According to the latest report “Prospects for World Urbanization” of the Un, in the year 2050 two thirds of the world population will be concentrated in urban areas. It appears that the greatest growth will occur in countries in Asia and Africa such as China, India and Nigeria. The most surprising thing, yes, is the population growth that is expected for this date. And it seems that we will exceed 6,000 million inhabitants, when the planet currently has 3,900 million.
Today at Hard Hobbit To Break we want to take a tour of the cities most populated at the moment although, as we have just mentioned, it is a list that will change in the coming years. Do you want to join us?
Tokyo is, today, the most populous city in the world, with 38 million inhabitants. In fact, it is considered the city with the most inhabitants since 1965. And it is that the administrative capital of Japan concentrates 10% of the total population of the country, having 14,000 people per square meter. The funny thing is that it is not a place with large skyscrapers, since there is a high risk of an earthquake. Thus, buildings do not usually exceed 10 floors. Of course, it is one of the cities in Japan that has more jobs and leisure places, so it is logical that it attracts so many young people.
Although it does not coincide with the UN data, according to Citypopulation, a company that is responsible for carrying out population statistics in countries, administrative areas, cities and agglomerations, the second most populous city on the planet is Guangzhou, China, which has 32.6 million inhabitants. The capital of the Canton province, also known as Canton, is the most important city in the south of the country, partly due to its location. And it is located on the Pearl River, it is very close to Hong Kong, which has made it develop very quickly.
We follow in China to tell you about the third most populous city according to Citypopulation. This is Shanghai, which has 29.6 million inhabitants. It is practically equidistant between Beijing and Hong Kong and is located in the Yangtze River Delta. One of the reasons that this city is so populated is its economic success. Of course, it should be borne in mind that since the 1990s population growth has been slower than in the 1950s and 1980s, when the increase was very rapid.
The fourth most populous city in the world is located in Indonesia. This is Jakarta which, according to Citypopulation, has a population of 27 million inhabitants. The bad thing is that, as it is a city that is still developing, it is suffering from urbanization problems. In fact, the government has been surprised by the increase in population, so it has not been able to provide basic needs to its inhabitants.
Tokyo is followed by New Delhi, which, as you know, is the capital of the India. As of today it has 25 million inhabitants, although it is expected to reach 36 million in 2030.
The other five most populous cities in the world
New Delhi is followed by Seoul (South Korea), with 24.2 million inhabitants; Karachi (Pakistan), with 23.2 million; Bombay (India), with 22.6 million; Manila (Philippines), with 22.5 million; and Mexico City, with 22.2 million.
Top 20 Most Populated Cities in The World 1500 to 2100 (History + Projection) (November 2023)
- Bombay, Mexico City, cities, Guangzhou, Karachi, Manila, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Jakarta