Our world is set to undergo a dramatic shift as urbanization continues to rise. By 2030, an estimated 38% of the global population will call massive cities their home. These urban giants are expanding, absorbing neighbouring regions, and luring diverse talents. Join us on a virtual journey through some of the world’s most densely populated cities, each with its unique tapestry of history, culture, and challenges.
With a staggering population of 31.2 million, Delhi, a blend of ancient and modern, is poised to overtake Tokyo by 2030. Despite enduring the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi remains the gateway to the Indian subcontinent, with an enduring history shaped by invasions and conquests.
Shanghai, home to 27 million people, reigns as the world’s most populous city within the most populous nation. Known for its economic prowess, cultural richness, and maritime prominence, it’s often referred to as the “Paris of the East.”
São Paulo, Brazil
With a population of 22.2 million, São Paulo is Latin America’s economic and financial powerhouse, celebrated for its remarkable ethnic diversity and vibrant Pride marches.
The world’s wealthiest and most populous city, Tokyo, with 37.3 million residents, seamlessly blends futuristic vision with ancestral traditions, tracing its roots from a humble fishing village to Asia’s first metropolis.
Dhaka, home to 21.7 million, thrives on a well-developed textile industry but grapples with high pollution levels due to population density and industrial activity.
Mexico City, Mexico
With nearly 21.9 million residents, Mexico City, built atop the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, faces challenges of housing, public services, and sprawling slums.
Beijing’s population, at 20.9 million, is expected to skyrocket to 50 million by 2050, offering a growing quality of life and a surging number of billionaires.
India’s financial epicentre with 20.7 million inhabitants, houses both an internationally-minded elite and those grappling with declining living standards in sprawling slums.
Egypt’s capital, home to 21.3 million, stands as the largest city in Africa and the Arab world, boasting rich pharaonic, Coptic, and Islamic heritage.
New York, U.S.
With 19.1 million residents, New York remains one of the world’s most famous and coveted cities, renowned for finance, culture, and towering skyscrapers.
Osaka, Japan’s second most populous city, is home to 19.11 million inhabitants, driven by economic significance and historical prominence.
Chongqing, with a population of around 16.4 million, thrives as a result of China’s interior economic development, witnessing rapid growth and modernization.
Karachi, with 16.5 million residents, serves as Pakistan’s economic center, though half of its population resides in sprawling slums.
Istanbul’s 15.4 million residents represent 30% of Turkey’s economy, straddling continents and flourishing as a cultural and industrial hub.
With a population of 15 million, Kolkata’s history as a major port and industrial center continues to attract diverse populations, creating a unique blend of cultures.
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