City of the Wandering Spirit
Artist: Tatiana Iliina - Oil Painting
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.5 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 2.9 million people
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Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.5 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 2.9 million people
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Karachi, PAKISTAN
Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 13.0 million people
URBAN...
Coordinates:
Latitude: 24 51’ North
Longitude: 67 02’ East
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Kolkata (Calcutta), INDIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 4.5 million peopl...
Kolkata (Calcutta), INDIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 4.5 million peopl...
Los Angeles, USA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.9 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 3.8 million people
URBAN D...
Los Angeles, USA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.9 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 3.8 million people
Coordin...
Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 7.0 million people
URBAN ...
Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 7.0 million people
Coordi...
Moscow, RUSSIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.5 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people
URBAN DE...
Moscow, RUSSIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.5 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people
Coordina...
Guangzhou-Foshan, CHINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people...
Guangzhou-Foshan, CHINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people...
Mumbai, INDIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.9 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 12.5 million people
URBAN DET...
Mumbai, INDIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.9 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 12.5 million people
Coordinat...
Keihanshin (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto), Japan
Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.0 million people
City Area Population (Est.): N/A mi...
Keihanshin (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto), Japan
Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.0 million people
City Area Population (Est.): N/A mi...
Beijing, CHINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.3 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.7 million people
URBAN DE...
Beijing, CHINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.3 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.7 million people
Coordina...
Cairo, EGYPT
Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 6.7 million people
URBAN DETAI...
Cairo, EGYPT
Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 6.7 million people
Coordinates...
Mexico City, MEXICO
Urban Area Population (Est.): 19.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 8.8 million people
URBA...
Mexico City, MEXICO
Urban Area Population (Est.): 19.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 8.8 million people
Coor...
São Paulo, BRAZIL
Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.2 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.2 million people
URBAN...
São Paulo, BRAZIL
Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.2 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.2 million people
Coord...
New York, USA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 8.2 million people
URBAN DETA...
New York, USA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.4 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 8.2 million people
Coordinate...
Shanghai, CHINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people
URBAN D...
Shanghai, CHINA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.8 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people
Coordin...
Manila, PHILIPPINES
Urban Area Population (Est.): 21.9 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people
URB...
Manila, PHILIPPINES
Urban Area Population (Est.): 21.9 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people
Coo...
Delhi, INDIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.2 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people
URBAN DETA...
Delhi, INDIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.2 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people
Coordinate...
Seoul-Incheon, SOUTH KOREA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.5 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 10.5 million peo...
Seoul-Incheon, SOUTH KOREA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.5 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 10.5 million peo...
Jakarta, INDONESIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 26.0 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 9.6 million people
URBAN...
Jakarta, INDONESIA
Urban Area Population (Est.): 26.0 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 9.6 million people
Coord...
Tokyo-Yokohama, JAPAN
Urban Area Population (Est.): 37.2 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 8.9 million people
UR...
Tokyo, JAPAN
Urban Area Population (Est.): 37.2 million people
City Area Population (Est.): 8.9 million people
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World's Biggest Megacities - December, 2012

  1. 1. City of the Wandering Spirit Artist: Tatiana Iliina - Oil Painting
  2. 2. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.5 million people City Area Population (Est.): 2.9 million people URBAN DETAIL: Buenos Aires is known for its European style architecture and culture, a legacy of the Spanish and Italian origins of most of the population. It has the highest concentration of theatres in Latin America and is the birthplace of Tango music and dance. (Source: Reuters)
  3. 3. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.5 million people City Area Population (Est.): 2.9 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 34 37’ South Longitude: 58 23’ West According to the 2012 edition of Demographia's World Urban Areas index, the capital of Argentina is the second largest urban area in South America after Sao Paulo. Its per capita income is among the highest in Latin America and its quality of life is ranked number one in the region, although some estimates say that 4 million people in the area live in poverty. It is also reportedly the most visited city in Latin America.
  4. 4. Karachi, PAKISTAN Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 13.0 million people URBAN DETAIL: After Pakistan won independence from the British and separated from India Karachi’s population increased hugely as hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants from India settled there, transforming its demographics and economy. (Source: Reuters)
  5. 5. Coordinates: Latitude: 24 51’ North Longitude: 67 02’ East Students attend a rooftop evening class in a private school in a slum area in Karachi, the largest city, main seaport and financial centre of Pakistan. Karachi is the second largest city proper in the world after Shanghai and accounts for about 20 per cent of Pakistan’s GDP. It is growing rapidly due to rural-urban migration. Karachi, PAKISTAN Urban Area Population (Est.): 13.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 13.0 million people
  6. 6. Kolkata (Calcutta), INDIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 4.5 million people URBAN DETAIL: Much of the city was originally wetland and swamp. The land was reclaimed over the centuries to accommodate the rapidly increasing population. Kolkata is where Mother Teresa began her work caring for the poor and the sick. (Source: Reuters)
  7. 7. Kolkata (Calcutta), INDIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 4.5 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 22 35’ North Longitude: 88 21’ East Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, sits on the banks of the River Hooghly which empties into the Bay of Bengal. The city is India’s oldest port and the commercial and cultural capital of East India, with the third largest economy in South Asia after Mumbai and Delhi. Here Kolkata students smear each other with coloured powder during Holi, the Indian festival of colours heralding the beginning of Spring.
  8. 8. Los Angeles, USA Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.9 million people City Area Population (Est.): 3.8 million people URBAN DETAIL: Los Angeles is home to the largest Mexican, Guatemalan, and Korean populations outside of those countries. Almost 40 per cent of the city’s population was born outside the United States. (Source: Reuters)
  9. 9. Los Angeles, USA Urban Area Population (Est.): 14.9 million people City Area Population (Est.): 3.8 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 34 03’ North Longitude: 118 15’ West Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the United States by land size. An extensive grid of freeways, boulevards, and smaller neighbourhood roads spans the city.
  10. 10. Dhaka, BANGLADESH Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 7.0 million people URBAN DETAIL: Dhaka is known as the rickshaw capital of the world as most people get around using cycle rickshaws or auto-rickshaws. (Source: Reuters)
  11. 11. Dhaka, BANGLADESH Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 7.0 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 23 43’ North Longitude: 90 25’ East One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Dhaka has attracted economic migrants from all over Bangladesh. As many as one quarter of Dhaka’s residents live in crowded slums, according to the World Bank.
  12. 12. Moscow, RUSSIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.5 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people URBAN DETAIL: With more passengers than New York City and London combined, Moscow has the world’s second busiest metro system after Tokyo. It serves more than nine million people a day, has 182 stations, and 301 kilometres (187 miles) of routes. (Source: Reuters)
  13. 13. Moscow, RUSSIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 15.5 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 55 45’ North Longitude: 37 37’ East By far Europe's biggest city, Moscow has been swelled by rising numbers of migrants from other parts of Russia and the former Soviet states, attracted by higher living standards. Russia’s expanding economy has attracted people to the capital which is becoming richer.
  14. 14. Guangzhou-Foshan, CHINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people URBAN DETAIL: Ahead of the Asian Games in 2010 many buildings were demolished to make way for more modern developments as property prices soared and developers poured billions into real estate. (Source: Reuters)
  15. 15. Guangzhou-Foshan, CHINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 23 08’ North Longitude: 113 16’ East Historically known as Canton, Guangzhou is China’s third largest city and located on the Pearl River in southern China about 120 kilometres northwest of Hong Kong. It is a critical trading port and capital of China’s industrial and manufacturing province of Guangdong, which has been one of the fastest urbanizing areas of the world for many years.
  16. 16. Mumbai, INDIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.9 million people City Area Population (Est.): 12.5 million people URBAN DETAIL: Over half of the city’s population lives in slums. Poor infrastructure and widespread poverty make it very difficult to meet the demands of an ever-growing population. (Source: Reuters)
  17. 17. Mumbai, INDIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 16.9 million people City Area Population (Est.): 12.5 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 18 57’ North Longitude: 72 50’ East Mumbai – called Bombay until the name was changed in 1995 – is the commercial and movie capital of India and has attracted millions of migrants from the countryside. With high birth rates and the continued influx of migrants, Mumbai’s population is expected to grow rapidly in the future.
  18. 18. Keihanshin (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto), Japan Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.0 million people City Area Population (Est.): N/A million people URBAN DETAIL: Large parts of the city of Kobe were destroyed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 which claimed over 6000 lives and caused about 100 billion dollars in damages. The disaster was widely seen as a major wake up call for the Japanese emergency services and led to improvements in construction that paid dividends during the massive 2011 earthquake. (Source: Reuters)
  19. 19. Keihanshin (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto), Japan Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.0 million people City Area Population (Est.): N/A million people Coordinates: Latitude: 34 40’ North Longitude: 135 30’ East Made up of the commercial and industrial city of Osaka, the port of Kobe, and the ancient cultural capital of Kyoto, the Kansai megacity encompasses all aspects of Japanese life from the neon lit Dotonbori shopping district in Osaka pictured here to the Zen gardens and geisha houses of Kyoto. It is home to about 15 per cent of Japan’s population.
  20. 20. Beijing, CHINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.3 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.7 million people URBAN DETAIL: Bicycles are a common means of transportation for most people in Beijing. But the number of cars is increasing by an estimated 15,000 every day. (Source: Reuters)
  21. 21. Beijing, CHINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.3 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.7 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 39 55’ North Longitude: 116 23’ East China’s capital hosted a spectacular if controversial Olympic Games in 2008. Despite spending billions to clean the city's air, average air pollution levels remain five times above WHO (World Health Organisation) safety standards. WHO - Air Quality and Health Standards - Fact Sheet
  22. 22. Cairo, EGYPT Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 6.7 million people URBAN DETAIL: The city is also known by the name “Al-Qahirah”, “The Triumphant” in Arabic. It is home to the oldest and biggest music and film industry in the Arab world . (Source: Reuters)
  23. 23. Cairo, EGYPT Urban Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 6.7 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 30 03’ North Longitude: 31 14’ East Located on the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is the biggest urban area in Africa and in the Arab world. Bustling bazaars and narrow lanes, the smells of spices and pipe smoke, the call to prayer five times a day and the cacophony of horns – this is Cairo.
  24. 24. Mexico City, MEXICO Urban Area Population (Est.): 19.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 8.8 million people URBAN DETAIL: Security, air pollution, and traffic congestion are prime concerns in Mexico City. These problems result from poor resource management and unstructured growth. (Source: Reuters)
  25. 25. Mexico City, MEXICO Urban Area Population (Est.): 19.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 8.8 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 19 25’ North Longitude: 99 08’ West Mexico City is ten times the size it was in 1940. The Mexican capital generates a quarter of the country's wealth. However, with low population growth, the number of people in retirement is expected to rise rapidly.
  26. 26. São Paulo, BRAZIL Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.2 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.2 million people URBAN DETAIL: São Paulo is a very young and ethnically diverse city. More than half of its population is under twenty years old, and it is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan. (Source: Shutterstock)
  27. 27. São Paulo, BRAZIL Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.2 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.2 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 23 34’ South Longitude: 46 38’ West São Paulo is Brazil’s richest city and the most important financial centre in Latin America. Poverty and crime, however, remain a problem. An average of 6,000 people are murdered annually in Sao Paulo.
  28. 28. New York, USA Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 8.2 million people URBAN DETAIL: New York has been a gateway to America ever since the first immigrants came to the U.S. Over 170 languages are spoken there today. No single nationality or ethnicity dominates the city’s culturally diverse population. (Source: Reuters)
  29. 29. New York, USA Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.4 million people City Area Population (Est.): 8.2 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 40 43’ North Longitude: 74 01’ West New York City, especially Manhattan, is a role model for balancing dense development with good public transport and access to open spaces. New York is the only American city where most households do not own a car.
  30. 30. Shanghai, CHINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people URBAN DETAIL: Shanghai has one of the world's most remarkable skylines. Thirty five structures are taller than 200 metres, including two over 450 metres, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Centre. (Source: Reuters)
  31. 31. Shanghai, CHINA Urban Area Population (Est.): 20.8 million people City Area Population (Est.): 17.8 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 31 14’ North Longitude: 121 27’ East Shanghai has become China's financial and commercial centre and is ranked as the planet's largest city proper. It has one of the world’s busiest ports and the world’s most extensive bus system with more than one thousand lines.
  32. 32. Manila, PHILIPPINES Urban Area Population (Est.): 21.9 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people URBAN DETAIL: More than 3 million people in Manila live in slums without electricity, sanitation, and access to drinking water. Population density is extremely high, in some areas more than 100,000 people live on one square kilometre. (Source: Reuters)
  33. 33. Manila, PHILIPPINES Urban Area Population (Est.): 21.9 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.8 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 14 37’ North Longitude: 121 00’ East Manila's colonial past is reflected in its architecture. Intramuros, the historic centre, is surrounded by a massive wall built by the Spanish in the 16th century. Its parks and historic buildings have become a major tourist attraction.
  34. 34. Delhi, INDIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.2 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people URBAN DETAIL: Twenty languages are spoken in Delhi. The official and most widely spoken language is Hindi, followed by Punjabi. English is used for business and other official purposes. Urdu is common among the Muslim community. (Source: Shutterstock)
  35. 35. Delhi, INDIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.2 million people City Area Population (Est.): 11.0 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 28 40’ North Longitude: 77 14’ East Delhi is India’s capital and recently overtook Mumbai as the biggest city by population size. It’s a place of striking contrasts. Mosques, bazaars, and narrow lanes mark the old town. New Delhi, the capital, features grand boulevards, business centres, and shopping malls.
  36. 36. Seoul-Incheon, SOUTH KOREA Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.5 million people City Area Population (Est.): 10.5 million people URBAN DETAIL: Seoul is located 50 kilometres south of the heavily armed border with North Korea. The city is in range of North Korean artillery. Plans to move the capital further south have already caused much debate. (Source: Reuters)
  37. 37. Seoul-Incheon, SOUTH KOREA Urban Area Population (Est.): 22.5 million people City Area Population (Est.): 10.5 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 37 34’ North Longitude: 126 59’ East Seoul has grown rapidly since the Korean War (1950- 53). Today, nearly half of the country’s population lives in and around Seoul. Seoul has made remarkable progress in combating air pollution and is one of the cleanest cities in Asia.
  38. 38. Jakarta, INDONESIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 26.0 million people City Area Population (Est.): 9.6 million people URBAN DETAIL: Despite many wide roads, Jakarta suffers from terrible traffic congestion. To reduce traffic jams, some major roads have a 'three in one' rule during rush hours, prohibiting fewer than three passengers per car. (Source: Reuters)
  39. 39. Jakarta, INDONESIA Urban Area Population (Est.): 26.0 million people City Area Population (Est.): 9.6 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 06 09’ South Longitude: 106 49’ East Jakarta has been booming since 2005 after suffering economic crises and disasters like floods and earthquakes in recent decades. Jakarta's economy has boosted Indonesia’s economy to a growth rate of 6 per cent.
  40. 40. Tokyo-Yokohama, JAPAN Urban Area Population (Est.): 37.2 million people City Area Population (Est.): 8.9 million people URBAN DETAIL: Tokyo Bay has been gradually filled up to create more living space. Odaiba, an island made from waste, has become one of Tokyo’s most interesting tourist spots and destinations for day trippers. (Source: Miki Yokoyama)
  41. 41. Tokyo, JAPAN Urban Area Population (Est.): 37.2 million people City Area Population (Est.): 8.9 million people Coordinates: Latitude: 35 41’ North Longitude: 139 42’ East Greater Tokyo is the largest urban agglomeration in the world, swallowing up the neighbouring cities of Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Chiba. Despite its size, Tokyo has very efficient public transportation, which accounts for almost 80 per cent of all journeys.
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