Cities: largest (without surrounding suburban areas)

rank city country population year
1. Shanghai China 18,345,000 20121231e
2. Istanbul Turkey 13,710,512 20121231a
3. Karachi Pakistan 12,991,000 2008pj
4. Beijing China 12,534,000 20131231e
5. Mumbai India 12,478,447 20110301c
6. Moscow Russia 12,197,596 20150101e
7. São Paulo Brazil 11,895,893 20140701e
8. Dhaka Bangladesh 11,875,000 20110315c
9. Tianjin China 11,090,314 20101101c
10. Guangzhou China 11,070,654 20101101c
11. Delhi India 11,007,835 20110301c
12. Shenzhen China 10,357,938 20101101c
13. Seoul South Korea 10,143,645 20131231e
14. Jakarta Indonesia 9,607,787 20100501c
15. Cairo Egypt 9,278,441 20150101e
16. Tokyo Japan 8,949,447 20101001c
17. Mexico City Mexico 8,918,653 20150315e
18. New York City USA 8,491,079 20140701e
19. Lima Peru 8,481,415 20120630e
20. Bangalore India 8,425,970 20110301c
source: GeoHive.
note: "e" means estimated, "a" administrative, "pj" projected, "p" preliminary census and "c" means final census figures.
note: cities (as opposed to agglomerations) means within city limits.
note: Beijing population is based upon the core districts: Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Fengtai, Shijingshan and Haidian.
note: Shanghai population is based upon the core districts: Huangpu, Xuhui, Changning, Jing'an, Putuo, Zhabei, Hongkou, Yangpu, Minhang, Baoshan, Jiading, Pudong.
note: Guangzhou population includes all 10 districts.
note: Tokyo based upon Ku-area.
note: Mumbai based on Mumbai City and Mumbai Suburban.