List of metropolitan areas in Asia

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This is a list of metropolitan areas in Asia with the largest population according to several sources. The Asian continent is one of the fastest-growing continents in the World, with increasing urbanisation and a high growth rate for cities.

Tokyo in Japan is the world's largest metropolitan area by population. Many other cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Bangkok are important metropolises.

Ranking and its basis

The population of the given cities are obtained from five different sources:

Out of these five sources, the highest estimate is shown in bold. The cities are ranked on the basis of their highest estimate of population.

The cities are colored differently to indicate which part of Asia these cities belong to. The color code key is as follows:

With 14 cities, East Asia accounts for the largest number of cities under this list. South Asia, with 11 cities, comes second. Southeast Asia accounts for five cities.

Rank Metropolitan area Metropolitan Area
Image
Country World
Gazetteer
(2010 est.)1
City
Population
(2009 est.)2
Demographia
(2009 est.)3
UN WUP
(2007 est.)4
Official or
Other
Est. Year
1 Tokyo Tokyo odaiba.jpg  Japan 37,730,064 33,800,000 34,670,000 35,676,000 31,714,0005 2005
2 Jakarta Jakarta Car Free Day.jpg  Indonesia 19,231,919 15,100,000 23,345,000 9,125,000 28,019,5456 2010 Census Final
3 Seoul Seoul-Cityscape-03.jpg  South Korea 22,692,652 23,900,000 19,670,000 9,796,000 24,472,0007 2007
4 Shanghai 2012 Pudong.jpg  China 18,572,816 17,900,000 14,655,000 14,987,000 23,019,1488 2010
5 Delhi Unitech Horizon63.jpg  India 18,916,890 22,400,000 19,830,000 15,926,000 17,076,0009 2008
6 Mumbai Mumbai skyline88907.jpg  India 21,900,967 22,300,000 20,400,000 18,978,000 17,800,00010 2001
7 Manila Ortigas Tonight.jpg  Philippines 20,654,307 19,200,000 20,075,000 11,100,000 11,553,42711 2007
8 Beijing File-Beijing CBD 2008-6-996735.jpg  China 12,522,839 13,200,000 12,780,000 11,106,000 19,612,36812 2010
9 Osaka Osaka - Night View.jpg  Japan 17,409,585 16,700,000 17,310,000 11,294,000 16,663,0005 2005
10 Kolkata Calcutta skyline.jpg  India 15,644,040 16,000,000 15,250,000 14,787,000 - -
11 Karachi Karachi downtown.jpg  Pakistan 13,205,339 15,700,000 9,665,000 12,130,000 14,800,0009 2006
12 Guangzhou Guangzhou dusk 11-5-2008.png  China 5,745,024 15,300,000 11,850,000 8,829,000 12,700,80013 -
13 Dhaka Dhaka-Bangladesh.jpg  Bangladesh 14,327,157 13,100,000 10,190,000 13,485,000 12,797,39414 2008
14 Shenzhen Shenzhen CBD and River.jpg  China - 9,400,000 14,230,000 7,581,000 10,357,93813 -
15 Tehran Tehran Skyline.jpg  Iran 13,236,489 12,500,000 8,110,000 7,873,000 13,422,3669 2006
16 Bangkok All Seasons Plaza Bangkok.jpg  Thailand 10,132,974 8,750,000 8,330,000 6,704,000 6,825,9569 2006
17 Chennai ChennaiSkyline.JPG  India 7,663,922 9,300,000 7,400,000 8,865,000 8,696,010 201115
18 Nagoya Nagoya dome from Midland Square.JPG  Japan 8,852,544 8,300,000 9,285,000 3,230,000 9,046,0005 2005
19 Bangalore Ubcity2.jpg  India 6,783,825 9,250,000 7,030,000 8,670,000 8,499,399 201115
20 Hong Kong Skyline - Hong Kong, China.jpg  Hong Kong 9,222,709 7,200,000 7,000,000 7,206,000 - -
21 Wuhan WuhanSkyline.jpg  China 4,731,497 9,000,000 5,185,000 7,243,000 9,785,39216 -
22 Taipei Ximending at night.jpg  Taiwan 8,511,055 6,750,000 6,610,000 - 8,916,6539 2010
23 Lahore Alamgiri Gate.jpg  Pakistan 7,129,609 8,300,000 7,005,000 6,577,000 7,850,0009 2006
24 Tianjin Tianjin Skyline 2009 Sep 11 by Nangua 2.jpg  China 6,426,104 8,200,000 8,340,000 7,180,000 12,938,22416 -
25 Kuala Lumpur KL-Skyline Night HDR.JPG  Malaysia 8,063,230 4,700,000 5,715,000 - 4,525,0009 2007
26 Chongqing SkylineOfChongqing.jpg  China 7,784,922 6,350,000 2,990,000 6,461,000 28,846,17016 -
27 Hyderabad Hyderabad Financial district,India.jpg  India 6,383,850 7,350,000 6,815,000 6,376,000 - -
28 Ho Chi Minh City Một khúc sông Sài Gòn.JPG  Vietnam 5,381,158 5,650,000 7,005,000 5,314,000 - -
29 Shenyang Shenyang-Fushun urban agglomeration, LandSat-5, 2010-09-29.jpg  China 6,618,933 5,150,000 4,965,000 4,787,000 8,106,17116 -
30 Ahmedabad Amdavad Aerial.jpg  India 5,413,622 5,800,000 5,265,000 5,375,000 - -

See also

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