View Full Version : World's Largest Metros In 2005

June 22nd, 2005, 12:17 PM
From SSP:

largest metros as of 2005
Rank Metropolitan area name Country Population estimate
1 Tokyo-Yokohama-Kawasaki-Chiba (Greater Tokyo Area) Japan 36,510,000
2 New York City, New York-Newark, New Jersey-Paterson, New Jersey (New York Metropolitan Area) United States 22,310,000
3 Mexico City-Nezahualcóyotl-Ecatepec-Naucalpan(Greater Mexico City) Mexico 22,090,000
4 Seoul-Incheon-Bucheon-Goyang-Seongnam-Suweon (Capital Metropolitan Area) South Korea 21,740,000
5 Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Kalyan-Thane-Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra (Brihanmumbai/Greater Mumbai) India 19,470,000
6 São Paulo-Guarulhos-Santo André-Osasco (Greater São Paulo Area) Brazil 19,090,000
7 Jakarta-Bekasi-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang (Jabodetabek Metropolitan Area) Indonesia 17,590,000
8 Los Angeles-Riverside-Anaheim (Southern California) California, United States 17,540,000
9 Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto or Keihanshin) Japan 17,510,000
10 Delhi, National Capital Territory-Faridabad, Haryana, Gurgaon, Haryana-Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh-Noida, Uttar Pradesh India 17,480,000
11 Manila-Quezon City-Makati City-Caloocan City (Metropolitan Manila) Philippines 16,610,000
12 Greater Cairo, Al Qahirah-Al Jizah-Al Qalyubiyah Governorates Egypt 15,500,000
13 Shanghai Municipality People's Republic of China 14,610,000
14 Kolkata-Howrah, West Bengal India 14,450,000
15 Moscow Russia 14,440,000
16 Buenos Aires (Gran Buenos Aires) Argentina 13,330,000
17 London (Greater London-Surrey-East Berkshire-Buckinghamshire-Hertfordshire-
South Essex-West Kent) United Kingdom 12,420,000
18 Tehran-Karaj Iran 11,890,000
19 Cologne-Bonn-Ruhr Area (Essen-Duisburg- Bochum-Dortmund-Düsseldorf-Wuppertal) Germany 11,780,000
20 Rio De Janeiro-Nova Iguaçu-São Gonçalo-Niterói Brazil 11,720,000
21 Karachi, Sindh Pakistan 11,620,000
22 Istanbul Turkey 11,580,000
23 Paris, Île-de-France France 11,500,000
24 Dhaka Bangladesh 11,490,000
25 Beijing Municipality People's Republic of China 11,240,000
26 Lagos Nigeria 10,690,000
27 Bangkok-Samut Prakarn-Nonthaburi-Pathum Thani Thailand 9,750,000
28 Chicago, Illinois-Gary, Indiana-Kenosha, Wisconsin (Chicagoland) United States 9,420,000
29 Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo 9,120,000
30 Nagoya Japan 8,760,000
31 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region-Shenzhen, Guangdong People's Republic of China 8,720,000
32 Washington, DC-Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area) United States 8,040,000
33 Taipei-Keelung (Taipei-Keelung metropolitan area) Taiwan, Republic of China 8,030,000
34 Bogotá Colombia 7,790,000
35 Lima-Callao (Lima and Callao Metropolitan Area) Peru 7,740,000
36 San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, California (San Francisco Bay Area) United States 7,530,000
37 Chongqing Municipality People's Republic of China 7,480,000
38 Baghdad Iraq 7,410,000
39 Khartoum Sudan 7,320,000
40 Chennai-Tambaram-Avadi-Manali, Tamil Nadu India 6,850,000
41 Johannesburg-Soweto-East Rand-West Rand (Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area) South Africa 6,820,000
42 Amsterdam-Rotterdam (Randstad) Netherlands 6,570,000
43 Shenyang, Liaoning People's Republic of China 6,490,000
44 Lahore, Punjab Pakistan 6,310,000
45 Tianjin Municipality People's Republic of China 6,300,000
46 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Delaware Valley) United States 6,250,000
47 Madrid Spain 6,160,000
48 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 6,140,000
49 Bangalore, Karnataka India 6,060,000
50 Toronto-Hamilton, Ontario (Golden Horseshoe) Canada 6,040,000
51 Boston, Massachusetts, (Greater Boston) United States 5,910,000
52 Hyderabad-Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh India 5,900,000
53 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex) United States 5,900,000
54 Detroit, Michigan-Windsor, Ontario (Metro Detroit) United States,Canada 5,890,000
55 Guangzhou, Guangdong People's Republic of China 5,630,000
56 Algiers Algeria 5,520,000
57 Bandung (Kabupaten Bandung) Indonesia 5,480,000
58 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (Houston Metropolitan Area) United States 5,190,000
59 Singapore City-Johor Bahru Singapore,Malaysia 5,180,000
60 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 5,050,000
61 Ahmedabad, Gujarat India 5,000,000
62 Barcelona Spain 4,970,000
63 Belo Horizonte Brazil 4,920,000
64 Saint Petersburg Russia 4,880,000
65 Santiago Chile 4,840,000
66 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire 4,810,000
67 Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta Metropolitan Area) United States 4,720,000
68 San Diego, California-Tijuana, Baja California
69 Harbin, Heilongjiang People's Republic of China 4,680,000
70 Shantou, Guangdong People's Republic of China 4,680,000
71 Xi'an, Shaanxi People's Republic of China 4,640,000
72 Wuhan, Hubei People's Republic of China 4,600,000
73 Chengdu, Sichuan People's Republic of China 4,570,000
74 Busan Metropolitan City South Korea 4,560,000
75 Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra India 4,500,000
76 Yangon Myanmar 4,480,000
77 Sydney, New South Wales Australia 4,490,000
78 Hangzhou, Zhejiang People's Republic of China 4,390,000
79 Ibadan Nigeria 4,360,000
80 Cape Town South Africa 4,300,000
81 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida (South Florida) United States 4,290,000
82 Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah Governorate Egypt 4,270,000
83 Fukuoka-Kitakyushu Japan 4,260,000
84 Milan Italy 4,240,000
85 Riyadh Saudi Arabia 4,210,000
87 Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 4,010,000
88 Berlin Germany 4,000,000
89 Nanjing, Jiangsu Japan 3,970,000
90 Surabaya, East Java Indonesia 3,890,000
91 Kano Nigeria 3,820,000
93 Phoenix, Arizona (Valley of the Sun) United States 3,790,000
94 Naples Italy 3,770,000
95 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington (Greater Puget Sound) United States 3,770,000
96 Porto Alegre Brazil 3,760,000
97 Athens Greece 3,750,000
98 Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3,730,000
99 Caracas Venezuela 3,720,000
100 Monterrey, Nuevo León Mexico 3,680,000


June 22nd, 2005, 07:51 PM
#2, pretty impressive. 22 million, thats a lot of people. Does anyone know the number of commuters coming INTO the city from outside every weekday?

June 22nd, 2005, 10:32 PM
Being #2 is impressive on its own, but it's still nothing compared to Tokyo. 36 million versus 22 - by far the biggest gap between any two consecutives on that list. I really wanna go to Tokyo at some point. It just seems too massive to even fathom. I mean, how do all these people get to work everyday? It's not like the area is a lot bigger (in square mile terms) than New York's. Anyone here ever been there?

June 23rd, 2005, 09:23 PM
Because Japan is so small geographically, it is densely populated, which means that the cities will naturally be closer to each other.

June 23rd, 2005, 11:51 PM
Great pics Law & Order. I especially like the pic of Tokyo. I don't think I've ever seen the city from that angle, and it looks more impressive than in most other views I've seen. By the way, for anyone who's interested, the second pic in that post is of the world longest suspension bridge - the Akashi Kaikyo -whose towers are nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower. I watched a show about it on national geographic a few days ago. Truly an incredible feat of engineering, especially given its uniquely dangerous position on a very deep channel with 10 mph currents, an active earthquake zone, and a busy shipping route. Japan's building architecture may not be too great, but their bridges are truly the best.

August 3rd, 2005, 03:02 PM
Different countries use different systems and standards when taking census. If we used the same methods as japan does when it dishes out tokyo's #'s, New York City metro would come up a greater number than 36 million. They count each satellite city seemingly no matter how many green belts and miles of forest and fields lie in between (its rediculous). NYC metro would be larger if using their methods. I wont go into depth on it unless someone wants to hear it all. Also, the majority of their buildings are far shorter and huger spaces between but thats a whole nother subject.

August 3rd, 2005, 05:58 PM
A small matter: Singapore's not in Malaysia.

August 3rd, 2005, 06:41 PM
#2, pretty impressive. 22 million, thats a lot of people. Does anyone know the number of commuters coming INTO the city from outside every weekday?

9,423,612 and 8 seeing eye dogs.

August 3rd, 2005, 07:02 PM
Oh thanks! I guessed somewhere around there!

August 3rd, 2005, 08:05 PM
Dissapointed not to see my home city there, Glasgow, 700,000 in city. 1.5 mill in metro! Funny i used to think it was huge but it s like a 30th of tokyo!! I would really like to visit tokyo but i hear its expensive to go there