When you say ‘City’ or ‘Biggest Cities’, what comes to mind, the land area, the population, or the richness of it?
Well, everything is acceptable but for us to define it
So yes, we can say that a city is population-based.
The year 2050 quite far from now to identify the countries that will make it to the top 10 list of the Biggest Cities in the World, right? But we’re pretty sure that we are not the only ones who are curious about this. As early as now, we would like to know what changes might happen, what countries might evolve and develop, or which country dominated the top title.
Let’s get to know them.
Top 10 Biggest Cities In The World By 2050
10. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Mexico city is the largest city in Mexico and is known to be the center of the financial district, as well as political, educational, cultural and the eighth richest country in the world at present.
In this very busy city, you can find millions of inhabitants and expatriates coming from North, South, and Central America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East which has a population of 8.9 million and is expected to reach 24.33 million by 2050.
9. NEW YORK CITY, U.S.A
New York is the largest city in the United States. Just like Mexico, it is also considered as the central business district of United States and is believed to be one of the most influential if not the most influential city on earth that’s why a lot of people are flying in.
Deaths happen but still, they can see an increase in their population for two reasons: First, because of the increase in birth rates compared to deaths and second, the migrants coming from within the country and those who came from other countries or what we call as international migrants.
In the year 2050, their population will grow from 8.5 million to 24.77 million.
8. KARACHI CITY, PAKISTAN
Karachi known as the “City of Lights” and “The Bride of the Cities” just started as a small fishing village during 1770 and began trading with different regions. The trading resulted to expansion in terms of population and was then assigned as the commercial hub and port of trade in whole Pakistan.
In addition, despite the cholera epidemic that killed thousands of people, they were able to maintain their population of 23.7 million, because, by the time Karachi City was chosen to be the capital, they started to accept and shelter a huge amount of immigrants and refugees from the Indian province until now.
If this continues, Karachi’s population in 2050 will increase to 31.70 million.
7. TOKYO, JAPAN
As of today, Tokyo, “The Mightiest City in Asia” has a population of 13.2 million. It is the biggest city in the country because it consists of 23 wards or smaller cities plus the Tokyo prefecture where they were merged into back in 1943.
The Government worries about the breakdown of Japan in general because of the low fertility rate and stricter rules in terms of immigrants but would still be on the top 10 by 2050 with a population of 32.6 million.
6. LAGOS CITY, NIGERIA
This largest city in Africa has a population of 25 million that is made up of millionaires but unfortunately, also by people who live in slums. The majority of the people or 66% to be exact don’t have clean water, shelter, food, electricity, or even waste disposal area that’s why the Lagos City is known to be the “Megacity of Slums”.
This overpopulation happened and will continue to happen because of the heavy migration of people from Nigeria as well as other nations coming from small minorities of America, Britain, East India, white Zimbabwean, Japan, Lebanon, and Greece.
They are expected to have 32.63 million people by 2050.
5. KOLKATA, EAST INDIA
Kolkata City is ranked 3rd as of this year with a population of 14.5 million but will drop to the 5th spot in 2050 ahead of Lagos City, Nigeria with an expected population of 33.04 million.
This city provides millions of jobs in this so-called “Central Business Hub” in India which attracts local and international migrants to work. This is also the commercial, cultural, and educational center in East India which added to its population at large. But apart from that, there are also registered and unregistered people in slums, too.
4. KINSHASA, CONGO
Kinshasa used to be called “Kinshasa the beautiful” but with neglect in terms of public services, most of the residents are eager to change it to “Kinshasa the dustbin” because most likely, the needs of some people are often ignored by the government. With millions of people in this largest city in Congo or over 10 million, this would really be a problem.
There has been a decline in the population before because of famine, starvation, and diseases including AIDS that left 50% of the teenagers behind from 22 years old and below and only a few for the 50 years and above. Ironically, this age group is one of the reasons why population still increases along with the combined inhabitants from Kinshasa and Brazzaville.
With this cycle, Kinshasa will have a population of 35 million by 2050.
3. DHAKA CITY, BANGLADESH
How big is this city? Well in terms of a number of people, there are 14.6 million people inside these 125,000 square miles or 115,000 people for every square mile. Now this is a lot!
As of the moment, they are called the “World’s Most Densest Megacities” and “Least Economically Productive” which worries the environmentalists and urban planning experts because the overpopulation is very noticeable by just looking at the routinely traffic jams and water-clogging as well as the deprivation in proper healthcare, electricity, and clean water that it might become unbearable if this continues.
Undoubtedly, there’s going to be more and more people in here by 2050 because their population will rise to 35.19 million.
2. DELHI CITY, INDIA
Known as the ‘Capital Territory of India” with a current population of 18.2 million.
Natural population, continuous migrants, and a huge percentage of birth rates (20%) versus death rates (5%) are said to be the main reasons why Delhi City is the “Fastest Growing Economy” up to this date.
Delhi City deserves the top 2 spot because, by 2050, their 18.2 million population will double to 36.6 million.
1. MUMBAI CITY, INDIA
If you think Delhi City is the biggest city there is in India, be surprised because Mumbai City is yet another from the same country.
Mumbai or Bombay has the largest population because of the huge amount of migrants seeking job opportunities since it’s considered as India’s central business and trade district. This is quite alarming because the rise is so rapid (20,482 people/ sq. kilometer) that it already caused serious health problems to government officials who are dealing with this dilemma— dilemma with those who live in slums and those who lives in residential areas in general.
From a 22 million current number of people, it will almost double by 2050 with 42.4 million just in Mumbai City which makes it the biggest city on out top 10 list.