List of metropolitan areas in Africa

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This is a list of the largest urban agglomerations in Africa. Figures are from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects report, as well as from citypopulation.de. Figures for administrative areas are also given.

Rank City Country Administrative area[1] Agglomeration Image
(2010; UN WUP)[2] (2010-01-01;
citypopulation.de)
[3]
1 Lagos  Nigeria 12,090,000 (March '13)[4] 17,578,000 21,000,000[5] Lagos Island.jpg
2 Cairo  Egypt 7,786,640 (2006)
Governorate
11,001,000 15,200,000 View from Cairo Tower 31march2007.jpg
3 Kinshasa-Brazzaville  Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Republic of the Congo
5,528,000 (1998) Province (Kinshasa)[6]
1,373,382 (2007) Capital District (Brazzaville)
8,754,000 11,300,000 Kinshasa, Boulevard du 30 juin - 20090701.jpg
4 Greater Johannesburg  South Africa 3,888,180 (2007)
2 adjoining Metropolitan municipalities
3,670,000 7,550,000[7] Johannesburg CBD.jpg
5 Mogadishu  Somalia 2,855,800 (2011) 6,346,000 5,845,000 Isbaheysiga Mosque in Mogadishu (2).jpg
6 Khartoum-Omdurman  Sudan 2,919,773 (1993)
3 principal cities of the Khartoum agglomeration
5,172,000 4,975,000 Khartoum.jpg
7 Dar es Salaam  Tanzania 4,364,541 (2012)
Mkoa
4,364,541 4,700,000 Dar es Salaam before dusk.jpg
8 Alexandria  Egypt 4,110,015 (2006)
Governorate
4,387,000 4,575,000 Flickr - Daveness 98 - Is this really Africa.jpg
9 Abidjan  Ivory Coast 4,210,200 (2002)
Département
4,125,000 4,400,000 Abidjan.JPG
10 Casablanca  Morocco 4 055 807(2012)
Région
3,284,000 3,975,000 Casablanca - Morocco 008.jpg
11 Cape Town  South Africa 3,497,097 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
3,405,000 3,775,000 Central Cape Town.jpg
12 Durban  South Africa 3,468,086 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
2,879,000 3,650,000 Durban beach.jpg
13 Accra  Ghana 1,659,136 (2000)
District (Accra Metropolitan Area)
2,342,000 3,575,000 Accra panorama.jpg
14 Nairobi  Kenya 3,138,295 (2009)
Nairobi administrative area
3,523,000 3,500,000 NBO5.jpg
15 Kano  Nigeria 2,153,225 (2006)
6 local government areas of Kano proper
3,395,000 9,383,682 KanofromDalaHill.jpg
16 Ibadan  Nigeria 1,338,659 (2006)
5 local government areas of Ibadan proper
2,837,000 3,375,000 Ibadan street scene.jpg
17 Algiers  Algeria 2,947,461 (2008)
Wilaya
2,800,000 3,175,000 Alger View Oct-2010 IMG 1039.JPG
18 Addis Ababa  Ethiopia 2,738,248 (2007)
Astedader
2,930,000 3,100,000 Addis-sheraton.jpg
19 Luanda  Angola 1,823,282 (2002)
Provincia
4,772,000 3,100,000 Luanda feb09 ost05.jpg
20 Dakar  Senegal 2,452,656 (2005)
Région
2,863,000 2,675,000 Senegal baie de Dakar 800x600.jpg
21 Pretoria  South Africa 2,345,908 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality
1,429,000 2,525,000 Pretoria CBD1.jpg
22 Tripoli  Libya 2,222,000 (2006)
Mutsarfiyah
2,267,000 2,325,000 Tripoli skyline clear day.JPG
23 Harare  Zimbabwe 1,903,510 (2002)
Province
1,632,000 2,300,000 Harare Skyline.jpg
24 Douala  Cameroon 1,514,978 (2001)
Wouri département
2,125,000 2,200,000 Douala.JPG
25 Hargeisa  Somaliland 1,414,978 (2011) 1,340,000 2,290,000 Hargskyl1.jpg
26 Abuja  Nigeria 1,405,201 (2006)
Federal Capital Territory
1,995,000 Not listed Abuja gate.jpg
27 Lusaka  Zambia 1,742,979 1,799,682 [8] 1,985,733 [9] Lusaka.jpg
28 Kampala  Uganda 1,337,900 (2005)
District
1,598,000 1,970,000 Uganda-Development.JPG
29 Bamako  Mali 1,215,335 (2005)
District
1,699,000 1,920,000 Bamako et fleuve Niger.jpg
30 Maputo  Mozambique 1,099,102 (2007)
Province-level city
1,655,000 1,910,000 2010-10-18 10-56-01 Mozambique Maputo Aeroporto ”B”.jpg
31 Rabat  Morocco 627,932 (2004)
Préfecture
1,802,000 1,890,000 Kasbah des Oudaias P1060356.JPG
32 Antananarivo  Madagascar 1,879,000 1,860,000 Antananarivo - Analakely.jpg
33 Yaoundé  Cameroon 1,248,235 (2001)
Mfoundi département
1,801,000 1,750,000 Cameroon-Yaounde01.jpg
34 Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso 1,475,223 (2006)
Municipality
1,908,000 1,700,000 Avenue kwame nkrumah.png
35 Conakry  Guinea 1,092,936 (1996)
Région
1,653,000 1,690,000 Conakry.jpg
36 Kaduna  Nigeria 760,084 (2006)
2 local government areas of Kaduna
1,561,000 1,670,000
37 Kumasi  Ghana 1,171,311 (2000)
District (Kumasi Metropolitan Area)
1,834,000 1,630,000 Downtown Kumasi, Ghana.jpg
38 Lubumbashi  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,543,000 1,570,000 Downtown Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 20061130.jpg
39 Mbuji-Mayi  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,488,000 1,520,000 Kongo C3.jpg
40 Oran  Algeria 634,112 (1998)
Commune
770,000 1,260,000 Oran facade maritime.JPG
41 Benin  Nigeria 1,302,000 1,240,000 RingRoad-BeninCity.jpg
42 Port Harcourt  Nigeria 541,116 (2006)
Local government area
1,104,000 1,230,000 PortHacourt1.jpg
43 Tunis  Tunisia 911,643 (2005)
Municipality
1,108,000 1,210,000 Panoramique Avenue Mohamed V, centre de Tunis.jpg
44 Freetown  Sierra Leone 947,122 (2004)
Western Area province
901,000 1,200,000 Freetown.jpg
45 Cotonou  Benin 665,100 (2002)
Commune
844,000 1,150,000 Cotonouskyline.jpg
46 Vereeniging  South Africa 800,819 (2007)
District municipality
1,143,000 Not listed Lethabo Powerstation 01.jpg
47 Fès  Morocco 977,946 (2004)
Préfecture
1,065,000 1,110,000 Fes City Modern.jpg
48 Maiduguri  Nigeria 521,492 (2006)
Local government area
970,000 1,100,000
49 Monrovia  Liberia 1,010,970 (2008)
Municipality
827,000 1,080,000 Downtown Monrovia 3348917715 67a2002529.jpg
50 Port Elizabeth  South Africa 1,050,930 (2007)
Metropolitan municipality (Nelson Mandela Bay)
1,068,000 1,070,000 Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth.jpg
51 Huambo  Angola 1,034,000 Not listed Buildings at Rua Cinco, Huambo, Angola.jpg
52 Ogbomosho  Nigeria 1,032,000 Not listed
53 Zaria  Nigeria 408,198 (2006)
Local government area
963,000 1,030,000 Ahmadu bello university senate.jpg
54 Ndjamena  Chad 829,000 1,020,000 Chad,N'djamena2.JPG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latest figures from national census authority
  2. ^ United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects (2009 revision)
  3. ^ Thomas Brinkoff, The Principal Agglomerations of the World
  4. ^ "Demographia World Urban Areas PDF (March 2013)". Demographia. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  5. ^ cfr.org
  6. ^ http://www.statistiques-mondiales.com/congo_kinshasa.htm
  7. ^ Includes Ekurhuleni, which is listed separately by the UN with a population of 3,157,000
  8. ^ geohive.com
  9. ^ http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_phc/Zambia/PreliminaryReport.pdf

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