Having done a post on small countries, here’s one on a huge city.
37 million people live in the massive Tokyo-Yokohoma conglomeration. That’s a quarter of the population of Japan or 0.52% of all the world’s 7.1 billion people. It makes it larger than Canada, over a hundred over countries and in fact the majority of countries in the world.
It’s pretty remarkable that any city could grow that big. Even more amazingly so-called ‘megacities’ of more than 10 million people are going to become more common. The number of people living in urban areas is growing by 60 million people a year.
U.N. projections to 2025 suggest that the future list of megacities will be dominated by such lower-income cities, with growth primarily in places like Africa and central Asia. Among the likely new entrants are Lima (Peru) , Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Tianjin (China). At least seven others (Chennai, Bangalore, Bogota, Ho Chi Minh City, Dongguan, Chengdu and Hyderabad) are now above 8 million, making it likely they could reach megacity status by 2030. Among high-income world cities, London might finally reach 10 million while the only other high-income world candidate, Chicago, with more than 9 million residents, could take until 2040.