This is a list of the most populous cities of the world defined according to the concept of city proper (an urban locality without its suburbs). A city proper is a locality defined according to legal or political boundaries and an administratively recognized urban status that is usually characterized by some form of local government.

Rank City Population Definition Country
1 Shanghai 13,831,900 Core districts + inner suburbs  China
2 Mumbai 13,830,884 Municipal Corporation  India
3 Karachi 12,991,000 City District  Pakistan
4 Delhi 12,565,900 Municipal Corporation  India
5 Istanbul 12,517,664 Metropolitan Municipality  Turkey
6 São Paulo 11,244,360 Municipality  Brazil
7 Moscow 10,563,038 City proper (includes Zelenograd)  Russia
8 Seoul 10,464,051 Special City  South Korea
9 Beijing 10,123,000 Core districts + inner suburbs  China
10 Jakarta 9,588,198 Special capital district  Indonesia