Urban area

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Greater Tokyo Area, Japan, the world's most populated urban area, with about 39 million inhabitants

An urban area, built-up area or urban agglomeration is a human settlement with a high population density and infrastructure of built environment. Urban areas are created through urbanization and are categorized by urban morphology as cities, towns, conurbations or suburbs. In urbanism, the term contrasts to rural areas such as villages and hamlets; in urban sociology or urban anthropology it contrasts with natural environment. The creation of earlier predecessors of urban areas during the urban revolution led to the creation of human civilization with modern urban planning, which along with other human activities such as exploitation of natural resources led to a human impact on the environment. "Agglomeration effects" are in the list of the main consequences of increased rates of firm creation since. This is due to conditions created by a greater level of industrial activity in a given region. However, a favorable environment for human capital development would also be generated simultaneously.[1]

In 1950, around the world, 764 million people lived in urban areas. By 2014, it was 3.9 billion. The change was driven by a combination of increased total population and increased percent of population living in urban areas.[2] In 2009, the number of people living in urban areas (3.42 billion) surpassed the number living in rural areas (3.41 billion), and since then the world has become more urban than rural.[3] This was the first time that the majority of the world's population lived in a city.[4] In 2014 there were 7.3 billion people living on the planet,[5] of which the global urban population comprised 3.9 billion. The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs at that time predicted the urban population would occupy 68% of the world population by 2050, with 90% of that growth coming from Africa and Asia.[6]

The UN publishes data on cities, urban areas and rural areas, but relies almost entirely on national definitions of these areas. The UN principles and recommendations state that due to different characteristics of urban and rural areas across the globe, a global definition is not possible.[7]

Urban areas are created and further developed by the process of urbanization. They are measured for various purposes, including analyzing population density and urban sprawl. Urban areas are also mostly found in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Japan and Australia and many other countries where the urbanization rate is over 80%.

Unlike an urban area, a metropolitan area includes not only the urban area, but also satellite cities plus intervening rural land that is socio-economically connected to the urban core city, typically by employment ties through commuting, with the urban core city being the primary labor market.

The concept of an "urban area" as used in economic statistics should not be confused with the concept of the "urban area" used in road safety statistics. This term was first created by Geographer Brian Manning. The last concept is also known as "built-up area in road safety". According to the definition by the Office for National Statistics, "Built-up areas are defined as land which is 'irreversibly urban in character', meaning that they are characteristic of a town or city. They include areas of built-up land with a minimum of 20 hectares (200,000 m2; 49 acres). Any areas [separated by] less than 200 metres [of non-urban space] are linked to become a single built-up area.[8]

Urban land area (km2), 2010[9]
Urban areas with at least one million inhabitants in 2006

Argentina and Japan are countries where the urbanization rate is over 90% while Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States are countries where the urbanization rate is between 80% and 90%.

Largest urban areas in the world[edit]

[10]

  1. Japan Tokyo (Japan) - 37,274,000
  2. India New Delhi (India) - 32,066,000
  3. China Shanghai (China) - 28,517,000
  4. Bangladesh Dhaka (Bangladesh) - 22,478,000
  5. Brazil Sao Paulo (Brazil) - 22,430,000
  6. Mexico Mexico City (Mexico) - 22,085,000
  7. Egypt Cairo (Egypt) - 21,750,000
  8. China Beijing (China) - 21,333,000
  9. India Mumbai (India) - 20,961,000
  10. United States New York - Newark (United States) - 18,867,000

Largest urban areas, by continent[edit]

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Africa[edit]

  1. Egypt Cairo (Egypt) - 21,750,000
  2. Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa (DR Congo) - 15,628,000
  3. Nigeria Lagos (Nigeria) - 15,388,000
  4. South Africa Johannesburg (South Africa) - 10,110,000
  5. Angola Luanda (Angola) - 8,952,000
  6. Tanzania Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) - 7,405,000
  7. Sudan Khartoum (Sudan) - 6,160,000
  8. Ivory Coast Abidjan (Ivory Coast) - 5,516,000
  9. Egypt Alexandria (Egypt) - 5,484,000
  10. Ethiopia Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - 5,228,000

Asia[edit]

  1. Japan Tokyo (Japan) - 37,274,000
  2. India New Delhi (India) - 32,066,000
  3. China Shanghai (China) - 28,517,000
  4. Bangladesh Dhaka (Bangladesh) - 22,478,000
  5. China Beijing (China) - 21,333,000
  6. India Mumbai (India) - 20,961,000
  7. Japan Osaka (Japan) - 19,060,000
  8. Pakistan Karachi (Pakistan) - 16,840,000
  9. China Chongqing (China) - 16,875,000
  10. Turkey Istanbul (Turkiye) - 15,636,000

Europe[edit]

  1. Turkey Istanbul (Turkiye) - 15,636,000
  2. Russia Moscow (Russia) - 12,641,000
  3. France Paris (France) - 11,142,000
  4. United Kingdom London (United Kingdom) - 9,426,000
  5. Spain Madrid (Spain) - 6,714,000
  6. Germany Berlin (Germany) -6,144,600
  7. Spain Barcelona (Spain) - 5,658,000
  8. Russia Saint Petersburg (Russia) - 5,536,000
  9. Italy Rome (Italy) - 4,298,000
  10. Greece Athens (Greece) - 3,154,000

North America[edit]

  1. Mexico Mexico City (Mexico) - 22,085,000
  2. United States New York - Newark (United States) - 18,867,000
  3. United States Los Angeles - Long Beach - Santa Ana (United States) - 12,488,000
  4. United States Chicago (United States) - 8,901,000
  5. United States Houston (United States) - 6,603,000
  6. United States Dallas - Fort Worth (United States) - 6,488,400
  7. Canada Toronto (Canada) - 6,313,000
  8. United States Miami (United States) - 6,079,000
  9. United States Philadelphia (United States) - 5,705,000
  10. United States Washington, D.C. - Baltimore (United States) - 5,434,000

Oceania[edit]

  1. Australia Melbourne (Australia) - 4,870,000
  2. Australia Sydney (Australia) - 4,859,000
  3. Australia Brisbane (Australia) - 2,372,000
  4. Australia Perth (Australia) - 2,016,000
  5. New Zealand Auckland (New Zealand) - 1,582,000
  6. Australia Adelaide (Australia) - 1,328,000
  7. Australia Gold Coast (Australia) - 687,000
  8. Australia Canberra (Australia) - 452,000
  9. Australia Newcastle (Australia) - 447,000
  10. New Zealand Wellington (New Zealand) - 413,000

South America[edit]

  1. Brazil São Paulo (Brazil) - 22,430,000
  2. Argentina Buenos Aires (Argentina) - 15,370,000
  3. Brazil Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - 13,634,000
  4. Colombia Bogotá (Colombia) - 11,344,000
  5. Peru Lima - Callao (Peru) - 11,176,000
  6. Chile Santiago (Chile) - 6,857,000
  7. Brazil Belo Horizonte (Brazil) - 6,194,000
  8. Brazil Brasília (Brazil) - 4,804,000
  9. Brazil Recife (Brazil) - 4,220,000
  10. Brazil Porto Alegre (Brazil) - 4,185,000

Largest urban areas, by country[edit]

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Afghanistan[edit]

4.458 million KABUL (capital) (2022)

Albania[edit]

512,000 TIRANA (capital) (2022)

Algeria[edit]

2.854 million ALGIERS (capital) ; 922,000 Oran (2022)

American Samoa[edit]

49,000 PAGO PAGO (capital) (2018)

Andorra[edit]

23,000 ANDORRA LA VELLA (capital) (2018)

Angola[edit]

8.952 million LUANDA (capital) ; 914,000 Lubango ; 862,000 Cabinda ; Benguela 777,000 (2022)

Anguilla[edit]

1,000 THE VALLEY (capital) (2018)

Antigua and Barbuda[edit]

21,000 SAINT JOHN'S (capital) (2018)

Argentina[edit]

15.370 million BUENOS AIRES (capital) ; 1.598 million Cordoba ; 1.574 million Rosario ; 1.209 million Mendoza ; 1.014 million San Miguel de Tucuman ; 904,000 La Plata (2022)

Armenia[edit]

1.092 million YEREVAN (capital) (2022)

Aruba[edit]

30,000 ORANJESTAD (capital) (2018)

Australia[edit]

5,151 million Melbourne ; 5.057 million Sydney ; 2.472 million Brisbane ; 2.093 million Perth ; 1.356 million Adelaide ; 467,000 CANBERRA (capital) (2022)

Austria[edit]

1.960 million VIENNA (capital) (2022)

Azerbaijan[edit]

2.401 million BAKU (capital) (2022)

Bahamas, The[edit]

280,000 NASSAU (capital) (2018)

Bahrain[edit]

689,000 MANAMA (capital) (2022)

Bangladesh[edit]

22.478 million DHAKA (capital) ; 5.253 million Chittagong ; 950,000 Khulna ; 942,000 Rajshahi ; 928,000 Sylhet ; Bogra 864,000 (2022); Narayanganj:294,8000

Barbados[edit]

89,000 BRIDGETOWN (capital) (2018)

Belarus[edit]

2.049 million MINSK (capital) (2022)

Belgium[edit]

2.110 million BRUSSELS (capital); 1.053 million Antwerp (2022)

Belize[edit]

23,000 BELMOPAN (capital) (2018)

Benin[edit]

285,000 PORTO-NOVO (capital) (2018) ; 1.189 million Abomey-Calavi ; 709,000 COTONOU (seat of government) (2022)

Bermuda[edit]

10,000 HAMILTON (capital) (2018)

Bhutan[edit]

203,000 THIMPHU (capital) (2018)

Bolivia[edit]

1.908 million LA PAZ (capital) ; 1.784 million Santa Cruz ; 1.369 million Cochabamba ; 278,000 Sucre (constitutional capital) (2022)

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

344,000 SARAJEVO (capital) (2022)

Botswana[edit]

269,000 GABORONE (capital) (2018)

Brazil[edit]

22.430 million Sao Paulo ; 13.634 million Rio de Janeiro ; 6.194 million Belo Horizonte ; 4.804 million BRASILIA (capital) ; 4.220 million Recife ; 4.185 million Porto Alegre (2022)

British Virgin Islands[edit]

15,000 ROAD TOWN (capital) (2018)

Brunei[edit]

241,000 BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (capital) (2011)

Bulgaria[edit]

1.287 million SOFIA (capital) (2022)

Burkina Faso[edit]

3.056 million OUAGADOUGOU (capital) ; 1.074 million Bobo-Dioulasso (2022)

Burundi[edit]

1.139 million BUJUMBURA (capital) (2022)

Cabo Verde[edit]

168,000 PRAIA (capital) (2018)

Cambodia[edit]

2.211 million PHNOM PENH (capital) (2022)

Cameroon[edit]

4.164 million YAOUNDE (capital) ; 3.927 million Douala (2022)

Canada[edit]

6.313 million Toronto ; 4.277 million Montreal ; 2.632 million Vancouver ; 1.611 million Calgary ; 1.519 million Edmonton ; 1.423 million OTTAWA (capital) (2022)

Cayman Islands[edit]

35,000 GEORGE TOWN (capital) (2018)

Central African Republic[edit]

933,000 BANGUI (capital) (2022)

Chad[edit]

1.533 million N'DJAMENA (capital) (2022)

Chile[edit]

6.857 million SANTIAGO (capital) ; 1.000 million Valparaiso ; 902,000 Concepcion (2022)

China[edit]

28.517 million Shanghai ; 20.133 million BEIJING (capital) ; 16.875 million Chongqing ; 14.012 million Tianjin ; 13.965 million Guangzhou ; 12.831 million Shenzhen (2022)

Colombia[edit]

11.344 million BOGOTA (capital) ; 4.068 million Medellin ; 2.837 million Cali ; 2.325 million Barranquilla ; 1.366 million Bucaramanga ; 1.079 million Cartagena (2022)

Comoros[edit]

62,000 MORONI (capital) (2018)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the[edit]

15.628 million KINSHASA (capital) ; 2.765 million Mbuji-Mayi ; 2.695 million Lubumbashi ; 1.593 million Kananga ; 1.366 million Kisangani ; 1.190 million Bukavu (2022)

Congo, Republic of the[edit]

2.553 million BRAZZAVILLE (capital) ; 1.295 million Pointe-Noire (2022)

Costa Rica[edit]

1.441 million SAN JOSE (capital) (2022)

Cote d'Ivoire[edit]

231,000 YAMOUSSOUKRO (capital) (2018) ; 5.516 million ABIDJAN (seat of government) (2022)

Croatia[edit]

684,000 ZAGREB (capital) (2022)

Cuba[edit]

2.146 million HAVANA (capital) (2022)

Curacao[edit]

144,000 WILLEMSTAD (capital) (2018)

Cyprus[edit]

269,000 NICOSIA (capital) (2018)

Czech Republic[edit]

1.318 million PRAGUE (capital) (2022)

Denmark[edit]

1.370 million COPENHAGEN (capital) (2022)

Djibouti[edit]

591,000 DJIBOUTI (capital) (2022)

Dominica[edit]

15,000 ROSEAU (capital) (2018)

Dominican Republic[edit]

3.458 million SANTO DOMINGO (capital) (2022)

Ecuador[edit]

3.092 million Guayaquil, 1.928 million QUITO (capital) (2022)

Egypt[edit]

21.750 million CAIRO (capital) ; 5.484 million Alexandria ; 764,000 Bur Sa'id (2022)

El Salvador[edit]

1.111 million SAN SALVADOR (capital) (2022)

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

297,000 MALABO (capital) (2018)

Eritrea[edit]

1.035 million ASMARA (capital) (2022)

Estonia[edit]

452,000 TALLINN (capital) (2022)

Eswatini[edit]

68,000 MBABANE (capital) (2018)

Ethiopia[edit]

5.228 million ADDIS ABABA (capital) (2022)

Falkland Islands[edit]

2,000 STANLEY (capital) (2018)

Faroe Islands[edit]

21,000 TÓRSHAVN (capital) (2018)

Fiji[edit]

178,000 SUVA (capital) (2018)

Finland[edit]

1.328 million HELSINKI (capital) (2022)

France[edit]

11.142 million PARIS (capital) ; 1.748 million Lyon ; 1.620 million Marseille-Aix-en-Provence ; 1.073 million Lille ; 1.049 million Toulouse ; 991,000 Bordeaux (2022)

French Polynesia[edit]

136,000 PAPEETE (capital) (2018)

Gabon[edit]

857,000 LIBREVILLE (capital) (2022)

Gambia, The[edit]

470,000 BANJUL (capital) (2022)

Georgia[edit]

1.080 million TBILISI (capital) (2022)

Germany[edit]

3.571 million BERLIN (capital) ; 1.788 million Hamburg ; 1.566 million Munich ; 1.137 million Cologne ; 800,376 Nuremberg;[11] 791,000 Frankfurt (2022)

Ghana[edit]

3.630 million Kumasi ; 2.605 million ACCRA (capital) ; 1.035 million Sekondi Takoradi (2022)

Gibraltar[edit]

35,000 GIBRALTAR (capital) (2018)

Greece[edit]

3.154 million ATHENS (capital) ; 814,000 Thessaloniki (2022)

Greenland[edit]

18,000 NUUK (capital) (2018)

Grenada[edit]

39,000 SAINT GEORGE'S (capital) (2018)

Guam[edit]

147,000 HAGATNA (capital) (2018)

Guatemala[edit]

3.036 million GUATEMALA CITY (capital) (2022)

Guernsey[edit]

16,000 SAINT PETER PORT (capital) (2018)

Guinea[edit]

2.049 million CONAKRY (capital) (2022)

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

643,000 BISSAU (capital) (2022)

Guyana[edit]

110,000 GEORGETOWN (capital) (2018)

Haiti[edit]

2.915 million PORT-AU-PRINCE (capital) (2022)

Holy See[edit]

1,000 VATICAN CITY (capital) (2018)

Honduras[edit]

1.527 million TEGUCIGALPA (capital) ; 956,000 San Pedro Sula (2022)

Hong Kong[edit]

7.643 million Hong Kong (2022)

Hungary[edit]

1.775 million BUDAPEST (capital) (2022)

Iceland[edit]

216,000 REYKJAVÍK (capital) (2018)

India[edit]

32.066 million NEW DELHI (capital) ; 20.961 million Mumbai ; 15.134 million Kolkata ; 13.193 million Bangalore ; 11.503 million Chennai ; 10.534 million Hyderabad (2022)

Indonesia[edit]

11.075 million JAKARTA (capital) ; 3.622 million Bekasi ; 3.005 million Surabaya ; 2.942 million Depok ; 2.638 million Bandung ; 2.456 million Tangerang (2022)

Iran[edit]

9.382 million TEHRAN (capital) ; 3.318 million Mashhad ; 2.219 million Esfahan ; 1.699 million Shiraz ; 1.644 million Tabriz ; 1.587 million Karaj (2022)

Iraq[edit]

7.512 million BAGHDAD (capital) ; 1.737 million Mosul ; 1.414 million Basra ; 1.052 million Kirkuk ; 930,000 Najaf ; 878,000 Erbil (2022)

Ireland[edit]

1.256 million DUBLIN (capital) (2022)

Isle of Man[edit]

27,000 DOUGLAS (capital) (2018)

Israel[edit]

4.344 million Tel Aviv-Yafo ; 1.254 million JERUSALEM (capital) ; 1.164 million Haifa (2022)

Italy[edit]

4.298 million ROME (capital) ; 3.149 million Milan ; 2.180 million Naples ; 1.798 million Turin ; 907,000 Bergamo ; 850,000 Palermo (2022)

Jamaica[edit]

595,000 KINGSTON (capital) (2022)

Japan[edit]

37.274 million TOKYO (capital) ; 19.060 million Osaka ; 9.572 million Nagoya ; 5.503 million Kitakyushu-Fukuoka ; 2.935 million Shizuoka-Hamamatsu ; 2.669 million Sapporo (2022)

Jersey[edit]

34,000 SAINT HELIER (capital) (2018)

Jordan[edit]

2.210 million AMMAN (capital) (2022)

Kazakhstan[edit]

1.958 million Almaty ; 1.254 million NUR-SULTAN (capital) ; 1.126 million Shimkent (2022)

Kenya[edit]

5.119 million NAIROBI (capital), 1.389 million Mombasa (2022)

Kiribati[edit]

64,000 TARAWA (capital) (2018)

Korea, North[edit]

3.133 million PYONGYANG (capital) (2022)

Korea, South[edit]

9.976 million SEOUL (capital) ; 3.468 million Busan ; 2.834 million Incheon ; 2.185 million Daegu (Taegu) ; 1.573 million Daejon (Taejon) ; 1.526 million Gwangju (Kwangju) (2022)

Kosovo[edit]

216,870 PRISTINA (capital) (2019)

Kuwait[edit]

3.239 million KUWAIT (capital) (2022)

Kyrgyzstan[edit]

1.082 million BISHKEK (capital) (2022)

Laos[edit]

706,000 VIENTIANE (capital) (2022)

Latvia[edit]

625,000 RIGA (capital) (2022)

Lebanon[edit]

2.433 million BEIRUT (capital) (2022)

Lesotho[edit]

202,000 MASERU (capital) (2018)

Liberia[edit]

1.623 million MONROVIA (capital) (2022)

Libya[edit]

1.176 million TRIPOLI (capital) ; 953,000 Misratah ; 848,000 Benghazi (2022)

Liechtenstein[edit]

5,000 VADUZ (capital) (2018)

Lithuania[edit]

541,000 VILNIUS (capital) (2022)

Luxembourg[edit]

120,000 LUXEMBOURG (capital) (2018)

Madagascar[edit]

3.700 million ANTANANARIVO (capital) (2022)

Malawi[edit]

1.222 million LILONGWE (capital) ; 995,000 Blantyre-Limbe (2022)

Malaysia[edit]

7.860 million KUALA LUMPUR (capital) ; 1.815 million Johor Bahru ; 1.470 million Penang ; 785,000 Ipoh ; 755,000 Kuching ; 605,000 Seremban (2019)[12]

Maldives[edit]

177,000 MALE (capital) (2018)

Mali[edit]

2.817 million BAMAKO (capital) (2022)

Malta[edit]

213,000 VALLETTA (capital) (2018)

Marshall Islands[edit]

31,000 MAJURO (capital) (2018)

Mauritania[edit]

1.432 million NOUAKCHOTT (capital) (2022)

Mauritius[edit]

149,000 PORT LOUIS (capital) (2018)

Mexico[edit]

22.085 million MEXICO CITY (capital) ; 5.340 million Guadalajara ; 5.037 million Monterrey ; 3.295 million Puebla ; 2.576 million Toluca de Lerdo ; 2.221 million Tijuana (2022)

Federated States of Micronesia[edit]

7,000 PALIKIR (capital) (2018)

Moldova[edit]

491,000 CHISINAU (capital) (2022)

Monaco[edit]

39,000 MONACO (capital) (2018)

Mongolia[edit]

1.645 million ULAANBAATAR (capital) (2022)

Montenegro[edit]

177,000 PODGORICA (capital) (2018)

Morocco[edit]

3.840 million Casablanca ; 1.932 million RABAT (capital) ; 1.267 million Fes ; 1.238 million Tangier ; 1.277 million Marrakech, 960,000 Agadir (2022)

Mozambique[edit]

1.797 million Matola ; 1.139 million MAPUTO (capital) ; 927,000 Nampula (2022)

Myanmar (Burma)[edit]

5.514 million Rangoon (Yangon) ; 1.501 million Mandalay ; 925,000 NAYPYIDAW (capital) (2022)

Namibia[edit]

461,000 WINDHOEK (capital) (2022)

Nepal[edit]

1.521 million KATHMANDU (capital) (2022)

Netherlands[edit]

2.48 million AMSTERDAM (capital), 2.40 million Rotterdam - The Hague (2022)

New Caledonia[edit]

198,000 NOUMEA (capital) (2018)

New Zealand[edit]

1.652 million Auckland, 419,000 WELLINGTON (capital) (2022)

Nicaragua[edit]

1.083 million MANAGUA (capital) (2022)

Niger[edit]

1.384 million NIAMEY (capital) (2022)

Nigeria[edit]

15.388 million Lagos ; 4.219 million Kano ; 3.756 million Ibadan ; 3.652 million ABUJA (capital) ; 3.325 million Port Harcourt ; 1.841 million Benin City (2022)

Niue[edit]

1,000 ALOFI (capital) (2018)

North Macedonia[edit]

606,000 SKOPJE (capital) (2022)

Northern Mariana Islands[edit]

51,000 SAIPAN (capital) (2018)

Norway[edit]

1.071 million OSLO (capital) (2022)

Oman[edit]

1.623 million MUSCAT (capital) (2022)

Pakistan[edit]

16.840 million Karachi ; 13.542 million Lahore ; 3.625 million Faisalabad ; 2.353 million Gujranwala ; 2.343 million Peshawar ; 1.198 million ISLAMABAD (capital) (2022)

Palau[edit]

277 NGERULMUD (capital) (2018)

Palestine[edit]

756,000 Gaza ; 153,237 RAMALLAH (Capital) (2022)

Panama[edit]

1.938 million PANAMA CITY (capital) (2022)

Papua New Guinea[edit]

400,000 PORT MORESBY (capital) (2022)

Paraguay[edit]

3.452 million ASUNCION (capital) (2022)

Peru[edit]

10.004 million LIMA (capital) ; 1.226 million Arequipa ; Callao 1.172 million ; 1.163 million Trujillo ; 929,055 Piura ; 605,300 Chiclayo (2022)

Philippines[edit]

13.484 million MANILA (capital) ; 3.339 million Metro Davao ; 3.165 million Metro Cebu ; 1.687 Metro Cagayan de Oro

Poland[edit]

1.795 million WARSAW (capital) ; 770,000 Krakow (2022)

Portugal[edit]

3.035 million LISBON (capital) ; 1.737 million Porto (2022)

Puerto Rico[edit]

2.443 million SAN JUAN (capital) (2022)

Qatar[edit]

779,000 Ar-Rayyan ; 652,000 DOHA (capital) (2022)

Romania[edit]

1.785 million BUCHAREST (capital) (2022)

Russia[edit]

12.641 million MOSCOW (capital) ; 5.536 million Saint Petersburg ; 1.686 million Novosibirsk ; 1.521 million Yekaterinburg ; 1.286 million Kazan ; 1.253 million Nizhniy Novgorod (2022)

Rwanda[edit]

1.208 million KIGALI (capital) (2022)

Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha[edit]

1,000 JAMESTOWN (capital) (2018)

Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

14,000 BASSETERRE (capital) (2018)

Saint Lucia[edit]

22,000 CASTRIES (capital) (2018)

Saint Pierre and Miquelon[edit]

6,000 SAINT - PIERRE (capital) (2018)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]

27,000 KINGSTOWN (capital) (2018)

Samoa[edit]

36,000 APIA (capital) (2018)

San Marino[edit]

4,000 SAN MARINO (2018)

São Tomé and Príncipe[edit]

80,000 SÃO TOMÉ (capital) (2018)

Saudi Arabia[edit]

7.538 million RIYADH (capital) ; 4.781 million Jeddah ; 2.115 million Mecca ; 1.545 million Medina ; 1.305 million Ad Dammam ; 860,000 million Hufuf-Mubarraz (2022)

Senegal[edit]

3.326 million DAKAR (capital) (2022)

Serbia[edit]

1.405 million BELGRADE (capital) (2022)

Seychelles[edit]

28,000 VICTORIA (capital) (2018)

Sierra Leone[edit]

1.272 million FREETOWN (capital) (2022)

Singapore[edit]

5.670 million SINGAPORE (whole of Singapore) (2019)[13]

Sint Maarten[edit]

1,327 PHILIPSBURG (capital) (2011)

Slovakia[edit]

439,000 BRATISLAVA (capital) (2022)

Slovenia[edit]

286,000 LJUBLJANA (capital) (2018)

Solomon Islands[edit]

82,000 HONIARA (capital) (2018)

Somalia[edit]

2.497 million MOGADISHU (capital) ; 1.079 million Hargeysa (2022)

South Africa[edit]

10.110 million Johannesburg (includes Ekurhuleni) ; 4.801 million Cape Town (legislative capital) ; 3.199 million Durban ; 2.74 million PRETORIA (administrative capital) ; 1.281 million Port Elizabeth ; 909,000 West Rand (2022)

South Sudan[edit]

440,000 JUBA (capital) (2022)

Spain[edit]

6.714 million MADRID (capital) ; 5.658 million Barcelona ; 837,000 Valencia (2022)

Sri Lanka[edit]

626,000 COLOMBO (capital) ; 103,000 Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital) (2022)

Sudan[edit]

6.160 million KHARTOUM (capital) ; 1.012 million Nyala (2022)

Suriname[edit]

239,000 PARAMARIBO (capital) (2018)

Sweden[edit]

1.659 million STOCKHOLM (capital) (2022)

Switzerland[edit]

1.420 million Zurich, 437,000 BERN (capital) (2022)

Syria[edit]

2.503 million DAMASCUS (capital) ; 2.098 million Aleppo ; 1.398 million Hims (Homs) ; 964,000 Hamah (2022)

Taiwan[edit]

4.471 million New Taipei City ; 2.821 million Taichung ; 2.770 million Kaohsiung ; 2.742 million TAIPEI (capital) ; 2.296 million Taoyuan ; 863,000 Tainan (2022)

Tajikistan[edit]

962,000 DUSHANBE (capital) (2022)

Tanzania[edit]

7.405 million DAR ES SALAAM (administrative capital) ; 1.245 million Mwanza ; 766,000 Zanzibar ; 262,000 Dodoma (legislative capital) (2022)

Thailand[edit]

10.700 million BANGKOK (capital) ; 1.198 million Chiang Mai ; 500,000 Nakhon Ratchasima ; 420,000 Khon Kaen ; 410,000 Udon Thani (2022)

Timor-Leste[edit]

281,000 DILI (capital) (2018)

Togo[edit]

1.926 million LOME (capital) (2022)

Tonga[edit]

23,000 NUKU'ALOFA (2018)

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

545,000 PORT OF SPAIN (capital) (2022)

Tunisia[edit]

2.439 million TUNIS (capital) (2022)

Turkey (Türkiye)[edit]

15.636 million Istanbul ; 5.310 million ANKARA (capital) ; 3.056 million Izmir ; 2.055 million Bursa ; 1.814 million Adana ; 1.773 million Gaziantep (2022)

Turkmenistan[edit]

883,000 ASHGABAT (capital) (2022)

Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

5,000 GRAND TURK (capital) (2018)

Tuvalu[edit]

7,000 FUNAFUTI (capital) (2018)

Uganda[edit]

3.652 million KAMPALA (capital) (2022)

Ukraine[edit]

3.010 million KYIV (capital) ; 1.423 million Kharkiv ; 1.008 million Odesa ; 952,000 Dnipro ; 893,000 Donetsk (2022)

United Arab Emirates[edit]

2.964 million Dubai ; 1.786 million Sharjah ; 1.540 million ABU DHABI (capital) (2022)

United Kingdom[edit]

9.426 million LONDON (capital) ; 2.750 million Manchester ; 2.626 million Birmingham ; 1.902 million West Yorkshire ; 1.681 million Glasgow ; 944,000 Southampton/Portsmouth (2022)

United States[edit]

18.867 million New York - Newark ; 12.488 million Los Angeles - Long Beach - Santa Ana ; 8.901 million Chicago ; 6.603 million Houston ; 6.488 million Dallas - Fort Worth ; 5.434 million WASHINGTON, D.C. (capital) (2022)

Uruguay[edit]

1.767 million MONTEVIDEO (capital) (2022)

Uzbekistan[edit]

2.574 million TASHKENT (capital) (2022)

Vanuatu[edit]

53,000 PORT - VILA (capital) (2018)

Venezuela[edit]

2.957 million CARACAS (capital) ; 2.333 million Maracaibo ; 1.959 million Valencia ; 1.241 million Barquisimeto ; 1.230 million Maracay ; 950,000 Ciudad Guayana (2022)

Vietnam[edit]

9.077 million Ho Chi Minh City ; 5.067 million HANOI (capital) ; 1.786 million Can Tho ; 1.382 million Hai Phong ; 1.188 million Da Nang ; 1.078 million Bien Hoa (2022)

Virgin Islands[edit]

52,000 CHARLOTTE AMALIE (capital) (2018)

Wallis and Futuna[edit]

1,000 MATA - UTU (capital) (2018)

Yemen[edit]

3.182 million SANAA (capital), 1.045 million Aden (2022)

Zambia[edit]

3.042 million LUSAKA (capital) (2022)

Zimbabwe[edit]

1.558 million HARARE (capital) (2022)

Very highly urbanized countries[edit]

The table contains the list of countries where the urbanization rate is at least 80%.

Definitions[edit]

European countries[which?] define urbanized areas on the basis of urban-type land use, not allowing any gaps of typically more than 200 metres (220 yd), and use satellite imagery instead of census blocks to determine the boundaries of the urban area. In less-developed countries[which?], in addition to land use and density requirements, a requirement that a large majority of the population, typically 75%, is not engaged in agriculture and/or fishing is sometimes used.[citation needed]

East Asia[edit]

China[edit]

Since 2000, China's cities have expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. It is estimated that China's urban population will increase by 292 million people by 2050,[2] when its cities will house a combined population of over one billion.[14] The country's urbanization rate increased from 17.4% to 46.6% between 1978 and 2009.[15] Between 150 and 200 million migrant workers work part-time in the major cities, returning home to the countryside periodically with their earnings.[16][17]

Today, China has more cities with one million or more long-term residents than any other country, including the three global cities of Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai; by 2025, the country will be home to 221 cities with over a million inhabitants.[14] The figures in the table below are from the 2008 census, and are only estimates of the urban populations within administrative city limits; a different ranking exists when considering the total municipal populations (which includes suburban and rural populations). The large "floating populations" of migrant workers make conducting censuses in urban areas difficult;[18] the figures below include only long-term residents.

Panoramic view of Pudong's Skyline from the Bund in Shanghai.
 
Largest cities or municipalities in the People's Republic of China
China Urban Construction Statistical Yearbook 2020 Urban Population and Urban Temporary Population [19][note 1][note 2]
Rank Name Province Pop. Rank Name Province Pop.
Shanghai
Shanghai
Beijing
Beijing
1 Shanghai SH 24,281,400 11 Hong Kong HK 7,448,900 Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Shenzhen
Shenzhen
2 Beijing BJ 19,164,000 12 Zhengzhou HA 7,179,400
3 Guangzhou GD 13,858,700 13 Nanjing JS 6,823,500
4 Shenzhen GD 13,438,800 14 Xi'an SN 6,642,100
5 Tianjin TJ 11,744,400 15 Jinan SD 6,409,600
6 Chongqing CQ 11,488,000 16 Shenyang LN 5,900,000
7 Dongguan GD 9,752,500 17 Qingdao SD 5,501,400
8 Chengdu SC 8,875,600 18 Harbin HL 5,054,500
9 Wuhan HB 8,652,900 19 Hefei AH 4,750,100
10 Hangzhou ZJ 8,109,000 20 Changchun JL 4,730,900
  1. ^ Population of Hong Kong as of 2018 estimate.[20]
  2. ^ The data of Chongqing in the list is the data of "Metropolitan Developed Economic Area", which contains two parts: "City Proper" and "Metropolitan Area". The "City proper" are consist of 9 districts: Yuzhong, Dadukou, Jiangbei, Shapingba, Jiulongpo, Nan'an, Beibei, Yubei, & Banan, has the urban population of 5,646,300 as of 2018. And the "Metropolitan Area" are consist of 12 districts: Fuling, Changshou, Jiangjin, Hechuan, Yongchuan, Nanchuan, Qijiang, Dazu, Bishan, Tongliang, Tongnan, & Rongchang, has the urban population of 5,841,700.[21] Total urban population of all 26 districts of Chongqing are up to 15,076,600.

Japan[edit]

In Japan urbanized areas are defined as contiguous areas of densely inhabited districts (DIDs) using census enumeration districts as units with a density requirement of 4,000 inhabitants per square kilometre (10,000/sq mi).

South Asia[edit]

India[edit]

For the Census of India 2011, the definition of urban area is a place having a minimum population of 5,000 of density 400 persons per square kilometre (1,000/sq mi) or higher, and 75% plus of the male working population employed in non-agricultural activities. Places administered by a municipal corporation, cantonment board or notified town area committee are automatically considered urban areas.[22]

The Census of India 2011 also defined the term "urban agglomeration" as an integrated urban area consisting of a core town together with its "outgrowths" (contiguous suburbs).[23]

India gate panorama.
(2011 census)[24][25]

Mumbai
Mumbai
Delhi
Delhi
Kolkata
Kolkata
Chennai
Chennai
Bangalore
Bangalore
Hyderabad
Hyderabad

Rank City Name State/Territory Population Rank City Name State/Territory Population

Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad
Pune
Pune
Surat
Surat
Jaipur
Jaipur
Kanpur
Kanpur
Lucknow
Lucknow

1 Mumbai Maharashtra 18,394,912 28 Ludhiana Punjab 1,618,879
2 Delhi Delhi 16,349,831 29 Nashik Maharashtra 1,562,769
3 Kolkata West Bengal 14,112,536 30 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh 1,491,202
4 Chennai Tamil Nadu 8,696,010 31 Madurai Tamil Nadu 1,465,625
5 Bengaluru Karnataka 8,520,435 32 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 1,435,113
6 Hyderabad Telangana 7,749,334 33 Meerut Uttar Pradesh 1,424,908
7 Ahmedabad Gujarat 6,361,084 34 Faridabad Haryana 1,414,050
8 Pune Maharashtra 5,057,709 35 Rajkot Gujarat 1,390,933
9 Surat Gujarat 4,591,246 36 Jamshedpur Jharkhand 1,339,438
10 Jaipur Rajasthan 3,073,350 37 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir 1,273,312
11 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 2,920,496 38 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 1,268,848
12 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh 2,902,920 39 Asansol West Bengal 1,243,414
13 Nagpur Maharashtra 2,497,870 40 Vasai-Virar Maharashtra 1,222,390
14 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh 2,375,820 41 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh 1,216,719
15 Indore Madhya Pradesh 2,170,295 42 Dhanbad Jharkhand 1,196,214
16 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 2,151,466 43 Aurangabad Maharashtra 1,193,167
17 Kochi Kerala 2,119,724 44 Amritsar Punjab 1,183,705
18 Patna Bihar 2,049,156 45 Jodhpur Rajasthan 1,138,300
19 Kozhikode Kerala 2,030,519 46 Ranchi Jharkhand 1,126,741
20 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 1,886,100 47 Raipur Chhattisgarh 1,123,558
21 Thrissur Kerala 1,861,269 48 Kollam Kerala 1,110,668
22 Vadodara Gujarat 1,822,221 49 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh 1,102,884
23 Agra Uttar Pradesh 1,760,285 50 Bhilai Chhattisgarh 1,064,222
24 Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 1,730,320 51 Chandigarh Chandigarh 1,026,459
25 Malappuram Kerala 1,699,060 52 Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 1,022,518
26 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala 1,687,406 53 Kota Rajasthan 1,001,694
27 Kannur Kerala 1,642,892 54 Mysore Karnataka 990,900


Pakistan[edit]

In Pakistan, an area is a major city and municipality if it has more than 100,000 inhabitants according to census results. Cities include adjacent cantonments. Urbanisation in Pakistan has increased since the time of independence and has several different causes. The majority of southern Pakistan's population lives along the Indus River. Karachi is its most populous city.[26] In the northern half of the country, most of the population lives in an arc formed by the cities of Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Jhelum, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Nowshera, Mardan and Peshawar. During 1990–2008, city dwellers made up 36% of Pakistan's population, making it the most urbanised nation in South Asia. Furthermore, 50% of Pakistanis live in towns of 5,000 people or more.[27] Karachi is the most populated city in Pakistan closely followed by Lahore according to the 2017 Census.

Bangladesh[edit]

In Bangladesh, there are total 532 urban areas, which are divided into three categories. Those are City Corporation, Municipal Corporation (Pourasova) and Upazila town. Among those urban areas, Dhaka is the largest city by population and area, with a population of 19.10 million.[28] In Bangladesh, there are total 11 City Corporations and 329 Municipal Corporations and 203 Small towns, which serves as the center for Upazilas. According to 2011 population census, Bangladesh has an urban population of 28%, with a growth rate of 2.8%.[29] At this growth rate, it is estimated that the urban population of Bangladesh will reach 79 million or 42% of total population by 2035.

Southeast Asia[edit]

 
Rank Name Country Pop. Rank Name Country Pop.
Jakarta
Jakarta
Manila
Manila
1 Jakarta Indonesia 34,540,000 11 Medan Indonesia 3,632,000 Bangkok
Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
2 Manila Philippines 23,088,000 12 Cebu City Philippines 2,275,000
3 Bangkok Thailand 17,066,000 13 Phnom Penh Cambodia 2,177,000
4 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 13,312,000 14 Semarang Indonesia 1,992,000
5 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 8,285,000 15 Johor Bahru Malaysia 1,981,000
6 Bandung Indonesia 7,065,000 16 Makassar Indonesia 1,952,000
7 Hanoi Vietnam 6,576,000 17 Palembang Indonesia 1,889,000
8 Surabaya Indonesia 6,499,000 18 Mandalay Myanmar 1,633,000
9 Yangon Myanmar 6,314,000 19 Hai Phong Vietnam 1,623,000
10 Singapore Singapore 5,745,000 20 Yogyakarta Indonesia 1,568,000

Philippines[edit]

With an estimated population of 16.3 million, Metro Manila is the most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines and the 11th in the world. However, the greater urban area is the 5th largest in the world with a population of 20,654,307 people (2010 estimate).[30]

Singapore[edit]

As an island city-state, about 5.6 million people live and work within 700 square kilometres (270 sq mi). With 64 islands and islets, Singapore Island makes up the largest urban area in the country. According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the country has the highest urbanised population in Southeast Asia, with 100 percent of its population living in an urban area.[31] The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is responsible for the urban land-use planning, which designates land use and urban density of the country.[32] The country is divided into 5 regions for planning purposes by the URA, even though as a city state Singapore is defined as a single continuous urban area. It is further subdivided into 55 urban planning areas, which acts as the boundaries of planned towns within the country.[33]

Vietnam[edit]

In Vietnam, there are 6 types of urban areas:

Europe[edit]

Finland[edit]

A street sign indicating the beginning of an urban area in Finland. The picture was taken in Vimpeli.

As in other Nordic countries, an urban area (taajama in Finnish) in Finland must have a building at least every 200 m (660 ft) and at least 200 people. To be considered a town or a city (kaupunki) for statistical purposes, an urban area must have at least 15,000 people. This is not to be confused with the city / town designation used by municipalities.[34][35]

France[edit]

In France, an urban area (Fr: aire d'attraction d'une ville) is a zone encompassing an area of built-up growth (called an "urban unit" (unité urbaine)[36] – close in definition to the North American urban area) and its commuter belt (couronne). Americans would find the INSEE definition of the urban area[37] to be similar to their metropolitan area.

The largest cities in France, in terms of urban area population (2017), are Paris (12,628,266), Lyon (2,323,221), Marseille (1,760,653), Toulouse (1,360,829), Bordeaux (1,247,977), Lille (1,191,117), Nice (1,006,201), Nantes (972,828), Strasbourg (790,087) and Rennes (733,320).[38]

Panorama of Paris as seen from the Eiffel Tower as full 360-degree view (river flowing from north-east to south-west, right to left)

Germany[edit]

Germany has a number of large cities. The largest conurbation is the Rhine-Ruhr region (11 million in 2008), including Düsseldorf (the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia), Cologne, Bonn, Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, and Bochum.[39]

 
Largest urban agglomerations in Germany
Rank Name State Pop. Rank Name State Pop.
Rhine-Ruhr
Rhine-Ruhr
Berlin
Berlin
1 Rhine-Ruhr North Rhine-Westphalia 11,108,117 11 Chemnitz Saxony 873,745 Rhine-Main
Rhine-Main
Stuttgart
Stuttgart
2 Berlin Berlin 4,544,525 12 Hanover Lower Saxony 796,298
3 Rhine-Main Hesse 3,146,343 13 Dresden Saxony 790,534
4 Stuttgart Baden-Württemberg 3,016,208 14 Saar Saarland 758,249
5 Munich Bavaria 2,374,272 15 Bremen Bremen 664,603
6 Hamburg Hamburg 2,342,356 16 Aachen North Rhine-Westphalia 655,276
7 Rhine-Neckar Baden-Württemberg 1,410,711 17 Karlsruhe Baden-Württemberg 611,319
8 Nuremberg Bavaria 1,228,597 18 Augsburg Bavaria 543,503
9 Leipzig Saxony 1,038,996 19 Freiburg im Breisgau Baden-Württemberg 332,013
10 Bielefeld North Rhine-Westphalia 929,005 20 Kassel Hesse 330,654

Netherlands[edit]

The Netherlands is the 30th most densely populated country in the world, with 404.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,048/sq mi)—or 497 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,287/sq mi) if only the land area is counted. The Randstad is the country's largest conurbation located in the west of the country and contains the four largest cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht. The Randstad has a population of 7 million inhabitants and is the 6th largest metropolitan area in Europe.

Sweden[edit]

Urban areas in Sweden (tätorter) are statistically defined localities, totally independent of the administrative subdivision of the country. There are 1,956 such localities in Sweden, with a population ranging from 200 to 1,372,000 inhabitants.[40]

United Kingdom[edit]

In 2013 the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics (ONS) published 2011 Built-up Areas - Methodology and Guidance which sets out its definition of a built-up area as an area of built-up land of at least 20 hectares (0.077 sq mi), separated from other settlements by at least 200 metres (660 ft). For 2011 census data there are 5,493 built-up areas, of which 501 are divided into sub-divisions for which data is also available. Each built-up area is named algorithmically, using Ordnance Survey place-name data.[41]

The ONS has produced census results from urban areas since 1951, since 1981 based upon the extent of irreversible urban development indicated on Ordnance Survey maps. The definition is an extent of at least 20 ha and at least 1,500 census residents. Separate areas are linked if less than 200 m (220 yd) apart. Included are transportation features.[42] The UK has five Urban Areas with a population over a million and a further sixty nine with a population over one hundred thousand.

 
Largest urban areas of the United Kingdom
(England and Wales: 2011 census built-up area;[43] Scotland: 2016 estimates settlement;[44] Northern Ireland: 2001 census urban area)[45][46]
Rank Urban area Pop. Principal settlement Rank Urban area Pop. Principal settlement
Palace of Westminster from the dome on Methodist Central Hall.jpg
Greater London

Birmingham Skyline from the West.jpg
West Midlands

1 Greater London 9,787,426 London 11 Bristol 617,280 Bristol
2 West Midlands 2,919,600 Birmingham 12 Edinburgh 512,150 Edinburgh
3 Greater Manchester 2,553,379 Manchester 13 Leicester 508,916 Leicester
4 West Yorkshire 1,777,934 Leeds 14 Belfast 483,418 Belfast
5 Greater Glasgow 985,290 Glasgow 15 Brighton & Hove 474,485 Brighton & Hove
6 Liverpool 864,122 Liverpool 16 Bournemouth/ Poole 466,266 Bournemouth
7 South Hampshire 855,569 Southampton 17 Cardiff 390,214 Cardiff
8 Tyneside 774,891 Newcastle 18 Teesside 376,633 Middlesbrough
9 Nottingham 729,977 Nottingham 19 Stoke-on-Trent 372,775 Stoke
10 Sheffield 685,368 Sheffield 20 Coventry 359,262 Coventry

Norway[edit]

Statistics Norway defines urban areas ("tettsteder") similarly to the other Nordic countries. Unlike in Denmark and Sweden, the distance between each building has to be of less than 50 m, although exceptions are made due to parks, industrial areas, rivers, and similar. Groups of houses less than 400 m from the main body of an urban area are included in the urban area.[47]

Poland[edit]

In Poland, official "urban" population figures simply refer to those localities which have the status of towns (miasta). The "rural" population is that of all areas outside the boundaries of these towns. This distinction may give a misleading impression in some cases, since some localities with only village status may have acquired larger and denser populations than many many smaller towns[48] with most excessive example of Poznań, most spread urban area of the country with population of the city app. 534 thousand and urban area above 1,100 thousand inhabitants. On the other hand, the Upper Silesian Industrial Region conurbation with numerous large and medium cities covers 3,200 km and has approximately 3 million people.

Russia[edit]

Moscow, the capital and largest city of Russia, has a population estimated at 12.4 million residents within the city limits,[49] while over 17 million residents in the urban area,[50] and over 20 million residents in the Moscow Metropolitan Area.[51] It is among the world's largest cities, being the most populous city entirely within Europe, the most populous urban area in Europe,[50] the most populous metropolitan area in Europe,[51] and also the largest city by land area on the European continent.[52] Saint Petersburg, the cultural capital, is the second-largest city, with a population of roughly 5.4 million inhabitants.[53] Other major urban areas are Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, and Chelyabinsk.

 
Largest cities or towns in Russia
Rank Name Federal subject Pop. Rank Name Federal subject Pop.
Moscow
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
1 Moscow Moscow 13,010,112 11 Rostov-na-Donu Rostov Oblast 1,142,162 Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg
2 Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg 5,601,911 12 Omsk Omsk Oblast 1,125,695
3 Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Oblast 1,633,595 13 Krasnodar Krasnodar Krai 1,099,344
4 Yekaterinburg Sverdlovsk Oblast 1,544,376 14 Voronezh Voronezh Oblast 1,057,681
5 Kazan Tatarstan 1,308,660 15 Perm Perm Krai 1,034,002
6 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Oblast 1,228,199 16 Volgograd Volgograd Oblast 1,028,036
7 Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Oblast 1,189,525 17 Saratov Saratov Oblast 901,361
8 Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk Krai 1,187,771 18 Tyumen Tyumen Oblast 847,488
9 Samara Samara Oblast 1,173,299 19 Tolyatti Samara Oblast 684,709
10 Ufa Bashkortostan 1,144,809 20 Barnaul Altai Krai 630,877

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

The Australian Bureau of Statistics refers to urban areas as Urban Centres, which it generally defines as population clusters of 1,000 or more people.[55] Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with more than 50% of the population residing in Australia's three biggest urban centres.[citation needed][55]

Sydney is Australia's largest city, home to 5.3 million inhabitants.[56]

New Zealand[edit]

Statistics New Zealand defines urban areas in New Zealand, which are independent of any administrative subdivisions and have no legal basis.[57] There are four classes of urban area: major urban areas (population 100,000+), large urban areas (population 30,000-99,999), medium urban areas (population 10,000-29,999) and small urban areas (population 1000-9,999). As of 2021, there are 7 major urban areas, 13 large urban areas, 22 medium urban areas and 136 small urban areas. Urban areas are reclassified after each New Zealand census, so population changes between censuses does not change an urban area's classification.

 
Largest cities or towns in New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand June 2022 estimate (SSGA18 boundaries)[58]
Rank Name Region Pop. Rank Name Region Pop.
Auckland
Auckland
Christchurch
Christchurch
1 Auckland Auckland 1,440,300 11 Hibiscus Coast Auckland 60,000 Wellington
Wellington
Hamilton
Hamilton
2 Christchurch Canterbury 377,900 12 New Plymouth Taranaki 58,500
3 Wellington Wellington 212,000 13 Rotorua Bay of Plenty 57,900
4 Hamilton Waikato 179,900 14 Whangārei Northland 54,900
5 Tauranga Bay of Plenty 158,300 15 Nelson Nelson 50,800
6 Lower Hutt Wellington 111,500 16 Hastings Hawke's Bay 50,400
7 Dunedin Otago 102,400 17 Invercargill Southland 49,800
8 Palmerston North Manawatū-Whanganui 81,200 18 Upper Hutt Wellington 44,800
9 Napier Hawke's Bay 66,800 19 Whanganui Manawatū-Whanganui 42,600
10 Porirua Wellington 60,200 20 Gisborne Gisborne 37,700

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

According to Statistics Canada, an urban area in Canada is an area with a population of at least 1,000 people where the density is no fewer than 400 persons per square kilometre (1,000/sq mi).[59] If two or more urban areas are within 2 km (1.2 mi) of each other by road, they are merged into a single urban area, provided they do not cross census metropolitan area or census agglomeration boundaries.[60]

In the Canada 2011 Census, Statistics Canada redesignated urban areas with the new term "population centre";[61] the new term was chosen in order to better reflect the fact that urban vs. rural is not a strict division, but rather a continuum within which several distinct settlement patterns may exist. For example, a community may fit a strictly statistical definition of an urban area, but may not be commonly thought of as "urban" because it has a smaller population, or functions socially and economically as a suburb of another urban area rather than as a self-contained urban entity, or is geographically remote from other urban communities. Accordingly, the new definition set out three distinct types of population centres: small (population 1,000 to 29,999), medium (population 30,000 to 99,999) and large (population 100,000 or greater).[61] Despite the change in terminology, however, the demographic definition of a population centre remains unchanged from that of an urban area: a population of at least 1,000 people where the density is no fewer than 400 persons per km2.

 
Largest metropolitan areas in Canada
Rank Name Province Pop. Rank Name Province Pop.
1 Toronto Ontario 6,202,225 11 London Ontario 543,551
2 Montreal Quebec 4,291,732 12 Halifax Nova Scotia 465,703
3 Vancouver British Columbia 2,642,825 13 St. Catharines–Niagara Ontario 433,604
4 Ottawa–Gatineau Ontario–Quebec 1,488,307 14 Windsor Ontario 422,630
5 Calgary Alberta 1,481,806 15 Oshawa Ontario 415,311
6 Edmonton Alberta 1,418,118 16 Victoria British Columbia 397,237
7 Quebec City Quebec 839,311 17 Saskatoon Saskatchewan 317,480
8 Winnipeg Manitoba 834,678 18 Regina Saskatchewan 249,217
9 Hamilton Ontario 785,184 19 Sherbrooke Quebec 227,398
10 Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo Ontario 575,847 20 Kelowna British Columbia 222,162

United States[edit]

In the United States, there are two categories of urban area. The term urbanized area denotes an urban area of 50,000 or more people. Urban areas under 50,000 people are called urban clusters. Urbanized areas were first delineated in the United States in the 1950 census, while urban clusters were added in the 2000 census. There are 1,371 urban areas and urban clusters with more than 10,000 people.

The U.S. Census Bureau defines an urban area as "core census block groups or blocks that have a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile (386 per square kilometer) and surrounding census blocks that have an overall density of at least 500 people per square mile (193 per square kilometer)".[62]

The largest urban area in the United States is the New York metropolitan area. The population of New York City, the core of the metropolitan area, exceeds 8.8 million people, its metropolitan statistical area has a population that is over 20 million, and its combined statistical area population is over 23 million. The next seven largest urban areas in the U.S. are Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, and Atlanta.[63] About 82 percent of the population of the United States lives within the boundaries of an urbanized area as of December, 2010.[64] Combined, these areas occupy about 2 percent of the land area of the United States. Many Americans live in agglomerations of cities, suburbs, and towns that are adjacent to a metropolitan area's largest city.[citation needed]

The concept of Urbanized Areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau is often used as a more accurate gauge of the size of a city, since in different cities and states the lines between city borders and the urbanized area of that city are often not the same. For example, the city of Greenville, South Carolina has a city population just over 68,000 and an urbanized area population of around 400,000, while Greensboro, North Carolina has a city population just over 285,000 and an urbanized area population of around 300,000 — meaning that Greenville is actually "larger" for some intents and purposes, but not for others, such as taxation, local elections, etc.

In the U.S. Department of Agriculture's natural resources inventory, urban areas are officially known as developed areas or urban and built-up areas. Such areas include cities, ethnic villages, other built-up areas of more than 10 ac (4 ha), industrial sites, railroad yards, cemeteries, airports, golf courses, shooting ranges, institutional and public administration sites, and similar areas. The 1997 national resources inventory placed over 98,000,000 ac (40,000,000 ha) in this category, an increase of 25,000,000 ac (10,000,000 ha) since 1982.[65]

 
Largest metropolitan areas in United States
Rank Region Pop. Rank Region Pop.
New York
New York
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
1 New York Northeast 19,768,458 11 Boston Northeast 4,899,932
2 Los Angeles West 12,997,353 12 Riverside–San Bernardino West 4,653,105
3 Chicago Midwest 9,509,934 13 San Francisco West 4,623,264
4 Dallas–Fort Worth South 7,759,615 14 Detroit Midwest 4,365,205
5 Houston South 7,206,841 15 Seattle West 4,011,553
6 Washington, D.C. South 6,356,434 16 Minneapolis–Saint Paul Midwest 3,690,512
7 Philadelphia Northeast 6,228,601 17 San Diego West 3,286,069
8 Atlanta South 6,144,050 18 Tampa–St. Petersburg South 3,219,514
9 Miami South 6,091,747 19 Denver West 2,972,566
10 Phoenix West 4,946,145 20 Baltimore South 2,838,327

South America[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Argentina is highly urbanized.[66] The ten largest metropolitan areas account for half of the population, and fewer than one in ten live in rural areas. About 3 million people live in Buenos Aires City and the Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area totals around 15 million, making it one of the largest urban areas in the world, with a population of 18 million all up.[67]

Córdoba has around 1.5 million people living in the urban area, while Rosario, Mendoza and Tucumán have around 1.2 million inhabitants each[67] and La Plata, Mar del Plata, Salta and Santa Fe[67][68] have at least 500,000 people each.

Brazil[edit]

In Brazil, the terms metropolitan area (Portuguese: região metropolitana) and urban agglomeration (aglomeração urbana) have specific meanings. They are defined by federal and state legislation as collections of municipalities focused on "integrating the organization, planning and execution of public functions of common interest".[69] An integrated development area (região integrada de desenvolvimento) is one of the two above structures that crosses state (or Federal District) boundaries.
 
Largest urban agglomerations in Brazil
Rank Name State Pop. Rank Name State Pop.
São Paulo
São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
1 São Paulo São Paulo 21,314,716 11 Belém Pará 2,157,180 Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
Recife
Recife
2 Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro 12,389,775 12 Manaus Amazonas 2,130,264
3 Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais 5,142,260 13 Campinas São Paulo 2,105,600
4 Recife Pernambuco 4,021,641 14 Vitória Espírito Santo 1,837,047
5 Brasília Federal District 3,986,425 15 Baixada Santista São Paulo 1,702,343
6 Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul 3,894,232 16 São José dos Campos São Paulo 1,572,943
7 Salvador Bahia 3,863,154 17 São Luís Maranhão 1,421,569
8 Fortaleza Ceará 3,594,924 18 Natal Rio Grande do Norte 1,349,743
9 Curitiba Paraná 3,387,985 19 Maceió Alagoas 1,231,965
10 Goiânia Goiás 2,347,557 20 João Pessoa Paraíba 1,168,941

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