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Modified & Updated: 28 Apr 2024

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There are tens of thousands of cities around the world. All of them are unique in their own way, with so much to see and experience within. And here are examples of uniqueness from cities facts.

  1. There are more than 50,000 cities in the world.
  2. Megacities are cities with more than 10 million people living in them.
  3. Tokyo is the most populated city in the world, with more than 38 million people.
  4. New York is the biggest city in the world, with 8,683 km² in area.
  5. The Vatican City is the smallest city in the world, with only 44 hectares in area.
  1. The first cities in history arose in Sumer in Ancient Mesopotamia.
  2. Ancient Egyptian cities were small in comparison to cities of other ancient civilizations.
  3. The ancient Chinese designed their cities to reflect astrological themes.
  4. The ancient Greeks saw cities both as physical places and citizens’ associations.
  5. The Romans founded cities to spread their culture and society to surrounding areas.
  6. European cities shrunk in size and population during the Middle Ages.
  7. The Holy Roman Emperors backed the growth of German cities to weaken the nobility.
  8. The wealth of the Italian city-states jump-started the Renaissance.
  9. Trade and industry fueled the growth of cities during the early modern period.
  10. Deindustrialization posed new challenges to urban life in the late 20th century onward.
  1. The Pacific island country of Nauru is the only country in the world with no cities.
  2. China has the most cities of any country in the world.
  3. Singapore is the smallest city in Asia.
  4. Hong Kong is the world’s richest city.
  5. Yakutsk in Russia is the coldest city in the world.
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