Top Ten Cities throughout History


Top 10 Cities of the Year 100

1 Rome 450,000
2 Luoyang (Honan), China 420,000
3 Seleucia (on the Tigris), Iraq 250,000
4 Alexandria, Egypt 250,000
5 Antioch, Turkey 150,000
6 Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka 130,000
7 Peshawar, Pakistan 120,000
8 Carthage, Tunisia 100,000
9 Suzhou, China n/a
10 Smyrna, Turkey 90,000

Top 10 Cities of the Year 1500

1 Beijing, China 672,000
2 Vijayanagar, India 500,000
3 Cairo, Egypt 400,000
4 Hangzhou, China 250,000
5 Tabriz, Iran 250,000
6 Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey 200,000
7 Gaur, India 200,000
8 Paris, France 185,000
9 Guangzhou, China 150,000
10 Nanjing, China 147,000

Top 10 Cities of the Year 1800

1 Beijing, China 1,100,000
2 London, United Kingdom 861,000
3 Guangzhou, China 800,000
4 Edo (Tokyo), Japan 685,000
5 Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey 570,000
6 Paris, France 547,000
7 Naples, Italy 430,000
8 Hangzhou, China 387,000
9 Osaka, Japan 383,000
10 Kyoto, Japan 377,000

Top 10 Cities of the Year 1900

1 London, United Kingdom 6,480,000
2 New York, United States 4,242,000
3 Paris, France 3,330,000
4 Berlin, Germany 2,707,000
5 Chicago, United States 1,717,000
6 Vienna, Austria 1,698,000
7 Tokyo, Japan 1,497,000
8 St. Petersburg, Russia 1,439,000
9 Manchester, United Kingdom 1,435,000
10 Philadelphia, United States 1,418,000

Top 10 Cities of the Year 2010

1 Shanghai, China 13,300.000
2 Mumbai (Bombay), India 12,600,000
3 Buenos Aires, Argentina 11,920,000
4 Moscow, Russia 11,300,000
5 Karachi, Pakistan 10,900,000
6 Delhi, India 10,400,000
7 Manila, Philippines 10,300,000
8 Sao Paulo, Brazil 10,260.000
9 Seoul, South Korea 10,200,000
10 Istanbul, Turkey 9,600,000

Source: Four Thousand Years of Urban Growth: An Historical Census by Tertius Chandler. 1987, St. David's University Press; WorldAtlas, http://www.worldatlas.com/geoquiz/thelist.htm (accessed on 10 March 2011)