Population of Cities in China (2017)

The administrative divisions of China designate the cities into three levels. Provincial-level cities include municipalities and the country’s Special Administrative Regions, county-level cities and prefectural-level cities. China has a total of 662 cities that fall into these three categories, with Shanghai boasting the largest population with over 22 million residents as of 2016. The country has a total of 34 provinces that house its cities.

In total, China has over 160 cities that have a population of over 1 million people. China also has metropolitan areas that encapsulate densely populated urban areas with suburban areas and rural areas that are more sparsely populated. According to 2010 data, about 674 million people reside in one of China’s many rural areas.

Cities in China are broken down into tiers, particularly when they are being discussed in the media. These tiers are designated using set criteria, including population size, infrastructure and economic outlook. Tier I cities include the centrally-administrated municipalities of Shangahi, Tianjin, Chongqing and Beijing, each of which have a population exceeding 10 million. Tier II cities include the larger cities of China including but not limited to Guiyang, Nanjing and Qingdao. Tier III cities are not as developed as Tier II cities but many that fall into this category are considered to be economically significant. Tier IV and Tier V cities round out the majority of the country’s urban population.

China has 61 cities with more than a million people, 353 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 386 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in China is Shanghai, with a population of 22,315,474 people.

Shanghai

Shanghai is the most populous city proper in the world.

22,315,474

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China.

11,716,620

Tianjin

It is the largest coastal city in North China.

11,090,314

Guangzhou

It is one of China's major ports, and it is considered one of the country's transportation hubs.

11,071,424

Shenzhen

The city is known for its contemporary-style buildings and its large shopping centers.

10,358,381

Wuhan

Wuhan combines commercial businesses with outstanding parks, lakes and natural beauty.

9,785,388

Dongguan

This city is known for its rich culture, educational opportunities and for being one of China's top export cities.

8,000,000

Chongqing

This port city is the largest municipality in southwest China.

7,457,600

Chengdu

The 'Heavenly State' is a natural habitat for giant pandas.

7,415,590

Nanjing

The city is considered a center of politics, research and tourism.

7,165,292

Name 2017 Population
Shanghai 22,315,474
Beijing 11,716,620
Tianjin 11,090,314
Guangzhou 11,071,424
Shenzhen 10,358,381
Wuhan 9,785,388
Dongguan 8,000,000
Chongqing 7,457,600
Chengdu 7,415,590
Nanjing 7,165,292
Nanchong 7,150,000
Xi'an 6,501,190
Shenyang 6,255,921
Hangzhou 6,241,971
Harbin 5,878,939
Tai'an 5,499,000
Suzhou 5,345,961
Shantou 5,329,024
Jinan 4,335,989
Zhengzhou 4,253,913
Changchun 4,193,073
Dalian 4,087,733
Kunming 3,855,346
Qingdao 3,718,835
Foshan 3,600,000
Puyang 3,590,000
Wuxi 3,543,719
Xiamen 3,531,347
Tianshui 3,500,000
Ningbo 3,491,597
Shiyan 3,460,000
Taiyuan 3,426,519
Tangshan 3,372,102
Hefei 3,310,268
Zibo 3,129,228
Zhongshan 3,121,275
Changsha 3,093,980
UEruemqi 3,029,372
Shijiazhuang 2,834,942
Lanzhou 2,628,426
Yunfu 2,612,800
Nanchang 2,357,839
Ordos 1,940,653
Jilin 1,881,977
Xinyang 1,590,668
Fushun 1,400,646
Luoyang 1,390,581
Guankou 1,380,000
Handan 1,358,318
Baotou 1,301,768
Yueyang 1,200,000
Anshan 1,199,275
Tongshan 1,199,193
Fuzhou 1,179,720
Guiyang 1,171,633
Lijiang 1,137,600
Datong 1,052,678
Changshu City 1,047,700
Xianyang 1,034,081
Huainan 1,027,655
Jieyang 1,001,985
Zhu Cheng City 1,000,000
Baoding 995,652
Benxi 987,717
Changzhou 949,018
Huaibei 903,039
Kaifeng 900,000
Pingdingshan 889,675
Qiqihar 882,364
Wenzhou 865,672
Nanning 803,788
Anyang 781,129
Hohhot 774,477
Shangyu 770,000
Xining 767,531
Qinhuangdao 759,718
Hengyang 759,602
Nangandao 743,601
Hegang 743,307
Langfang 720,119
Zhumadian 720,000
Yantai 719,332
Zhuzhou 709,358
Changzhi 699,514
Zhangjiakou 692,602
Zigong 689,961
Fuxin 689,050
Huangshi 688,090
Liaoyang 687,890
Xiangtan 674,189
Puyang Chengguanzhen 666,322
Nantong 666,251
Mudanjiang 665,915
Guilin 649,352
Zhanjiang 637,790
Zhenjiang 632,552
Dandong 631,973
Shaoguan 628,749
Yancheng 628,441
Panshan 625,040
Haikou 615,835
Taizhou 612,356
Xingtai 611,739
Jinzhou 604,269
Shuangyashan 600,000
Luancheng 597,130
Yingkou 591,159
Zhangzhou 589,831
Bengbu 576,648
Shihezi 572,772
Siping 555,609
Huai'an 555,230
Jiamusi 549,549
Neijiang 546,854
Yangzhou 539,715
Guli 536,000
Tanggu 535,298
Jiangmen 532,419
Cangzhou 527,681
Changde 517,780
Jiaozuo 517,540
Wuhu 507,524
Zhuhai 501,199
Shashi 498,780
Wuwei 493,092
Yichang 476,725
Yinchuan 475,101
Jiaojiang 470,804
Zunyi 466,292
Jiaxing 466,101
Liaoyuan 465,249
Xiangyang 462,956
Dadukou 461,513
Hengshui 456,356
Jining 450,327
Wenshan City 450,000
Chengde 449,325
Jiangguanchi 449,258
Bei'an 436,444
Luqiao 427,890
Chaozhou 424,787
Shaoxing 421,283
Luohe 417,356
Yangquan 413,394
Chaoyang 410,005
Shiyan 408,055
Jixi 403,759
Yangjiang 399,735
Weifang 394,732
Xinpu 392,444
Dezhou 379,555
Zhoukou 377,061
Putian 376,558
Zhangjiakou Shi Xuanhua Qu 373,422
Pingxiang 372,123
Fenghuang 370,000
Zhaoqing 361,969
Anqing 358,661
Anshun 351,936
Chifeng 346,654
Taihe 345,033
Shiqi 342,306
Aksu 340,020
Tieling 333,907
Jincheng 332,650
Yanji 326,957
Suizhou 323,945
Shangrao 318,769
Baicheng 316,970
Lianshan 313,247
Wusong 312,588
Jingdezhen 310,565
Shengli 306,450
Yangshuo 300,000
Xiuying 290,000
Beihai 289,568
Huizhou 289,201
Chuzhou 280,582
Kashgar 274,717
Linyi 270,669
Chengzhong 265,886
Wuzhou 265,846
Hulan Ergi 265,344
Mianyang 264,136
Tongliao 261,110
Aral 260,000
Jiujiang 258,807
Jining 258,757
Turpan 254,900
Heze 254,602
Laohekou 253,112
Suihua 252,245
Liupanshui 251,900
Nanyang 251,532
Wafangdian 250,591
Rizhao 246,387
Ji'an 245,000
Hebi 244,662
Huayin 242,488
Yibin 242,111
Xiantao 239,406
Yuci 235,929
Linfen 232,566
Liaocheng 226,930
Fendou 226,298
Huanggang 225,956
Jingling 224,871
Tongchuan 223,603
Xintai 222,459
Wuxue 220,661
Wuhai 218,427
Jinzhou 215,386
Guangyuan 213,365
Hailar 211,066
Daliang 210,411
Sanming 209,444
Hangu 208,369
Suzhou 205,130
Gaoping 204,368
Daqing 203,488
Yiyang 202,608
Linxia Chengguanzhen 202,402
Yuncheng 201,950
Changji 198,776
Kaiyuan 198,423
Mentougou 197,772
Xinhui 195,129
Ezhou 193,652
Humen 191,891
Haicheng 191,651
Zoucheng 190,537
Wanxian 188,980
Donghai 188,602
Baiyin 188,533
Zaoyang 184,509
Quanzhou 184,143
Baishan 183,880
Zaozhuang 183,665
Anda 181,271
Shangqiu 181,218
Xianning 179,494
Korla 179,465
Qianjiang 179,079
Chenzhou 179,038
Jingzhou 177,878
Zhenzhou 176,006
Xindi 175,761
Jiutai 175,115
Bozhou 174,140
Licheng 172,775
Weinan 172,321
Nanping 171,674
Dongling 171,454
Fuyang 170,023
Laiyang 169,594
Jingmen 167,750
Fuling 166,507
Gaozhou 166,069
Ulanhot 165,846
Shanwei 165,699
Jiaozhou 165,026
Fendou 164,844
Tongzhou 163,326
Anbu 162,964
Xiaogan 160,437
Zhicheng 159,383
Huzhou 158,320
Nanpiao 157,044
Yichun 155,762
Lianghu 155,000
Beipiao 154,999
Guangshui 154,771
Leshan 154,477
Zhaodong 154,406
Xinzhou 154,003
Sanshui 153,714
Boshan 153,596
Yangchun 153,547
Linhai 152,937
Dingzhou 152,934
Weihai 152,595
Chenghua 152,453
Deyang 152,194
Yichun 152,169
Longfeng 152,074
Qingyuan 151,287
Gaomi 150,793
Loudi 150,684
Huangyan 150,448
Dunhua 148,844
Yulin 148,485
Chizhou 148,375
Sujiatun 148,113
Honggang 147,977
Qujing 146,015
Hanzhong 145,986
Xinji 145,911
Taishan 145,440
Sanya 144,753
Acheng 144,665
Jinchang 144,363
Meizhou 144,212
Jinhua 142,206
Jieshou 141,993
Gongzhuling 140,909
Shanhaiguan 140,000
Altay 139,341
Huadian 139,047
Fuyu 138,704
Chaohu 138,463
Jieshi 137,444
Jiashan 137,112
Hami 137,072
Shizuishan 136,570
Gejiu 136,135
Jagdaqi 135,760
Shiqiao 135,308
Dali 134,040
Puqi 132,891
Ankang 132,654
Zhalantun 132,224
Dawukou 131,880
Majie 131,696
Hepo 131,238
Dazhou 130,749
Shuangcheng 130,710
Dongyang 130,387
Jiazi 130,298
Songjiang 130,218
Shangri-La 130,000
Wuda 129,922
Leiyang 129,116
Xuanzhou 127,758
Huaihua 127,322
Jiangyou 127,225
Xichang 126,787
Danshui 126,701
Macheng 126,366
Huicheng 125,919
Xiazhen 125,667
Haimen 125,427
Shahecheng 125,132
Suining 124,924
Yushu 124,736
Lecheng 124,268
Laiwu 124,108
Jiupu 123,843
Baoshan 123,791
Luoyang 123,144
Minzhu 123,018
Huangzhou 122,563
Xiulin 122,411
Zhoucun 122,402
Jiayuguan 122,396
Lianhe 121,367
Xilin Hot 120,965
Fengcheng 120,514
Lhasa 118,721
Puning 118,023
Shunyi 117,623
Longjing 117,185
Qingzhou 117,056
Dasha 116,307
Yakeshi 116,284
Binzhou 115,893
Lengshuijiang 115,399
Tianfu 115,370
Mingshui 114,858
Yuyao 114,177
Hotan 114,000
Pingshan 113,631
Qianguo 113,611
Maba 113,609
Guangming 112,819
Haikou 112,644
Shaowu 112,585
Kaiyuan 112,462
Beibei 112,019
Dongtai 110,988
Encheng 110,921
Zhuji 110,721
Qingnian 110,046
Mizhou 109,968
Linshui 109,955
Hailun 109,881
Shilong 109,733
Tieli 109,636
Dongxing 109,561
Heihe 109,427
Zhaotong 109,400
Hulan 109,104
Zhongxiang 108,883
Dehui 108,818
Nehe 108,253
Pingliang 108,156
Kunshan 107,986
Jiangyin 107,918
Jalai Nur 107,828
Shaping 107,589
Lianran 106,795