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Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa | 2018 Population Ranking

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Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa | 2018 Population Ranking. Here is the list of the most populated cities in Africa. This list of populous cities in African continent is ranked according to their respective metro area populations, are experiencing both rapid growth and challenges.


Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Africa has many cities which are ranked as the largest or the most populous cities in the continent and to know more about them, take a look at the following top 10 biggest cities in Africa.


Analysis of Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

1. Lagos State, Nigeria


Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa


Lagos is the largest city in Africa and is also the most populous city in Nigeria. It is ranked as the 2nd fastest-growing city in Africa and the 7th in the whole world. The total population of Lagos is estimated to be about 21 million people to be the highest in Africa.


2. Cairo, Egypt

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Cairo is the largest and capital city of Egypt and the Sixteenth Largest in the world,Located near the Nile Delta. Cairo has been characterized by the region political and cultural life.

Urban population: 1,520,000.


3. Kinshasa, DR Congo – 13.3 million

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Kinshasa’s population is estimated to be from 10 million to 13.3 million by various sources. The World Bank reports that DRC’s population as 74.88 million. According to the United Nations (UN) report on population growth in the cities of 2015, Kinshasa’s population grew at a rate of 9.2 percent. Though the country is mineral rich, 64 percent of the population lives below the poverty line according to FINCA International. Besides minerals, gas, oil, agriculture, and timber are the key sectors sustaining Kinshasa’s economy.


4. Luanda, Angola

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Luanda is Angola’s capital and the country’s largest city. The city’s population was recorded at 6.5 million according to preliminary data in 2014, but the number was revised to 6.94 million according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). According to a Swedish Embassy report, Luanda has the highest annual growth in population in Africa, and by 2030 will have 9 million residents. The city hosts the country’s busiest seaport off the Atlantic Ocean coast.


5. Nairobi, Kenya

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Nairobi is estimated population of about 3.5 million residents of whom, 60 percent live in slum poverty according to a 2014 World Policy report. With suburbs included, it has an estimated population of 6.54 million according to the World Population Review. Nairobi is the only city in the world near a game reserve the Nairobi National Park. It’s a vibrant commerce, technology, manufacturing, industrial, and financial hub for East and Central Africa. As such Nairobi contributes 60 percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product, or the nation’s wealth.


6. Mogadishu, Somalia

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Mogadishu is the largest and Capital of Somalia, Located in the Coastal region on the Indian Ocean with an Urban population of 5,845,000.


7. Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Abidjan is the Capital of Ivory Coast, has the 20% of the over all population of the country. The city is known by its high level of urbanization and industrialization. Urban population: 4,400,000 with an Area of 2119km square.


8. Alexandria, Egypt

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

This is a city located in the Northern part of Egypt. The city has the largest sea port and it’s the country’s Window to the Mediterranean sea, Also known for its cultural attraction. Urban population: 4,575,000.


9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 3.4 million

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Addis Ababa has a population of 3.4 million according to the country’s Central Statistical Agency’s 2014 report. In 2014, Bloomberg reported that the city’s population is expected to reach 8.1 million, by 2040. Addis Ababa’s average annual Gross Domestic Product according to Lloyd City Risk Index is $32.04 billion, and is annually growing at the average rate of 12.18 percent. The city is an industrial and manufacturing hub which contributes 4 percent to the country’s economy according to Focus Africa.


10. Johannesburg, South Africa

Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa

Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa and is the 6th biggest city in Africa. This city is considered to be an important source of gold and diamond which are traded in the country. The population of Johannesburg is estimated to be approximately 4.43 million people which makes it the largest city in the country by population.


Largest Cities In Africa By Population.

The table below shows the list of Top 10 Largest Cities in Africa. See List below.

RankLargest Cities In AfricaEstimated Metro Population
1Lagos, Nigeria21.0 million people
2Cairo, Egypt20.4 million people
3Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo13.3 million people
4Luanda, Angola6.5 million people
5Nairobi, Kenya6.5 million people
6Mogadishu, Somalia6.0 million people
7Abidjan, Ivory Coast4.7 million people
8Alexandria, Egypt4.7 million people
9Addis Ababa, Ethiopia4.6 million people
10Johannesburg, South Africa4.4 million people
11Dar es Salaam, Tanzania4.4 million people
12Casablanca, Morocco4.3 million people
13Accra, Ghana4.1 million people
14Durban, South Africa3.4 million people
15Kano, Nigeria2.8 million people


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