World City Populations 2018

It is perhaps unsurprising that the majority of the most populous cities in the world are in the two most densely populated countries in the world, China and India. Among these are Shanghai and Beijing, with populations of 25 and 22 million respectively, Delhi (27 million), and Mumbai (over 21.5 million).

However, Tokyo is the largest city in the world if the entire Tokyo metro area is included, with a total of more than 38 million residents. Another Japanese city, Osaka, also has a very large population of almost 20.5 million. There are also a number of non-Asian cities with high populations, including Mexico City (over 21 million), Cairo (almost 19.5 million), and Buenos Aires (almost 15.5 million).

Of the European cities, Istanbul is the most populous, with more than 14.5 million residents. This is followed by Moscow (over 12 million) and Paris (11 million including the Paris metro area). These cities are of course also culturally significant and between them welcome millions of tourists each year.

There are quite a number of popular and culturally rich cities that have smaller populations, often making for higher living standards for their residents. Barcelona, Sydney, Berlin and Vancouver all have fewer than five million residents, but are very popular choices for city living. There are also some comparatively very small cities with big cultural, historical or political reputations, such as Sarajevo (314,000), Edinburgh (502,000), and Venice (631,000), demonstrating that small cities can be highly significant regardless of the size of their population.

Name 2018 Population
Tokyo38,305,000
Delhi27,928,000
Shanghai25,888,000
Beijing22,838,000
Mumbai22,046,000
Sao Paulo21,730,000
Mexico City21,493,000
Osaka20,472,000
Cairo19,846,000
Dhaka19,580,000
Karachi18,160,000
Buenos Aires15,625,000
Kolkata15,288,000
Lagos14,842,000
Istanbul14,741,000
Chongqing14,528,000
Guangzhou14,211,000
Manila13,520,000
Rio De Janeiro13,147,000
Moscow12,404,000
Tianjin12,220,000
Bangalore11,171,000
Paris11,101,000
Shenzhen11,025,000
Jakarta10,855,000
Chennai10,705,000
London10,657,000
Lima10,419,000
Bogota10,352,000
Johannesburg10,016,000
Seoul9,798,000
Bangkok9,790,000
Hyderabad9,757,000
Lahore9,508,000
Tehran8,699,000
Chengdu8,321,000
Wuhan8,151,000
Ahmedabad8,019,000
Kuala Lumpur7,456,000
Riyadh6,859,000
Santiago6,621,000
Surat6,387,000
Madrid6,381,000
Toronto6,254,000
Pune6,192,000
Dar Es Salaam6,041,000
Barcelona5,401,000
Yangon5,124,000
Guadalajara5,068,000
Ankara5,040,000
Alexandria5,040,000
St Petersburg5,014,000
Sydney4,626,000
Nairobi4,410,000
Brasilia4,383,000
Melbourne4,377,000
Medellin4,092,000
Montreal4,085,000
Aleppo3,884,000
Cape Town3,776,000
Tel Aviv3,774,000
Rome3,772,000
Jaipur3,728,000
Casablanca3,625,000
Berlin3,605,000
Lucknow3,445,000
Busan3,180,000
Milan3,115,000
Kanpur3,109,000
Athens3,046,000
Surabaya2,948,000
Lisbon2,943,000
Abuja2,892,000
Cali2,755,000
Manchester2,713,000
Taipei2,691,000
Dubai2,689,000
Vancouver2,597,000
Accra2,406,000
Brisbane2,313,000
Beirut2,272,000
Bhopal2,254,000
Pretoria2,248,000
Hiroshima2,192,000
Tijuana2,117,000
Havana2,116,000
Brussels2,090,000
Perth1,967,000
Phnom Penh1,876,000
Bucharest1,865,000
Mecca1,856,000
Hamburg1,854,000
Vienna1,784,000
Panama City1,780,000
Warsaw1,738,000
Budapest1,715,000
Lyon1,651,000
Marseille1,641,000
Islamabad1,569,000
Stockholm1,550,000
Munich1,481,000
Sharjah1,442,000
Calgary1,417,000
Auckland1,394,000
Ottawa1,385,000
Edmonton1,346,000
Prague1,346,000
Porto1,318,000
Kathmandu1,309,000
Copenhagen1,307,000
Adelaide1,290,000
Zurich1,289,000
Abu Dhabi1,252,000
Glasgow1,239,000
Sofia1,237,000
Dublin1,219,000
Helsinki1,209,000
Belgrade1,184,000
Ho Chi Minh City1,180,000
Tripoli1,142,000
Amsterdam1,117,000
Cologne1,052,000
Oslo1,035,000
Rotterdam1,001,000
Nice987,000
Toulouse975,000
Bordeaux922,000
Southampton903,000
Liverpool880,000
Jerusalem874,000
Valencia822,000
Birmingham819,000
Winnipeg780,000
Nottingham774,000
Hamilton761,000
Frankfurt733,000
Thessaloniki732,000
Sheffield722,000
Bali719,000
Florence705,000
Zagreb690,000
Gaza679,000
Bristol670,000
Stuttgart635,000
The Gold Coast635,000
Venice633,000
Nantes630,000
Belfast614,000
Dusseldorf611,000
Riga596,000
Kingston596,000
Leicester555,000
Kitchener514,000
Brighton507,000
Edinburgh506,000
Cardiff484,000
Canberra448,000
Montpellier429,000
Halifax415,000
Wellington393,000
Bratislava393,000
Newcastle387,000
Stoke On Trent383,000
Coventry378,000
Port Moresby369,000
Victoria365,000
Christchurch353,000
Reading332,000
Hull325,000
Swansea317,000
Windsor315,000
Sarajevo313,000