The World’s Top 10 Most Populated Cities In 2017

In this article, we have listed the most populated cities in the world as per the concept of city proper. In City Proper, the locality is defined as per the political or legal boundaries and urban status recognized by the administration. Cities have always been the major trade centers for the country, and most populous cities have a lot of facilities like job, communication, sports, transportation, better food, hospitals and everything we need for daily life. People from several areas settle in cities for proper education and employment. It is one of the main reasons why some cities have become most populated in the world.

We have listed the top ten cities in the world which have highest population.

10. Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is the largest and capital city of Egypt. The metropolitan area in the city is the largest in the Arab World and Middle East and 15th largest metropolis in the world. It is known to be associated with Ancient Egypt and is the home to the well known Giza pyramid complex. The geographical region consists of ancient Memphis city. Today’s Cairo was established by Jawhar al-Sigilli in 969 CE near Nile Delta. It is also the most populous city of Egypt with estimated population of 18,419,000 residents. It has long been the hub of cultural and political life of the region and is known for its Islamic architecture.

9. New York, United States

New York, United States

With the estimated population of 18,591,000 in 2014, New York is the most populous state in northeastern US and 4th most populous, 27th most extensive and 7th most densely populated state in the US. Bordered by Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the south and Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont towards the east, New York has maritime border with Rhode Island in Atlantic Ocean and international border with Ontario to the north and west and Quebec, Canada to the north. New York City is the most populous city and economic hub of New York State.

8. Beijing, China

Beijing, China

It is yet another Chinese city which ruled the list of most populous cities in the world. With over 1300 per sq. km of population density and population of 19.5 million (19,520,000), Beijing is the hub for culture, education and politics. Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world. It is also the center of politics for around 8 centuries.

7. Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan

Osaka is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the city in Kansai region of the country and the largest part of Keihanshin Metropolitan Area. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world and second largest in Japan with up to 20 million (20,123,000) inhabitants, as of 2014.

6. Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

Previously known as Bombay until 1995, Mumbai is the most populated city in India, with the estimated population of 20,741,000 residents, as of 2014. It is among the most populated urban regions in the world along with nearest regions of MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region). It is the second most populated metropolitan city in India. Located on the west coast, Mumbai houses deep natural harbor in India. Mumbai is also India’s wealthiest city and was called as an Alpha World City. The city houses the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all other cities in the country.

Mumbai is considered to be the commercial, financial and entertainment hub of India and among the top 10 centers of commerce in the world, as per global financial flow. The city is the headquarter of various major financial institutions, including the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), National Stock Exchange (NSE), the corporate headquarters of several multinational giants and Indian companies, and SEBI. It also houses some of the premier nuclear and scientific institutes like NPCL, BARC, TIFR, IREL, AECI and the Department of Atomic Energy. It is also the home of India’s Marathi and Bollywood (Hindi) film and TV industry.

5. São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is the municipality in the south of Brazil. The alpha global city and the most populous city (with 20,831,000 as of 2014) in Brazil, the Southern Hemisphere and the Americas, São Paulo is also 12th largest city proper in the world by population. It is the capital of homonymous Sao Paulo state, which is also the wealthiest and most populous state in Brazil.

4. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

The City of Mexico is the most populous city (20,843,000 residents as of 2014) and capital of Mexico. Mexico City is an alpha global city and one of the most prominent financial hubs of the US. Located on the Valley of Mexico, the city has 16 municipalities. The Greater Mexico City has the GDP of US $411 billion in the year 2011. The city was known to generate 15.8% of GDP in Mexico and the area is accounted for around 22% of total GDP.

3. Shanghai, China


It’s not the only billion dollars export business China is known for. In fact, China is also famous for Shanghai, the city where up to 23 million (22,991,000) people living happily, making it the most popular city in the world. With the population density of 3800 per sq. km, which is growing every time, Shanghai is known to be the hub for foreign investment. Shanghai has always been the center of attraction for several tourists because of its serene and scenic beauty and several historical landmarks. It also has some fancy names, including “Paris of the East”.

2. Delhi, India

Delhi, India

The National Capital Territory (NCT), Delhi is the union territory of India, bordered by UP to the East and Haryana on three sides. With the population of around 25 million (24,953,000) and population density of 12,592/, Delhi is the second most populated country in India, after Mumbai, and third largest urban area worldwide. It has grown beyond the NCT to include several towns in neighboring states, due to its urban expansion. Delhi is also the home of second highest number of millionaires and billionaires in India. Delhi has the rich history of 6th century BCE. It has served as the capital of several empires and kingdoms. It has been captured and rebuilt several times, especially in medieval era. Today, Delhi is a bunch of several cities.

1. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Metropolis is both the most populous and capital city of Japan and among the 47 prefectures of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is most populated area in the world. With the total population of 37,833,000 residents, as of 2014, Tokyo ranks 1th among the most populated cities in the world. It is the seat of Japanese Government and the Emperor of Japan.