The world’s mil­lion-peo­ple cities

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1. As of 2015, there are about 500 metropoli­tan ar­eas around the world with a pop­u­la­tion of one mil­lion peo­ple or more.

2. China has 105 metropoli­tan ar­eas with over a mil­lion peo­ple.

3. China thus ac­counts for one­fifth of the global to­tal of 105 mil­lion-plus cities – in line with its 19 per­cent share of the global pop­u­la­tion.

4. By 2030, it is pro­jected that China will have 148 mil­lion-peo­ple cities, out of a world-wide to­tal of 663.

5. Ja­pan has only eight mil­lion-peo­ple cities. How­ever, it has the world’s largest ur­ban area, Tokyo, with 38 mil­lion peo­ple.

6. In the EU’s 28 mem­ber coun­tries, there are a to­tal of 34 ur­ban ar­eas with pop­u­la­tions of one mil­lion or more.

7. The EU has a just un­der 7 per­cent share of the world’s mil­lion-peo­ple cities – in line with its share of the global pop­u­la­tion.

8. Al­most three-quar­ters (74 per­cent) of Eu­rope’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion of 743 mil­lion peo­ple live in cities.

9. Close to half (48 per­cent) of Asia’s 4.4 bil­lion peo­ple live in ur­ban ar­eas.

10. In­dia has 58 metropoli­tan ar­eas with a pop­u­la­tion of one mil­lion or more. The US has 45 mil­lion-peo­ple metro ar­eas, while Latin Amer­ica has 67 mil­lion-plus cities.

Source: The Glob­al­ist. This ar­ti­cle ini­tially ap­peared on The Glob­al­ist. Fol­low The Glob­al­ist on Twit­ter: @the­glob­al­ist

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