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Largest cities in India 2011

Published by Bruno Urmersbach on August 10, 2020
With around 18.39 million inhabitants in 2011, Mumbai is the most populous city in India. The capital New Delhi follows in second place with around 16.35 million inhabitants. Both metropolises can also be found in the list of the ten largest cities in Asia.

Land of superlatives
With a total of around 1.3 billion inhabitants, India is the second largest country in the world and, together with the frontrunner China, comprises around a third of the world's population. The sheer size of the country could explain why there are no regular estimates of urban populations. India is a rising economic power and the fastest growing economy of the G20 members. Together with Brazil, Russia and China, India is one of the so-called BRIC countries, an association of the largest emerging countries in the world. Well over 100 different languages ​​are spoken in India, and the country is also considered the largest democracy in the world.

Cities, metropolises, megacities
More and more people live in metropolitan areas - a trend that will continue in the future. The number of inhabitants from which a place counts as a city and how its boundaries are to be drawn is not defined uniformly internationally.
  • Agglomeration
  • Agglomeration is usually a coherent urban area, such as the Ruhr area, which can consist of several cities and suburbs.
  • Metropolises
  • Metropolises are cities that generally have an outstanding position for the region (e.g. in economic or cultural terms).
  • Megacities
  • Cities with at least 10 million inhabitants are called megacities.
Due to the large number of different definitions, delimitations and overlaps, cities can only be compared internationally to a limited extent with regard to the number of inhabitants.

India: The ten largest cities in 2011 (in million inhabitants)