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  2. Tokyo is widely considered the world's largest city (by urban area and metropolitan area). The satellite image shows that its urbanization has exceeded its city limits. A city can be defined by the inhabitants of its demographic population, as by metropolitan area, or labour market area. UNICEF defines metropolitan area as follows:

    City [a]
    Country
    Un 2018 Population Estimates [b]
    City Proper [c](definition)
    37,468,000
    28,514,000
    25,582,000
    21,650,000
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    • 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.
    • 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. 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.

    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
  4. This is a list of the largest urban areas in the world by area.. Urban areas. This table shows all cities or conurbations with a total urbanised area of at least 5,000 km 2, according to Demographia's annual World Urban Areas publication, that uses a consistent methodology between countries to provide comparable population and area figures.

    Urban Area
    Country
    Built-up Land Area (km 2 )
    Population
    New York City (New York City Metropolitan ...
    12,093
    20,902,000
    Boston - Providence
    9,539
    7,340,000
    Tokyo - Yokohama
    8,231
    39,105,000
    7,400
    5,434,000
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