Living in a big city offers billions of dollars positive points: better jobs, more opportunities for fun and the great advantage of being able to shop in pajamas because: "nobody knows me anyway". Not to underestimate the exponential increase in the opportunities to pick up, not a small thing ... But which are the largest cities in the world? Giving a certain and unambiguous answer is practically impossible, given that each nation uses different criteria to determine city borders.
We want to present 2 different classifications: the first takes into account the "built-up urban areas" (urban agglomerations that also include suburbs), the second is limited to "real administrative cities". Here you are rankings of the largest cities in the world by area.
- Largest urban areas in the world
- Largest administrative cities in the world
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Largest urban areas in the world
In principle, "urban area" means the set of contiguous buildings that make up a city, but which very often extend beyond the municipal boundaries, including any agglomerated suburbs.
It should be noted that this definition is not unique since each nation uses different criteria for the delimitation of the borders of the various urban areas. Some nations rely on the presence of urban features such as paved roads, electric lighting, sewerage, others take into account the population density or the percentage of commuters to the core.
Furthermore, the concept of urban area often overlaps with that of metropolitan area creating further confusion. Unlike the urban area, the metropolitan area is usually officially recognized by the local government and includes primary commuter areas even if they are not strictly contiguous. Below is the ranking of the largest urban areas in the world.
Largest administrative cities in the world
By "real city" we mean the set of buildings delimited by administrative boundaries (legal or political). In the case of actual cities, urban status is administratively recognized by some form of local government. To be clear, in Italy the municipalities correspond to administrative cities. Below is the ranking of the largest administrative cities in the world.
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