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The 20 most crowded cities on Earth

INSIDER Logo By Madeline Diamond of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 20: Whether they're known primarily for business or tourism, cities are some of the most densely populated areas on the planet.Tokyo, Japan, is the most populated city in the world with 38,140,000 people.New York-Newark is the most populated city in the US with 18,604,000 people.  Cities like New York,  Beijing, and Tokyo are known for being exceptionally  crowded. Photos of massive crowds of people depict these cities' residents doing everything from walking down the street to marching in parades and even sitting in traffic.  We all know these cities have giant populations, but do you know just how crowded they are? The United Nations data booklet, "The World's Cities in 2016," details the world's most populated cities as well as population growth projections for 2030. Tokyo, Japan, for example, is the most populated city in the world as of 2016 with nearly 39 million residents. Keep reading for the rest of the top 20 most populated cities all over the globe.

  • Whether they're known primarily for business or tourism, cities are some of the most densely populated areas on the planet.
  • Tokyo, Japan, is the most populated city in the world with 38,140,000 people.
  • New York-Newark is the most populated city in the US with 18,604,000 people.
  • Cities like New York, Beijing, and Tokyo are known for being exceptionally crowded. Photos of massive crowds of people depict these cities' residents doing everything from walking down the street to marching in parades and even sitting in traffic.

    We all know these cities have giant populations, but do you know just how crowded they are? The United Nations data booklet, "The World's Cities in 2016," details the world's most populated cities as well as population growth projections for 2030.

    Tokyo, Japan, for example, is the most populated city in the world as of 2016 with nearly 39 million residents. Keep reading for the rest of the top 20 most populated cities all over the globe.

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