Welcome to top luxury or the top 10 largest cities by 2030 the total number of humans currently living is now estimated to have reached a congested seven point eight billion by 2030 that figure is expected to reach eight point five billion people and the top ten largest cities in the world we’ll all have to expand even more to accommodate them but with the global population multiplying the burning question is where are they all going to live more people are living in cities now than in any other time in history. They are only likely to get bigger as the population increases, but what will the top ten largest cities look like in 2030:
1. Tokyo, Japan although the greater Tokyo area presently has a humongous 38.1 million inhabitants this number is predicted to fall by 2032 thirty-seven point two million despite its size Tokyo is actually one of the safest cities in Japan originally a small fishing village named Edo it became a prominent political Center under Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu who made the city his headquarters in 1603 the greater Tokyo area is the largest urban economy and the most populous metropolitan area in the world around 30% of all Japan’s inhabitants live there most of the country’s population is very old. Japan is currently experiencing a decline in overall population young people migrated to the cities in search of work further fueling the vicious circle of a declining population in rural areas in Japan as a whole an average of 340 people live in one square kilometer but in Tokyo this number rockets to 6,200 people that represents an 18 fold increase.
2. Delhi, India the population of the greater Delhi region in India currently stands at a mind-bending 29 million by 2030 it will shoot up to 36 point 1 million the area also includes New Delhi the capital of India Delhi is the second wealthiest city in India after Mumbai with 18 billionaires and 23 thousand millionaires calling it home on the other side of the wealth spectrum around 50% of inhabitants live in slums and unauthorised colonies the majority of these slums have inadequate provisions for necessary facilities and every fifth slum dweller is forced to defecate in the open the smell must be unbearable don’t you think additionally Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities air pollution in India is believed to kill an estimated two million people every year Delhi also claims the world’s highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma for air quality is known to damage the lungs of 50 percent of all children in Delhi the city’s air quality index is frequently ranked as severe or hazardous in 2017 the great smog of Delhi pushed the index up to more than 10 times the safe limit.
3. Shanghai, China: Shanghai is currently home to twenty-four point three million inhabitants by 2030 it will have an estimated population of thirty point eight million greater Shanghai is the most populous urban area in China and the second-most populous city in the world initially a fishing village and market town it blossomed into a wealthy commercial and financial hub in the 1930s that’s a remarkable transformation in less than a hundred years isn’t it Shanghai is the showpiece of China’s booming economy and home to the second tallest building in the world the Shanghai Tower which is a colossal 632 meters tall the port of Shanghai is the world’s busiest container port with a world-record 42 million containers processed there in 2018 in comparison the Los Angeles port the biggest port in the United States only treated 9.8 million containers in 2018.
4. Mumbai, India at 23 point six million dwellers the Greater Mumbai region of India is a massive mega City projected growth by 2030 we’ll see its population rise to twenty seven point eight million Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra and according to the United Nations the second most populous city in India after Delhi as the financial Commerce and entertainment capital of India it generates an impressive six percent of India’s GDP more millionaires and billionaires prefer to call Mumbai home than any other city in India India’s Hindi or Bollywood and Marathi cinema industries are also based there but the town is not without its problems a staggering 22 million vehicles are registered in Mumbai causing major traffic headaches and some severe air pollution the air quality in Mumbai is so bad that it’s the primary cause of asthma in children industrial growth the accelerating number of cars on the road and the irritating dust from construction sites are all contributory factors not only that water pollution is also a primary concern in Mumbai eighty percent of households suffer from poor water quality which promotes waterborne diseases like cholera jaundice and typhoid the mushrooming of Mumbai slums in recent years has been particularly worrying these areas notoriously lacked clean water and sanitation as a result inhabitants are known to have both poor health and a lack of access to education leading to unemployment. (Visits: Delta Airlines Reservations)
5. Beijing, China: China lays claim to the title of the world’s most populous country its present population of 1.3 billion is due to surge to 1.5 billion by 2030 however if left unchecked China’s rapidly aging population will begin an unstoppable decline from 2030 it is forecast to fall to 1.3 billion by 2050 and possibly to 1.2 billion by 2060 5 this could mean a slump in China’s workforce by as much as 200 million since China’s controversial one-child policy was reversed in October 2015 all couples can now have two children but surprisingly the birth rate is still shrinking by 3.5 percent every year China’s capital city Beijing formerly known as Peking is the world’s most populous capital it is the second largest city in China by population behind Shanghai and home to 21.5 million inhabitants by 2030 this figure is expected to soar to twenty seven point seven million the Beijing Capital International Airport has been the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic for the last ten years boasting more than 100 million passengers in 2018 have you ever been to or through this Airport I hear it’s just like a bustling city not only is beijing subway the longest in the world it is also the busiest in the world with almost 4 billion trips per year and an average of 10 million visits per day in 2019 Beijing subway systems to a single day record of 13 point 7 million visits.
6. Dhaka, Bangladesh, the population of Dhaka the capital city of Bangladesh now stands at 21 million this figure is set to expand to twenty-seven point four million by 2030 there are so many people residing in the greater Dhaka region it is the ninth largest and sixth most densely populated city in the world it is one of South Asia’s major cities. Bangladesh is a critical economic political and cultural center, accounting for 35 percent of the country’s entire economy.
7. Karachi, Pakistan with a vast population of 16.1 million people the greater Karachi region of Pakistan is predicted to swell to twenty four point eight million by 2030 Karachi is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Sindh and is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities it is also the largest city in Pakistan and the seventh-largest city in the world Karachi is Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan most linguistically ethnically and religiously diverse city have you been there it sounds like an incredible place to visit considered to be Pakistan’s fashion capital it has hosted the famous Karachi Fashion Week every year since 2009 Karachi has the largest economy in Pakistan collecting over one-third of Pakistan’s tax revenue the city generates approximately 20% of Pakistan’s GDP sadly it also has a reputation for high rates of violent crime however after a controversial operation against criminals recorded crimes fell dramatically in 2014 it was the world’s sixth most dangerous city but it now ranks just a lowly 93rd.
8. Cairo, Egypt the Greater Cairo area is the largest metropolitan area in Africa the Arab world and the Middle East and the 15th largest in the world with a current population of 20 million the Egyptian capital is set to balloon to twenty-four point five million by 2030 the Greater Cairo area also includes the Giza pyramid complex. The ancient city of Memphis founded in 99 ads it to has significant pollution and traffic problems not surprising right the Cairo metro is one of only two metro systems in the whole of Africa with over 1 billion passengers rise annually it is among the 15th busiest metro rides in the world.
9. Lagos, Nigeria the Lagos metropolitan area has an estimated population of 17.5 million which is forecast to rise to 24 point 2 million in 2030 as the capital of Nigeria it is easily the largest city in Nigeria and even in sub-Saharan Africa Lagos is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and is home to Africa’s most important financial center its rapid development is all thanks to its seaport one of the largest and busiest on the continent however despite this economic growth Lagos is struggling with overpopulation poverty reduced sanitation pollution and some of the worst traffic in the world traffic congestion has become a symbol of the country’s inability to keep up with its rapidly growing population studies have found that some people spend close to 1/4 of their whole day stuck in traffic the average commute to and from work is a mind-numbing 3 hours and 55 minutes every day for a 15 kilometer journey this makes it the longest average commute in Africa can you imagine spending so much time in traffic you’d need some pretty long music playlists.
10. Mexico City the current population of Mexico City metropolitan area is 21 point 7 million but it is set to soar to 23 point nine million by 2030 it is not only the capital of Mexico it is also the oldest capital city in America due to its immense size it is one of the most critical and productive cultural and financial centres in the world generating a vast 15.8% of Mexico’s entire GDP back in 2013 its economy was the fifth largest of any country in Latin America five times bigger than Costa Rica and roughly the same size as Peru but as with many mega cities Mexico City suffers from soaring crime rates spiraling levels of air pollution and a rising population more people also means more cars and more cars means more traffic jams which worsen the already poor air quality and exacerbate health risks the air pollution problem in Greater Mexico City is a significant cause of many health issues for citizens estimates suggest that the wretched air quality causes up to one thousand deaths and 35,000 hospitalizations every year that sounds tragic doesn’t it I guess you just have to wear a mask when you go out the reasons for so many traffic jams are the constant roadwork the construction dust and the diesel trucks the authorities have tried to counter this trend by planting 10 million trees forcing gas stations to sell unleaded fuel and introducing alternative fuels for government vehicles.