10 Most Populated Cities of India

The world’s largest democracy, India is the second-largest country in the world when it comes to the population numbers. The country is only behind China on the list of the most populated countries across the globe. According to the 2011 Census, India’s population is 1.23 billion which is the second largest only after China—leading with 1.35 billion. As per the latest stats and predictions based on the analysis done, India is all set to surpass China by the year 2020 to become the most populated country across the globe and if that happens then the things are going to get worse as compared to the present standards.

In recent years, the rise of the population has been a constant affair of worry for the Indian economists. Often, it is discussed that the rise in numbers has resulted in more people moving towards cities and consequently Indian cities are getting overpopulated. Hence, the available resources are depreciating and soon it will be difficult to provide basic facilities to all the consumers.

So, here we have compiled for you a list of 10 Most Populated Cities of India.


1. Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai ranks first in the list of most populated cities of India.
Mumbai is also known as the financial capital of India

Mumbai—the financial capital is the most populated city in the country. According to the 2011 Census, Mumbai’s total population is estimated to be 12,478,450. Mumbai ranks 5th in the list of world’s most populated cities. It is due to the presence of the large number of resources and opportunities that major share of the population in India wants to live in Mumbai.


2. Delhi—National Capital

Delhi ranks second in the list of most populated cities of India
Delhi is the National Capital of India

Delhi is the national capital territory of India. Delhi is considered to be the city of national importance and center of power since it’s rise from the Mughal period. According to the historical sources, the city was inhabited before the second millennium BC itself. As per the Census conducted in the year 2011, the total population of Delhi is estimated to be 11,007,830. When it comes to the list of top populated cities in the world, the national capital Delhi manages to get the tenth spot.


3. Bengaluru, Karnataka

Bengaluru bags third spot in the list of most populated cities of India
Bengaluru is also known as the IT city of India.

Bangalore or Bengaluru is the major IT hub of India and has always been the favorite place to settle for all the IT sector based job professionals. All thanks to the ample job opportunities available in the city. The city was expanded in the year 2007 and has managed to touch new limits since then. It is one of the most popular cities among Indian youth to live at and settle for their career growth. According to the census conducted in the year 2011, the total estimated population of Bengaluru is 8,425,970 and the city is ranked 3rd in the list of top 10 most populated cities of India. Bengaluru ranks 22nd in the list of the most populated cities in the world.


4. Hyderabad, Telangana

Hyderabad ranks 4th in the list of most populated cities of India
Hyderabad is one of the fastest emerging IT hubs in the country.

Hyderabad is one of the fastest growing IT hub in the country. Hyderabad is the capital of two states i.e., Andhra Pradesh and newly formed Telangana. There are a large number of business opportunities available in the city of Hyderabad and has shown great growth rates in the real estate sector. Consequently, many businessmen and job seekers are rushing towards Hyderabad which has definitely increased the population of the city. Hyderabad is the 4th largest city in India when the population stats are concerned and has a total estimated population of 6,809,970.  The city ranks 34th in the world rankings of the most populated cities across the globe.


5. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad gets 5th spot in the list of most populated cities of India.
Ahmedabad is also known as the ‘Manchester of India’

A few years ago, the city of Ahmedabad was also known as the ‘Manchester of India’. Ahmedabad is seen as the financial capital of the state of Gujarat. The city is one of the fastest growing cities in India and has managed to get attention from many venture capitalists and real state developers. The market is quite hot in this part of the country and a large number of options are available for the buyers to book profits. As per the census 2011, Ahmedabad has a total estimated population of 5,570,585 and ranks 5th in the list of the most populated cities of India. Ahmedabad also manages to get the 39th position in the list of world’s most populated cities.



6. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai gets 6th spot in the list of most populated cities of India
Chennai is one of the most important port city in India

Chennai is one of the major business hubs in the country. The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is seen as one of the most important ports in India. This city is one of the largest cities in Southern India and is famous for its textile mills, temples and well-planned city structure. Chennai ranks 6th in the list of the most populated cities of India with a total estimated population of 4,681,090.


7. Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata is the 7th largest populated city in India
Kolkata is the largest city in eastern India

Kolkata is the largest city of eastern India and is known for its rich artistic culture. The capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata is famous for Bengali sweets and enthusiastic people. Kolkata is one of the top metropolitan cities in the country and has a total metropolis area of 185 square km. Kolkata has always been the land of singers, writers and many other artists. When it comes to the population numbers, Kolkata ranks 7th in the list of the most populated cities of India and has a total estimated population of 4,486,685 (as per the census 2011). Kolkata ranks 51st in the list of the most populated cities in the world.


8. Surat, Gujarat

Surat is the eighth largest populated city of India
Surat is known for diamond trade and textile industries.

Surat is known across the globe for its famous diamond trade and textile industries. It is one of the best-industrialized business destinations in the country. Due to the presence of a large number of diamond and textile industries along with other small and medium-scale companies, every year thousands of job seekers come to Surat from nearby areas for getting jobs. Consequently, these job seekers settle in Surat once they manage to grab a good job opportunity. As per the census conducted in the year 2011, Surat has an estimated population of 4,462,005 and ranks 8th in the list of top populated cities of India. There is no denial in the fact that Surat is one of the most developed cities in India and has something to offer to every job seeker.


9. Pune, Maharashtra

Pune ranks 9th in the list of most populated cities of India.
Pune is one of the major emerging cyber cities of India

Pune is an emerging Information Technology hub in the country. Pune is known for a number of premier educational institutions in its vicinity. The city is visioned to be one of the major cyber cities of the country after Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The city is also famous for the nightlife and number of party cafes. There is a number of small-scale IT companies that have set up their base in Pune and are operating from there. Thus, provides better employment options to all the deserving and qualified candidates. This place is a hot market for the real state sector. Pune’s total population, as highlighted in the 2011 census is estimated to be 3,115,431 and is the ninth-largest city in the country.


10. Jaipur, Rajasthan

JAipur ranks 10 th in the list of most populated cities of India
Jaipur is known as the Pink City

Jaipur- the Pink City is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. The historical resources suggest that the Jaipur city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh ΙΙ on 18th November 1727.  Jaipur is one of the famous tourist destinations in the country and is known for its rich heritage, hospitality and architectural marvels. The city has a large number of heritage hotels and royal palaces. The city offers a lot of career opportunities to the qualified candidates and thus, has witnessed the migration of a large number of people from the nearby remote areas towards Jaipur. According to the census done in the year 2011, the total population of Jaipur is estimated to be 3,073,350. The city ranks 10th in the list of top 10 most populated cities of India.


The increase in population has badly affected both the economic balance and stability of the country as well as the stock of available resources. It’s a high time now and each one of us is required to raise the voice against the issue of over population and frame some much-needed policies like China.

That’s all from the story. Do mention to us in the comment section:  What do you feel about overpopulation and what is required to be done to deal with it?

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