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Top 150 urban areas by population and GDP, 2014-2015

Sources: European Commission, JRC , Global Human Se t tlemen t , ht tp://ghsl.jrc; Global Metro Monitor 2014,


A comparison of two maps showing the 150 largest urban areas in the world reveals very strong distortions between population and wealth. On the one hand, some urban agglomerations of between 10 and 20 million inhabitants have a high GDP (New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris), and on the other there are very many, especially in Asia, which have an extremely large population and low or very low GDP. We should remember that the total GDP of an urban area sometimes conceals very considerable gaps in wealth between social groups and/or neighborhoods.


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