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rank of U.S. cities in world’s largest cities

It’s common knowledge (at least to anyone from Chicago) that New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are the three largest cities in the United States. I was curious to see how the largest U.S. cities fared against the largest cities in the world.

mongabay.com’s estimations puts New York City at #3, Los Angeles at #13 and Chicago at #25 (estimations from 2008). The United States isn’t represented again until #49 and 50 with Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Below shows the most populous cities in the world with the U.S. cities in bold. All stats courtesy of mongabay.com.

1 TOKYO, Japan 34,400,000
2 JAKARTA, Indonesia 21,800,000
3 New York (NY), United States 20,090,000
4 SEOUL, South Korea 20,010,000
5 MANILA, Philippines 19,550,000
6 Mumbai (Bombay), India 19,530,000
7 Sao Paulo, Brazil 19,140,000
8 MEXICO CITY, Mexico 18,430,000
9 Delhi, India 18,000,000
10 Osaka, Japan 17,270,000
11 CAIRO, Egypt 16,750,000
12 Kolkata (Calcutta), India 15,010,000
13 Los Angeles (CA), United States 14,730,000
14 Shanghai, China 14,460,000
15 MOSCOW, Russia 13,260,000
16 BEIJING (PEKING), China 12,770,000
17 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina 12,390,000
18 Guangzhou, China 11,810,000
19 Shenzhen, China 11,710,000
20 Istanbul, Turkey 11,220,000
21 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11,160,000
22 PARIS, France 10,430,000
23 Karachi, Pakistan 9,380,000
24 Nagoya, Japan 9,250,000
25 Chicago (IL), United States 9,030,000
26 Lagos, Nigeria 8,860,000
27 LONDON, United Kingdom 8,320,000
28 BANGKOK, Thailand 8,290,000
29 KINSHASA, Dem Rep of Congo 8,190,000
30 TEHRAN, Iran 8,000,000
31 LIMA, Peru 7,750,000
32 Dongguan, China 7,650,000
33 BOGOTA, Colombia 7,440,000
34 Chennai (Madras), India 7,320,000
35 DHAKA, Bangladesh 7,310,000
36 Essen, Germany 7,250,000
37 Tianjin (Tientsin), China 7,200,000
38 HONG KONG, China – Hong Kong 6,950,000
39 Taipei, China 6,820,000
40 Lahore, Pakistan 6,810,000
41 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam 6,710,000
42 Bangalore, India 6,660,000
43 Hyderabad, India 6,610,000
44 Johannesburg, South Africa 6,470,000
45 BAGHDAD, Iraq 6,000,000
46 Toronto, Canada 5,790,000
47 SANTIAGO, Chile 5,630,000
48 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia 5,470,000
49 San Francisco (CA), United States 5,450,000
50 Philadelphia (PA), United States 5,270,000

Note: The image accompanying this blog post shows the metro Chicago area which reflects the metro area stats from mongabay.

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wow. Chicago at 25. I thought we’d be like 75.