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List of metropolitan areas by population

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This page lists the 102 largest metropolitan areas of the world by population. This is a controversial and difficult to define quantity. These figures include suburban areas immediately surrounding a major city and sometimes multiple major cities which may be close enough together to function essentially as one area (e.g. Washington-Baltimore).

Figures are all rounded to the nearest 10,000, as these can only be rough estimates.

RankMetropolitan area namePopulation estimate
1Tokyo-Yokohama-Kawasaki-Chiba, Japan (Greater Tokyo Area) 33,750,000
2Mexico City-Nezahualcóyotl-Ecatepec-Naucalpan, Mexico21,850,000
3New York City, New York-Newark, New Jersey-Paterson, New Jersey, United States (New York Metropolitan Area) 21,750,000
4Seoul-Incheon-Bucheon-Goyang-Seongnam-Suweon, South Korea21,700,000
5São Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil20,200,000
6Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Kalyan-Thane-Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, India (Brihanmumbai/Greater Mumbai)18,800,000
7Delhi, Delhi-Faridabad, Haryana-Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India18,100,000
8Los Angeles-Riverside-Anaheim, California, United States (The Southland) 17,450,000
9Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto) 16,700,000
10Jakarta-Bekasi-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang, Indonesia (Daerah Jabotabek/Jabotabek Area)16,300,000
11Cairo-Al-Jizah-Shubra al-Khaymah, Egypt 15,600,000
12Moscow, Russia15,350,000
13Kolkata-Haora, West Bengal, India14,950,000
14Manila-Kalookan-Quezon City, Philippines (Metro Manila) 14,000,000
15London, United Kingdom (London commuter belt) 13,900,000
16Buenos Aires-San Justo-La Plata, Argentina13,900,000
17Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan 13,100,000
18Shanghai Municipality, People's Republic of China12,500,000
19Rio De Janeiro-Nova Iguaçu-São Gonçalo, Brazil12,150,000
20Dhaka, Bangladesh 12,050,000
21Tehran-Karaj, Iran10,800,000
22Istanbul, Turkey10,900,000
23Beijing Municipality, People's Republic of China 9,900,000
24Paris, France 9,850,000
25Chicago, Illinois, United States (Chicagoland) 9,650,000
26Lagos, Nigeria9,600,000
27Hong Kong Special Administrative Region-Shenzhen, Guangdong, People's Republic of China8,600,000
28Lima, Peru8,150,000
29Bogotá, Colombia8,000,000
30Washington, DC-Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area) 7,900,000
31Johannesburg-Soweto-East Rand-West Rand, South Africa 7,750,000
32Bangkok, Thailand7,650,000
33Chongqing Municipality, People's Republic of China7,650,000
34Chennai-Tambaram-Avadi-Manali, Tamil Nadu, India7,300,000
35San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, California, United States (San Francisco Bay Area) 7,250,000
36Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo6,950,000
37Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan 6,950,000
38Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China6,800,000
39Toronto-Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Extended Golden Horseshoe) 6,700,000
40Bangalore, Karnataka, India 6,650,000
41Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India6,350,000
42Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (Delaware Valley) 5,950,000
43Saint Petersburg, Russia 5,850,000
44Tianjin Municipality, People's Republic of China5,580,000
45Essen-Bochum-Dortmund-Wuppertal, Germany (Ruhr area)5,800,000
46Detroit, Michigan, United States-Windsor, Ontario, Canada 5,800,000
47Boston, Massachusetts, United States5,700,000
48Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, United States (Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex) 5,700,000
49Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States 5,400,000
50Khartoum, Sudan 5,350,000
51Belo Horizonte, Brazil 5,300,000
52Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India 5,250,000
53Santiago, Chile5,250,000
54Baghdad, Iraq 5,200,000
55Madrid, Spain5,200,000
56Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 5,150,000
57Houston, Texas, United States (Houston Metropolitan Area) 5,150,000
58Nagoya, Japan5,130,000
59Alexandria, Egypt 5,050,000
60Atlanta, Georgia, United States (Atlanta Metropolitan Area) 4,850,000
61Yangon, Myanmar 4,850,000
62Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China 4,800,000
63Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China 4,800,000
64Harbin, Heilongjiang, People's Republic of China 4,550,000
65Caracas, Venezuela 4,500,000
66Shenyang, Liaoning, People's Republic of China 4,450,000
67Singapore City, Singapore 4,400,000
68Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 4,450,000
69Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra, India 4,250,000
70Algiers, Algeria 4,200,000
71Guadalajara-Zapopan, Mexico 4,200,000
72Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 4,200,000
73Berlin, Germany 4,150,000
74Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire 4,050,000
75Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4,050,000
76Porto Alegre, Brazil 3,950,000
77Chittacong, Bangladesh 3,900,000
78Casablanca, Morocco 3,850,000
79Barcelona, Spain 3,800,000
80Milan, Italy 3,800,000
81Monterrey, Mexico 3,800,000
82Busan, South Korea 3,750,000
83Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China 3,750,000
84Recife, Brazil 3,750,000
85Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 3,650,000
86Phoenix, Arizona, United States (Valley of the Sun) 3,650,000
87Seattle, Washington, United States 3,650,000
88Ankara, Turkey 3,600,000
89Montreal, Quebec, Canada 3,600,000
90Pyongyang, North Korea 3,600,000
91Medellín, Colombia 3,550,000
92Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3,550,000
93Athens, Greece 3,500,000
94Salvador, Brazil 3,400,000
95Brasília, Brazil 3,500,000
96Surat, Gujarat, India 3,500,000
97Izmir, Turkey 3,370,000
98Fortaleza, Brazil 3,300,000
99Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States (Twin Cities area) 3,300,000
100Rome, Italy 3,300,000
101Kiev, Ukraine 3,250,000
102Upper Silesian Metropolitan Area, Poland 2,930,000

See also Largest European cities, United States metropolitan area, Megacity, list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada

Sources

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