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Every person at least once tried to find out which city has the status of the largest in the world. Well, the experts decided to satisfy this interest and determined the largest city in terms of population and area.
Many people have repeatedly wondered which city is the largest in the world: New York? Buenos Aires? Rio de Janeiro? However, before moving on to the answer, you need to decide what you mean by “big city” – territory or population, writes Mental Floss.
With a population of over 37 million, Tokyo is ahead of Delhi in India and Shanghai in China, according to the UN World Cities Report 2018. Japan's capital broke the world record as the most populous city back in 2006 with a population of 35.53 million, double that of New York City. For comparison, the entire continent of Australia is home to approximately 25.5 million people.
It is worth noting that the population living in the official Tokyo city limits is less – 14 million people. However, it grew out of several nearby cities that merged into a giant urban sprawl, forming one metropolitan area with an area where a quarter of Japan's population lives.
The first population decline in a quarter of a century occurred in Tokyo during the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite this, he did not lose his first place in the list.
The next most populated urban area is Delhi, India, which had about 31.1 million inhabitants in 2018. Interestingly, many people for some reason believe that New York is the most populous city. However, despite being the largest city in the US, New York does not come close to the top of the rankings. Its population in 2021 was about 8.46 million people in the city and 19.77 million people in the suburbs.
Speaking of the largest cities in the world, they usually mean the population, not the area. If you've ever been in big cities where people are just standing on top of each other, you know that physical space can be limited in the busiest metropolitan areas on the planet.
However, as for the largest city by area, then New York takes the first and honorable place. However, experts interpret the size of the city in different ways. Some point out that New York covers a total of 8,683 km², while others point out that the city covers an area of 12,093 km². This discrepancy is due to the fact that there are no specific rules and agreements on how to determine the boundaries of the city.