Articles by Wendell Cox

About Wendell Cox

Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, author of Demographia World Urban Areas, co-author of the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, and was appointed to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission.

A Comparison of the World’s 1,000 Largest Urban Areas

In recent years, the world’s urban population has exceeded the rural population for the first time. Yet to read some reports, one could get the impression that the typical urban resident lives in one of the largest cities, like Manila, Shanghai, London, or Seoul. In fact, the megacities have only 8.4 percent of the world’s population. Nearly twice that number live in urban areas with fewer than 100,000 residents (Figure 2). In the US, any settlement with a population of 2,500 is considered an urban area.