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Largest Cities Over Time: 2000 BC to 2000 AD

Can you name the world's biggest cities over time? Population data and estimates from George Modelski and Tertius Chandler.
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Last updated: November 21, 2022
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Year
Population
City
Country
2000 BC
65,000
Ur
Iraq
1800 BC
>25,000
Thebes
Egypt
1600 BC
100,000
Avaris
Egypt
1400 BC
100,000
Thebes
Egypt
1200 BC
>50,000
Memphis
Egypt
1000 BC
100,000
Haojing (Xi'an)
China
800 BC
125,000
Haojing (Xi'an)
China
600 BC
200,000
Babylon
Iraq
400 BC
320,000
Xiadu
China
200 BC
600,000
Alexandria
Egypt
AD 1
800,000
Rome
Italy
Year
Population
City
Country
200
1,200,000
Rome
Italy
400
800,000
Rome
Italy
600
600,000
Constantinople
Turkey
800
700,000
Baghdad
Iraq
1000
350,000
Cordoba
Spain
1100
1,200,000
Baghdad
Iraq
1200
1,000,000
Hangzhou
China
1300
1,500,000
Hangzhou
China
1400
1,000,000
Jinling (Nanjing)
China
1500
1,000,000
Beijing
China
1600
1,000,000
Beijing
China
1700
700,000
Constantinople
Turkey
1800
1,100,000
Beijing
China
1900
6,500,000
London
United Kingdom
2000
26,400,000
Tokyo
Japan
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