List of the Largest Cities in India

List of the Twenty Largest Cities in India

Mumbai skyline from Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Asia
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India is one of the largest countries in the world with a population of 1,173,108,018 (July 2010 estimate). It is formally called the Republic of India and it occupies most of the Indian subcontinent in the southern portion of Asia. India is the world's largest democracy and along with China, it is one of the world's fastest growing countries. It is, however, still considered a developing nation.

India covers an area of 1,269,219 square miles (3,287,263 sq km) and it is divided into 28 different states and seven union territories.

Some of the capitals of these states and territories are the largest cities in both India and the world. The following is a list of the top 20 largest cities in India. All figures are 2010 estimates obtained from The last census to take place in India was in 2001 and the next is scheduled for 2011.

India's Largest Cities

1) Mumbai: 13,830,884
State: Maharashtra

2) Delhi: 12,565,901
Union Territory: Delhi

3) Bangalore: 5,438,065
State: Karnataka

4) Kolkata: 5,138,208
State: West Bengal

5) Chennai: 4,616,639
State: Tamil Nadu

6) Hyderabad: 4,068,611
State: Andhra Pradesh

7) Ahmedabad: 3,959,432
State: Gujarat

8) Pune: 3,446,330
State: Maharashtra

9) Surat: 3,344,135
State: Gujarat

10) Kanpur: 3,221,435
State: Uttar Pradesh

11) Jaipur: 3,210,570
State: Rajasthan

12) Lucknow: 2,750,447
State: Uttar Pradesh

13) Nagpur: 2,447,063
State: Maharashtra

14) Patna: 1,875,572
State: Bihar

15) Indore: 1,854,930
State: Madhya Pradesh

16) Thane: 1,807,616
State: Maharashtra

17) Bhopal: 1,792,203
State: Madhya Pradesh

18) Ludhiana: 1,740,247
State: Punjab

19) Agra: 1,686,976
State: Uttar Pradesh

20) Pimpri-Chinchwad: 1,637,905
State: Maharashtra

Central Intelligence Agency. (20 January 2011). CIA - The World Factbook - India. Retrieved from: (1 February 2011). List of Most Populous Cities in India - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from:

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