The World’s Cities in 2018

Data Booklet

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This data booklet highlights current and future trajectories of populations in cities around the globe, drawing on the population estimates and projections published in World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision.

Sustainable Development Goals:

Table of Contents

The world’s cities in 2018

The World’s Cities in 2018

The world’s cities are growing in both size and number

One in five people worldwide lives in a city with more than 1 million inhabitants

Delhi will overtake Tokyo as the world’s largest city by 2030

Most megacities are located in the global South

The share of the population residing in cities is increasing in all regions

Most of the world’s fastest growing cities are in Asia and Africa

Fifty-two cities have experienced population decline since 2000

Most cities are vulnerable to at least one type of natural disaster

Annex table: The world’s cities with 1 million inhabitants or more in 2018


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