Sep 24, 2008

World 's Largest Cities

A mega city is usually defined as a recognized metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million people.
26-Shenzen (10,700,000),China
Shenzhen is a sub-provincial city of Guangdong province in southern China, located at the border with Hong Kong. Shenzhen is a mecca of foreign investment and since the late 1970s has been one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

25-Lagos (11,100,000),Nigeria
Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria.Lagos has grown from a small Yoruba settlement, and undergone periods of domination by two European powers, to become the commercial and population center of Nigeria. It is also the former capital city of Nigeria; it has since been replaced by Abuja.
24-Paris (11,500,000), France
Paris is the capital city of France and it is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.It is widely regarded as one of the world's major global cities, with the headquarters of many international organizations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the ICC, or the informal Paris Club. The city, which is renowned for its defining neo-classical architecture, hosts many museums and galleries and has an active nightlife.

23-Istanbul (11,500,000), Turkey
Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural, and economic center.Istanbul extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. The city was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2010 (along with Pécs, Hungary and Essen, Germany).
22-Tehran(11,850,000), Iran
Tehran has a land area of 658 square kilometers, is the capital city of Iran.More than half of the country's industry is based there. . Tehran is a sprawling city at the foot of the Alborz mountain range with an immense network of highways unparalleled in western Asia. It is also the hub of the country's railway network. The city has numerous large museums, art centers, palace complexes and cultural centers.
21-London(12,000,000), England
London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. An important settlement for around two millennia, London is today one of the world's most important business and financial centers and its involvement in politics, culture, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the key global cities. London is the largest and most populous city in the European Union.

20-Beijing (12,100,000), China
Beijing, a city in northern China, is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was formerly known in English as Peking. Beijing is also one of the four municipalities of the PRC.. Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the People's Republic of China, while Shanghai and Hong Kong predominate in economic fields.

19-Rio De Janeiro(12,150,000), Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is the name of both a state and a city in southeastern Brazil. The city was the capital of Brazil .It is famous for its spectacular natural setting, its Carnival celebrations, samba and other music, hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, pavements decorated with black and cream swirl pattern mosaics, and the easygoing lifestyle of its inhabitants.

18-Dhaka(13,250,000), Bangladesh
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and the Dhaka District. Located on the banks of the Buriganga River, Modern Dhaka is the center of political, cultural and economic life in Bangladesh,
17-Buenos Aires(13,450,000),Argentina
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port.Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of the South" or "Paris of South America". It is one of the most sophisticated cities in Latin America, renowned for its architecture, night life, and cultural activities.

16-Moscow(13,750,000), Russia
Moscow is the capital of Russia and the country's principal political, economic, financial, educational, and transportation center, located on the Moskva River. Moscow's architectural and performing arts culture are world-renowned. Moscow is also well known as the site of Saint Basil's Cathedral, with its elegant onion domes, as well as the Cathedral of Christ the is perennially considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. It is home to many scientific and educational institutions, as well as numerous sport facilities. I

15-Karachi(14,300,000), Pakistan
Karachi is the capital of the province of Sindh, and the most populated city in Pakistan,The city is the financial and commercial center as well as the largest port of Pakistan. The site of an ancient community of fishing villages.Karachi has faced major infrastructural and socio-economic challenges, but modern industries and businesses have developed in the city.
14-Manila (14,950,000),Philippines
The City of Manila or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines. The city is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on Luzon, the country's largest island.

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt (previously the United Arab Republic).Cairo is also the most populous metropolitan area and the most populous city in Africa.

12-Kolkata (15,650,000), India
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata has been home to luminaries such as Rabindranath Tagore, Ronald Ross, Subhas Chandra Bose, Mother Teresa, Satyajit Ray, Satyendranath Bose, Swami Vivekananda and many others.
11-Jakarta(16,550,000), Indonesia
Jakarta (also Djakarta or DKI Jakarta), formerly known as Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta and Batavia is the capital and largest city of has an area of 661.52 km². Jakarta has been developed for more than 490 years and currently is the ninth most dense city in the world with 44,283 people per square mile.

10-Osaka (16,800,000), Japan
Osaka is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, Osaka is the historical commercial capital of Japan and is still one of Japan's major industrial centers and ports.
9-Loa Angeles (18,000,000), USA
Los Angeles, known as "L.A." or the "City of Angels", is the most populous city in the state of California and the second-most in the United States. it is the core cultural and economic center of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area,Los Angeles is one of the country's most important centers of culture, science, technology, international trade, and higher education, and is home to numerous world-renowned institutions in a broad range of professional and cultural fields.
Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world.the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Administratively.

7-Delhi(19,700,000), India
Delhi is a metropolis in northern India. New Delhi, an urban area within the metropolis of Delhi, is the seat of the Government of India.Delhi's metropolitan area, informally known as the National Capital Region (NCR), comprises of the NCT and the neighboring satellite towns of Faridabad and Gurgaon in Haryana, and Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh making it the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world.
6-Mumbai (19,850,000), India
Mumbaī, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the state of Maharashtra, and the most populous city of India.The city has a deep natural harbor and the port handles over half of India's passenger traffic and a significant amount of cargo. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, and houses important financial institutions
5-Sao Paulo(20,200,000), Brazil
São Paulo is the capital of the state of São Paulo in southeastern Brazil.The city has an area of 1,523.0 square kilometers (588.0 sq. miles) [1] and with 19 million people living in the greater metropolitan area, the city makes it the largest and most populous city in the Southern Hemisphere.
4-New York(21,900,000), USA
New York City (officially the City of New York) is the largest city in the United States and one of the world's major global cities . New York City is an international center for business, finance, fashion, medicine, entertainment, media, and culture, with an extraordinary collection of museums, galleries, performance venues, media outlets, international corporations, and financial markets. The city is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations, and to many of the world's most famous skyscrapers.
3-Seoul (22,200,000),South Korea
Seoul is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). The city's name derives from the ancient Korean word Seorabeol or Seobeol, meaning "capital city". The city has been known in the past by the successive names Wiryeseong , Hanyang and Hanseong.
2-Mexico City(22,800,000),Mexico
Mexico City is the capital city of the nation of Mexico. It is one of the largest cities in the world and is classed as a megalopolis as it encompasses one large city that has slowly engulfed other, smaller ones. It is located in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large valley in the high plateaus (altiplano) at the center of Mexico, about 2,240 meters (7,349 feet) above sea-level, surrounded on most sides by volcanoes towering at 4,000 to 5,500 meters (13,000 to 18,000 feet) above sea-level.
1-Tokyo(34,200,000), Japan
The Greater Tokyo Area is a large metropolitan area in Japan consisting of the Japanese prefectures Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Tokyo (at the center). It is the largest metropolitan area in the world by population.It is the second largest in the world in terms of built-up or urban function landmass at 7,000 km² (2,700 mi²). (Only the urban area surrounding New York City at 8,700 km² is larger).

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