List of metropolitan areas by population


List of metropolitan areas by population

__NOTOC__The question of which are the world's largest cities is a complex one, to which there is no single correct answer, simply because there are many different ways of defining a "city". One concept is the metropolitan area, which is based on the concept of a "labor market area" and is typically defined as an employment core (an area with a high density of available jobs) and the surrounding areas that have strong commuting ties to the core.

The following is a list of the twenty largest metropolitan areas in 2003 as defined by one source. [R.L. Forstall, R.P. Greene, and J.B. Pick, [http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/cityfutures/papers/webpapers/cityfuturespapers/session3_4/3_4whicharethe.pdf "Which are the largest? Why published populations for major world urban areas vary so greatly"] , City Futures Conference, (University of Illinois at Chicago, July 2004) – Table 5 (p.34)] As population figures are interpreted and presented differently according to different methods of data collection, definitions and sources, these numbers should be viewed as approximate. Data from other sources may be equally "valid", but differ due to being measured according to different criteria or taken from different census years.

References and notes

ee also

*World's largest urban agglomerations
*List of urban areas by population
*List of cities by population
*Larger Urban Zone - for an attempt at a harmonized definition for certain EU cities

Lists of metropolitan areas by region

*Africa
*Americas
*Europe

Lists of metropolitan areas by country

*Australia
*Belgium
*Brazil
*Canada
*China
*France
*Germany
*India
*Italy
*Japan
*Mexico
*Netherlands
*Pakistan
*Russia
*Scandinavia
*Spain
*Turkey
*Ukraine
*United Kingdom
*United States

External links

* [http://www.demographia.com/db-world-metro2000.htm demographia.com]
* [http://www.citypopulation.de/World.html citypopulation.de]
* [http://world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x=&men=gcis&lng=en&dat=32&srt=npan&col=aohdq&pt=a&va=&srt=pnan World Gazetteer]
* [http://www.populationdata.net/palmaresvilles.php PopulationData.net: all 1M+ inhabitants Metropolitan Areas]
* [http://213.253.134.43/oecd/pdfs/browseit/0406041E.PDF OECD Territorial Reviews - Competitive Cities in the Global Economy] - has some definitions for OECD countries


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