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Biggest Cities In The World

While the largest cities by area are fixed to some extent, there is a continuous cat race to claim the top position for the world’s largest city by population. The major reason why these cities are constantly being crammed with people is that they are financial and industrial hubs. With tremendous growing opportunities available, these cities tend to attract more and more crowd. Result? Numerous people flocking from various parts of the world, and setting their base here! Furthermore, the quality of education and standard of living offered by such cities is highly satisfactory, which enforces people to permanently settle here. This, in turn, causes the cities to extend, either horizontally or vertically, to accommodate the ever-incoming population, thereby making cities grow bigger. In the following lines, we have provided the list of the biggest cities of the world on the basis of population and surface area. Take a look!
World’s Largest Cities
By Population
The capital city of Japan and a major economic and political center, Tokyo is the world’s largest city with an estimated population of 35.1 million. To add on, Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world as well. With a welcoming culture and homely people, Tokyo is a gorgeous city with amazing scenery and breathtaking attractions. All in all, Tokyo is a world commanding ‘finance center’ and a travelers’ paradise.
New York
One of the most popular cities of the world, New York is the second largest populated city with an estimated population of 21.65 million. With over 800 different global languages spoken in this metropolitan city, New York is the world’s most linguistically diverse city. Nicknamed as the ‘Big Apple’, New York is a diverse cultural center buzzing with films, art, music, attractions, gorgeous buildings, and of course, sumptuous food.
Capital of South Korea, Seoul is world’s third largest city and the second largest metropolitan area in the world. This high-tech and progressive city has a population of 21.35 million. South Korea is one of the ‘4 tiger economies’ of Asia, the other three being Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. Shopping districts flooded with numerous products mark as the USP of this city. There is a market and a shop for every customer. This is accompanied by the vibrant culture and traditions blended with Western customs.
Mexico City
The fourth largest city in the world with a population of 20.95 million is the capital city of Mexico, Mexico City. Influenced by various cultures, this global city is the largest metropolitan area in America and the world’s third largest agglomeration. With over 160 museums and 100 art galleries, Mexico City boasts of a diverse culture inviting hundreds of tourists every year.
Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is the world’s fifth largest populous city, with an estimated populace of 19.9 million. Furthermore, it is the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most important cities in Brazil. Sao Paulo is known for various cultural events and occasions, the most significant of them being the Sao Paulo Fashion Week and the March for Jesus. The locals are friendly and welcoming, while the tourist attractions depict the life of Brazil.
By Area
Spread across 263,953 sq km (101,913 sq mi), Hulunbuir is the biggest city in the world on the basis of area. It is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Inner Mongolia, situated in the People’s Republic of China. The city has a population of 2.710 million distributed over 13 different county-level jurisdictions.
Jiuquan is yet another prefecture-level city (multi-county administrative unit) covering an area of 167,996 sq km (64,864 sq mi) in the westernmost part of the Gansu province of China. This makes Jiuquan the world’s second largest city in the world by area.
With a coverage area of 159,696 sq km (61,659 sq mi), Altamira is the third largest city in the world by surface area. It is situated in the state of Pará in northern Brazil. Interestingly, Altamira is larger than countries of Greece and Nepal and equivalent to Tunisia and Uruguay in size.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
The fourth largest city in the world on the basis of area is the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia. The city is spread across an area of 95,575 sq km (36,902 sq mi) and offers a dynamic and sophisticated locale to live, work and play.
Located in the southwestern mainland China, Chongqing is the world’s largest city by area. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities by China, the other three being Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. The city covers an area of 82,400 sq km (31,815 sq mi).

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