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World's Largest Urban Areas

Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:38 am

I checked Wikpedia and it listed the largest urban areas of the world. Tokyo with 33 million and I was surprised to see Seoul with around 22 million. Also, it was good to see the Toronto-Hamilton(Golden Horseshoe) area recognized with about 6.7 million. It would be even higher if you include the Niagara(Buffalo) Frontier.
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:41 am

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Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:48 am

I think Mexico City will be up there. Pop is 22 million in the city alone.
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:01 am

The Greater Los Angeles Area is quite large and populous too.
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:03 am

Quoting KYIPpilot (reply 2):
I think Mexico City will be up there. Pop is 22 million in the city alone.


That's right. The city's population is around 8-10 million. Yet, the whole urban area has more than 20 million inhabitants. Nothing beats landing in MEX at night, wherever you look is a sea of lights. At that moment you realize how big is this place. BTW, I love my hometown...
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:49 am

The New York City Metro area, including about 50 miles to all directions from Times Square, is about 22 Million as well. That would include All of New York City, most of Northern New Jersey, well into Central New Jersey, most of Long Island, 4 counties In NY State and several counties in southeastern CT.
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:00 pm

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Mexico City
Sao Paulo
Rio
Seoul
Accra ( I think)
London
Paris
LA basin
Those would all be up there for major cities. The top two are examples of a Megalopolis'. Two or more major cities joined together.
Auckland where I live is only 1.2 million, but it is a large area in land for such a 'small' city.
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:22 pm

did you get that list off an official site, or did you just think it up? I'm 99% sure London, Paris, and Accra are not top-10. Also, the BOS-NYC-DC megalopolis should not be counted as a single entity on a list like this. But NYC is still top 6 or 7.

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Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:24 pm

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Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:46 pm

dont forget Buenos Aires. Its about 9 Million.

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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Thu Mar 03, 2005 2:05 pm

I dont mean this as a rude or negative comment, but in L.A. we could have that many people living in a house listed under one person. Also there are a number of aliens un accounted for.
 
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:25 pm

Istanbul is gigantic as well, the latest estimate is about 12 million inhabitants in greater Istanbul.
 
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:03 pm

Quoting Aerorobnz (reply 6):
Accra ( I think)

I doubt it very much. Cairo & Lagos are a lot bigger.
 
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Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:40 pm

Rhein-Ruhr in Germany is also very big, i think 12 or 13 million of people, it is the biggest Urban Area in Europe.
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:03 am

The 2005 World Almanac lists the top 15 cities (urban "agglomerations") as being:

1. Tokyo, Japan - 34 million
2. Mexico City, Mexico - 18 million
3. New York City, U.S. - 17.8 million
4. Sao Paulo, Brazil - 17 million
5. Mumbai, India - 16 million
6. Kolkata, India - 13 million
7. Shanghai, China - 12.8 million
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina - 12.5 million
9. Delhi, India - 12.4 million
10. Los Angelos, U.S. - 11.8 million
11. Osaka, Japan - 11.1 million
12. Jakarta, Indonesia - 11 million
13. Beijing, China - 10.8 million
14. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10. 8 million
15. Cairo, Egypt - 10.3 million

The 2005 Britannica Almanac has a slightly different list, but they are basically the same.
 
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:12 am

Quoting Airlinerfreak (reply 10):
L.A. we could have that many people living in a house listed under one person


And some of those houses are more than 25 Years Old.

I suppose "largest" really should be "most populous." THen it's a no brainer. If we want to consider land area, then all sort of subjectivities come into play.

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Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:25 am

When you said "Largest" I thought you meant by area.

See this is were words can get tricky. Certainly one of the largest single urban areas is New Jersey. The entire state is classified as urban. Or you could go by City in which I think Indianapolis or Oklahoma City are the largest cities in the US. Now none of these three examples are the most populous urban areas in the US. But all count in terms of Largest.

You need to be really clear as to what you mean when you are talking about geography. "Largest" means alot of different things.
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:28 am

UALPHLCS: Thanks for reiterating what I had just said.  Wink

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Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:36 am

Jacksonville, Florida is actually the largest in the U.S., in terms of square mileage.
 
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:38 am

Essen in Germany is one of the lesser-known...but it's vast.
 
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:40 am

Oklahoma City is 4th largest in the U.S. by area.
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:48 am

It is always hard to say what is "one urban area". And where are its limits.

In 1989 - first time I was in Paris - it seemed endless to me while driving around. I asked a knowledged local friend, what is the population of "Greater Paris"? He said 11.5 million. It is bigger today.

Also few people imagine that within a 30 miles radius circle with Birmingham, England as center lives 8.5 million people.

The Ruhr district in Germany is quite small in area, but includes more than half a dozen large cities.

The whole nation - the Netherlands with 18 million inhabitants - is probably smaller in area than LA city.

So there are a lot of difficulties when ranking the world's major urban areas with any sort of accuracy.

I'm just happy that I live far away from any of them. Copenhagen-Malmö is only 2 million, that's just bearable.
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:59 am

Jacksonville, Florida is actually the largest in the U.S., in terms of square mileage.

Juneau, Alaska is actually up there too - if not first, then second.
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:52 pm

Jacksonville is 757.7 square miles.
Indianapolis is 361 square miles.
Orlando is 93.5 square miles.  Sad But most of the cool shit is outside the city limits.

Stats from www.city-data.com

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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:04 pm

"The whole nation - the Netherlands with 18 million inhabitants - is probably smaller in area than LA city."

Think again. Greater LA is about one third the size of The Netherlands so not really that comparable. Plus in The Netherlands you have long stretches of undeveloped farm land between cities and towns, something you won't see in LA county (unless you are playing GTA-San Andreas).

from CIA world factbook -
Netherlands
land: 33,883 sq km
(About twice the size of New Jersey)

Greater Los Angeles-
land: 10,515 sq km


If you have been to Tokyo I don't think that you can argue that its not the biggest and most populated urban area in the world.
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:05 pm

Quoting NYCFlyer (reply 18):
Jacksonville, Florida is actually the largest in the U.S., in terms of square mileage.


I know it's cheating a bit what with so much of it suffering from extreme damp  Wink but wouldn't Honolulu have the biggest area of the lot?
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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Sat Mar 05, 2005 11:44 am

I guess if you just include the city itself, and here is the list of the largest cities:

Rank City1 Population
1. Shanghai, China 13,278,500
2. Mumbai (Bombay), India 12,622,500
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina 11,928,400
4. Moscow, Russia 11,273,400
5. Karachi, Pakistan 10,889,100
6. Delhi, India 10,400,900
7. Manila, Philippines 10,330,100
8. São Paulo, Brazil 10,260,100
9. Seoul, South Korea 10,165,400
10. Istanbul, Turkey 9,631,700
11. Jakarta, Indonesia 8,987,800
12. Mexico City, Mexico 8,705,100
13. Lagos, Nigeria 8,682,200
14. Lima, Peru 8,380,600
15. Tokyo, Japan 8,294,200
16. New York City, U.S. 8,091,700
17. Cairo, Egypt 7,609,700
18. London, UK 7,593,300
19. Teheran, Iran 7,317,200
20. Beijing, China 7,209,900

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RE: World's Largest Urban Areas

Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:25 pm

Actually, EA CO AS had it right - I believe the City and Borough of Juneau is still the largest (in area) city in the United States and likely up in the top 10 for the world. From the city-data.com entry on Juneau:Land area: 2716.7 square miles.

And I can honestly say I've seen the majority of them (not much else to do growing up there in the 70s).
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