List of cities in China by urban population
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This list ranks cities in China by population within its urban core. The list contains all cities with a population over 1 million.
Official Chinese city boundaries can cover a large physical area and thus do not necessarily represent the true 'built-up area' of the city.
Municipalities and prefecture-level cities are not each a "city" in the strictest sense of the term, but instead an administrative unit comprising, typically, both an urban core (a city in the strict sense) and surrounding rural or less-urbanized areas usually many times the size of the central, built-up core. Prefecture-level cities nearly always contain multiple counties, county-level cities, and other such sub-divisions. To distinguish a prefecture-level city from its actual urban area (city in the strict sense), the term 市区 shìqū ("urban area") is used. However, even this term often encompasses large suburban regions often greater than 1000 mi2 (3000 km2) but does not include rural areas. Thus, the "urban core" can be regarded as the core of shìqū or "urban area". An "urban area" is roughly comparable to the US term "metropolitan area". The municipality is a political division defining the area of the local city government.
The population of the urban core only is listed below.
- 1 exclude floating Population
- 2 exclude suburban and rural
- 3 most from TABULATION OF THE 2010 POPULATION CENSUS OF THE PRC BY COUNTY.
- List of cities in the People's Republic of China by population
- List of province-level capitals and sub-provincial cities in the People's Republic of China
- Prefecture-level city
- Sub-provincial city
- Kam Wing Chan. "The Problem with China’s Urban Population Data". East Asia Center. University of Washington. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Exclude New Territories