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This is a list of the 10 most populous cities of the world defined according to the concept of city proper (an urban locality without its suburbs). A city proper is a locality defined according to legal or political boundaries and an administratively recognized urban status that is usually characterized by some form of local government.”World Urbanization Prospects”, a United Nations publication, defines the population of a city proper as “the population living within the administrative boundaries of a city.” The book continues to say that “city proper as defined by administrative boundaries may not include suburban areas where an important proportion of the population working or studying in the city lives.”

The term city can take on many meanings throughout the world. For the purposes of this list, the definition of a city as a primarily urban locality is used. This list enumerates the populations of some of the world’s largest cities, the boundaries of which may or may not correspond to those of municipalities. The populations listed are for the administratively-defined city and not for the urban area nor the metropolitan area. Statistical definitions for each city, approximate surface area, and population density are also indicated.

This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries. (SOURCE)

10. Delhi

      

Population  : 11,007,835

Country : India

Area : 1483 Sq. Km

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09. Guangzhou

          

        Population  : 11,070,654

Country : China

Area : 3,843 Sq. Km

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08. Tianjin

     

        Population  : 11,090,314

Country : China

Area : 7,422 Sq. Km

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07. Sao Paulo

       

       Population  : 11,316,149

Country : Brazil

Area : 1,523 Sq. Km

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06. Moscow

    

       Population  : 11,551,930

Country : Russia

Area : 1,091 Sq. Km

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05. Beijing

     

    Population  : 11,716,000

Country : China

Area : 1,368.32 Sq. Km

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04. Mumbai

     

    Population  : 12,478,447

Country : India

Area : 603 Sq. Km

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03. Istanbul

     

   Population  : 12,946,730

Country : Turkey

Area : 1,831 Sq. Km

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02. Karachi

     

   Population  : 12,991,000

Country : Pakistan

Area : 3,527 Sq. Km

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01. Shanghai

    

   Population  : 17,836,133

Country : China

Area : 2,605.8 Sq. Km

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