The animated bare below shows the worlds most populated cities from 1550 to 2018. Each city’s bar colored by global region.
The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018
When the visualization starts in 1500 Beijing was the most populous city. Today Tokyo is the most populous city in the world with 37 million inhabitants.
Tokyo is still projected to hold the top spot as the most largest city on earth until 2030.