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Top 100 Most Populous Cities In Africa 2010
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This is a list of the most heavily populated cities in Africa, as opposed to the most populous metropolitan or urban areas. This list includes 2010 population estimates for all of those who are defined as living within the 'city limits', or 'city boundary', and are based on a mixture of official and independent sources.
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Data released by World Gazetteer - January.01.2010 - Next data release 2011 (unknown date)
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Top 100 Most Populous Cities In Africa 2010
City Country 2010 Calculation [1]
1 Lagos Nigeria 9,968,455
2 Kinshasa DR Congo 8,900,721
3 Cairo Egypt 8,105,071
4 Ibadan Nigeria 5,175,223
5 Alexandria Egypt 4,388,219
6 Abidjan Ivory Coast 4,123,208
7 Cape Town South Africa 3,648,807
8 Durban South Africa 3,512,243
9 Gizeh Egypt 3,438,401
10 Addia Ababa Ethiopia 3,315,108
11 Casablanca Morocco 3,299,179
12 Nairobi Kenya 3,246,384
13 Dar es Salaam Tanzania 3,212,040
14 Luanda Angola 2,644,318
15 Dakar Senegal 2,583,028
16 Umm Durman Sudan 2,568,590
17 Accra Ghana 2,449,922
18 Khartoum Sudan 2,431,323
19 Benin Nigeria 2,406,697
20 Kano Nigeria 2,376,372
21 Algiers Algeria 2,239,613
22 Douala Cameroon 2,131,832
23 Port Harcourt Nigeria 2,100,711
24 Kaduna Nigeria 2,061,175
25 Johannesburg South Africa 2,058,044
26 Conakry Guinea 2,007,310
27 Kumasi Ghana 1,928,196
28 Rabat Morocco 1,819,812
29 Yaounde Cameroon 1,812,169
30 Soweto South Africa 1,801,772
31 Bamako Mali 1,793,730
32 Harare Zimbabwe 1,725,976
33 Pretoria South Africa 1,724,533
34 Antananarivo Madagascar 1,687,748
35 Lubumbashi DR Congo 1,630,186
36 Lome Togo 1,628,431
37 Aba Nigeria 1,597,296
38 Muqdisho Somalia 1,579,041
39 Mbuji-Mayi DR Congo 1,559,073
40 Kampala Uganda 1,514,301
41 Lusaka Zambia 1,451,145
42 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 1,411,869
43 Abuja Nigeria 1,352,679
44 Brazzaville Congo 1,252,974
45 Port Elizabeth South Africa 1,182,233
46 Maputo Mozambique 1,130,391
47 Maiduguri Nigeria 1,126,195
48 Ilorin Nigeria 1,084,681
49 Shubra-El-Khema Egypt 1,072,951
50 Monrovia Liberia 1,063,340
51 Fez Morocco 1,040,563
52 Kigali Rwanda 1,029,384
53 Ţarabulus Libya 1,025,244
54 Niamey Niger 980,478
55 Kananga DR Congo 967,007
56 Pietermaritzburg South Africa 937,594
57 Warri Nigeria 933,762
58 Marrakesh Morocco 920,142
59 Mombasa Kenya 917,788
60 Onitsha Nigeria 910,778
61 al-Hartum Bahri Sudan 904,170
62 Kisangani DR Congo 868,672
63 Akure Nigeria 847,903
64 Freetown Sierra Leone 836,574
65 Nouakchott Mauritania 822,207
66 Abeokuta Nigeria 801,282
67 N'Djamena Chad 792,440
68 Tangier Morocco 762,166
69 Matola Mozambique 757,753
70 Cotonou Benin 757,356
71 Libreville Gabon 753,550
72 Bulawayo Zimbabwe 748,674
73 Tunis Tunisia 739,208
74 Lilongwe Malawi 723,576
75 Enugu Nigeria 715,774
76 Bukavu DR Congo 707,053
77 Blantyre Malawi 694,499
78 Benoni South Africa 679,147
79 Oshogbo Nigeria 678,265
80 Wahran Algeria 678,261
81 Pointe Noire Congo 670,894
82 Zaria Nigeria 667,425
83 Asmara Eritrea 663,872
84 Bouake Ivory Coast 659,223
85 Ife Nigeria 635,196
86 Bangazi Libya 629,824
87 Djibouti Djibouti 625,133
88 Jos Nigeria 622,802
89 Welkom South Africa 614,517
90 Bloemfontein South Africa 609,046
91 Port Said Egypt 607,353
92 Tembisa South Africa 599,748
93 Meknes Morocco 596,108
94 Mwanza Tanzania 581,236
95 Bur Sudan Sudan 579,942
96 Garoua Cameroon 573,685
97 Agadir Morocco 570,700
98 Bangui Central African Republic 568,469
99 Abomey-Calavi Benin 555,796
100 Suez Egypt 547,352
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[1] "World: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population" World Gazetteer - All statistics © Stefan Helders, www.world-gazetteer.com. Stefan Helders has been independently collating data relating to population statistics since 1998 on what is now known as the World Gazetteer website. According to Helders... "If possible, official data sources are used. In many cases however no official figures are available. In that case, secondary sources such as year books, encyclopediae, atlases etc. are used. I have also received data from other stats lovers". Along with another useful population statistics website called CityPopulation.de, Stefan Helders/World Gazetteer provides the most accurate and up-to-date analysis of population levels in the World's cities and metropolitan areas.
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