This article lists the most populous and largest cities in the world according to a concept of city proper. City proper can be defined as “legal or political boundaries and an administratively recognized urban status that is usually characterized by some form of government.” WUP (World Urbanization Prospects) defines as “the living population within the administrative boundary limit of a city.”
1 – Shanghai
Shanghai is the largest city of China regarding to increase of their population. It is the largest and famous proper city in the world. The population of Shanghai is 24 billion in 2013 and cover the area of 6,340.5 square kilometer in which 697 square kilometer have water. The population density of Shanghai is 3,809 square kilometer. It is a global financial center and main transport way world’s busiest container port which is located at Yangtze River Delta in East China. Shanghai is the popular tourist destination for its historical landmarks like The Bund, City God Templeand and Yu Garden.
2 – Karachi
Karachi is capital and old city of province Sindh and the largest and most populous metropolitan city of Pakistan and have main seaport and financial Centre of the Pakistan. It is the 2nd largest city of the world having 6 districts, known as the city of lights and famous for the city which never sleeps. The population of Karachi is 23.5 billion in 2013 and surface area of approximately 3,527 square kilometer have population density is 6000 square kilometer. Karachi is the location of the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim. It is also known as City of the Quaid Great, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, having birth and buried of great leader which is the founder of Pakistan.
3 – Beijing
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and populous city in the world. Beijing means “Northern Capital”, is 3rd large city all over the world located at northern China having 14 urban and suburban districts. The human population of Beijing is 20,150,000 in 2013 and surface area of approximately 16,410.54 square kilometer with population density 1,300 square kilometer. Beijing is the 2nd largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai. It is home of China’s largest state owned companies national highway and high speed rail networks. The Beijing International Airport is the 2nd largest and busiest in the world by passenger traffic. The city have Tianning Pagoda, Corner Towers, Longevity Hill and awarded to host the 2015 World Championships in Athletics.
4 – Delhi
Delhi is the capital city of India established in 1 Feb 1992 located at Northern India. It is the 2nd most populous city in India and 4th largest city all over the world having 11 districts. The population of Delhi is 17,838,842 and surface area of approximately 1,484.0 square kilometer with population density 11,297.01 square kilometer. Delhi have many historical places like Lotus and Akshardham temple and Connaught Place. Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate attracts the peoples all over the world for their amazing beauty.
5 – Lagos
Lagos is the most populous and largest city of Nigeria. It is the 2nd most populous city in Africa and 5th largest city all over the world. The population of Lagos is 7,682,953 and land area is 999.6 square kilometer with population density 20,008 square kilometer. Lagos means “lakes”, known as its music and night life which used to be located in areas around Yaba and Surulere. Lagos contain many Island like Lagos Island, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Eko Atlantic and Iddo. These beautiful places attracts the tourists and visitors to their amazing and eye sight view point. The Lagos Port is Nigeria’s leading port and one of the largest and busiest in Africa.
6 – Tianjin
Tianjin is a metropolis city of china located at northern China. It is dual core city, with its main urban area attached along the Hai River which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers with Grand Canal. It is the 4th largest city of china and ranked as 6th all over the world having 13 districts. The human population of Tianjin is 14,722,000 and surface area of approximately 11,760 square kilometer with population density 1300 square kilometer. The mid of 19th century, it has been a major seaport and gateway to the nation’s capital.
7 – Istanbul
Istanbul is the largest and populous city in Turkey located at north western Turkey within the Marmara Region established in 1930. It is the largest city in the Middle East, and the 7th largest city proper in the world having 39 districts. The human population of Istanbul is 14,377,018 and surface area is 5,196 square kilometer with population density 2767square kilometer. The eye sight view of Istanbul is very attractful due to Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. There are several landmarks in Istanbul including Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapı and Dolmabahçe Palace.
8 – Guangzhou
Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in South China Located at Pearl River. It is largest and populous city of South Central China with national transportation hub and trading port. The human population of Guangzhou is 12,700,800 and surface area is 7,434.4 square kilometer with population density 2000 square kilometer.
9 – Mumbai
Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the largest and populous city of India and the 9th largest city proper in the world having 2 districts. The human population of Mumbai is 12,655,220 and surface area is 603 square kilometer with population density 21000 square kilometer. It was named as wealthiest and alpha world city having Cuffe Parade skyline, the Rajabai Clock Tower, Nariman Point and Taj Mahal Hotel. It is the financial and commercial capital of the country that generates 6.16% of the total GDP.
10 – Moscow
Moscow is the capital city and the most populous, largest federal city of Russia. The city is the center of political, economic, cultural and scientific view. The human population of Moscow is 12,111,194 and surface area is 2,511 square kilometer with population density 4581 square kilometer. It has the largest number of billionaire residents of worlds, has been ranked as the 9th most expensive city in the world by Mercer. Moscow is situated on the Moskva River that make it the world’s most populated inland city having the beautiful and amazing places like Red Square, Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, Poklonnaya Hill, Moscow Monorail, Kolomenskoye and Moscow International Business Center.