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Some 108 million people
live in India's largest cities

With a population of some 1,027 million people, India is now the second country in the world, after China, to cross the one billion mark. The United Nations now estimates that by 2050 India will have overtaken China as the most populous country in the world. Today, Indians make up 16.7 per cent of the world’s population with an annual growth rate of close to two per cent. China's annual population growth is only one per cent, while the world population is growing at an annual rate of 1.4 per cent.

In 2001, the sex ratio for the whole of India stood at 933 females to 1,000 males. While this figure constitutes an improvement to the situation in 1991 when there were 927 females per 1,000 males, the figure is still lower than in the 1950s. In countries like the US, Russia and Japan there have been more females than males throughout the 20th century, while in Bangladesh, China and Pakistan the ratio between males and females is moving towards parity.

In 2001, India had 35 cities / urban areas with a population of more than one million people. In total, some 108 million Indians, or 10.5 per cent of the national population, live in the country’s 35 largest cities. Mumbai (Bombay) with a population of more than 16 million is now the world’s fourth-largest urban area followed by Kolkata (Calcutta) in fifth place.

Urban slum areas are home to more than 40 million Indians or 22.6 per cent of India’s urban population. More than 600 Indian towns and cities incorporate slum areas. The largest slum population in cities with a population of more than one million is found in Mumbai (48.9%) and the lowest in Patna (0.25%).


India's largest cities / urban areas
(Source: India's national census of 2001)

Rank
City / Urban area
Population
1
Mumbai (Bombay)
16,368,000
2
Kolkata (Calcutta)
13,217,000
3
Delhi
12,791,000
4
Chennai
6,425,000
5
Bangalore
5,687,000
6
Hyderabad
5,534,000
7
Ahmadabad
4,519,000
8
Pune
3,756,000
9
Surat
2,811,000
10
Kanpur
2,690,000
11
Jaipur
2,324,000
12
Lucknow
2,267,000
13
Nagpur
2,123,000
14
Patna
1,707,000
15
Indore
1,639,044
16
Vadodara
1,492,000
17
Bhopal
1,455,000
18
Coimbatore
1,446,000
19
Ludhiana
1,395,000
20
Kochi
1,355,000
21
Visakhapatnam
1,329,000
22
Agra
1,321,000
23
Varanasi
1,212,000
24
Madurai
1,195,000
25
Meerut
1,167,000
26
Nashik
1,152,000
27
Jabalpur
1,117,000
28
Jamshedpur
1,102,000
29
Asansol
1,090,000
30
Dhanbad
1,064,000
31
Faridabad
1,055,000
32
Allahabad
1,050,000
33
Amritsar
1,011,000
34
Vijayawada
1,011,000
35
Rajkot
1,002,000


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 |




Mayors with exceptional courage, compassion and competence sought for the 2016 World Mayor Prize
The 2016 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be awarded to mayors who have accepted and successfully managed the challenges posed by migration but are also convinced of its longterm benefits. They will be leading a city where past and/or more recent immigrants have contributed to the city’s society, economy and culture. The City Mayors Foundation will also consider mayors for the honours whose communities has shown exceptional resilience during the recent arrivals from disaster-torn regions of the world.

If you are convinced, like us, that the world’s cities have greatly benefited from immigrants, whose perseverance in the face of hardship and often prejudice has created the civic societies that we value and enjoy today, we invite you to nominate a mayor for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

At a time when there are some 60 million refugees worldwide, mayors to be considered for the World Mayor honours will need to have shown exceptional compassion, courage and competence. Compassion for people who have travelled great distances to find safety. Courage to fight prejudice even in the face of unpopularity. Competence to leverage the value and potential each person offers society.

By taking part in this year’s World Mayor Project you are also voicing your support for all those cities that have had to bear the brunt of the recent influx of migrants and refugees.

Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Calgary, Ghent, 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.

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