The information was compiled by the United Nations Populations Division. These folks did their best to estimate how many humans live in these cities but populations are fluid with untold numbers of people moving in and moving out each day. This is especially true in developing nations. That said, here are their latest rankings.
1. Tokyo, Japan comes in on top with 38,341,000. The world's largest urban area has a population that is greater than all of Canada!
2. Delhi, India comes in next with a staggering 26,454,000 residents. Delhi, India, is projected to gain almost 10 million people by 2030 to end up with a population of about 36,060,000 and remain in second place.
3. Shanghai, China boasts a population of 24,484,000. Shanghai's estimated population of 30,751,000 in 2030 will keep it at the number three spot.
4. Mumbai, India currently has a population of 21,357,000 people. This colorful city should remain right where it is on the world's rankings in 2030, with an expected population of 27,797,000.
5. Next on the list is Sao Paulo, Brazil with an estimated population of 21, 297,000. Asia and Africa are foreseen to have the most growth in the coming decades. As a result, in 2030, São Paulo, Brazil's projected 23,444,000 population will be only No. 11 on the world's most populous cities list. That's a slip in the rankings that the Brazilians probably won't mind having.
6. Beijing, China is next with a population of 21,240,000. The UN Population Division forecasts Beijing, China, to rise to No. 5 on the list with 27,706,000 people in 2030, even though after that year the country's population may start to decline, based on birth estimates and an aging population.
7. This next city kind of surprised me. Mexico City has a population of 21,157,00 inhabitants. In 2030, Mexico City is anticipated to still be in the top 10 in population and the largest in the Western Hemisphere with 23,865,000 people, just edging out São Paulo, Brazil, from the top 10.
8. Osaka, Japan comes in at the eighth spot with a population of 20,337. Tokyo isn't the only Japanese city projected to drop, as the country is experiencing negative population growth. Osaka's estimated number in 2030 is 19,976,000.
9. Cairo, Egypt is next on the list with a whopping 19,128,000 people. Cairo, Egypt, has been a major city for a thousand years and should continue in the top 10 in population in 2030 with a possible 24,502,000 people living there.
And rounding out the top ten is
10. New York City - Newark, New Jersey, USA with an amazing 18, 604,00 people. Demographers anticipate the metropolitan statistical area of New York, New York, and Newark, New Jersey, to keep growing to 19,885,000, but that growth could be slow enough by comparison to fast-growing areas to knock it out of the world's top 10 by 2030.
So where do the other cities that I named rank? Los Angeles comes in at number 21 with an estimated population of 12,317. The Los Angeles metropolitan statistical area might not be anticipated to grow quickly, but it should still reach about 13,257,000 in 2030. paris, France comes in at only number 25 with a population of 10,925,000. The Western cultural center of Paris, France, may still be growing (projected 11,803,000 in 2030), but it won't be fast enough to stay in the top 30 cities, possibly falling to No. 33. And London, England is only number 29 on the UN list of the top 30 largest cities. London currently has 10,434,000 residents. Another European city expected to fall out of the top 30 cities to No. 36, London still expects growth, albeit slow, to 11,467,000 in 2030.
Happy Tuesday, everybody. Please stop back by tomorrow when my wise and wonderful teacher, The Dharma Frog, will be here to share a valuable life lesson with us. Until then,