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Most Populous Cities of the World

The following tables lists the most populous cities in the world. Data includes the most recent figures available.

RankCity*PopulationYear
1
Shanghai, China
17,836,133
2011c
2
Istanbul, Turkey
13,854,740
2012e
3
Karachi, Pakistan
12,991,000
2013c
4
Mumbai, India
12,478,447
2011c
5
Moscow, Russia
11,977,988
2013e
6
Manila, Philippines
11,953,140
2012c
7
São Paulo, Brazil
11,821,876
2013c
8
Beijing, China
11,716,000
2010c
9
Tianjin, China
11,090,314
2010c
10
Guangzhou, China
11,070,654
2010c
11
Delhi, India
11,007,835
2010c
12
Seoul, South Korea
10,442,426
2012c
13
Shenzhen, China
10,357,938
2010c
14
Jakarta, Indonesia
10,187,595
2012e
15
Tokyo, Japan
8,967,665
2010c
16
Mexico City, Mexico
8,873,017
2010c
17
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
8,754,000
2010e
18
Bangalore, India
8,425,970
2011c
19
New York City, United States
8,336,697
2013e
20
London
8,308,369
2012e

NOTES: “c” = census figure; “e” = estimated; “p” = preliminary census figure.
*Refers to the city proper, as opposed to an urban agglomeration, which would also count the surrounding urban areas in the total.
Source: CIA World Factbook

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