Top Ten Most Powerful Cities In the World

The Top Ten

1 London London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south eastern part of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.

London is enriched with an incredible background. You name it; music, food, culture or entertainment, No one can compete with the pride of Europe.

London is A masterpeice, I city with fantastic History, architecture, buildings, fashion, entertainment, food and everything is what makes London by far one of the worlds greatest city along with, tokyo, new york, paris and many others!

London is far better then most cities, not just because of the power of the United Kingdom but because of its history, culture and prosperity over the years, it was the heart of the largest empire the globe has ever seen and it is the centre of 'the workshop of the world'

The metaphorical epicentre of the world. The connecting point between Europe and North America.

2 New York

New York is a power house and will remain there for quite a while even if you don't like it. (not trying to be mean) Ny has a EO of 1.1 trillion that contributes to its power and stamina. London isn't far behind and I expect that it will rise further. But until that happens NY will stay ahead of the game.

Is ranked #10 in terms of population
The seat of the largest financial institutions
The seat of the UN headquarters
The center of the arts, music and entertainment (Broadway, Julliard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, etc.)
Largest sports teams and arenas (Knicks, Rangers, MSG)
Educational center (Columbia, NYU, etc.)
Largest public transit system in the world
The most powerful European and Asian companies all have want to hold claims in NYC.
The largest tech companies want to establish presence here.
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City with the largest immigrant population. The statue of liberty draws immigrants from around the world. Everyone wants to move here.

Are you kidding me? New York's way more powerful than overrated and boring London. It's the melting pot, it's the financial capital of the world, it's home to the most famous and iconic landmarks EVER. What more can I say? Hmmm, well let's see. Aside from the influence, history, and beauty of the proud concrete jungle city, there's... Ahem.

Green cash flowing everywhere, along with the satisfying sounds of coins clicking and jingling along to the tune of Wall Street and other major financial corporations and banks dealing with millions and millions of transactions each day, while the beepings of the ATMs around the corner help maintain a robust, regal, and smooth-sailing financial and economical system, which keeps the engine running in the financial capital of the world, and is able to make daunting decisions and do perilous tasks around the country and throughout the world.

Now, I don't know about you, but it seems like those British crybabies and tea-sipping, ...more

After reading other polls it seems this one is a bit flawed. Every other poll stated that NYC is the most powerful city in the world. London isn't far behind and is most definitely in the same playing field, but NYC still tops most if not all lists. It's the most brilliant place to be and live, but only if you hustle and make it that way...otherwise better off heading elsewhere.

3 Tokyo Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

Tokyo is the world largest population city. It is very beautiful and clean city. I am indian but I love Tokyo. Tokyo is heart of Japan.

The highest economic output of a StaGGErING 1.3 trillion.

Japan are high tech they can defeat even the most strongest enemy hahaah japan wins

When I visit Tokyo I was surprised with everything in good way. Also I like their beautiful culture and heart.

4 New Delhi New Delhi is the capital and seat of government of India. It is also a municipality and district in Delhi and serves as the seat of Government of Delhi.

I like this city

I been there its very nice city, I feel its heart of India, I proud of be Indian...

My name vikrant I am from India, I been lot of countries but I feel new Delhi is so best for living, I proud to say that now I am in India, and now new Delhi is top ten position..

In Delhi life is so cool, we can find rich poor all types of life, so it's best city I feel in world okay

Best in Public Transport, Infrstructure, Best Marketplaces in India with most no. Of public spaces/Gardens in the entire Country

this is the city which feed food for many citizens. It is the cheapest city and the people are friendly. It is the capital of India and in many matters it goes to the best city in the world.

In terms of economy and otherwise it's not globally as important as Shanghai, Beijing, or Washington

5 Paris Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and the ...read more.

The city is clean and indeed a nice place to be

Undeserved reputation for being bad for business and rude. Actually great economical and political centre. Amazing place to study, with schools among the best in the world. And beautiful, too.

PSG! Paris is the best city and the most visited

Now there is a big evolution and improvement in high-tech, startups, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies. Paris Île-de-France is the richest area in Europe and the first affair center with La Défense.

6 Beijing

It's a very great city. I would love to go there

The greatest city of all time and by 2025, it’s breathtaking skyscrapers will overtake new york’s.

Best city ever is Beijing, the magic really does happen there
Epic city with people, cars, buildings, trains, food and so much more

So I think it should be the best city ever for its awesome, epic power

Beijing is the heart of asia

The place where all the magic happens.

7 Washington DC

I live here. So I might be partial. I'm not from here. But not only is it the political capital of the most economically powerful and culturally influential nation in the world, it is also incredibly diverse here with people wanting to move here from all over the world. I don't know how to measure metropolitan wealth internationally, but domestically it's the richest region in the United States. It's a burgeoning region of booming economic sectors such as finance, and outside of San Jose, it's arguably the second-largest technology corridor in the world. It's also one of the most highly-educated areas in the world as well, with a significant population here of people who have a college educated background. So it's really a sought out city for the intellectual nerd crowd. Every nation has a presence here via embassies. We're second in the world behind Brussels in number of embassies. We also have the headquarters of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. I believe the UN ...more

I deliberately voted DC so that I know you'll read it (you're arrogant like that). When you consider the size of DC to London, it makes Londom more powerful - take it as science and leave it at that.

The decisions made involving the world's largest military (aka most powerful) are in Washington DC (sorry New York). Largest population doesn't mean most powerful. DC has the power to shape the world more than any other place on earth.

DC is the capital city of the most powerful democracy on the planet. It's easily full of the most powerful people in the U.S. And also the world.

8 Berlin

Everyone thinks they are stupid because of Hitler but Germans are very nice people! I lived in Berlin for 12 years and I can tell you that!

Leads the EU market, and is saving it from falling and letting commies and Nazis coming back

Leader of the free world; major historic role

Hitler done his best

9 Mumbai

Mumbai the financial capital of India... Home to India's some of the tallest and magnificent towers... British architecture best... MUMBAI rocks...

Financial capital, entertainment center, home to most of the billionaires, skyscrapers what more is required for it to be a global power in itself.

Not the most powerful city on earth, but it deserves to be higher up. 41 billionaires make this city the 6th on forbes' list, they can't all be wrong for flocking here... this is an incredible number for a poor country. It's not like the city is much more populated, it is not proportional to India, so its high GDP and presence of super rich cannot be dismissed like that. Situated exactly between the west and the east, it is neither east asian (Chinese etc) nor European. A former second city of the British Empire, it has retained its global appeal. After Hong Kong and London, it is the most influential city in the English speaking world outside of America.

Mumbai is best and it rocks without any reason

10 Moscow

Moscow is the Finance, political, economic Center of Russia. It is a monopol in its own country and controls it to 100 percent, during other large countries have a lot of great cities, Moscow is the special one in Russia, so it is today a single centre in a very large nation and is caused of this the worlds most powerful city.

Why does everyone hate Russia? Moscow should get a much higher ranking. Russia does not have a lot of major cities so pretty much everything happens in Moscow. And if you think about it Russia is strong so Moscow must be a powerful city.

Moscow has given Russia a boosting economy. it is the polital, and economical city of Russia and deserves a higher ranking than... ten. Moscow is the number 1 most powerful city in the world. But why is it so low? Because half the world hates Russia just because they are so damn powerful. So stop hating. Win this for Mother Russia!

Most powerful city and has been for the last 100 years

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Shanghai Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of 24.18 million as of 2017. It is a global financial ...read more.

Why isn't Shanghai on this list? That's crazy! Look up some pictures on Google Images!

Shanghai is already in top5 today, it's close to 2019 now.

Shanghai should be in the list. At least Top 10

Put it on top ten!

12 Seoul Seoul – officially the Seoul Special City – is the capital and largest metropolis of the Republic of Korea, forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, the world's 14th largest city and second largest metropolitan area.

While Japan went on its bubble popping, Seoul had to take some of the works Tokyo had to deal with, in means of Industry. Seoul is a very fast city; which here I mean, everything goes fast. Korea's GNP in 1953 was 67$ after a destructive war between communism and capitalism, and in 2007, Korea's GNP became 21655$, making Korea one of the 20 major power on Earth. Seoul was the Engine for all of these; Samsung Headquarters (if Samsung itself becomes an independent nation, it will become one of the top 30 major economy. What! ), SK Labs, LG headquarters, Gangnam and some of the greatest elite education centers are located in Seoul. Seoul has an access to world's best airport, the Incheon Airport, and has a rich history which dates back to because 4000 in prehistory, and was a major city since because 5. The remains of Baekjae, Goryeo, Joseon are still alive, with ancient temples and palaces, old city gates and walls.

1/4 of the population in the Republic of Korea live in Seoul. Hey, McDonalds and Burger King deliver...

Seoul is very powerful. There are so many good people. Not only seoul but also many cities in Korea, are very powerful.

Best of the best should be #1 back of haters!

13 Oslo

Best capital ever.

14 Hong Kong Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.

Very important financially, the world is dominated by money

I love Hong Kong

15 Istanbul Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center.

A 14 million population city, with a 25 million population state! And the 2nd biggest city in Europe and the head of over history cultures and it's the city of all times! And as napoleon said : if the world is one state Istanbul will be it's capital. Also it's the only city in the world where the past and present and future meet! So it should be in top 5!

Amazing city, cultural city but its 20th place really

Most powerful city in the heart of the world.

Even this is not debatable, Istanbul is the most important city of all times since it has established.

16 Rio De Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas.

It's a great place to do parties and enjoy

The most beautiful city in the world!

Wild nights!

17 Kolkata

Kolkata is one the powerful city. Why it is not included in the list

KOLKATA is number 1 city in the world

Kolkata is one of the most powerful cities in every area.

It is one of the best cities in India

18 Kiev

Sexy city. The future world sees Kiev as the most powerful city. This statement is made by an indian anthropologist...

Big city, bridge between Europe and Asia..

Why is it here? ITs fullo boring

19 Rome

Rome has always been a powerful city. Just check a history book.

Rome should be first because it’s always been the most powerful. Every city in the world has had at least some influence from Rome.

Despite what others may think of Rome in the modern era, that doesn't change the fact that the Vatican's Pope still influences and leads the world's largest religion. If we are focusing on modern tech, then Rome is low tier, but if we focus on influence and power, then the Pope is powerful enough to keep Rome near the top, regardless of the political state of Italy.

Rome was a powerful city maybe 2000 years ago according to mythology and only in Europe if we compare to other Asian Empires.
But today Rome does not deserve to be in that list or at the end of it.

And that will not improve in the future due to lack of budget, lack of vision, lack of modernity from the part of government and Italian themselves, who rely on their ruins.

They are just surviving because of an aggressive market based on lies.

They will never reach one normal American city even much smaller.

20 Singapore
21 Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. ...read more.

The economic capital of the Midwest!

22 Toronto Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada.

I do not get it it should be no.9

Toronto has built many new highrise buildings more than any other city in the world and still has planned to build many more in the future. I believe Toronto will be one of 5 top global cities in the world in 20 years.

It should be #1 I love the nice people and the big list of things you can do here.. You will never get board

Very open... Awesome... Nice things to do... Should be number one...It is the best...

23 Mexico City Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America.

Perfect city. It has it all! Largest city on the Western hemisphere. Future powerhouse.

Mexico City is not that powerful NYC is powerful Mexico City is not

Paseo de la reforma is so nice, them the statue of angel and them the passage to castle Chapultepec. So awesome!

R you kiding me. you drive bmw there and you whould get shot and killed. I vist there. its crazy. But I like the people they r nice well at least the good ones.

24 Vatican City Vatican City, officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City, is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the smallest nation on Earth, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
25 Pyongyang Pyongyang or P'yŏngyang (평양시) is the capital and largest city of North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea.

Just because North Korea is bad and all doesn't mean it shouldn't be on this list. This city is powerful, and the same can be said for North Korea. I am aware it's not the most powerful city, however. - SoongeBill

Great people, a great leader who has fed the population of this great vast country and will lead us to victory against the American oppression. That's why this is the best city in the world

It is the best and powerful city in the world that I have ever seen.

No North Korea is terrible and Jim joung in is barbecued he kills his family members and his people if they don't like him it shouldn't be on this list! But Pyongyang probably wouldn't be that bad without kim Jung un!

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