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Two-thirds of world population will live in cities by 2050, says UN

Two-thirds of world population will live in cities by 2050, says UN

New York, 17 May 2018 (MIA) – Two-thirds of people in the world will be living in cities by 2050, and the boom will be concentrated in India, China, and Nigeria, according to United Nations estimates released on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The world’s rural population will peak in a few years then decline by 2050, according to the report by the UN’s population division.

Tokyo is currently the world’s largest city with 37 million people, followed by Delhi with 29 million, Shanghai with 26 million, and Mexico City and São Paulo, each with around 22 million inhabitants. Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing, and Dhaka all have close to 20 million inhabitants.

However, Delhi will overtake Tokyo around 2028, the report said.

At about the same time, India is expected to surpass China as the country with the world’s largest total population.

There will also be more megacities. In 1990 there were just ten megacities, classed as places with populations of 10 million or more. There are now 33 megacities, and by 2030, 43 megacities are projected, mostly in developing countries.

According to Reuters, around 55% of the world population lives in urban areas today, increasing to 68% by 2050. India, China, and Nigeria will account for more than a third of that expansion. mr/13:01

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