Top 10 fastest growing cities (1990-2025)

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The current world population will increase by 1 billion in the next 12 years, according to a study conducted by the United Nations. A total of a projected 8,2 billion people will inhabit the world by 2025. The majority of the world population will live in a city. So what are the fastest growing cities?

During the Industrial Revolution until the 1960’s the largest growth rate was found in Europe and the United States. Paris, London, New York were amongst the largest cities of the world. But the current growth of world population mainly takes place in China and Africa. Moreover, it’s not just population growth, but it’s also the rate of urbanization. China is forecasted to add 400 million to its urban population. The urbanization rate of China will increase from 41% in 2005 to a projected 64% in 2025. Africa, mostly the sub-Sahel region, will show the same rates. So what are the fastest growing cities on the planet? Where can we expect the largest growth measured from 1990 to 2025? Here’s a top 10 fastest growing cities!

Top 10 fastest growing cities (1990-2025)

  1. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: 706.7% (1990: 535,000 –> 2025: 4,332,000
  2. Quanzhou, China: 740.2% (1990: 174,000 –> 2025: 1,462,000
  3. Huizhou, China: 791.7% (1990: 205,000 –> 2025: 1,828,000
  4. Abuja, Nigeria: 918.5% (1990: 330,000 –> 2025: 3,361,000
  5. Dongguan, China: 1139.1% (1990: 553,000 –> 2025: 6,852,000
  6. Shenzhen, China: 1173.8% (1990: 875,000 –> 2025: 11,146,000)
  7. Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast: 1221.3% (1990: 136,000 –> 2025: 1,797,000)
  8. Jinjiang, China: 1229.6% (1990: 98,000 –> 2025: 1,303,000
  9. Foshan, China: 1355% (1990: 429,000 –> 2025: 6,242,000)
  10. Puning, China: 1551.3% (1990: 76,000 –> 2025: 1,255,000)

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