List of metropolitan areas in Asia

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This is a list of metropolitan areas in Asia with the largest population according to several sources. The Asian continent is one of the fastest-growing continents in the World, with increasing urbanisation and a high growth rate for cities.

Tokyo in Japan is the world's largest metropolitan area by population. Many other cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi, Dhaka, Seoul, Shanghai, and Bangkok are important metropolises.


Out of these five sources, the highest estimate is shown in bold. The cities are ranked on the basis of average of all 5 estimates (World Gazatteer, City Population, Demogaphia, United Nations World Urbanisation Prospects and Official or Other).

The table is color-coded to show which region of Asia each city is in. The color-code key is as follows:

With 14 cities, East Asia accounts for the largest number of cities under this list. South Asia, with 11 cities, comes second. Southeast Asia accounts for five cities.

Rank Metropolitan area Metropolitan Area
Image
Country World Gazetteer 2014 City Population 2014 Demographia 2014 UN World Urbanisation Prospects 2014 Official or
Other
Est. Year
1 Tokyo Tokyo odaiba.jpg  Japan 36,650,000 39,400,000 37,555,000 37,883,000 37,800,000[1] 2014
2 Delhi Smog in the skies of Delhi, India.jpg  India 22,155,000 25,300,000 24,134,000 24,953,000 27,000,000[2] 2014
3 Shanghai 2012 Pudong.jpg  China 18,400,000 29,600,000 22,650,000 22,991,000 24,750,000 2014
4 Jakarta Jakarta Car Free Day.jpg  Indonesia 21,700,000 27,000,000 29,959,000 10,176,000 20,000,000 2014
5 Mumbai Mumbai skyline88907.jpg  India 20,900,000 22,600,000 20,400,000 20,741,000 23,140,000 2014
6 Seoul Gangnam, Seoul, Korea.jpg  South Korea 22,500,000 24,200,000 22,992,000 9,775,000 25,620,000 2014
7 Manila Ortigas Tonight.jpg  Philippines 19,375,000 22,500,000 22,710,000 12,764,000 19,700,000[3] 2014
8 Karachi Karachi downtown.jpg  Pakistan 13,125,000 23,200,000 21,585,000 16,126,000 19,500,000[2] 2014
9 Beijing BeijingCBD-2007-8.JPG  China 13,545,000 19,900,000 19,277,000 19,520,000 21,150,000 2014
10 Osaka Osaka - Night View.jpg  Japan 17,000,000 17,800,000 17,310,000 20,123,000 20,130,000[1] 2014
11 Guangzhou Guangzhou dusk 11-5-2008.png  China 11,710,000 32,600,000 18,316,000 11,843,000 12,700,800[4] 2014
12 Kolkata Calcutta skyline.jpg  India 15,550,000 15,800,000 15,250,000 14,766,000 16,000,000 2014
13 Dhaka Dhaka-Bangladesh.jpg  Bangladesh 11,175,000 16,700,000 14,816,000 16,982,000 17,000,000[5] 2014
14 Shenzhen Shenzhen CBD and River.jpg  China 15,000,000 12,100,000 12,860,000 10,680,000 11,700,000[4] 2014
15 Bangkok All Seasons Plaza Bangkok.jpg  Thailand 6,980,000 14,900,000 14,910,000 9,098,000 14,500,000[2] 2014
16 Tehran Tehran Skyline.jpg  Iran 7,225,000 13,400,000 13,429,000 8,353,000 13,422,366[2] 2014
17 Nagoya Nagoya dome from Midland Square.JPG  Japan 10,025,000 10,400,000 10,238,000 9,313,000 9,046,000[1] 2014
18 Tianjin Tianjin Skyline 2009 Sep 11 by Nangua 2.jpg  China 6,400,000 10,900,000 9,596,000 10,860,000 12,938,224 2014
19 Bengaluru Ubcity2.jpg  India 7,220,000 9,950,000 9,330,000 9,718,000 10,178,146 2014
20 Lahore Kalma Underpass1.jpg  Pakistan 7,130,000 9,700,000 8,376,000[6] 8,500,000[7] 11,320,000[2] 2014
21 Chennai Chennai Kathipara bridge.jpg  India 7,550,000 9,650,000 9,435,000 9,620,000 8,696,010 2014
22 Hyderabad Hyderabad Financial district,India.jpg  India 6,750,000 8,650,000 6,815,000 8,670,000 9,100,000 2014
23 Chongqing SkylineOfChongqing.jpg  China 6,620,000 6,800,000 6,782,000 12,916,000 6,500,000[8] 2014
24 Wuhan WuhanSkyline.jpg  China 5,360,000 7,200,000 7,590,000 7,838,000 9,785,392[8] 2014
25 Hong Kong Skyline - Hong Kong, China.jpg  Hong Kong 6,975,000 7,200,000 7,260,000 7,206,000 7,200,000 2014
26 Ho Chi Minh City Một khúc sông Sài Gòn.JPG  Vietnam 7,600,000 8,050,000 7,005,000 5,314,000 7,100,000 2014
27 Shenyang Shenyang-Fushun urban agglomeration, LandSat-5, 2010-09-29.jpg  China 5,250,000 7,500,000 5,816,000 6,194,000 8,106,171[8] 2014
28 Taipei Ximending at night.jpg  Taiwan 8,300,000 8,950,000 6,610,000 - 8,916,653[2] 2014
29 Ahmedabad Amdavad Aerial.jpg  India 5,720,000 7,150,000 5,265,000 7,116,000 7,000,000 2014
30 Kuala Lumpur KL-Skyline Night HDR.JPG  Malaysia 5,100,000 6,800,000 5,715,000 6,629,000 4,525,000[2] 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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