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10 Most Populated Cities In The World, 2021

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India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by 2027. Meanwhile, Nigeria will surpass the U.S. as the third-largest country in the world in 2047, according to the projections. With the population of the world growing posthaste, many cities around the world are bursting at the seams. 

10 Most Populated Cities In The World

10. Osaka, Japan

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Osaka is a city located in Japan. It is in the Kansai region which is famous for its rich cultural scene. In fact, the region has often been referred to as the cultural heart of the country. Osaka is a melting pot of ethnicities as it has many foreigners living in a charming city.

This has led to Osaka becoming one of the most populated cities in the world with a population of 19,222,665 as of 2021. Although this is a decline since 2017 when Osaka had a population of roughly 20,337,000.


9. Beijing, China

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Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world, a blend of traditional as well as modern aesthetics. Beijing has a rich history that dates back over three millennia. With a population of 20.35 million, Beijing makes up a sizeable chunk of the 1.4 billion population of China.


8. Mumbai, India

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Mumbai is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India. It is also one of the most populated cities in the world. The city has a metro population of about 20.41 million. As Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, the city sees a large number of migrants seeking better business and employment opportunities. Mumbai is also home to Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi.


7. Cairo, Egypt

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Similar to Dhaka, Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and the country’s capital. Located close to the Nile Delta, Cairo boasts of a history dating as far back as CE 969. Cairo has been immortalized in many movies as well as literature. The city offers many state-of-the-art universities as well as medical centers that explain its popularity. The city has a population of around 20.90 million making it one of the most populated cities in the world.


6. Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh. Apart from being one of the largest cities in the country, it is also one of the most populated cities in the world. Dhaka is the economic, political, and cultural center of Bangladesh. Located along the Buriganga River, Dhaka has a population of over 21 million.


5. Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. The city has a long and rich history. It is one of the largest financial centers in the continent. In addition, it is also the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country. Mexico City is also a cultural hub that celebrates the modern as well as the ancient with a staggering population of 21.78 million.


4. Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It is also the largest city proper in the Americas and the southern hemisphere. In addition, it’s also one of the top 10 largest metropolitan areas in the world.

Sao Paulo is an alpha global city that is also the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world. The city has strong art, entertainment, finance, and commerce influence. It is also host to the largest gay pride parade in the world.

It’s no wonder people want to live in this city and it’s over 22 million population is proof of that, making it one of the most populated cities in the world.


3. Shanghai, China

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Shanghai is China’s largest as well as the most populated city. It is a major financial hub of the country. The city, which is also referred to as the Paris of the East, is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River. This city is certainly not for the claustrophobic as it has a population of over 27 million.


2. Delhi, India

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Delhi is the capital city of India. The city richly seeps in culture. In fact, Old Delhi, a neighborhood that dates back to the 1600s, is also home to the imposing Red Fort. In addition, Delhi’s Khari Baoli market is Asia’s largest wholesale spice market.

It is a massive metropolitan area that accommodates over 30 million people. This caused an issue recently when hundreds of migrant workers walked back home during the coronavirus pandemic as Delhi had been shut down.


1. Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the most populated city in the world. Located at the head of Tokyo Bay, Tokyo is the political, economic, and cultural center of Japan. The country has an estimated population of over 37.39 million.


For the first time in modern history, the world’s population is expected to virtually stop growing by the end of this century, due in large part to falling global fertility rates, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the United Nations.

By 2100, the world’s population is projected to reach approximately 10.9 billion, with annual growth of less than 0.1% – a steep decline from the current rate. Between 1950 and today, the world’s population grew between 1% and 2% each year, with the number of people rising from 2.5 billion to more than 7.7 billion.

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