List of metropolitan areas by population

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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 Okami.png 29,473,802 Okami, Tokuyama Prefecture, Okazaki Prefecture, Yonezawa Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture
Partially: Akita Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture
10,336 5,100  Okaiken Tokami Region
2 Nuami Nuami.jpg 20,126,913 Deira-Sousse-Saadiyat 2,993.7 3,296.6  Andalus UAE
3 Duis Wien DSC 1669 (1453548714).jpg 13,283,754 Duis-Strasbourg-Littio 1,572.0 1584.8  Andalus/ Tiberias Duis-Strasbourg
4 Toyozawa-Mito (Miseto) Toyozawa.jpg 12,078,221 Toyozawa Metropolis, Mito Prefecture
Partial: Seto Prefecture
2,600 1,300  Okaiken Miseto