Africa has very big and high populated cities. As the second largest population in the world, Africa boast of cities with very high population. In this post we will list 10 cities with the highest population in Africa.
Top 10 cities with the highest population in Africa
1. Lagos, Nigeria
On the top spot of the cities with the highest population is Lagos State. Lagos state is among the 36 states of Nigeria and also among the 6 cities in the country.The city is well known for its high commercial activities making up about 25% of Nigeria’s GDP.
Lagos has a population of 23 Million making the city with the most population in Africa
2. Kinshasa, DR Congo- 13 million
Kinshasa is the second city with the highest population in Africa. It is the largest city in DR Congo and also the capital. Formerly known as Léopoldville.
The population of Kinshasa is 11.86 Million
3. Cairo, Egypt
Cairo is the capital of Arab Republic of Egypt. The city is known as the commercial center of Egypt. The city is one of the oldest in the world as it has been recorded to have been in existence for more than 1000 years. Located very close to the Nile river.
Cairo is the third largest city by population in Africa with about 9.5 million people.
Kano is is the Largest city in Nigeria by Area and the second most populated city in the country as well. Kano is on the fourth place on the list of Cities with the highest population.
The city is located in the northern part of Nigeria mainly occupied by the Hausa Tribe of Nigeria. The population of Kano is about 11.2 Million.
The 5th city with the most population in Africa is Giza. Giza is an Egyptian city Located by the west bank of the Nile river, near Cairo. This city is among the oldest cities in Egypt and the world. Has 3 tall pyramids and known for the great monuments in the city.
Giza is the third largest city in Egypt and has a population of about 8.8 million people.
6. Dars es Salaam 6.7
Dars es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. In addition, it is the capital of Tanzania. Dars es Salaam sits on the 6th spot of cities with the highest population in Africa.
The city’s population is estimated to the about 6.7 million.
7. Johannesburg 5.6
South Africa is made up of several big cities. Johannesburg is the biggest city in Africa and also known as one of the Urban cities of top 50 in the world. Furthermore, the city is sprawling with the Soweto and home to the iconic Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Johannesburg is the 7th largest city by population in Africa with about 5.6 million people
8. Alexandria, Egypt 5.2
When you consider cities with most population in Africa, ancient cities like Alexandria will appear on the list. Alexandria is officially the second largest city by population in Egypt and the 8th in Africa.
The city is iconic for its commercial activities in Egypt. Alexandria has a population of 5.2 inhabitants.
9. Abidjan 5.0
Abidjan is regarded as one of the biggest french-speaking city in Africa. Known as the economic capital of Ivory Coast. Abidjan is the ninth city with the largest population in Africa.
10. Nairobi 4.7
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya with about and the largest city in the east African country.
The city has a population of 4.7 million.