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This is a list of the largest cities of the world estimated for the year 2005. Definitions for each city and approximate surface area are also indicated. The populations listed are for the city proper and not for the entire metropolitan area. For a list of the most populous metropolitan areas, go to List of metropolitan areas by population. Please read the notes at the end, as there are many exceptions.


Rank City Population Definition Area (km²) Population density (/km²) Country
1 Mumbai 12,778,721 Municipal corporation 440 29,042 Image:Flag of India.svg India
2 Karachi 11,507,254 City District 3,530 3,458 Image:Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
3 Delhi 11,055,365 Municipal corporation 1,400 7,896 Image:Flag of India.svg India
4 São Paulo 11,016,703 [1] City proper 1,520 7,247 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
5 Shanghai 10,840,516 Core districts + inner suburbs 1,600 6,775 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
6 Moscow 10,375,688 City proper (excludes Zelenograd) 1,080 9,607 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Russia
7 Seoul 10,297,004[2] Special City 605.41 17,008 Image:Flag of South Korea (bordered).svg South Korea
8 Istanbul 10,124,000[3] City proper 1,970 5,137 Image:Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
9 Mexico City 8,720,916 Federal District 1,550 5,626 Image:Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
10 Tokyo 8,483,140[4] 23 special wards area 620 13,682 Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Japan
11 Jakarta 8,407,479 Special capital district 660 12,738 Image:Flag of Indonesia (bordered).svg Indonesia
12 New York City 8,143,197[5] City Proper 780 10,439 Image:Flag of the United States.svg United States
13 Beijing 7,741,274 Core districts + inner suburbs 1,370 5,650 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
14 Tehran 7,609,638 City proper 760 11,218 Image:Flag of Iran.svg Iran
15 London 7,517,700 Greater London 1,580 4,697 Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
16 Cairo 7,438,376 Governorate 210 35,420 Image:Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
17 Bogotá 7,321,831 Distrito Capital 1,590 4,523 Image:Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia
18 Lagos 7,181,111 City core (old city proper) 330 21,760 Image:Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria
19 Lima 6,872,766 30 districts 804.3 8,545 Image:Flag of Peru.svg Peru
20 Hong Kong 6,752,001 Special Administrative Region 1092 6,183 Image:Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong
21 Dhaka 6,724,976 [6] Urban area 200 30,403 Image:Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
22 Bangkok 6,542,751 Urban area 1,100 6,311 Image:Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand
23 Lahore 6,192,853 City District 1,010 6,329 Image:Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
24 Rio de Janeiro 6,136,652 [7] City proper 1,180 5,200 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
25 Baghdad 5,556,562 Image:Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq
26 Bengalooru 5,158,019 Municipal corporation 230 22,426 Image:Flag of India.svg India
27 Wuhan 5,147,431 Urban area 400 12,868 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
28 Tianjin 5,083,657 Urban Area Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
29 Chongqing 4,865,499 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
30 Santiago 4,810,997 Image:Flag of Chile (bordered).svg Chile
31 Saint Petersburg 4,661,219 (Census 2002) City proper 1,439 3,330 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Russia
32 Kolkata 4,651,322 Municipal corporation Image:Flag of India.svg India
33 Pune 4,485,000 Municipal Corporation 700 6,407 Image:Flag of India.svg India
34 Singapore 4,408,220 Country 699 6,306 Image:Flag of Singapore (bordered).svg Singapore
35 Kinshasa 4,385,264 Image:Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of the Congo
36 Chennai 4,368,883 Municipal corporation Image:Flag of India.svg India
37 Shenyang 4,111,624 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
38 Guangzhou 4,056,025 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
39 Los Angeles 3,844,829[8] City proper 1,290 2,980 Image:Flag of the United States.svg United States
40 Ahmedabad 3,796,043 Municipal corporation 190 19,979 Image:Flag of India.svg India
41 Sydney 3,774,894 Urban area 1,690 2,234 Image:Flag of Australia.svg Australia
42 Busan 3,657,840 [9] 223 dong 763.46 4,791 Image:Flag of South Korea (bordered).svg South Korea
43 Alexandria 3,693,412 Governorate 2,680 1,378 Image:Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
44 Hyderabad 3,619,856 Municipal corporation 170 21,293 Image:Flag of India.svg India
45 Yokohama 3,600,175 [10] City proper 440 8,182 Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Japan
46 Ankara 3,561,187 City proper 2,500 1,424 Image:Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
47 Casablanca 3,462,648 Image:Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
48 Ho Chi Minh City 3,407,129 City core (old city proper) Image:Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam
49 Berlin 3,405,250 State 892 3,818 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Germany
50 Madrid 3,155,359 Municipal Corporation 607 5,198 Image:Flag of Spain.svg Spain

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