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Most Populous Cities of the World

The following tables lists the 20 most populous cities in the world. Data compares population figures from 1990 and 2014.

RankCity*Population
2014
Population
1990
1
Tokyo, Japan
37,833,000
32,530,000
2
Delhi, India
24,953,000
9,726,000
3
Shanghai, China
22,991,000
7,823,000
4
Mexico City, Mexico
20,843,000
15,642,000
5 São Paulo, Brazil 20,831,000 14,776,000
6
Mumbai, India
20,741,000
12,436,000
7
Osaka, Japan
20,123,000
18,389,000
8
Beijing, China
19,520,000
6,788,000
9
New York/Newark, United States
18,591,000
16,086,000
10
Cairo, Egypt
18,419,000
9,892,000
11
Dhaka, Bangladesh
16,982,000
6,621,000
12
Karachi, Pakistan
16,126,000
7,147,000
13
Buenos Aires, Argentina
15,024,000
10,513,000
14
Calcutta, India
14,766,000
10,890,000
15
Istanbul, Turkey
13,954,000
6,522,000
16
Chongqing, China
12,916,000
4,011,000
17
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12,825,000
9,697,000
18
Manila, Philippines
12,764,000
7,973,000
19
Lagos, Nigeria
12,614,000
4,764,000
20
Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana
12,308,000
10,883,000

*Refers to the urban agglomeration, which would also count the surrounding urban areas in the total.
Source: United Nations, "World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision."

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