Top 10 Most Populated Cities in the World

The most densely populated cities in the world are generally also the biggest financial centers. The largest city in the world by population is also one where job opportunities are the highest. Here is a list of the most crowded cities of the world in 2017.

Job Prospects

The most populated cities of the world continue to grow in size as well. It is interesting to note that some of the most populated cities in US and the world are also among the largest cities of the world with respect to the land area.

We humans tend to huddle together and there’s any number of good reasons for this. But the simplest reason of them all is that cities are where we are able to find plenty of work.

Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The UN expects this figure to go up to 66% by the year 2050, with most of it concentrated in Asia and in Africa.

Here’s to the Top 10 Most Populated Cities in the World!!!

  1. Tokyo (Japan) Most Populated City in the World 2017

Tokyo (Japan) Most Populated City in the World 2017

The growth of this city only started during the Tokugawa Shogunate. In 1500, the population was just a few thousands. It had grown to around 1,000,000 during the 1700 and the greater metropolis now has a population of more than 36 million. But the population is an ageing one and it is declining.

  • An ageing population

An ageing population

  • Increased lifespan
  • Reduced rate of fertility
  • Low migration
  1. Delhi (India) – One of the 10 most populated cities in the world?

Delhi (India) – One of the 10 most populated cities in the world

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It stands 2nd among the most populated cities of the world. Delhi has been populated right from 600 BC. In fact, the city is also mentioned in Mahabharata, a great Indian epic, which took place some centuries before 600 BC.

The population is estimated around 27 million today, only second to Tokyo. But in contrast to Tokyo, The UNDESA population divisions state that the population is expected to increase by 2030 to around 36 million, making it the most populous city in the country.

  1. Shanghai (China)

Shanghai (China) is among the biggest cities in the world by population

Check out the biggest city in the world by population. Shanghai is one of the biggest bases of industrial technology in the country and it is natural that people are drawn to this city making it the most densely populated city. It boasts of around 25 million residents.

However, though it is among the biggest cities in the world by population, a part of it is a floating type. Shanghai offers endless opportunities for jobs in different industries. It’s an international city and the financial powerhouse of the country.

  1. Beijing (China) – among the Top 10 populated cities

Beijing is a central trading point and is one of the biggest metropolises of China and one of the highest population cities.  It is the capital of the world’s 2nd biggest economy and is a magnet for industrial professionals.

The population has been growing at a breakneck speed and the city continues to grow at around 22 million today. It is expected that the population will be around 50 million by 2050.

The environment is safe, but on the flip side, it is also heavily polluted with several polluted rivers. The sandstorms contribute to the dust/smoke in the city. You could die your hair yellow for freeJ

Beijing China The sandstorms contribute to the dust smoke in the city

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  1. Mumbai

Mumbai shares its top spot with Sao Paulo and has a population of around 21 million, making it the most populous city in the world.

Mumbai the most crowded city in the world

Mumbai is experiencing explosive population growth as it is the major melting point for migrants looking for employment options. This has led to serious health problems. 41.3% of the residents live in slums in Great Mumbai.

Dharavi is the 3rd biggest slum in Asia with around 1 million people living here, making Mumbai the most crowded city in the world. Surprisingly, the literacy rate here is the highest in the country, at around 69%.

  1. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil most densely populated cities in the world

It is among the largest cities in the world by population and also the most important cultural and financial center. The metropolitan is home to more than 21 million people.

You can see a large ethnic diversity in the population with many Germans, Swiss as well as Portuguese and Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese immigrants arriving.

The population continues growing. According to UN projections, Sau Paulo will reach the figure of 23 million by 2030.

  1. Mexico City – Top Contender for the Most Populous Cities

Mexico City – Top Contender for the Most Populous Cities

You would truly be left open-mouthed at the enormous size of the city, home to more than 20 million people. More than 600,000 people from the US live here, which is saying a lot.

With such a large population, it is only natural that social and economic problems like pollution, poor standards of living, increasing crime, health and housing issues also follow.

  1. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh most crowded city in the world

While considering cities by population, Greater Dhaka has a population of more than 18 million, with an annual growth rate of 4.2%. There are many international businesses located here, which has led to increased rural migration making it the most populated cities in the world.

  1. Karachi, Pakistan

It is among the largest cities by population, estimated at around 16 million with a very high density as well. However, more than half the population lives in slums and 90% of them are migrants.

Karachi comes with all the trappings of a populated city, like poor sanitation, unorganized labor and insufficient transit facilities.

  1. Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria populated cities in the world

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When you mention Nigeria, Lagos automatically pops into your mind. It is the most important state of Nigeria economically and in the top slot among world cities by population.

Housing is a major problem in the country, with many people sleeping under a bridge or in buses and boats. For instance, the Ilaje area in Bariga has many people living in slums, as it is among the most populated cities in the world.

Wrap Up

Push and pull factors can be held responsible for the most populated cities in the world. People are pushed out of their current locations due to problems, and pulled into moving to greener pastures, better job opportunities and new locations.

You can surely expect better work and more pay in cities. Another reason is that there’s safety in numbers.

On the other hand, such densely populated cities, such as Mumbai, are filled with slums. Kibera is a case in point. It is just about 5 km from the center of the Nairobi city, but notorious for the metal shacks so close to the railway lines.

The flip side to a populous city is that the environment is more efficient, with affluent people deriving more benefits of the city.

At the end of the day, it all depends on your affordability. So, what do you say? Let’s make the queues shorter because overpopulation seems to be one of the biggest challenges of our cities.

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