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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. There is currently no generally accepted, globally consistent definition of exactly what constitutes a metropolitan area, thus making comparisons between cities in different countries especially difficult. However, for consistency, the sources on this article include figures from official governments only.

List

Note: Due to a lack of accurate governmental data, this list is incomplete.

Rank Metropolitan Country Official population Year
1 Tokyo  Japan 36,923,000[1] 2010
2 Seoul  South Korea 25,620,000[2] 2015
3 Shanghai  China 24,750,000[3] 2015
4 Guangzhou  China 23,900,000[4] 2014
5 Karachi  Pakistan 23,500,000[5] 2013
6 Delhi  India 21,753,486[6] 2011
7 Mexico City  Mexico 21,178,959[7] 2014
8 Beijing  China 21,148,000[8] 2013
9 Lagos  Nigeria 21,000,000[9] 2014
10 São Paulo  Brazil 20,935,204[10] 2014
11 Mumbai  India 20,748,395[6] 2011
12 New York  United States 20,092,883[11] 2014
13 Moscow  Russia 19,428,664[12] 2015
14 Osaka  Japan 19,342,000[1] 2010
15 Cairo  Egypt 16,292,269[13] 2006
16 Kolkata  India 14,617,882[6] 2011
17 Tehran  Iran 14,595,904[14] 2011
18 Istanbul  Turkey 14,377,018[15] 2014
19 London  United Kingdom 13,879,757[16] 2013
20 Los Angeles  United States 13,262,220[11] 2014
21 Buenos Aires  Argentina 13,074,000[17] 2010
22 Dhaka  Bangladesh 12,797,394[18] 2008
23 Bogotá  Colombia 12,140,602[19] 2013
24 Paris  France 11,978,363[16] 2013
25 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 11,973,505[10] 2014
26 Manila  Philippines 11,855,975[20] 2010
27 Rhine-Ruhr  Germany 11,470,000[21] 2012
28 Lahore  Pakistan 11,318,745[22] 2013
28 Shenzhen  China 10,630,000[23] 2013
29 Lima  Peru 9,735,587[24] 2014
30 Jakarta  Indonesia 9,607,787[25] 2010
31 Chicago  United States 9,554,598[11] 2014
32 Surabaya  Indonesia 9,115,485[26] 2014
33 Nagoya  Japan 9,107,000[1] 2010
34 Chennai  India 8,917,749[6] 2011
35 Bangalore (Bengaluru)  India 8,728,906[6] 2011
36 Bangkok  Thailand 8,305,218[27] 2010
37 Milan  Italy 8,123,020[28] 2013
38 Hyderabad  India 7,749,334[6] 2011
39 Hong Kong  Hong Kong 7,234,800[29] 2014
40 Taipei  Taiwan 7,045,488[30] 2013
41 Dallas–Fort Worth  United States 6,954,330[11] 2014
42 Santiago  Chile 6,683,852[31] 2012
43 Luanda  Angola 6,542,944[32] 2014
44 Madrid  Spain 6,414,620[16] 2013
45 Ahmedabad  India 6,352,254[6] 2011
46 Houston  United States 6,490,180[11] 2014
47 Philadelphia  United States 6,051,170[11] 2014
48 Toronto  Canada 5,959,505[33] 2013
49 Washington, D.C.  United States 6,033,737[11] 2014
50 Miami  United States 5,929,819[11] 2014
51 Belo Horizonte  Brazil 5,767,414[10] 2014
52 Atlanta  United States 5,614,323[11] 2013
53 Barcelona  Spain 5,493,081[16] 2013
54 Singapore  Singapore 5,469,700[34] 2014
55 Munich  Germany 5,203,738[35] 2014
56 Stuttgart  Germany 5,200,000[36] 2013
57 Ankara  Turkey 5,150,072[37] 2014
58 Berlin  Germany 5,145,576[16] 2013
59 Hamburg  Germany 5,100,000[38] 2012
60 Pune  India 5,049,968[6] 2011
61 Boston  United States 4,732,161[11] 2014
62 Sydney  Australia 4,667,283[39] 2012
63 San Francisco  United States 4,594,060[11] 2014
64 Phoenix  United States 4,489,109[11] 2014
65 Inland Empire  United States 4,441,890[11] 2014
66 Rome  Italy 4,321,244[40] 2014
67 Detroit  United States 4,296,611[11] 2014
68 Melbourne  Australia 4,246,345[39] 2012

Charts and graphs

See also

Lists of metropolitan areas by region

Lists of metropolitan areas by country or region

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