List of metropolitan areas by population
of world cities
One concept which measures the world's largest cities is that of 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. There is currently no generally accepted, globally consistent definition of exactly what constitutes a metropolitan area, thus making comparisons between cities in different countries especially difficult. However, for consistency, the sources on this article include figures from official governments only.
A metropolitan area, sometimes referred to as a metropolitan region, metro area or just metro, is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing.A metro area usually comprises multiple jurisdictions and municipalities: neighborhoods, townships, cities, exurbs, counties, districts, states, and even nations like the eurodistricts. As social, economic and political institutions have changed, metropolitan areas have become key economic and political regions.Metropolitan areas include one or more urban areas, as well as satellite cities, towns and intervening rural areas that are socio-economically tied to the urban core, typically measured by commuting patterns.
|Rank||City||Image||Population||Definition||Area (km²)||Population density (/km²)||Country||Region|
|1||Okami||29,473,802||Okami, Tokuyama Prefecture, Okazaki Prefecture, Yonezawa Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture
Partially: Akita Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture
|4||Toyozawa-Mito (Miseto)||12,078,221||Toyozawa Metropolis, Mito Prefecture
Partial: Seto Prefecture