Small logo Subscribe to leading news on impact investing. Learn More
The Brief Originals Dealflow Signals The Impact Alpha Impact Voices Podcasts Agents of Impact Open
What's Next Capital on the Frontier Measure Better Investing in Racial Equity Beyond Trade-offs Impact en las Americas New Revivalists
Local and Inclusive Climate Finance Catalytic Capital Frontier Finance Best Practices Geographies
Slack Agent of Impact Calls Events Contribute
The Archive ImpactSpace The Accelerator Selection Tool Network Map
About Us FAQ Calendar Pricing and Payment Policy Privacy Policy Terms of Service Agreement Contact Us
Locavesting Entrepreneurship Gender Smart Return on Inclusion Good Jobs Creative economy Opportunity Zones Investing in place Housing New Schooled Well Being People on the Move Faith and investing Inclusive Fintech
Clean Energy Farmer Finance Soil Wealth Conservation Finance Financing Fish
Innovative Finance
Personal Finance Impact Management
Africa Asia Europe Latin America Middle East Oceania/Australia China Canada India United Kingdom United States
Subscribe
Features
Series
Themes
Community
Data
Subscribe Log In
More

Metro migration



City populations are growing and rural populations are shrinking. By 2030, 60% of the world’s people will live in cities; by 2050, the figure is likely to be 70%.

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population in 2030 will live in a city with more than one million people. Nine of the 10 most populous cities in 2030 will be in Asia and Africa (the exception is Mexico City); they will all have more than 23 million people.

Not all cities are created equal, however. Large countries like China, India, and the U.S. have urban populations spread across multiple geographic areas.

By contrast, in 28 countries, there’s one big metro center where as much as 40% of the urban population lives. Several are in areas prone to political instability and conflict, including Kabul, Afghanistan and Mogadishu, Somalia. Others are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change.

Before Hurricane Maria, San Juan, Puerto Rico was home to 72% of the island’s residents. According to a data booklet on cities by the U.N., 56% of global cities with populations of 300,000 or more are at risk of natural disasters. Collectively, they are home to more than 1.4 billion people.

You might also like...