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Top 10 Largest Cities by 2030 | The B1M

October 11, 2019

By 2030, the global population will have grown
to over 8.5 billion people. 60% of them will live in cities and one in every three people will live in a city with over 500,000 inhabitants. This trend, means it’s more important than
ever to get our built environment right – by 2030, it will literally be shaping the way that more than half the people on earth are able to live their lives. Our cities are already facing a wide range
of challenges from improving air quality and ensuring the efficiency of transport infrastructure,
to the responsible sourcing and delivery of food and water, housing demand, social cohesion,
equality and the risk of flooding – to name just a few. Technology, data management and
the emergence of new economic and political models are all playing a part in helping
address these challenges. So what are the main regions of focus? The
next 12 years will see a huge shake-up in the ranking of the world’ largest cities,
as growth in urban areas across North America and Europe slows in relative terms, whilst
booming across Asia and Africa. Here, we take a look at the 10 largest cities
by 2030, as predicted by the United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects. Held by Shanghai in 1950, and by New York
in 2015, Mexico City will take 10th place on the global ranking of the world’s largest
cities by 2030. The sprawling capital of Mexico is already
one of the most important cultural and financial centers of the Americas. Its phenomenal growth
since the 1980s has been accompanied by air pollution and transport infrastructure issues,
but the city has moved to address these and now has a clear plan for sustainable development
in place up to 2030. The city has since a number of built environment
innovations in recent years including “smog-eating” buildings which help to combat air pollution
and the engineering of “earthquake-proof” skyscrapers to withstand the regions seismic
activity. With a forecast annual economic growth rate
of 5.1% over the next 12 years, Lagos is set to overtake Johannesburg to become Africa’s
largest city by 2030. Already a vast urban area of Nigera, Lagos
has the highest GDP of any city on the African continent and is home to one of its largest
and busiest ports. The projected rates of expansion and growth
present a significant challenge for the city over the next decade. Its population is also
much younger than that of other cities on our list, creating a powerful demographic
opportunity, but also posing a risk, as the city absorbs millions of young people into
the urban labour force, while managing the political instability that could entail if
youth unemployment soars. Despite not appearing in the top 10 back in
1950, Cairo is set to move up from its 9th place ranking in 2015 to become the world’s
8th largest city by 2030. With an urban area that already extends over
600 square kilometres, Egypt’s sprawling capital is currently grappling with air and
water pollution issues, along with it’s infamous traffic congestion. With the city
set to become home to over 24.5 million people by 2030, plans to cut emissions and construct
a new sewer system are now in development. With a projected population of nearly 25 million
people, Karachi will enter this list for the first time by 2030. Despite its turbulent past and well-publicised
infrastructure challenges, the city remains a major cultural and economic centre and a
key port on the Indian Ocean – fuelling its expansion over the next 12 years. While sixth place was held by Moscow with
5.4 million residents in 1950, it will belong to Dhaka by 2030. Already the fourth most densely populated
city in the world, the capital of Bangladesh will grow its population from just under 19
million people in 2018, to over 27 million in 12 years’ time. Despite being a major financial centre, the
city is prone to flooding and grappling with traffic congestion. The first phase of its
new metro is due to open in 2021. Moving up from 7th place in 2015 to 5th place
by 2030, is China’s vast capital Beijing. Standing as the political centre of the nation
for more than eight centuries, Beijing combines seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites with the
modern architecture and infrastructure of one of today’s foremost capital cities. However, its expansion has not been without its challenges and ongoing programmes are
now working to tackle traffic congestion, improve air quality and ensure the retention
of historic sites over the next decade of growth. Just ahead of Beijing and moving up one place
from the 2015 rankings, is India’s leading financial hub, Mumbai. With thriving commercial and entertainment
industries coupled with high living standards, Mumbai will continue to attract residents
from across India and the wider region over the next decade. Breaking the 30 million mark and moving up
from its 10th place ranking in 1950 is China’s largest city, Shanghai. The urban area has seen intense development since the introduction of economic reforms
in the early 1990s. Already home to the world’s busiest container port and the financial centre of one of the world’s leading economies, Shanghai will continue to expand over the
next 12 years, ranking as the third largest city in the world in 2030. Taking second place is Delhi, India’s capital
and current most populated city. With GDP set to grow by 7.1% a year, Delhi
will outperform its nearest Indian rival Mumbai up to 2030. Air pollution remains a significant
challenge, with the World Health Organisation naming it as the most polluted city in the
world in 2014. Despite many initiatives, the expansion of the metro and measures to curb emissions, concerns remain around the levels of air pollution in Delhi and their projected growth as the city expands. With an astonishing population of over 37
million people, Japan’s capital Tokyo is set to top our list. Tokyo is already the largest city in the world
and will retain its position from the 2015 rankings will almost no change in the
size of its population between now and 2030. The city has a lot going for it – it’s
a leading financial and political centre, has the highest GDP of any urban area, was ranked first in the 2017 Safe Cities Index and is set to host the Olympic Games in 2020. By 2030 the city is set to further improve it transport infrastructure, reduce air pollution and further enhance standards of living. Looking even further ahead, the Global Cities Institute projects that Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will be the most populous
city in the world by 2075, and that by 2100, it will be surpassed by Lagos in Nigeria – which
will then be home to 88 million people. If you enjoyed this video and would like to get more from the definitive video channel for construction, subscribe to The B1M.


  • Reply Dan tayler March 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    2020 is gonna be the best year everrrr I have the highest hopes

  • Reply Netto TV March 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    where is são paulo in Brazil ? Today sao paulo has 13 million people

  • Reply Munur Aygun March 20, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Where is Istanbul?

    I'm from Republic of Turkey.


  • Reply PLY LYRICS March 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    where is philippines

  • Reply Sushicake666 March 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Tokyo. The best city on earth. Been there 4 times and it’s hands down the cleanest city in the world as well. Go Tokyo!!!!

  • Reply 山本太郎 March 23, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Where is NY??

  • Reply 山本太郎 March 23, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I think the population of Tokyo will be MUCH smaller than now
    by Tokyo person🇯🇵

  • Reply Noodle Soup March 24, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Johannesburg is Not the largest City in Africa . It's Cairo

  • Reply Simon George March 24, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This is one of the best channels on Youtube. Subscribed yesterday. Great content, great narration.

  • Reply Atgeir Nyttingnes March 24, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Urban Manila already has 25 mill

  • Reply Salman Khan March 26, 2019 at 11:39 am

    @4:07 that's Lahore not Karachi

  • Reply Darci DC March 27, 2019 at 12:21 am


  • Reply Muhammad Danish Siddiqui March 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I love Karachi

  • Reply M Dashiki March 30, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Lagos thank goodness

  • Reply Mobile Games March 31, 2019 at 11:08 am

    No nyc

  • Reply Wenzhe Chen March 31, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Guangzhou-Shenzhen has already beaten Tokyo, when it physically conjoined with each other in 2013, street to street sided with buidings the whole way. The World Bank acknowledged it as the world's largest city in 2015 with 42 million urban count, metro 55 million. Also Jakarta has just hit 30 million.

  • Reply Funk Bros April 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Fact: By 2028 Delhi will overtake Tokyo in population. 😀

  • Reply Sarvesh Thakur April 3, 2019 at 3:56 am

    In upcoming years india and china these asian country will dominate the whole world with their population power , economic power,army power,& technological power.etc

  • Reply Dhom April 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Tokyo: HAHA B*TCHES

  • Reply World Wide Bear 1967 April 7, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Hmmmm… what will be with Chongqing in China, at the moment the have around 35 Million People (2019).

  • Reply Dr McDreamy April 18, 2019 at 7:15 am

    4:04 it's lahore not karachi.

  • Reply Pedro M. Johnson April 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Hi B1M please check out the massive build build build program of the Philippines government with masive infrastructure projects through out the whole country.

    Thanks and more power to B1M.

  • Reply element89 April 19, 2019 at 8:12 am

    more people and more skyscrapers more cars, everything has to be faster and better, the beautiful earth is ruined in record time:(

  • Reply Yuri Giron April 27, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Why is Tokyo on this list? Tokyo is not a city, it's a prefecture, which is the equivalent to what a state is.

  • Reply AndyT April 29, 2019 at 4:11 am

    If you drive around America its basically empty especially out west . Dont believe the hype .

  • Reply Lukas Lokken May 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Beijing Shanghai Tokyo, big and NICE cities! The rest are the enorme bidonvilles

  • Reply Niraj Devkota May 5, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Wrong,, Seoul, will be in top 5.

  • Reply Mc4mula May 9, 2019 at 2:45 am

    I’m born and raised in New York and have always thought “We’re #1, everyone else is small”. This is humbling

  • Reply Jack Whitaker May 9, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Mexico City ain’t that big

  • Reply Fleck Smugbrother May 11, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    The world will not have 8.5 billion people in 2030. Trump's war on humanity will have stifled that figure (he won't be president then, simply the Dear Leader)…..

  • Reply Abdul nafay May 16, 2019 at 6:10 am

    4:07 its lahores picture fffffffffffffffffffff

  • Reply George Sealy May 20, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Countries will need to start putting in population growth control measures. There won't be enough food and water at some point. More and more people is not better and better.

  • Reply stelzi290888 May 20, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Wait untill the oceans rise and people become "climate-refuguees". I hope the USA will take those poeple then

  • Reply Tình Hoàng Văn May 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Jakatar Indonesia 31,5 million people. Malina Philippines 28,7 Milion people

  • Reply D Wnright May 23, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Chongqing? already @ 30m

  • Reply Braedon Cronin May 23, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    For some reason my art teacher made us watch this

  • Reply ninuxy May 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I guess Socialism doesn't work after all.. those Japanese people with their universal healthcare and managing their cities… tsk tsk tsk.

  • Reply Jonathan Thrasher May 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    With so much talk about global warming and climate change, maybe we should start talking about how fast we grow the population too. More people, more problems.

  • Reply Saniel Chavan May 29, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Population growing main reason is Muslims, Muslims in every country, they marry at least 4-5 times, and produce 7-8 kids

  • Reply Danford Mwabena June 2, 2019 at 4:58 pm


  • Reply Ad 1772 June 10, 2019 at 9:11 am

    So basically India and China are going to dominate the world in the coming feature,just like what the USA have been doing for the last 80 years

  • Reply Abhishek Narasimha June 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I am sure Delhi Metro would be the 3rd largest metro in the world and Mumbai Metro will enter the top 10 in the world.
    Iconic Tower in Dhaka will be the second tallest building in the world.

  • Reply Shahbaz Sheikh June 11, 2019 at 4:27 am

    That's Lahore, not Karachi.

  • Reply Herman Karsowidjojo June 17, 2019 at 5:46 pm


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  • Reply Connor Wright June 19, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Detroit is the perfect metropolitan area for me. No serious traffic. Downtown Detroit if we ever need to visit for games and what not. Suburbs are pristine. Canada 35 minutes from me. Great Lakes all around. Chicago a train away.

  • Reply Brawl CHAMP!! June 21, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Ok in 203p lets say omaha ne can get bigger

  • Reply Brawl CHAMP!! June 21, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Omaha in 2040 will be like new york

  • Reply Sourav Basak June 23, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Back in 2010, Tokyo, Japan had the biggest population of any city on the planet with a population of over 36 Million people. This was nearly 15 million more than Delhi, India, which had the second highest population.

    Fast forward 90 years you’d expect Tokyo to be even further ahead, right? Wrong. Tokyo is predicted to not even make it into the top 20 cities in the world.

    In fact, only 6 of the top 20 cities with the highest population in 2010 are predicted to still be in the top 20 by 2100.

    Anyways, read the below. This might help.


    Sourav Basak

    Namaste UI

  • Reply Anthony Ghossein June 27, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Video starts on 1:30 thank me later

  • Reply cmnweb June 28, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Very old footage of Mexico city :(, the main pic is from the 90's

  • Reply Puppy Queen June 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    how this guy know?

  • Reply Tanishq Srivastava June 29, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I was 100 percent sure he was gonna criticize Mumbai but….he didn't I am surprised

  • Reply Samuel Kristopher June 30, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Mate can you blink sometimes when you speak to the camera, I feel like you're staring into my soul 😄

  • Reply ya'll poor AF July 2, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Wheres Los Angeles

  • Reply GhostlyKasenYT July 3, 2019 at 6:40 pm


  • Reply Ylan de msp July 8, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Karachi 2030
    28 million people

  • Reply Ylan de msp July 8, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Cairo 5th

  • Reply Ylan de msp July 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Dhaka 4th

  • Reply Ylan de msp July 8, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Mumbai 6th

  • Reply Victor K. Toh July 9, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Mexico City, Mexico 1:32
    Lagos, Nigeria 2:21
    Cairo, Egypt 3:11
    Karachi, Pakistan 3:47
    Dhaka, Bangladesh 4:11
    Beijing, China 4:47
    Mumbai, India 5:27
    Shanghai, China 5:48
    Delhi, India 6:21
    Tokyo, Japan 6:59
    I am gonna visit Japan and China in October! 🙂

  • Reply foodie pie July 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Can be anyone stop being dumb

  • Reply New Yorkers July 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    The bad things with alot of these cities is that, they aren't planning for overpopulation. How will they feed, give clean water, and house such large populations, this is something new york city, chicago, tokyo, moscow, some others. Have already solved, these middle eastern and african cities do not know about that.

  • Reply King of Diamond July 20, 2019 at 1:55 am


  • Reply Craig Purcell July 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Got Artificial Intelligence ?

  • Reply Tình Hoàng Văn July 25, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Where is Jakatar und Malina

  • Reply DB Project August 3, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Don’t put your face on future videos it doesn’t suit your voice

  • Reply Shawn John225 August 8, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I live in Shanghai and it really is one of the best places in the world so advanced and clean. Just advanced for the rest of the world

  • Reply Sandy Simon August 10, 2019 at 12:07 am

    All that population growth assumes natural resources continue to be available, not to mention that environmental changes due to rising oceans will not disrupt weather patterns and food production 🧐

  • Reply Mr. P. Enis August 10, 2019 at 6:44 am

    "Lagos is set to become the largest city in Africa by 2030"
    Literally next city is Cairo in Africa

  • Reply Mr. P. Enis August 10, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Where is Jakarta?

  • Reply Mysterious Girl August 10, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I feel like this isn’t much of a prediction these are already the biggest cities

  • Reply Sudat Khan August 11, 2019 at 3:16 am

    All ur talking about in this is the metropolitan area populations. If you consider the CSA of New York it is currently 23 million and will be 30 million by 2030

  • Reply Arryzlo August 15, 2019 at 5:22 am

    A lot of the fastest growing cities/countries (by population) are third-world why the ones that are declining are first-world (Western nations)… 🤔

  • Reply creator Space August 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    We made it well.

  • Reply Jubair Talha August 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Dhaka 😍😍

  • Reply Crazy Joe August 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Dhaka is investing alot…i mean a lot!

  • Reply Dave Mejorada August 16, 2019 at 9:53 am

    In my own opinion,most in the top 10 are in Asia.

  • Reply monirul bhuiyan August 21, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I live in Dhaka.

  • Reply DubCedSky August 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    If you think about it, cities with 10+ million people shouldn't even be possible…

  • Reply manjunatha kp manjunatha kp August 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Y no Bangalore

  • Reply Reumel McIntosh August 28, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Egypt is in Africa so then legos won't be the largest

  • Reply Pantastico De Niro September 13, 2019 at 5:43 am

    How is he not blinking???

  • Reply pulz 01 September 16, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    5:40 CNN and BBC left chat!

  • Reply Lord Ramsey Bolton September 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    You look like me

  • Reply Annie Vincent September 19, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Before watching this video I had no idea of the size and scope of other cities in our world and was blown away by it. New York City pales in comparison to these. Shanghai was particularly mind blowing. The architecture was astounding. The density of the buildings in all the cities shown is also astounding. All of these people need to eat, use the sewer systems, drink water. The infrastructures supporting human activity in these cities is a wonder of the world. Living in Texas I am blessed to live in the vast open spaces and enjoy that. Living in these cities is an experience so vastly different from my own lifestyle. Eye-opening!

  • Reply Flamma2512 September 19, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I don't believe projections for 2100 are any credible, however the ones for 2030 are very interesting.

  • Reply Maahir 30 September 20, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    🤩🤩🤩 is it just me or this guy has an amazing voice, it's incredible, love it.

  • Reply Mr MEMé September 21, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    The Blakks And Yellows Whill
    Take Over the Werld

  • Reply LegitMarrow September 22, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Why are people still forgetting about Guangzhou.

  • Reply Scott Shapiro September 22, 2019 at 11:33 am


  • Reply 蔡中文 September 24, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Shanghai and Tokyo are gorgeous

  • Reply Kim Lau September 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    The future is in Asia!

  • Reply Varshin Viswanath September 26, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    In 2050, mumbai will in the 1st position

  • Reply faisal Chnachi September 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    People should be sterilized in some countries

  • Reply jonsauca October 1, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    when i hear to this info i start thinking on how good wars are…

  • Reply daybot October 5, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Do you want the shittiest photo of India? Ask B1M

  • Reply Govind777 Deena October 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Delhi Mumbai 💘💘💘💘

  • Reply Nick Zeragia October 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    So Tokyo’s days ( years) are numbered? Other cities are growing on a faster rate

  • Reply mayank jain October 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Delhi is much developed than it is shown in the video same for Mumbai also

  • Reply Haseeb Javed October 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    @4:03 Broo…You showed Lahore city.Not Karachi…😅

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