World’s 10 fastest growing cities in ‘population’-According to an estimate, by 2050, 68 percent of the world’s population will be in cities. In this blog, we are telling you about ten such cities in the world whose population is growing the fastest in the world.
|Kinshasa, DRC, Africa’s most populous city-image credit-https://geographical.co.uk/|
All over the world, urban areas are expanding and their population is increasing. By 2050, two out of every three people are expected to live in cities or other urban centers. India, China, and Nigeria stand at the forefront of this growth, which is projected to increase by 35 percent of the world’s urban population between 2018 and 2050.
Here, we look at the fastest growing urban centers by population (not including cities with less than 300,000 inhabitants), as predicted by the United Nations for the years 2020-2025. 15 of the 20 fastest growing are predicted to be located in Africa. The other four are in Asia and one is in the Middle East. In Europe, the city with the fastest-growing population is Balashikha in Russia (with a growth rate of 2 percent), but overall, the continent is only likely to see a decrease in population by 2025.
World’s 10 fastest growing cities in ‘population’
1- Gwagwalada, Nigeria: +6.46%
Population Estimates: 2020: 410,000 • 2025: 566,000
Since the seat of government of Nigeria was moved from Lagos to Abuja in 1991, Gwagwalada, 45 kilometers southeast of the capital, has experienced a huge influx of people. It is estimated to have the largest increase in population on the African continent and is the fastest-growing urban center in the world.
2- Cabinda, DRC: +6.37%
Population Estimates: 2020: 466,000 • 2025: 640,000
Kabinda is the capital of Lomami Province, in a remote part of the south-central Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located about 100 km east of Mabuji-mae, the country’s second-largest city after the capital Kinshasa. The surrounding area is one of the world’s richest mineral sources and produces one-tenth of the world’s industrial diamonds by weight.
When it comes to population growth as a whole, Africa has the highest (2.46%) by 2025 compared to Asia (0.75%), South America (0.85%), Central America (1.13%), North America (0.71) is expected to increase. %) and Oceania (1.23%). Europe is the only continent predicted to decrease (-0.02%.)
3- Rupganj, Bangladesh: +6.36%
Population Estimates: 2020: 482,000 • 2025: 662,000
The third fastest-growing city in Rupganj, an Upazila (‘sub-district in Bengali) of Narayanganj district in central Bangladesh. Narayanganj is an industrial center that plays an important role in the country’s jute trade (Jute is a natural fiber extracted from the bark of the jute vegetable plant). It is also the historical home of the production of Jamdani, a fine muslin cloth woven from cotton and gold threads, which is used to make saris.
4- Lokoja, Nigeria: +5.93%
Population Estimates: 2020: 692,000 • 2025: 931,000
Lokoja is a river port on the west bank of the Niger River in south-central Nigeria. The current city was founded in 1857 by Scottish explorer William Balfour Becky, but hundreds of years ago the area was home to various ethnic groups, including the Yoruba people. The modern city is an important trading port for cotton, leather, palm oil, and kernels. Locally produced yams, corn, beans, fish, and shea nuts are also sold in large markets here.
|A meat vendor in Lokoja, Nigeria-IMAGE CREDIT-https://geographical.co.uk|
5-Uge, Angola: +5.92%
Population Estimates: 2020: 511,000 • 2025: 687,000
Between 1945 and the mid-1950s, Uige grew from a small market town in northwestern Angola into a major center for coffee production in the country. First settled by Portuguese colonists, Carmona was renamed in 1955 after former Portuguese President Oscar Carmona. After the start of the Angolan Civil War in 1975, when the settlers fled, the town’s name was changed back to Uige.
There are currently 35 megacities (with a population of over 10 million), and eight more are expected to join the ranks by 2030, all of which (London) are in developing countries. It’s been 200 years since the UK capital became the most populous place on the planet, but after a period of decline in the late 20th century, it is once again booming.
6-Bujumbura, Burundi: +5.57%
Population Estimates: 2020: 1013,000 • 2025: 1,350,000
The former capital of Burundi, Bujumbura is also the country’s main port, located in the northeast corner of Lake Tanganyika. Most of Burundi’s foreign trade flows through and en route to Kigoma in neighboring Tanzania. Bujumbura was the capital of Burundi until 2019, when parliament voted to move the seat of government to the historic capital, Gitega.
7-Songra, Tanzania: +5.74%
Population Estimates: 2020: 353,000 • 2025: 470,000
Between 1905 and 1907, Songia was the center of African resistance during the Maji Maji Rebellion in German East Africa and was named after a Ngoni warrior who was killed during German repression. Now the capital of the Ruvuma Region in southeastern Tanzania, the city is predicted to experience significant economic growth as a result of the Mtwara Development Corridor – a major one designed to provide road, rail, and waterway links between Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi. infrastructure development project and Mtwara port in Zambia, and southern Tanzania.
8-Xiong’an, China: +5.69%
Population Estimates: 2020: 970,000 • 2025: 1,289,000
Xiong’an New Area, as it is officially called, was established in 2017 about 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing and consists of three counties, Xiong, Rongcheng, and Anxin. Its main purpose was to serve as a growth center for the Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei (or Jing–Jin–Jie) economic triangle, making room for new companies and institutions that are currently finding space in the congested capital. are fighting for. So far, investments in China’s ‘city of the future are estimated to exceed 700 billion yuan (£88 billion).
We are used to hearing about the huge populations of the world’s largest cities, especially Beijing and Tokyo, but these giants do not paint the whole picture. Only one of the top 20 fastest-growing cities is in China, reflecting a slowdown in the country’s population growth (although it is still growing). Instead, most are in Africa (17 of the top 20, with four in Nigeria). This is partly due to the high birth rate. According to the World Bank, the 2019 fertility rate (births per woman) in sub-Saharan Africa was 2.4 compared to the global fertility rate of 4.6. Migration to urban centers also plays a role.
9-Ne Pi Taw, Myanmar: +5.67%
Population Estimates: 2020: 594,000 • 2025: 788,000
Ne Pi Taw, which means ‘abode of kings’ in Burmese, is the capital of Myanmar and the third-largest city in the country. It replaced the former capital Yangon in 2005. Despite being the seat of government and the site of the Central Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Presidential Palace, Ne Pi Taw has a relatively low population density. However, this is expected to change.
Ne Pi Taw, Myanmar: +5.67%-image credit-https://geographical.co.uk/
10-Potiskam, Nigeria: +5.65%
Population Estimates: 2020: 426,000 • 2025: 565,000
Potiskam is a city district in Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria. It is notable for its cattle market, which is one of the largest in Africa and one of the largest in West Africa, as well as a thriving grain and millet trade.
10 New Megacities
According to the United Nations, there could be 43 megacities in the world by 2030. Of the 10 cities to become megacities between 2018 and 2030, two have already reached 10 million residents: Kinshasa and Hyderabad. Nine out of 10 cities are located in developing countries.
- Kinshasa, DRC, current population estimate: 15.6 million • 2030: 21.9 million
- Hyderabad, India, current population estimate: 10.5 million • 2030: 12.7 million
- Luanda, Angola, current population estimate: 8.9 million • 2030: 12.1 million
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, current population estimate: 9 million • 2030: 11 million
- Nanjing, China, current population estimate: 9.4 million • 2030: 11 million
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, current population estimate: 7.4 million • 2030: 10.8 million
- Chengdu, China, current population estimate: 9.5 million • 2030: 10.7 million
- Ahmedabad, India, current population estimate: 8.4 million • 2030: 10.1 million
- Tehran, Iran, current population estimate: 9.4 million • 2030: 10.2 million
- London, UK, current population estimate: 9.5 million • 2030: 10.2 million