Capital Cities by Population

List of All Capitals by Population
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RankCountryCapitalPopulation
1JapanTokyo37,468,302
2IndiaNew Delhi28,513,682
3MexicoMexico City21,580,827
4EgyptCairo20,076,002
5ChinaBeijing19,617,963
6BangladeshDhaka19,578,421
7ArgentinaBuenos Aires14,966,530
8Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa13,171,256
9RussiaMoscow12,409,738
10FranceParis10,900,952
11ColombiaBogotá10,574,409
12IndonesiaJakarta10,516,927
13PeruLima10,390,607
14ThailandBangkok10,156,316
15South KoreaSeoul9,963,497
16United KingdomLondon9,046,485
17IranTehran8,895,947
18AngolaLuanda7,774,200
19MalaysiaKuala Lumpur7,563,912
20Saudi ArabiaRiyadh6,906,595
21IraqBaghdad6,811,955
22ChileSantiago6,680,371
23SpainMadrid6,497,124
24SingaporeSingapore5,791,901
25SudanKhartoum5,534,079
26United StatesWashington D.C.5,206,593
27TurkeyAnkara4,919,074
28BrazilBrasília4,469,585
29South AfricaCape Town4,430,367
30EthiopiaAddis Ababa4,399,674
31KenyaNairobi4,385,853
32VietnamHanoi4,282,738
33ItalyRome4,209,710
34AfghanistanKabul4,011,770
35CameroonYaoundé3,655,656
36GermanyBerlin3,552,123
37ParaguayAsunción3,222,199
38Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo3,172,152
39GreeceAthens3,155,600
40MadagascarAntananarivo3,058,387
41North KoreaPyongyang3,037,862
42KuwaitKuwait City2,989,270
43UgandaKampala2,986,352
44SenegalDakar2,978,419
45UkraineKyiv2,956,706
46VenezuelaCaracas2,934,560
47PortugalLisbon2,927,316
48NigeriaAbuja2,918,518
49GuatemalaGuatemala City2,851,104
50YemenSana'a2,779,317
51TaiwanTaipei2,705,791
52AlgeriaAlgiers2,693,542
53HaitiPort-au-Prince2,636,763
54Burkina FasoOuagadougou2,531,381
55ZambiaLusaka2,523,844
56UzbekistanTashkent2,463,969
57MaliBamako2,446,749
58GhanaAccra2,439,389
59LebanonBeirut2,385,271
60South AfricaPretoria2,378,350
61SyriaDamascus2,319,545
62TunisiaTunis2,290,777
63AzerbaijanBaku2,285,729
64Republic of the CongoBrazzaville2,229,693
65CubaHavana2,136,468
66SomaliaMogadishu2,081,624
67JordanAmman2,064,582
68BelgiumBrussels2,049,510
69BelarusMinsk2,004,672
70CambodiaPhnom Penh1,952,329
71AustriaVienna1,900,547
72MoroccoRabat1,846,661
73PhilippinesManila1,846,513
74GuineaConakry1,843,121
75EcuadorQuito1,822,397
76RomaniaBucharest1,821,380
77BoliviaLa Paz1,814,087
78PanamaPanama City1,783,490
79PolandWarsaw1,767,798
80HungaryBudapest1,759,497
81TogoLomé1,745,744
82UruguayMontevideo1,736,989
83SwedenStockholm1,582,968
84MongoliaUlaanbaatar1,520,381
85ZimbabweHarare1,515,016
86OmanMuscat1,446,563
87United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi1,419,699
88LiberiaMonrovia1,418,300
89SerbiaBelgrade1,389,351
90CanadaOttawa1,363,159
91HondurasTegucigalpa1,363,041
92Costa RicaSan José1,357,745
93NepalKathmandu1,329,732
94ChadN'Djamena1,322,679
95DenmarkCopenhagen1,320,826
96Czech RepublicPrague1,291,552
97FinlandHelsinki1,279,096
98BulgariaSofia1,272,418
99NigerNiamey1,213,781
100MauritaniaNouakchott1,205,414
101IrelandDublin1,201,426
102LibyaTripoli1,157,746
103Sierra LeoneFreetown1,135,949
104NetherlandsAmsterdam1,131,690
105El SalvadorSan Salvador1,106,698
106MozambiqueMaputo1,101,771
107ArmeniaYerevan1,080,324
108GeorgiaTbilisi1,077,333
109KazakhstanAstana1,068,113
110PakistanIslamabad1,061,412
111RwandaKigali1,057,836
112NicaraguaManagua1,047,923
113MalawiLilongwe1,029,639
114NorwayOslo1,012,225
115KyrgyzstanBishkek996,319
116IsraelJerusalem907,062
117EritreaAsmara895,863
118TajikistanDushanbe872,653
119Central African RepublicBangui850,946
120GabonLibreville813,489
121TurkmenistanAshgabat810,186
122CroatiaZagreb685,587
123BeninCotonou685,458
124LaosVientiane664,754
125LatviaRiga637,089
126QatarDoha633,401
127JamaicaKingston589,083
128North MacedoniaSkopje584,208
129BahrainManama564,631
130DjiboutiDjibouti561,564
131Guinea-BissauBissau558,399
132South AfricaBloemfontein545,875
133Trinidad and TobagoPort-of-Spain544,417
134LithuaniaVilnius536,055
135MoldovaChișinău509,707
136MyanmarNaypyidaw500,218
137AlbaniaTirana475,577
138AustraliaCanberra447,692
139GambiaBanjul437,161
140EstoniaTallinn437,027
141SlovakiaBratislava429,920
142SwitzerlandBern422,153
143New ZealandWellington411,346
144NamibiaWindhoek404,280
145South SudanJuba368,914
146Papua New GuineaPort Moresby366,862
147Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo342,577
148Equatorial GuineaMalabo296,770
149SloveniaLjubljana286,491
150BeninPorto-Novo285,328
151East TimorDili281,135
152BahamasNassau279,668
153BoliviaSucre277,910
154CyprusNicosia269,469
155BotswanaGaborone269,338
156TanzaniaDodoma261,645
157SurinameParamaribo239,457
158Ivory CoastYamoussoukro231,072
159IcelandReykjavík216,364
160MaltaValletta212,768
161BhutanThimphu203,297
162LesothoMaseru201,851
163FijiSuva178,339
164MontenegroPodgorica177,177
165MaldivesMalé176,851
166Cape VerdePraia167,504
167KosovoPristina161,751
168MauritiusPort Louis149,365
169BurundiGitega135,467
170LuxembourgLuxembourg119,752
171GuyanaGeorgetown109,934
172Sri LankaSri Jayawardenepura Kotte103,248
173BarbadosBridgetown89,201
174Solomon IslandsHoniara81,801
175São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé80,099
176EswatiniMbabane68,010
177KiribatiSouth Tarawa64,011
178ComorosMoroni62,351
179VanuatuPort Vila52,690
180BruneiBandar Seri Begawan40,781
181GrenadaSaint George's39,297
182MonacoMonaco38,897
183SamoaApia36,066
184Marshall IslandsMajuro30,661
185SeychellesVictoria28,091
186Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstown26,636
187BelizeBelmopan22,964
188TongaNukuʻalofa22,904
189AndorraAndorra la Vella22,614
190Saint LuciaCastries22,258
191Antigua and BarbudaSaint John's20,764
192DominicaRoseau14,942
193Saint Kitts and NevisBasseterre14,434
194TuvaluFunafuti7,042
195Federated States of MicronesiaPalikir6,996
196LiechtensteinVaduz5,470
197San MarinoSan Marino4,465
198NauruYaren810
199Vatican CityVatican City801
200PalauNgerulmud271
Methodology

Our data is derived from these sources.

In general, numbers are sensible urban estimates.

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Level 42
Feb 19, 2022
Thought JetPunk stopped doing this charts...
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Level 68
Feb 19, 2022
It's just a way to have a reliable source of data for our quizzes to refer to (since external sources like Wikipedia keep changing).
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Level 72
Apr 26, 2022
Why is Manila the only capital that is measured by city proper population? None of the other cities have it like that. For example, Yokohama is included in Tokyo's population. Why must Manila and only Manila get this treatment?
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Level 63
May 15, 2022
IAB is now Vicky
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2022
haha, it's 200 because of south africa and bolivia
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Level 56
Oct 19, 2022
also, nur-sultan is now astana again
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Level 51
Jan 31, 2023
Isn't the population of New Delhi only ~250,000? Or is it by metropolitan population?