The world is exploding with human population. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the world population is exceeding seven billions. Around 54 percent of this population is concentrated in cities. The cities, as hubs of political and economic activities, have become the core centers where people from all across the respective countries come in. Here let us have a look at some of the most populous cities of the world.
Tokyo is the national capital of Japan. The great Tokyo Area includes Kawasaki, Sagamihara and Yokohama, thus making it the most populous area of the world. The Tokyo Urban area has a population of 37 million with total GDP of $1.9 trillion as in 2012.
Delhi is a historic city and the national capital of India. However, the capital city has garnered the second position in the ranking due to political reasons than economic. Today the National Capital Territory of Delhi includes the townships of Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad as well, thus making it economic hub as well. The population of the city is about 25 million.
This Chinese city with a population of 23 million is the third most populous capital of the world. Shanghai has been from about 10th century the hub of trade and economic activity. Today it is a global financial center and the transport hub of the world’s busiest container port. Of all the cities, Shanghai has taken the biggest leap in economic as well as population growth. It was ranked 20th in 1990 in terms of population and today it is raked as 3rd most populous city in the world.
Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City), Mexico
It is the national capital of Mexico. The population of Mexico is around 21 million. Until 1980, Mexico was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country. The city is on an expansion mode, as the people are moving outwards to suburbs from the core regions of the capital city.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
With a population just little less than that of Mexico, Sao Paulo lies at fifth position in the list. It is the capital of the State of Sao Paulo, which is Brazil’s most populous and wealthiest state. The capital city is the hub of economic activities of the country.
With the world population growing at a rapid pace, here we present the most populous cities across the globe, which give the glimpse of population explosion worldwide.