Top 25 Most Populous (Crowded!) Cities in the World

Recently we published the list of the most populous countries in the world. Then we thought that we should also prepare and publish a list of the most crowded cities in the world!

But what is a city, anyway?

Definition of a city: In the modern world, a city is defined as a large area with permanent human settlement and administrative boundaries wherein the population works primarily in non-agricultural sectors. Often, big cities also serve as the national capitals.

Most Crowded Cities in the World

Most Populous Cities in the World
Rank City Name Country Estimated Population (2018)
1 Tokyo Japan 37,400,000
2 Delhi India 28,514,000
3 Shanghai China 25,582,000
4 São Paulo Brazil 21,650,000
5 Mexico City Mexico 21,581,000
6 Cairo Egypt 20,076,000
7 Mumbai India 19,980,000
8 Beijing China 19,618,000
9 Dhaka Bangladesh 19,578,000
10 Osaka Japan 19,281,000
11 New York City United States 18,819,000
12 Karachi Pakistan 15,400,000
13 Buenos Aires Argentina 14,967,000
14 Chongqing China 14,838,000
15 Istanbul Turkey 14,751,000
16 Kolkata India 14,681,000
17 Manila Philippines 13,482,000
18 Lagos Nigeria 13,463,000
19 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 13,293,000
20 Tianjin China 13,215,000
21 Kinshasa DR Congo 13,171,000
22 Guangzhou China 12,638,000
23 Los Angeles United States 12,458,000
24 Moscow Russia 12,410,000
25 Shenzhen China 11,908,000
26 Lahore Pakistan 11,738,000
27 Bangalore India 11,440,000
28 Paris France 10,901,000
29 Bogotá Colombia 10,574,000
30 Jakarta Indonesia 10,517,000
31 Chennai India 10,456,000
32 Lima Peru 10,391,000
33 Bangkok Thailand 10,156,000
34 Seoul South Korea 9,963,000
35 Nagoya Japan 9,507,000
36 Hyderabad India 9,482,000
37 London United Kingdom 9,046,000
38 Tehran Iran 8,896,000
39 Chicago United States 8,864,000
40 Chengdu China 8,813,000
41 Nanjing China 8,245,000
42 Wuhan China 8,176,000
43 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 8,145,000
44 Luanda Angola 7,774,000
45 Ahmedabad India 7,681,000
46 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 7,564,000
47 Xi’an China 7,444,000
48 Hong Kong China 7,429,000
49 Dongguan China 7,360,000
50 Hangzhou China 7,236,000