A map of showing the 4037 cities with populations over 100K

Posted By on September 23, 2021

This map was posted on Brilliant Maps back in 2015, but graphically seeing the 4037 cities around the world with over 100,000 people in them was interesting for those of us who enjoy studying maps.

LINK to larger black and white and LINK to color overlay map

It may not be the most up-to-date map, but it was impressive enough to visually ponder (Link to the interactive version).

The top 5 countries with the most 100K+ cities are:

  1. India – 328
  2. Brazil – 300
  3. USA – 295
  4. Japan – 263
  5. China – 209

In total these cities house around 2.1 billion people or around 28% of the world’s population.


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