During a particularly busy morning commute hour a New York City subway car can make you believe that the Big Apple is the most heavily populated place on earth. But the truth is, it doesn't even crack the top ten.
All across the globe there are metropolises and megalopolises alike that greatly outdo New York City in population size, though the five boroughs remain the largest city center in the United States.
We compiled a definitive ranking of the most highly populated cities in the world for 2022, along with the most populous cities in the U.S., and the most populous state.
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What is the most populous city in the world?
World Population Review, a site dedicated to boiling down demographical data into easily understandable stats, ranks Tokyo as the most populous city globally for 2022, counting over 37 million residents.
Tokyo is Japan's capital city, a thriving urban metropolis known for it's bustling streets and brightly lit neon skyscrapers.
What are the 10 most populous cities in the world?
According to World Population Review, the top ten most populous cities in the world in 2022 are:
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mexico City, Mexico
What is the largest city in the world by area?
This is a complicated question, as regions around the world define "city" in different ways, making it difficult to draw absolute lines and nominate superlatives.
Statista, a firm that studies market and consumer data, places New York at the top of the list of the most populous cities in the world. The catch here is that it is not "New York" the five boroughs, it is "New York" the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut urban area (the "Tri-State Area" to locals). This 3-state urban conglomerate measures 4,669 miles.
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Vatican City is home to the Pope, and to the Holy See, which is the government of the Roman Catholic Church.
What is the most populous state in the US?
Wyoming is the least populous, with less than a million residents.
What are the largest cities in the US?
Ballotpedia, a nonprofit which provides electoral guides, reports that the top ten largest cities in the US are:
New York, New York
Los Angeles, California
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
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Is London bigger than New York?
In terms of area, London is also bigger. New York City is around 300 square miles, while London, or the Greater London metropolitan area, is around 607 square miles.
This holds true if you are counting New York City as only the 5 boroughs, if you view it in the context of the larger "urban area" which encompasses parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut then 'New York' as an urban area is undoubtedly larger.
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