedral Church of Christ Marina on Lagos Island
Arewa Traditional Kitchen
Lagos Business School
Lagos Business School's Cafeteria
Dowen College in Lagos
University of Lagos
Toll gates and roads at the Lekki-Ẹpẹ Expressway
Lagos, its ports, airports, free trade zone and light rail system
Distilling column of the Dangote refinery in compare to a Saturn rocket
Pharmacy in Epe

Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present-day Lagos, also known as "Metropolitan Lagos", and officially as "Lagos Metropolitan Area" is an urban agglomeration or conurbation, consisting of 16 LGAs including Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State.

City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

Metropolitan municipality that forms the local government of the East Rand region of Gauteng.

Road sign: Ekurhuleni
Ekurhuleni 2001 population density map
Chris Hani Monument in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni
Ekurhuleni 2001 dominant language map
The Rhodesfield suburb of Kempton Park
A street in Lakefield
The CBD of Benoni
Airways Park, the head office of South African Airways
Professor John D. Kasarda with Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele
Ekurhuleni aerotropolis

As Ekurhuleni is part of the Johannesburg Conurbation, Transport routes in Ekurhuleni share the same metropolitan route numbering system as Johannesburg.


Bubble map showing the population sizes of larger towns and cities in the Randstad circa 2012
The Hague
A RandstadRail LRV between Zoetermeer and The Hague

The Randstad ("Rim" or "Edge" City) is a roughly crescent-shaped conurbation in the central-western Netherlands, consisting primarily of the four largest Dutch cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht); their suburbs, and many towns in between, that all grew and merged into each other, containing almost half the country's population.

Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex

1915 map of Dallas and Tarrant Counties
Northern Dallas metropolitan area at night – astronaut photo, courtesy NASA (November 15, 2012)
Downtown Dallas
Downtown Fort Worth
Headquarters of AMR Corporation and American Airlines
AT&T headquarters in Dallas
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
DFW freeway map

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, officially designated Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, is a conurbated metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. state of Texas encompassing 11 counties.

Patrick Geddes

Scottish biologist, sociologist, Comtean positivist, geographer, philanthropist and pioneering town planner.

Patrick Geddes circa 1886
Milne's Court (1690), Edinburgh. Under the influence of the pioneering conservationist, Patrick Geddes, these buildings were renovated in 1914, becoming a university hall of residence.
Masterplan for Tel Aviv, 1925
Patrick Geddes, Valley Section, 1909
Geddes in 1931

Following the philosophies of Auguste Comte and Frederic LePlay, he introduced the concept of "region" to architecture and planning and coined the term "conurbation".

Wellington Region

Non-unitary region of New Zealand that occupies the southernmost part of the North Island.

A composite landsat-7 image of the southwestern part of the region
On the Quartz Hill track
Aerial view of Wellington city
Plimmerton, Paremata and Pauatahanui Inlet
Population density at the 2006 census

The council region covers the conurbation around the capital city, Wellington, and the cities of Lower Hutt, Porirua, and Upper Hutt, each of which has a rural hinterland; it extends up the west coast of the North Island, taking in the coastal settlements of the Kapiti Coast District; east of the Remutaka Range it includes three largely rural districts containing most of Wairarapa, covering the towns of Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough.