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List: Top Ten Largest Cities in the World by 2015 (est.) by Number of Inhabitants

Date: January 2007

Source: 'State of the World' report - ONU

Base: All the major cities in the world based on demographic projections.

Notes: In 1950, there were 730 million people living in cities globally. By 2000, that number had grown to 2,800 million. By 2015 the UN is estimating there will be 33 cities with more than 8 million inhabitants and 21 of these will be located on or near the coast, while the total number of city dwellers will have passed 3,200 million - a third of them living in 'the suburbs'.

City

Country

No. Inhabitants (mn.)

Tokyo

Japan

35.5

Bombay

India

22.0

Mexico City

Mexico

21.5

Sao Paulo

Brazil

20.5

New York

USA

19.5

New Delhi

India

18.5

Shanghai

China

17.5

Calcutta

India

17.0

Dakar

Bangladesh

17.0

Jakarta

Indonesia

16.5


   
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