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 2018.
1. Tokyo (Japan)
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 aging one and it is declining.
- An aging population
- Increased lifespan
- Reduced rate of fertility
- Low migration
2. Delhi (India)
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.
3. Shanghai (China)
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.
4. Beijing (China)
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 dye your hair yellow for free.
5. Mumbai (India)
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 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%.
6. Sao Paulo (Brazil)
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.
7. Mexico City
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.
8. Dhaka (Bangladesh)
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.
9. 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.
10. Lagos (Nigeria)
When you mention Nigeria, Lagos automatically pops into your mind. It is the most important state in Nigeria economically and in the top spot among world cities by population.
Housing is a major problem in the country, with many people sleeping under a bridge or on 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.