10 Most Over-Crowded Cities of the World

10 Most Over-Crowded Cities of the World

Updated on August 06, 2022 20:04 PM by Anna P

We all know how fast the world population is growing right now. The world population as of 2022 is over 7.9 billion, estimated to reach 9.9 billion by the year 2050.

Considering the level of urban development growing worldwide, it is estimated that 60% of the population worldwide would live in urban areas by 2030.

The wish to have a luxurious lifestyle, stable economy, technological advancement, improved healthcare facilities, job opportunities, quality education, business, and various other factors are the driving force behind the rapid expansion of urban areas. Due to this, cities are transforming into Megacities.

You may be surprised to know that 10 of the largest cities in the world are home to over 200 million people out of a total population of 7.9 billion. 

To know more about these megacities and their population, let us go through the 2022 list of the most overcrowded cities in the world.

Tokyo – japan

Population – 37,339,804

Tokyo is the largest city in the world in terms of population. The city is located in Japan and serves as that country's capital.

The city has a total area of 847.14 sq miles. This makes it Japan's 45th largest city.

Tokyo, the largest metropolis worldwide, is widely known for its restaurants and world-class food.

The summer Olympics and Paralympics held several big international events in Tokyo.

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Delhi – India

Population – 31,181,376

Seeing the population, it is no surprise that the city is number two on our list.

Delhi is the most populated city in India and is situated in the north-central part of the country.

It is also called the National Capital Territory. Apart from being the most populous city, it is also the second richest city and one of India's top two productive cities.

Delhi is the largest metropolitan in area terms in India and the second largest metropolitan in the world.

Shanghai – China

Population – 27,795,702

The city of Shanghai is one of the four directly-administered municipalities by the People’s Republic of China.

Shanghai is usually regarded as the economic capital of China as it is a hub of finance, business, tourism, research, education, transportation, manufacturing, culture, and science & technology.

One of the largest seaports and also one of the tallest buildings in the world, known as Shanghai Tower, are found in this city.

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Sao Paulo – Brazil

Population – 22,237,472

Sao Paulo is situated in the southeastern region of the country. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world.

The city was founded in the year 1554 and is named after the Apostle – the Saint Paul of Tarsus. It also has some nicknames: Sampa, Pauliceia, and Terra da Garoa, meaning the Land of Drizzle.

 FIFA World Cup 2014 was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Mexico City - Mexico

Population - 21,918,936

Mexico City is situated in the Mexican valley and is regarded as the capital of Mexico.   

It is among the most populated cities in Northern America. The city was founded in 1325 and was called Mexico-Tenochtitlan So far, it has been renamed thrice. The third and the last time was on January 29, 2016, as it was given its current name Ciudad de Mexico. The general name still is Mexico City.

The city is a major tourist attraction as tourists love to visit the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), the Templo Mayor and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan, and other historic sites.

Dhaka – Bangladesh

Population – 21,741,090

Dhaka is Bangladesh's largest as well as the capital city. The country's 35% of the economy comes from Dhaka, a hub for entertainment, commercial and financial activities.

 It is also called Dacca sometimes and has some nicknames like City of Mosques and Cty of Magic. 

Rickshaws, art festivals, cuisines, and other religious diversities are some of the common cultures of Dhaka.

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Cairo – Egypt

Population – 21,322,750

Cairo is Egypt's largest and capital city. It is situated in the country's northern region on the banks of the R. Nile. Fatimid Dynasty founded the city in 969 AD.

 The city is regarded as the largest Metropolitan in the Middle East and the Arab sphere in general. That's not all; Cairo is also among the largest cities in Africa.

Many historical places and Egyptian museums in Cairo, like Al Azhar Mosque, the Pyramids of Giza, the Cairo Egyptian Museum, Maze of Khan el-Khalili, and Coptic Cairo.

Cairo's nickname is the City of Thousand Minarets.

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Beijing – China

Population – 20,896,820

Beijing is located in China's northern region, and sometimes it is also called Peking.

The largest state-owned companies in China and the Fortune Global 500 companies worldwide are located in Beijing.

One of the city's airports is the second busiest airport in the world regarding passenger traffic. As Beijing houses the highest number of billionaires, it is considered the world's billionaire capital.

Several big international sporting events were held in Beijing, including the 2008 Summer Olympics and Summer Paralympics 2008.

Mumbai – India

Population – 20,667,656

Mumbai was earlier known as Bombay. It is called the financial capital of India.

It is well known all over the world for its Bollywood movie industry. The city is home to the country's highest count of millionaires and billionaires.

According to Mercer, Mumbai is India’s most expensive city. 

Mumbai has several nicknames the Gateway of India, Indian Bollywood, City of Dreams, and City of Seven Islands.

Osaka – Japan

Population – 19,110,616

Osaka is located on Japan's south-central island of Honshu. It is popular for its street food and is also called the street food capital of Japan.

Despite its huge population, it is considered among the safest cities in the world.

The city houses famous landmarks of Japan, such as Osaka University, Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle, and more.  


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