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Some 212 million people live
in Europe’s 500 largest cities
By Tann vom Hove, Editor

Introduction to European cities | European cities ranked 1 to 100 | European cities ranked 101 to 200 | European cities ranked 201 to 300 | European cities ranked 301 to 400 | European cities ranked 401 to 500 | The world's 300 largest cities | The world's largest urban areas | Urban slums | The world's capital cities |

With a population of more than eight million, Moscow, Russia’s capital city, emerged as the largest European city in City Mayors' survey of Europe’s 500 largest towns and cities. London, the UK capital, is placed second, followed by St Petersburg, Berlin, Madrid and Rome. The City Mayors survey of European cities identified 36 cities with populations of more than one million. Another four cities have populations of above 900,000.

The survey of 500 European cities includes all cities with populations of more than 150,000 (497 cities) and three cities with populations of 149,000 citizens. While City Mayors carried out its research in the autumn of 2003, some of the statistical raw material is based on local censuses going back to the mid-nineties. For example, the figures for UK towns and cities were collected between 1996 and 1998. The data for Germany is based on 1999 government statistics, while the figures for France go back more than ten years. Some of the most recent statistics are from Russia (1999) and Denmark (2001).

With the exception of UK towns, the City Mayors survey provides population figures for cities with legally defined boundaries, with recognised urban status and with their own local government. The figures do not take into account suburban settlements or other heavily populated areas outside city boundaries. Some of the population figures for towns in the United Kingdom include neighbouring rural areas if they and the towns share local government.

Some 212 million people, or more than 29 per cent of Europe’s total population, live in the Continent's 500 largest cities. Europe’s population is estimated at 727 million, with 379 million people living in the European Union, prior to its expansion in 2004.

The percentage of people living in large cities (Großstädte in German), ie those with populations of more than 150,000 residents, varies noticeably from country to country. Of Europe’s largest countries, France has the lowest number of large-city dwellers. Only 10.4 per cent of French men and women live in the country's larger cities. Russia has one of the highest figures. Here almost 42 per cent of inhabitants are residents of large towns and cities. Countries, that belonged to the former Soviet Union are credited with similar high percentage figures. In the Ukraine, 37 per cent of the country’s citizens live in cities with more than 150,000 residents. The equivalent figure for Belarus is 40 per cent.

The development historically of Germany and Italy led to the formation of a large number of important but smaller cities. The percentage of people living in larger cities or Großstädte is therefore relatively low. In Germany some 26 per cent of the population live in Großstädten, while only 21 per cent of Italians reside in cities with populations of more than 150,000 people.

In Poland, in a country where the rural population is still a major force, some 24 per cent of people live in large towns and cities. With more than seven million residents, London, the UK capital, accounts for almost 12 per cent of the country’s population. On paper, some 51 per cent of Britons live in towns and cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants. However, this figure is distorted because some smaller towns have been administratively amalgamated with their surrounding rural districts.

Russia boasts 116 cities with more than 150,000 residents, while in Germany 51 cities enjoy Großstadt status. France is a large country with relatively few large cities. Only 16 French towns and cities house above 150,000 people. The equivalent figures for Spain, Italy and Poland are 37, 25 and 24 respectively.


Introduction to European cities | European cities ranked 1 to 100 | European cities ranked 101 to 200 | European cities ranked 201 to 300 | European cities ranked 301 to 400 | European cities ranked 401 to 500 | The world's 300 largest cities | The world's largest urban areas | Urban slums | The world's capital cities |

THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE WORLD AND THEIR MAYORS 2010
Introduction
Cities by size: 1 to 150 | 151 to 300 | 301 to 450 | 451 to 550 |
Cities in alphabetical order: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |
Cities by countries: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |


World Mayor 2014
26 mayors from across the world are competing for the 2014 World Mayor Prize
CHOOSE THE WINNER NOW


Support the Mayor you believe should win the 2014 World Mayor Prize



NORTH AMERICA
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Calgary, Canada
Mayor Annise Parker
Houston, USA
Mayor Mick Cornett
Oklahoma City, USA
Mayor Kevin Johnson
Sacramento, USA



LATIN AMERICA
Mayor Marcio Lacerda
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mayor Álvaro Arzú
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Mayor Carlos Eduardo Correa
Monteria, Colombia
Mayor Carlos Ocariz
Sucre, Venezuela



EUROPE
Mayor Daniel Termont
Ghent, Belgium
Mayor Alain Juppé
Bordeaux, France
Mayor Albrecht Schröter
Jena, Germany
Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, Thessaloniki, Greece
Mayor Giusy Nicolini, Lampedusa, Italy
Mayor Nils Usakovs
Riga, Latvia
Mayor José Ramón García, Ribera de Arriba, Spain
Mayor George Ferguson, Bristol, UK
Mayor Joe Anderson, Liverpool, UK



ASIA
Mayor Tri Rismaharini (Risma)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Mayor Yona Yahav
Haifa, Israel
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog
Iloilo City, Philippines
Mayor Hani Mohammad Aburas
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mayor Park Won-soon
Seoul, South Korea
Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu
Izmir, Turkey



AUSTRALIA
Mayor Clover Moore
Sydney, Australia



AFRICA
Mayor Jacqueline
Moustache, Victoria, Seychelles
Mayor Thabo Manyoni
Mangaung, South Africa



Previous winners
and runners-up

Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. MORE