Map of the day: 4037 cities of the world

Map created by Fingolas

The map above shows the 4,037 cities in the world that have over 100,000 people living in them.[…]

The top 5 countries with the most 100K+ cities are:

  • India – 328
  • Brazil – 300
  • USA – 295
  • Japan – 263
  • China – 209

In total these cities house around 2.1 billion people or around 28% of the world’s population.

Now if you look at the list above, a few things should jump out at you. For example, how does China, with nearly 1.36 billion people, have 100 fewer 100K+ cities than Brazil, a country with just over 200 million people? Reddit user elefantpp provides a plausible answer:

China defines “cities” differently than most of the western world. In China, the primary subdivision is the province, and some cities are direct-controlled municipalities such as Chongqing which, being on the same level as provinces, take up about the same amount of space!

The Municipality of Chongqing which in countries like Brazil or the US would be multiple cities and some large suburbs in a metro area and then some, are considered a single city. Most cities in China have massive limits from the size of an American county all the way up to a province, including both urban and rural areas.

This is one of the reasons why (other than its large population) that there are a whopping 160 “cities” in China with over a million inhabitants but only 9 in the US. This is also evident if you look at the map. If you zoom in on China, there are far-spaced large bubbles but over Brazil and America, there are large bubbles surrounded by a host of small bubbles.

In China, these would all be consolidated.



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