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AT THE beginning of February, somewhere in London, a maternity ward welcomed the city's 8,615,246th inhabitant. The mayor of London reckons that the British capital has now surpassed its previous population peak set in 1939. But if it occasionally feels cramped on the Tube, the task for other city planners around the world looks far more daunting. Nearly 9% of the world's population will be living in just 41 megacities (those with more than 10m inhabitants) by 2030. Even adding in the residents of the greater urban area, London only earned megacity status in 2013, according to the UN. Tokyo is estimated to be home to 38m people. Our interactive map above tracks global city population shifts and forecasts over time. Related:  Megacities, Mega regionsCITIES & MEGACITIES

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | Cities China’s Pearl River Delta has overtaken Tokyo to become the world’s largest urban area in both size and population, according to a report from the World Bank. The megacity – which covers a significant part of China’s manufacturing heartland and includes the cities of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan – is now home to more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. Urbanisation which took place over a period of several decades in Europe and North America is happening in just a few years in East Asia, which already contains eight megacities (with populations above 10 million) and 123 cities with between one and 10 million people. With almost two-thirds of the region’s population (64%) still non-urban at present, several hundred million are expected to move to cities over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth.

33 Maps That Explain The United States Better Than Any Textbook Racial Segregation In Chicago While government-mandated racial segregation ended in the 1960s, de facto residential segregation has sprung up in its wake. The above map of Chicago's white, black, Asian and Latino populations visualizes just how insulated groups continue to be from each other. United States Census Blocks With No Populations While the green tones collecting in the Western half of the US might inspire a misanthrope to make a move to Utah, beware: most of the uninhabited areas in this map are only that way due to natural features that make it difficult to live there or because human settlement is prohibited there (think national parks). A Map Of Light Pollution In The United States The east coast of America suffers from some of the worst light pollution in the planet, depicted in the heat map above of light pollution in the continental US. The Happiest States In The United States America Visualized By Distance To The Nearest McDonald's The Fourth Congressional District Of Illinois

Urban world: Mapping the economic power of cities Six hundred cities—the City 600—are projected to generate more than 60 percent of global growth to 2025. Within this group, companies need to adjust their strategy to include the 577 fast-growing “middleweight cities.” The urban world is shifting. Open interactive popup Today, major urban areas in developed-regions are, without doubt, economic giants. But by 2025, one-third of these developed-market cities will no longer make the top 600; and one out of every 20 cities in emerging-markets is likely to see its rank drop out of the top 600. To help companies find growth opportunities and policymakers to manage the increasing complexity of larger cities more effectively, MGI has built on its extensive research on the urbanization of China, India, and Latin America to develop Cityscope, a database on more than 2,000 metropolitan areas around the world, the largest of its kind. Podcast The urban landscape is shifting.

Megacity A megacity is usually defined as a metropolitan area with a total population in excess of ten million people.[1] A megacity can be a single metropolitan area or two or more metropolitan areas that converge. The terms conurbation, metropolis and metroplex are also applied to the latter. As of 2016, there are 35 megacities in existence, Chennai being the latest. The largest of these are the metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Jakarta, each of these having a population of over 30 million inhabitants. Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area, while Shanghai is the largest city proper. Largest cities[edit] This is the list of largest cities and metropolitan areas as of 2016. History[edit] The term "megacity" entered common use in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, one of the earliest documented uses being by the University of Texas in 1904.[10] Initially the United Nations used the term to describe cities of 8 million or more inhabitants, but now uses the threshold of 10 million.[11] Growth[edit]

Hoyt 1939 and Harris 1945 Source: adapted from H. Carter (1995) The Study of Urban Geography, Fourth Edition, London: Arnold, p. 126. A study of residential areas done by Hoyt (1939) in the North American context concluded that the land use pattern was not a random distribution, nor sharply defined rectangular areas or concentric circles, but rather sectors. Following Hoyt's development of a sectorial city, Harris and Ullman (1945) introduced a more effective generalization of urban land uses. Differential accessibility. Harris and Ullman poly-nuclear model was the first to represent the fragmentation of urban areas, specialized functions as well as suburbanization.

List of European cities by population within city limits - Wikipedia This is a list of the largest cities in Europe ranked according to population within their city limits. It deals exclusively with the areas within city administrative boundaries (municipalities) as opposed to urban areas or metropolitan areas, which are generally larger in terms of population than the main city. The list includes cities geographically situated in Europe, using the conventional definition of its boundaries. It is notable that Istanbul's commercial and historical center lies on the European side, and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side.[1] 64.7% of the residents live on the European side, and 35.3% on the Asian side.[2] According to the population within city limits value listed below, the city as a whole is larger than Moscow. However, the European side is not as populous as Moscow. Largest cities[edit] Note: The cities are sorted by the column labelled Population within city limits. See also[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit]

Bangkok Becomes First Megacity to Mull Move to Higher Ground November 25th, 2011 by Susan Kraemer After another year marked by months of epic flooding in the capital city of 12 million, this month AFP reports that lawmakers in Thailand have submitted a parliamentary motion to begin discussions of building a second capital or moving Bangkok to higher ground. Sataporn Maneerat, a Puea Thai party MP, told AFP Thailand should think about moving the capital or looking to another city for future developments and investments. “Another 19 Puea Thai MPs and I have signed and submitted a motion to parliament to seek approval to set up a committee, to consider whether the capital should be moved or if Thailand should have a second capital,” he said. “Bangkok is sinking every year. According to a World Bank estimate in 2009: Like New Orleans, Bangkok is a low-lying coastal city built on swampy ground. The rapidly developing capital is gradually overwhelming the marshy ground, unable to support the weight of the burgeoning megacity above, and is sinking.

Interactive: How Americans Get to Work JavaScript required for interaction.<br /><img src=" The way that people get around can say a lot about how a place is made up. In the city I grew up, most people drive to where they need to go in under 15 minutes. Then I went to college in Berkeley, and it was more common to ride the bus or the BART — and I'm sure being surrounded by poor college students who didn't own cars had nothing to do with that. Then it was off to Los Angeles where it's either drive or take horribly inefficient public transportation. In New York, it was all about the subway and occasional taxi. As for the midwest, sorry I don't know you very well, but maybe one day. With estimates from the United States Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey, we gain a little bit of an idea of what it's like across the country. Distributions for the mode of transportation rates at the county level However, there are a few exceptions.

List of urban areas by population - Wikipedia This is a list of contiguous urban areas of the world ordered according to population as of 2014/2015. The figures here have been taken from Demographia's "World Urban Areas" study.[1] Definitions and issues[edit] Sources for population estimates and land area definitions are coded by letter in the Table below, respectively. A: National census authority data agglomeration data (land area or population). B: Demographia land area estimate based upon map or satellite photograph analysis. C: Demographia population estimate from lower order jurisdictions, including reduction for rural areas. D: Population estimate based upon the United Nations agglomeration estimate. E: Demographia population estimate from national census authority data. F: Other Demographia population estimate, such as from unofficial local reports. L: Demographia population estimate from local authority data. N: Combined urban area using national census authority data. 224 urban areas with population of over two million

Dar es Salaam: Africa's next megacity? 30 July 2012Last updated at 20:34 ET By Joe Boyle BBC News, Dar es Salaam Visionaries hope for a modern metropolis modelled on Singapore, but pessimists fear the emergence of another dirt-poor city of slums. Dar es Salaam is one of the world's fastest growing cities, and it has reached its tipping point. In the dark basement of the cavernous Kariakoo market, dozens of traders gather at tiny makeshift stalls, arranging fruit and vegetables into neat piles. Rolens Elias arrived seven years ago from a village near Morogoro, about 150km to the west. "It has been hard to set up a life here," he says. As he arranges his tomatoes, a group of his friends gather around and chip in with their own stories. Their stories are repeated many thousands of times across the city. Every day new arrivals flood in, many of them setting up home in hastily erected shacks, many others sleeping on the streets. Superficially at least, his dream seems within reach. But Dar es Salaam is a long way from Singapore.

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