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  1. The largest city by population using the city proper definition, which is the area under the administrative boundaries of a local government, is Chongqing, China. The largest city by population using the metropolitan area definition, which is a loose term referring to urban area and its primary commuter areas, is Tokyo , Japan .

    City
    Country
    Un 2018 Population Estimates
    City Proper(definition)
    37,400,068
    28,514,000
    25,582,000
    21,650,000
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    • Geography Expert
    • Tokyo, Japan: 37,468,000. The top city is expected to move down the list and with 2030's projected population of 36,574,000 become the second largest city.
    • Delhi, India: 28,514,000. Delhi, India, is projected to gain about 10 million people by 2030 to end up with a population of about 38,939,000 and exchange places with Tokyo, becoming thus the world's first largest city.
    • Shanghai, China: 25,582,000. Shanghai's estimated population of 32,869,000 in 2030 will keep it at the number three spot.
    • São Paulo, Brazil: 21,650,000. Asia and Africa are foreseen to have the most growth in the coming decades. As a result, in 2030, São Paulo, Brazil—with the projected population of 23,824,000—is expected to move down and become only No. 9 on the world's list of most populous cities.
  2. Largest World Cities by Population 2022 Metro Area Rankings; Rank City Country Population; 1: Tokyo: Japan: 37,274,000: 2: Delhi: India: 32,066,000: 3: Shanghai

    Rank
    City Name
    Population
    1
    18,867,000
    2
    12,488,000
    3
    8,901,000
    4
    6,603,000
    • Tokyo, Japan: 37,393,129. Japan is divided up into prefectures, or provinces. Tokyo is on the Pacific coast of Honshu and is a “merged city-prefecture” that is further divided into regions and provinces.
    • Delhi, India: 30,290,936. Located in central northern India, Delhi (also called the National Capital Territory of India) is a fast-growing city and the largest in its country.
    • Shanghai, China: 27,058,479. Shanghai’s numbers also include outlying suburban areas. It is the most populous city in China, and some believe it is the largest city on Earth.
    • San Paolo, Brazil: 22,043,028. As Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo is also one of the 10 largest metro areas on the globe. It is also referred to as Cidade da Garoa or Sampa, and the numbers shown include people living in its surrounding suburban areas.
  3. Jan 30, 2020 · The World's Top Five Largest Cities. 1. Guangzhou, China - 48,600,000. With an urban area population nearly reaching 50 million, the city of Guangzhou, China, is the largest city in the world in terms of population. Guangzhou is a major urban center located in Guangdong, in Southern China. Although Guangzhou has a history reaching back ...

    Rank
    Urban Area
    Country
    Population (est.)
    1
    Guangzhou
    China
    48,600,000
    2
    Tokyo
    Japan
    39,800,000
    3
    Shanghai
    China
    31,100,000
    4
    Jakarta
    Indonesia
    28,900,000
    • Sundra Chelsea Atitwa
  4. World's Largest Cities [Ranked by City Population] A list of the largest cities by population - rank 1-1000 Sort by : Urban Area Population | City Population

  5. Finding the Largest City in the World. When it comes to the largest city in the world, it depends on what you are looking for. As you can see, depending on population and area, the top 25 largest cities changes. Now that you know a little about the largest cities, check out different types of government around the world.

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