More than half of the world population lives in urban areas, and this percentage is expected to rise to 66% in 2050. And not necessarily by the existence of millions of cities, but because the cities that exist are getting bigger. A clear example is Spain, where over 70% of stocks are considered peoples, while most of the population lives in a city. According to the UN, in 2014 there were in the world a total of 28 ‘megacities’ totalling 453 million people. It is also expected that more than 40 cities with over 10 million inhabitants in 2030. Of the nearly thirty ‘megacities’ there at present, 16 are in Asia, four in Latin America, three in Africa, three in Europe and two in North America. Tokyo is the most populous city in the world, though its population is expected to fall, continue to hold the top spot for many years, while New Delhi is growing. Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Populated Cities in the World 2015.
10. Cairo with 18.5 million
Also known as the city of 1,000 minarets, is the most populous city in the Arab world and globally ranks tenth with over 18 million inhabitants.
09. New York with 18.5 million residents
The city of New York, with 8 million people in the city and about 22 million in the metropolitan area, with a population density of 6,731 inhabitants per square kilometer, is the most populous city in the United States, being a global city, as its leadership in the world in terms of finance, commerce, politics, media, fashion, entertainment, being clear their influence on the challenge of the world.
08. Beijing with just under 20 million
Beijing is one of the most populated cities in China, only surpassed by Shanghai in terms of population. It is also a major transportation hub, as it has multiple railroads, highways and roads. It is now recognized as the cultural, political and social heart of China.
07. Osaka with 21 million inhabitants
With a population of about 16 million 800 thousand inhabitants, one of the main challenges facing Osaka is transportation. The train is the required medium, representing 31 percent of total trips; followed shipments walk (27 percent) and cycling (23 percent); while the mobilization cars represents only 15 percent and two percent buses. The issue of water is also a priority, despite the development of policies for their care, including pipes for recycling gray water and rain, an estimated seven percent of drinking water is lost through leakage.
06. Sao Paulo with 21 million residents
With 21.2 million registered inhabitants, the world’s ninth largest city. Mustsee places are Avenida Paulista, Sunday markets in Freedom Square, Garden District, the Football Museum and the Pinacoteca do Estado.
05. Mumbai with about 21 million citizens
(India) is a city of 20 million people. It is also the most important port city of the Indian subcontinent, it accounts for 40% of traffic outside the country. The demographics are changing and growing daily so that the figures are in March 2013.
04. Mexico City with 21 million people
The Mexican capital is a celebration of contrasts where ancient and modern coexist in harmony. Here you can find an Aztec temple in the midst of very modern buildings and centres of Aztec heritage scattered throughout the city, museums, art galleries, monuments and archaeological sites to visit. Mexico City is the largest city in North America. The city was built by the Aztecs as a lake known as Tenochtitlan in 1325. The city was destroyed by the Spanish in 1521 and rebuilt in 1524 by the Spanish.
03. Shanghai with 23 million
Third most populous city on the planet is Shanghai, China, with 32.6 million of inhabitants. The provincial capital Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the most important city in the south, partly because of its location. And it is located on the Pearl River, is very close to Hong Kong, which has made it develops very quickly.
02. New Delhi has 25 million people
A housing shortage also adds the water, since in Delhi there is a 24% gap between demand and actual supply of this commodity, according to government data. In fact, experts estimate that between 1950 and 2050 water availability in India will fall from 5,177 cubic meters per person in 1140 due to the ever increasing population.
01. Tokyo is the most populous city in the world with 38 million people
1965 Tokyo became the most populous city in the world and until now still is. In fact, the city centre and its metropolis has 35 million inhabitants, above cities like Mexico and New York. Tokyo is the administrative capital of Japan. To some extent, its overcrowding concentrated because 10% of the total population of Japan. The centre of Tokyo’s 23 wards occupy one third of the metropolis. Tokyo is one of the main urban centres of the planet. It is the political and financial capital of Japan. Nevertheless, it is not a city with skyscrapers, as it is an area with a significant risk of earthquakes. The buildings are rarely more than 10 floors.