List of largest cities

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Determining the world's largest cities depends on which definitions of city are used, as well as the criteria used for size: this article focuses on population.wikipedia
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Determining the world's largest cities depends on which definitions of city are used, as well as the criteria used for size: this article focuses on population.
The most populated city proper is Chongqing while the most populous metropolitan areas are the Greater Tokyo Area, the Shanghai area, and the Jakarta metropolitan area.


Shanghai, ChinaSHAShanghai Municipality
With a population of 24.2 million, it is the most populous urban area in China and the second most populous city proper in the world.


DaccaDhaka, BangladeshDhaka City
It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world, with a population of 20.2 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area.


İstanbulConstantinopleIstanbul, Turkey
With a total population of around 15 million residents in its metropolitan area, Istanbul is one of the world's most populous cities, ranking as the world's fourth largest city proper and the largest European city.


Moscow, RussiaMoscow, Soviet UnionMoskva
By broader definitions, Moscow is among the world's largest cities, being the 14th largest metro area, the 18th largest agglomeration, the 14th largest urban area, and the 11th largest by population within city limits worldwide.


Tokyo, JapanTokyo MetropolisTōkyō
The prefecture is part of the world's most populous metropolitan area called the Greater Tokyo Area with over 40 million people and the world's largest urban agglomeration economy.


Lima, PeruDistrito CapitalLima, Perú
Lima ranks as the 30th most populous 'agglomeration' in the world, and the second biggest city in South America in terms of population within city limits, after São Paulo.


Kabul, AfghanistanNeighborhood of KabulKabul City
Rapid urbanization had made Kabul the world's 75th largest city.


London, EnglandLondon, United KingdomLondon, UK
In terms of population, London is the 19th largest city and the 18th largest metropolitan region.

City proper

metropolitan cityproperwithin city limits
A city can be defined by its administrative boundaries (city proper).


Sanaa (صَنْعَاء, ', Yemeni Arabic: ; Old South Arabian: 𐩮𐩬𐩲𐩥 Ṣnʿw), also spelled Sanaʽa or Sana''', is the largest city in Yemen and the centre of Sanaʽa Governorate.

Metropolitan area

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A city can be defined by the inhabitants of its demographic population, as by metropolitan area, labour market area, or similar in a metropolitan area.




Seoul, South KoreaSeoul, KoreaHanseong

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List of metropolitan areas by population

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One concept which measures the world's largest cities is that of the metropolitan area, which is based on the concept of a labor market area and is typically defined as an employment core (an area with a high density of available jobs) and the surrounding areas that have strong commuting ties to the core.

List of urban areas by population

List of urban agglomerations by population24thone of the 50 largest urban areas in the world

List of largest cities throughout history

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United Nations

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The United Nations uses three definitions for what constitutes a city, as not all cities may be classified using the same criteria.

Globalization and World Cities Research Network

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For a view of the largest cities by economic stature and integration within the global economy, see Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

Local government

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A city proper is a locality defined according to legal or political boundaries and an administratively recognised urban status that is usually characterised by some form of local government.