Millionaire Cities and Mega Cities

Refers to AQA A2 Geography, Unit 3.

'World Cities' Module

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  • Megacities, Millionaire Cities, and their growth
    • MILLIONAIRE CITY
      • Term used to describe a city with a population of one million or more.
      • 83 worldwide in 1950
      • 285 in 1997
        • 106 in developed world
        • 179 in developing world
      • 336 worldwide in 2005
    • MEGACITY
      • Some of the largest cities have grown and merged with other areas to form city regions. These agglomerations are described as megacities.
        • An example of this is Tokyo. It's area now included the population of Yokohama.
      • 30 years ago, most megacities were in the developed world e.g. New York, Paris, London, Tokyo
        • Populations of these cities has been steady (or even declining) for some time.
        • By 1990, only 25% of megacities in developed world. The rest (Sao Paulo, Mumbai etc.) in developing world.
      • The proportion of those living in megacities (over 10 million) is still small (just 4% in 2003)
      • Growth of megacities
        • Of 20 megacities in 2003, half experienced a population growth of 1.5% or under between 1975 and 2000.
        • 6 grew at rates of above 3%
        • Since 2000, 11 megacities have experienced growth below 1.5%, and 5 have 3% + growth rate.

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