Big cities with even bigger populations.
The largest cities in the world, in terms of sheer population size, are also some of the best vacation spots. After all, they’re rife with locals who can provide fresh and varied cultural perspectives and (of course) travel tips.
According to the United Nations, “cities” can be defined in numerous ways, one being the “city proper”, which demarcates a city by its legal and “administrative boundaries,” like the government.
If you want to take the “urban agglomeration” or “metropolitan area” approach to finding the largest cities on Earth, you’ll need to expand the boundary lines of a city further. Take into consideration the surrounding urban area as a whole, linked by factors like commuting patterns, which account for the millions of people who might work and study in the city.
New York City, for example: its population totals on this list, which was culled from UN data, include the five boroughs and surrounding large cities, like Newark, New Jersey.
Shanghai, ranked at No. 3, is the only true “city proper” in the top 10, while five other Asian cities dominate the bunch with populations that sometimes span hundreds of miles. Spend five minutes in buzzing Tokyo, and you’ll find out what it’s like to share space with its 38 million residents.
From top-rated restaurants to world-famous landmarks and attractions — and sure, unparalleled traffic jams — these metros are home to as many discoveries as they are people. Read on.