The population in cities around the world has been a hot topic for years. While some nations want more children, there are some nations (China) that have tried to keep the population low by having a child limit per family. That has been a debated policy, but Chinese officials say that the policy will remain throughout the foreseeable future.
Even with their child limit, the nation has still seen its population rise. While the famous Southeast Asian nation does sit at the top of the board as the most populated country in the world, it is home to only the fifth-most populated city on the globe.
Based on 2012 Census figures, what are the most populated cities in the world?
10 Mexico City, Mexico, 19,463,000
The capital city in Mexico, Mexico City is an important financial city for North America. The gross domestic property (GDP) of the city is $390 billion U.S., which made it the eighth richest metropolitan area in the world. The money in the city made up 21 percent of the nation's GDP. The city was built by the Aztec's and was nearly destroyed in the siege of Tenochtitlan in 1521. After being rebuilt, the city officially became known as Ciudad de Mexico.
9 Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20,186,000
Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the most populated in South America. The city features numerous tourist attractions, ranging from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art to the ATP Brasil Open to the Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1 Sao Paulo. Experts believe that between 2011 and 2025, the city will have one of the highest economic growths of any city in the world, trailing only New York City, U.S. and Tokyo, Japan. The city will be one of several in the country that will play host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
8 New York City, United States, 20,464,000
The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. The Center of the Universe. These are all names given to the most populated city in North America. The city is home the United Nations headquarters, as well as other important businesses in the travel, finance, and entertainment industries. The city consists of five boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island – that were all consolidated into one city in 1898. It is considered to be one of the most populated cities in the world and on any given day can feature more than 800 different languages being spoken.
7 7.Karachi, Pakistan, 20,711,000
Karachi is as important to Pakistan as New York City is to America and Sao Paulo is to Brazil. It is the financial hub of the nation, as well as its largest city and main seaport. It has a density of nearly 6,000 people per sq. kilometer and is the most populated city in the country. Among the industries that are included in their textiles are automotive, fashion, publishing, and medical research. The city was the capital of Pakistan until Islamabad was constructed to spread development around the country evenly.
6 6.Manila, Philippines (20,767,000)
One city that is often over-looked when talking about the most populated in the world is Manila. Most sport fans know the city for being the host of one of the greatest boxing matches in history with the “Thrilla in Manila,” featuring Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. Manilla is the capital city of the nation and one of 16 cities that make up the national capital region of Metro Manila. Manila is known for their arts, education, commerce, healthcare, professional services, tourism, and more. These strengths make it the center of the nation in historical, cultural, economic, and educational areas.
5 Shanghai, China, 20,860,000
Home to the busiest container port on the globe, Shanghai is a leader in many things in the region, from finance to fashion. The most populated city in China is considered the financial hub of Asia Pacific. The booming Chinese economy can be summed up all within the city of Shanghai. The city got its name, which means “Upon-the-Sea,” from its old location under the Tang Dynasty when it sat right on the sea. Another nickname for this Chinese hub: “The Paris of the East.”
4 Delhi, India, 22,242,000
The fourth most populated city in the world is in northern India and includes the nation’s capital city of New Delhi. Dating back to the sixthcentury BC, history lies behind every corner in this large metropolis. Delhi is known for its large consumer market, attracting many foreign investors. Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and could jump to the top of this list in the next few years if it continues to grow at such a high rate.
3 Seoul, South Korea, 22,547,000
Over half of South Koreans call the city of Seoul home, as well as over 600,000 international residents. Abounding with history, the South Korean capital contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most visited national park in the world is that of Mt. Bukhan, one of the many mountains surrounding Seoul. Aside from rich history and nature, Seoul also has the world’s fourth highest GDP, only behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, U.S.
2 Jakarta, Indonesia, 26,062,000
This southeastern city was established in the fourth century and possesses the official name of Jabodetabek. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, a nation made up of more than 17,000 islands, and calls the island of Java home. Fun fact: Jakarta is viewed as the Indonesian equivalent to New York City (the Big Apple) and so Jakarta is nicknamed Big Durian.
1 Tokyo, Japan, 37,126,000
The capital of the island nation of Japan sits up top as the largest metropolitan area on Earth. This thriving urban metropolis takes first place in another category as well: home to the highest number of Fortune Global 500 companies of any other city. A candidate to host for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo is also considered one of the three “command centers” for the world economy, along with New York City and London, England.
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