Population of Cities in China (2018)

65
Over 1 Million
360
100,000 to 1 Million
387
10,000 to 100,000
  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Tianjin
  • Guangzhou
  • Shenzhen
  • Wuhan
  • Dongguan
  • Chongqing
  • Chengdu
  • Nanjing
  • Nanchong
  • Xi'an
  • Shenyang
  • Hangzhou
  • Harbin
  • Tai'an
  • Suzhou
  • Shantou
  • Jinan
  • Zhengzhou
  • Changchun
  • Dalian
  • Kunming
  • Qingdao
  • Foshan
  • Puyang
  • Wuxi
  • Xiamen
  • Tianshui
  • Ningbo
  • Shiyan
  • Taiyuan
  • Tangshan
  • Hefei
  • Zibo
  • Zhongshan
  • Changsha
  • UEruemqi
  • Shijiazhuang
  • Huai'an
  • Lanzhou
  • Yunfu
  • Nanchang
  • Dadonghai
  • Ordos
  • Jilin
  • Kunshan
  • Xinyang
  • Fushun
  • Luoyang

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 65 cities with more than a million people, 360 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 387 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 2018 Population Location
Shanghai22,315,474Map
Beijing11,716,620Map
Tianjin11,090,314Map
Guangzhou11,071,424Map
Shenzhen10,358,381Map
Wuhan9,785,388Map
Dongguan8,000,000Map
Chongqing7,457,600Map
Chengdu7,415,590Map
Nanjing7,165,292Map
Nanchong7,150,000Map
Xi'an6,501,190Map
Shenyang6,255,921Map
Hangzhou6,241,971Map
Harbin5,878,939Map
Tai'an5,499,000Map
Suzhou5,345,961Map
Shantou5,329,024Map
Jinan4,335,989Map
Zhengzhou4,253,913Map
Changchun4,193,073Map
Dalian4,087,733Map
Kunming3,855,346Map
Qingdao3,718,835Map
Foshan3,600,000Map
Puyang3,590,000Map
Wuxi3,543,719Map
Xiamen3,531,347Map
Tianshui3,500,000Map
Ningbo3,491,597Map
Shiyan3,460,000Map
Taiyuan3,426,519Map
Tangshan3,372,102Map
Hefei3,310,268Map
Zibo3,129,228Map
Zhongshan3,121,275Map
Changsha3,093,980Map
UEruemqi3,029,372Map
Shijiazhuang2,834,942Map
Huai'an2,700,000Map
Lanzhou2,628,426Map
Yunfu2,612,800Map
Nanchang2,357,839Map
Dadonghai2,000,000Map
Ordos1,940,653Map
Jilin1,881,977Map
Kunshan1,600,000Map
Xinyang1,590,668Map
Fushun1,400,646Map
Luoyang1,390,581Map
Guankou1,380,000Map
Handan1,358,318Map
Baotou1,301,768Map
Xuchang1,265,536Map
Yueyang1,200,000Map
Anshan1,199,275Map
Tongshan1,199,193Map
Fuzhou1,179,720Map
Guiyang1,171,633Map
Lijiang1,137,600Map
Datong1,052,678Map
Changshu City1,047,700Map
Xianyang1,034,081Map
Huainan1,027,655Map
Jieyang1,001,985Map
Zhu Cheng City1,000,000Map
Baoding995,652Map
Benxi987,717Map
Changzhou949,018Map
Huaibei903,039Map
Kaifeng900,000Map
Pingdingshan889,675Map
Qiqihar882,364Map
Wenzhou865,672Map
Nanning803,788Map
Anyang781,129Map
Hohhot774,477Map
Shangyu770,000Map
Xining767,531Map
Qinhuangdao759,718Map
Hengyang759,602Map
Xinxiang743,601Map
Hegang743,307Map
Langfang720,119Map
Zhumadian720,000Map
Yantai719,332Map
Zhuzhou709,358Map
Changzhi699,514Map
Zhangjiakou692,602Map
Zigong689,961Map
Fuxin689,050Map
Huangshi688,090Map
Liaoyang687,890Map
Xiangtan674,189Map
Puyang Chengguanzhen666,322Map
Nantong666,251Map
Mudanjiang665,915Map
Guilin649,352Map
Zhanjiang637,790Map
Zhenjiang632,552Map
Dandong631,973Map
Shaoguan628,749Map
Yancheng628,441Map
Panshan625,040Map
Haikou615,835Map
Taizhou612,356Map
Xingtai611,739Map
Jinzhou604,269Map
Shuangyashan600,000Map
Luancheng597,130Map
Yingkou591,159Map
Zhangzhou589,831Map
Bengbu576,648Map
Shihezi572,772Map
Siping555,609Map
Huai'an555,230Map
Jiamusi549,549Map
Neijiang546,854Map
Yangzhou539,715Map
Guli536,000Map
Tanggu535,298Map
Jiangmen532,419Map
Cangzhou527,681Map
Changde517,780Map
Jiaozuo517,540Map
Tonghua510,000Map
Wuhu507,524Map
Zhuhai501,199Map
Shashi498,780Map
Wuwei493,092Map
Qionghai480,000Map
Yichang476,725Map
Yinchuan475,101Map
Jiaojiangcun470,804Map
Zunyi466,292Map
Jiaxing466,101Map
Liaoyuan465,249Map
Xiangyang462,956Map
Dadukou461,513Map
Hengshui456,356Map
Jining450,327Map
Wenshan City450,000Map
Chengde449,325Map
Bei'an436,444Map
Luqiao427,890Map
Chaozhou424,787Map
Shaoxing421,283Map
Luohe417,356Map
Yangquan413,394Map
Chaoyang410,005Map
Shiyan408,055Map
Jixi403,759Map
Yangjiang399,735Map
Weifang394,732Map
Xinpu392,444Map
Dezhou379,555Map
Zhoukou377,061Map
Putian376,558Map
Zhangjiakou Shi Xuanhua Qu373,422Map
Pingxiang372,123Map
Fenghuang370,000Map
Zhaoqing361,969Map
Huocheng360,000Map
Anqing358,661Map
Anshun351,936Map
Chifeng346,654Map
Taihecun345,033Map
Shiqi342,306Map
Aksu340,020Map
Tieling333,907Map
Jincheng332,650Map
Yanji326,957Map
Suizhou323,945Map
Shangrao318,769Map
Baicheng316,970Map
Lianshan313,247Map
Wusong312,588Map
Jingdezhen310,565Map
Shengli306,450Map
Yangshuo300,000Map
Xinyuan300,000Map
Xiuying290,000Map
Beihai289,568Map
Huizhou289,201Map
Chuzhou280,582Map
Kashgar274,717Map
Linyi270,669Map
Chengzhong265,886Map
Wuzhou265,846Map
Hulan Ergi265,344Map
Mianyang264,136Map
Tongliao261,110Map
Aral260,000Map
Karamay260,000Map
Jiujiang258,807Map
Jining258,757Map
Turpan254,900Map
Heze254,602Map
Laohekou253,112Map
Suihua252,245Map
Liupanshui251,900Map
Nanyang251,532Map
Wafangdian250,591Map
Rizhao246,387Map
Ji'an245,000Map
Hebi244,662Map
Huayin242,488Map
Yibin242,111Map
Xiantao239,406Map
Yuci235,929Map
Linfen232,566Map
Liaocheng226,930Map
Fendou226,298Map
Huanggang225,956Map
Jingling224,871Map
Tongchuanshi223,603Map
Xintai222,459Map
Wuxue220,661Map
Wuhai218,427Map
Jinzhou215,386Map
Guangyuan213,365Map
Hailar211,066Map
Daliang210,411Map
Sanming209,444Map
Hangu208,369Map
Suzhou205,130Map
Gaoping204,368Map
Daqing203,488Map
Yiyang202,608Map
Linxia Chengguanzhen202,402Map
Yuncheng201,950Map
Changji198,776Map
Kaiyuan198,423Map
Mentougou197,772Map
Xinhui195,129Map
Ezhou193,652Map
Humen191,891Map
Haicheng191,651Map
Zoucheng190,537Map
Wanxian188,980Map
Donghai188,602Map
Baiyin188,533Map
Laizhou188,000Map
Zaoyang184,509Map
Quanzhou184,143Map
Baishan183,880Map
Zaozhuang183,665Map
Anda181,271Map
Shangqiu181,218Map
Xianning179,494Map
Korla179,465Map
Qianjiang179,079Map
Chenzhou179,038Map
Jingzhou177,878Map
Zhenzhou176,006Map
Xindi175,761Map
Jiutai175,115Map
Bozhou174,140Map
Licheng172,775Map
Weinan172,321Map
Nanping171,674Map
Dongling171,454Map
Fuyang170,023Map
Laiyang169,594Map
Jingmen167,750Map
Fuling166,507Map
Gaozhou166,069Map
Ulanhot165,846Map
Shanwei165,699Map
Jiaozhou165,026Map
Fendou164,844Map
Tongzhou163,326Map
Anbu162,964Map
Xiaogan160,437Map
Qapqal160,000Map
Zhicheng159,383Map
Huzhou158,320Map
Nanpiao157,044Map
Yichun155,762Map
Lianghu155,000Map
Beipiao154,999Map
Guangshui154,771Map
Leshan154,477Map
Zhaodong154,406Map
Xinzhou154,003Map
Sanshui153,714Map
Boshan153,596Map
Yangchun153,547Map
Linhai152,937Map
Dingzhou152,934Map
Weihai152,595Map
Chenghua152,453Map
Deyang152,194Map
Yichun152,169Map
Longfeng152,074Map
Qingyuan151,287Map
Gaomi150,793Map
Loudi150,684Map
Huangyan150,448Map
Dunhua148,844Map
Yulin148,485Map
Chizhou148,375Map
Sujiatun148,113Map
Honggang147,977Map
Qujing146,015Map
Hanzhong145,986Map
Xinji145,911Map
Taishan145,440Map
Sanya144,753Map
Acheng144,665Map
Jinchang144,363Map
Meizhou144,212Map
Jinhua142,206Map
Jieshou141,993Map
Gongzhuling140,909Map
Shanhaiguan140,000Map
Altay139,341Map
Huadian139,047Map
Fuyu138,704Map
Chaohu138,463Map
Jieshi137,444Map
Jiashan137,112Map
Hami137,072Map
Shizuishan136,570Map
Gejiu136,135Map
Jiagedaqi135,760Map
Shiqiao135,308Map
Dali134,040Map
Puqi132,891Map
Ankang132,654Map
Zhalantun132,224Map
Dawukou131,880Map
Majie131,696Map
Hepo131,238Map
Dazhou130,749Map
Shuangcheng130,710Map
Dongyang130,387Map
Jiazi130,298Map
Songjiang130,218Map
Shangri-La130,000Map
Wuda129,922Map
Leiyang129,116Map
Xuanzhou127,758Map
Huaihua127,322Map
Jiangyou127,225Map
Xichang126,787Map
Danshui126,701Map
Macheng126,366Map
Huicheng125,919Map
Xiazhen125,667Map
Haimen125,427Map
Shahecheng125,132Map
Suining124,924Map
Yushu124,736Map
Lecheng124,268Map
Laiwu124,108Map
Jiupu123,843Map
Baoshan123,791Map
Luoyang123,144Map
Minzhu123,018Map
Huangzhou122,563Map
Xiulin122,411Map
Zhoucun122,402Map
Jiayuguan122,396Map
Lianhe121,367Map
Xilin Hot120,965Map
Fengcheng120,514Map
Zhaoyuan120,000Map
Lhasa118,721Map
Puning118,023Map
Shunyi117,623Map
Longjing117,185Map
Qingzhou117,056Map
Dasha116,307Map
Yakeshi116,284Map
Binzhou115,893Map
Lengshuijiang115,399Map
Tianfu115,370Map
Wenchang115,000Map
Mingshui114,858Map
Yuyao114,177Map
Hotan114,000Map
Pingshan113,631Map
Songyuan113,611Map
Maba113,609Map
Guangming112,819Map
Haikou112,644Map
Shaowu112,585Map
Kaiyuan112,462Map
Beibei112,019Map
Dongtai110,988Map
Encheng110,921Map
Zhuji110,721Map
Qingnian110,046Map
Mizhou109,968Map
Linshui109,955Map
Hailun109,881Map
Shilong109,733Map
Tieli109,636Map
Dongxing109,561Map
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