The 50 Largest Cities in the World

Some of the world's largest cities are shutting down (or have been shutdown) in order to take precautions and stifle the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. It can be easy to feel like you're in the center of the universe, until something like this reminds you just how big the world is, and how fast it moves. Per data from World Population Review, here's a list of the world's 50 largest cities, by population. Don't say we never taught you anything!

Tokyo, Japan

2019 Population: 37,435,191

Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and the largest city in the world by population. It includes part of both the main island and the Izu and Ogasawara islands.

Delhi, India

2019 Population: 29,399,141

Delhi, which houses the Indian capital New Delhi, is the second-wealthiest city in India behind Mumbai. The city has a long history as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. Unfortunately, it is also considered one of the world's most polluted cities, by particulate matter concentration.

Shanghai, China

2019 Population: 26,317,104

Shanghai is the most populous urban area in China, and is a global economic and transportation center. It has its own distinctive dialect, and is home to a variety of religions, including Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism.

São Paulo, Brazil

2019 Population: 21,846,507

Located in the southeastern part of the country, São Paulo is not only the most populous city in Brazil, but also in the Western and Southern hemispheres. It is considered a “melting pot” of cultures, and is home to the largest Arab, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese diasporas. Fun fact: Its Gay Pride Parade rivals New York City's as the largest in the world.

México City, México

2019 Population: 21,671,908

With a rich history, México City is the oldest capital city in the Americas, and one of two founded by indigenous populations (the other is Quito, Ecuador). The city's politics include a number of progressive policies, such as abortion on demand, no-fault divorce, same-sex marriage, and limited elective euthanasia.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

2019 Population: 20,283,552

Dhaka is one of the major cities of East Asia, and has been inhabited since the first millennium. It is bounded by four different rivers, and accounts for up to 35 percent of Bangladesh's economy.

Cairo, Egypt

2019 Population: 20,484,965

The largest Arab city is also the largest metropolitan area in Africa, as well as in the Middle East. It is of course home to the pyramids of Giza and the ancient city of Memphis, and lots of Islamic architecture.

Beijing, China

2019 Population: 20,035,455

Beijing is a leading center for culture, politics, business, education, language, science, and technology. The city contains 91 universities and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Mumbai, India

2019 Population: 20,185,064

Mumbai is the wealthiest city in India, and is made up of seven islands. It is one of the world's top ten centers of commerce. The country's premier scientific and nuclear institutes are also located in Mumbai.

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