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20 of the Most Populated Cities in the World

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There is an estimated 7.1 billion people currently inhabiting the earth. One can only imagine where the majority of these people live. Seven continents, thousands of countries and thousands more cultures and nationalities make it a little difficult to track the amount of people that are in one particular location. The Census Bureau does the best possible job to keep track of the earth’s population. Individually countries and cities try to keep a tight grip on how many people are in their domain for political and economic reasons. The following list include some of the most populated cities in the world. Some are prosperous due to the large amount of people that contribute to city or cities struggle to support the abundance of its citizens.
Tokyo, Japan 

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Tokyo, Japan is one of the busiest cities in the world. It is the capital of Japan. It has many attractions like gardens, amusement parks and clubs that keep tourist coming and the natives occupied. Tokyo has the highest population of people in the entire world. As with any heavily populated city, traffic is a hassle. Including the metro areas, there is 35 million people who currently live in Tokyo.


New York City, New York 

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New York City has been properly given the title “the city that never sleeps”. There is no place like New York and if you’ve ever been there you would agree. New York City attracts people from all over the world with its iconic skyline, its different cuisines, and shopping areas. New York City’s population has reached a new height of 8,405,837 people. Each of the cities five boroughs have reported population gains. This rise in population is due to a decline of people leaving the city and the birth rate significantly being higher than the death rate.


Sao Paulo, Brazil

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São Paulo is the largest city of Brazil. It is one of the top 10 largest metropolitan areas in the world. São Paulo is a global city with a strong influence in the arts, entertainment, finance and commerce, and the city hosts the largest gay pride parade in the world. The current population of São Paulo is 11.4 million people. São Paulo is home of the second largest stock exchange in the world making the city an economic hub. São Paulo also has a mixture of cultures which makes it an interesting place to visit and live in.


Seoul, South Korea   

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Seoul, officially known as the Seoul Special City, is the capital and the largest city of South Korea. Almost more than half the people in South Korea live in the city of Seoul. Seoul is also home to 632,000 international residents. The total population of Seoul, South Korea is now at 10.44 million. The population density in Seoul is 45,000 people per square mile. Seoul is rich with history, and art that can be seen in its architecture and in one of its 115 museums. Seoul is a technologically advanced city which is a major reason why people flock to it.

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City is the Federal District of Mexico. Mexico City is the country’s largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center. It is one of the most important financial centers in North America. Currently greater Mexico City has a population of 21.2 million residents, making it the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Mexico City has a long history that has helped build the city into the great pillar of economic and political strength that it is today.


Osaka, Japan

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Osaka is the third most populated city in Japan. Located 250 miles away from Tokyo, on an island named Honshu, Osaka’s population density is 33,395 people per square mile. The city has a network of canals and bridges, which is the reason it was given the name “Venice of Japan”. Once known as the “nation’s kitchen”, Osaka was the center for the rice trade. Now it is a major economic hub in Japan. Considering that it’s on an island, the 2,872,000 people makes Osaka a marvel.


Manila, Philippines  

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Manila is the capital and second-largest city of the Philippines with an overall population estimated at 21.3 million. Manila is the world’s most densely populated city with 66,140 people per square kilometer, has a population estimated at 21.3 million. The most recent census found that Tondo has become the most populous district, accounting for 38% of the total population. Manila serves as the economic and political capital of the Philippines. It is home to some of the countries most historically and culturally significant landmarks.


Mumbai ,India

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Mumbai is the most populated city in India, and the eighth most populated city in the world, with an estimated population of 20.7 million. Mumbai, also called Bombay, is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India. Mumbai’s population has nearly doubled since 1991, when its population was just 12.5 million. The rapid growth in population has only led to serious health-related issues and a large percentage of the population living in slums.

Delhi, India  

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Delhi, India has become the world’s second most populated city in 2014 after Tokyo. Since 1990 is has more than doubled its population to 25 million, according to a UN report. Delhi, also known as the National Capital Territory of India, has a rapidly growing population, which was just 16.7 million in 2011. The city has a population density of 27,280 people per square mile, which is one of the highest in the world. Delhi’s culture has been influenced by its long history and is still evident amidst all the modern advancements.

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political center. With a population of 10.2 million,  it is the most populated city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia. Jakarta officially known as the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is now considered a global city and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Interestingly, Jakarta now has the highest return on investment for luxury real estate in 2014 compared to any other city on earth.


Lagos, Nigeria

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Lagos is a port and the most populated city in Nigeria. The city has expanded onto the mainland west of the lagoon. Lagos has a population estimated at 21 million, which makes it the second largest city in Africa. Lagos comes after Cairo in size. The population was estimated at just 11.2 million in 2011 by the United Nations. The growth in population is a testament to the prosperity that Lagos has experienced lately. Lagos is the seventh fastest growing city in the world.


Kolkata , India

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Kolkata, or Calcutta in English, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and located on the Hooghley river. Kolkata is the commercial and educational center of East India and one of the oldest operating ports in the country. It has an estimated population of 14.3 million. It is the seventh most populated city in India. The city has a very high population density of 63,000 people per square mile.


Cairo, Egypt   

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Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt and is the largest city in Africa. Cairo is the capital city of Egypt located close to the Nile Delta. With a history dating back centuries ago, Cairo blends old-world and new-world Egypt. Cairo has an estimated 2014 population of 22 million, which makes it the largest city in the middle East as well. On a global scale, Cairo is the 16th largest metropolitan area on earth.


Los Angeles, California 

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Currently the USA’s most populated city, Los Angeles hit a demographic milestone earlier this year with 10 million residents. It has beat New York City for the most populated city in the nation. The Greater Los Angeles area covers five counties. The city of Los Angeles is a diverse area with many different walks of life. The main attractions that draw people to LA are the beaches and the year round warm weather.

Buenos Aires, Argentina     

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According to Argentina’s National Institute of Statistics and Census, the population of Buenos Aires stood at 3.04 million people, 1.65 million women and 1.38 million men in 1998. It is now home to 13.9 million people, making it one of the largest urban concentrations in the world. Buenos Aires is the largest city and capital of Argentina, and the second largest metropolitan area in South America. The city has a density of about 34,800 people per square mile. Majority of Buenos Aires population is of European decent and 22% is over 60 years old.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   

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Rio de Janeiro, or Rio, is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second-largest city of Brazil behind Sao Paulo. Rio is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere. It is home to many famous landmarks such as the Christ the Redeemer statue on the Corcovado mountain, which was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Rio de Janeiro will become the first South American and Portuguese-speaking nation to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city proper has a population density of 12,380 people per square mile with a total population of 12 million.


Moscow, Russia     

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The official figure for Moscow currently stands at 11.5 million, but uncharted migration could push the real number to as high as between 13 and 17 million, according to population experts. Moscow is the capital city and easily the most populated federal subject of Russia. Moscow is run by one mayor, but the city is actually divided into 12 administrative okrugs and 123 districts. In 2012, its territory expanded from 1,000 to 2,511 square kilometers, which added an additional 233,000 people. Moscow has a density of 11,865 people per square mile.


Shanghai, China    

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Shanghai’s population clocks in at 20.6 million people. 89.3%  of the population is urban, and 10.7% is rural. It’s both a major financial center and a global city and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the Yangtze River Delta of East China. Known as the Pearl of the Orient and the Paris of the East, Shanghai’s population surpassed the entire population of nearby Taiwan as of 2013. It has a population density of 9,700 people per square mile. Shanghai also has an extensive network of rivers, canals, lakes and streams, all of which combines to create a perfect setting for a large population. Shanghai has been one of the fastest developing cities in the world for the last twenty years, with double-digit growth nearly every year since 1992.


Karachi , Pakistan

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Karachi metro has an estimated population of over 23.5 million people. It has a population density of more than 15,500 people per square mile. Karachi is the largest and most populous metropolitan city in Pakistan and the capital of Sindh province. Located on the Arabian Sea, Karachi is also known as the “City of Lights” and “The Bride of the Cities.” It is the largest city with the highest concentration of Muslims in the world. Karachi has grown rapidly in the last few decades. Karachi was previously the capital of Pakistan until Islamabad was constructed.


Paris, France  

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Paris also known as the “city of lights” attracts thousands of tourist every year. Its lavish fashion boutiques, renowned cafes and monuments like the Eiffel Tower are all reasons people want to spend time in Paris. Paris is a bustling city that is full of life and flavor. As the capital city of France, the city is home to numerous government buildings, but it is also home to quaint cobblestone paved streets. Paris boast a population of 10.5 million residents. If you plan on moving overseas, consider Paris. Today, the people who live in Paris and the surrounding areas have a slightly higher than average income in comparison with the rest of France. These people also are largely diverse.

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