Megalopolis (city type)

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A megalopolis (sometimes improperly called a megapolis) or megaregion is typically defined as a chain of roughly adjacent metropolitan areas. The term was used by Patrick Geddes in his 1915 book Cities in Evolution,1 by Oswald Spengler in his 1918 book, The Decline of the West, and Lewis Mumford in his 1938 book, The Culture of Cities, which described it as the first stage in urban overdevelopment and social decline. Later, it was used by Jean Gottmann in 1954, to describe the chain of metropolitan areas along the northeastern seaboard of the U.S. extending from Boston, Massachusetts through New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and ending in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.234 The latter is sometimes called the "BosWash megalopolis".

Definitions

Megapolis is a Western deformation of the Greek word that derived from Greek: μέγας - 'great' and Greek: πόλις - 'city', therefore literally a 'great city'. This term is closer in meaning to megacity. Because in Greek, πόλις is feminine, the correct term is megalopolis.

A megalopolis, also known as a megaregion, is a clustered network of cities. Gottmann defined its population as 25 million.5 Doxiadis defined a small megalopolis a similar cluster with a population of about 10 million.678 America 2050,9 a program of the Regional Plan Association, lists 11 megaregions in the United States and Canada.6 Literally, megalopolis in Greek means a city of exaggerated size where the prefix megalo- represents a quantity of exaggerated size.10 Megapolitan areas were explored in a July 2005 report by Robert E. Lang and Dawn Dhavale of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech.11 A later 2007 article by Lang and Nelson uses 20 megapolitan areas grouped into 10 megaregions.12 The concept is based on the original Megalopolis model.8

Modern interlinked ground transportation corridors, such as rail and highway, often aid in the development of megalopolises. Using these commuter passageways to travel throughout the megalopolis is informally called megaloping. This term was coined by Davide Gadren and Stefan Berteau.13

Africa

Asia

East Asia

China

Further information: Metropolitan regions of China

In July 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit brought out a report entitled; Supersized cities: China’s 13 megalopolises, which pinpoints the 13 emerging megalopolises in China, and highlights the demographic and income trends that are shaping their development.

Japan

South Korea

South Asia

Dhaka, Bangladesh; part of the emerging chain of cities in the Bengal region

Transnational

India
Iran
  • Greater Tehran: A region located in Iranian Tehran and Alborz Province in central Northern Iran with its influence expanding in Qom Province, Qazvin Province and Mazandaran Province, home for at least 15 million people, it is one of the most populous urban areas in the Greater Middle East and the surrounding regions. Tehran was a small village 200 years ago when it was first chosen as the Capital city and it has been growing at a very fast rate.

Southeast Asia

Rank Megalopolis Name Country Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Java  Indonesia 143 Jakarta, Bandung, Serang, Kediri, East Java, Malang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Bekasi, Bogor, Cimahi, Depok, Malang, Semarang, South Tangerang, Tasikmalaya, Tangerang
2 Mega Manila  Philippines 40+ Manila, Angeles, Baguio, Batangas, Dagupan, Olongapo
3 Central Thailand  Thailand 20+ Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Pattaya
4 Southeast Economic Zone  Vietnam 16+ Đồng Nai, Bình Dương, Ho Chi Minh City, Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province, Long An, Tiền Giang

Europe

The Blue Banana
The Golden Banana
The Green Banana

Transnational

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Blue Banana 110–13025 LiverpoolManchesterLeedsBirminghamLondonLilleBrusselsAntwerpAmsterdamRotterdamThe HagueLuxembourgRhine-RuhrFrankfurt am MainMunichStuttgartStrasbourgBaselZürichTurinMilan
2 Golden Banana 30–3526 TurinGenoaLyonMonacoNiceToulonMarseilleNîmesMontpellierNarbonnePerpignanToulouseAndorra
ManresaGironaBarcelonaTarragonaCastellón de la PlanaSaguntValenciaAlicanteMurciaCartagena
3 Green Banana 40 GdańskKatowiceOstravaOlomucBrnoWienBratislavaBudapestLjubljanaZagrebTrieste

France

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Paris metropolitan area 12.327 Paris & most of Île-de-France
2 Lyon economic region 5.526 Lyon & Rhône-Alpes river area
3 Marseille metropolitan region 1.826 Marseille, Aix-en-Provence
4 Toulouse economic region 1.526 Toulouse, Andorra (independent state, not part of France
5 Nice economic region 1.126 Nice, Monaco (independent city state, not part of France

Germany

2628

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Rhine-Ruhr 13.5 Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen
2 Berlin-Brandenburg 5.95 Berlin, Potsdam
3 Frankfurt Rhine-Main 5.52 Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Mainz
4 Stuttgart Metropolitan Region 5.2926 Stuttgart
5 Munich Metropolitan Region 5.226 Munich
6 Hamburg Metropolitan Region 5.0 Hamburg
7 Saxon triangle 4.3626 Leipzig, Halle, Dresden
8 Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg EMR 3.9126 Hannover, Braunschweig, Göttingen, Wolfsburg
9 Nuremberg Metropolitan Region 3.526 Nuremberg
10 Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region 2.3726 Bremen, Oldenburg

Italy

2629

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Grande Milano 7.5 Milan
2 Naples metropolitan area 4.46 Naples
3 Rome metropolitan area 4.3 Rome
4 Turin economic region 4.1 Turin & Piedmont centre and south area
5 Genoa metropolitan region 1.5 Genoa
6 Conca d'Oro 1.1 Palermo and neighboring cities

Low Countries

Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg:26

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Randstad 7.5 Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht
2 Flemish Diamond 5.5 Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven
3 Brabantse Stedenrij 2.0 Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda, 's-Hertogenbosch, Helmond

Spain

26

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 Barcelona 6.7 Barcelona & coastal towns of Catalonia (from Tarragona to Figueres)
2 Madrid region 6.3 Madrid
3 Valencia 2.2 Valencia, Sagunto
3 Murcia-Alicante 2.2 Murcia, Alicante, Cartagena, Benidorm

United Kingdom

Rank Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
1 London commuter belt 21.030 London, Southend-on-Sea, Chatham, Luton, Reading
2 Northern England 9.42631 Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Warrington, Bradford, Birkenhead, Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool
3 English midlands 6.32631 Birmingham, Nottingham, Coventry, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Derby, Stoke-on-Trent
4 Central Belt 3.631 Glasgow, Edinburgh
5 South Hampshire-Brighton 2.82631 Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bournemouth
6 Tyne & Wear Region 2.22631 Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough
7 Cardiff-Bristol-Swansea 2.22631 Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, Newport

North America

Canada

Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
2000
Population
in millions
2025 (projected)
Population
percent growth 2000 - 2025 (projected)
Major cities Related articles
Quebec City – Windsor Corridor 18 21 16.7% Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Montreal, Oshawa, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Windsor Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, Southern Ontario
Calgary-Edmonton Corridor 2 4 100% Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, St. Albert, Airdrie Calgary-Edmonton Corridor, Calgary Region, Edmonton Capital Region, Central Alberta

Mexico

Greater Mexico City
Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
2000
Population
in millions
2025 (projected)
Population
percent growth 2000 - 2025 (projected)
Major cities Related articles
Bajío 8.5  ?  ?% León, Querétaro, Aguascalientes, Celaya, Irapuato, Salamanca Bajío
Greater Mexico City 28  ?  ?% Mexico City, Puebla, Cuernavaca, Toluca, Pachuca, Tula, Tlaxcala, Cuautla, Tulancingo

United States

MapofEmergingUSMegaregions.png

632

Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
2010
Percent of U.S. Population (2010) Population
in millions
2025 (projected)
Population
percent growth 2010 - 2025 (projected)
Major cities
Arizona Sun Corridor3334 5.6 2% 7.8 39.3% Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott
Cascadia 8.4 3% 8.8 5.0% Abbotsford, Boise, Eugene, Portland (OR), Salem, Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver (BC), Vancouver (WA), Victoria
Florida 17.3 6% 21.5 24.3% Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa
Front Range 5.5 2% 6.9 26% Albuquerque, Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Taos
Great Lakes 55.5 18% 60.7 9.4% Akron, Ann Arbor, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Duluth, Erie, Flint, Fort Wayne, Green Bay, Grand Rapids, Hamilton, Indianapolis, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Lansing, London, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Omaha, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Quad Cities, Rochester (NY), Rochester (MN), Rockford, Saginaw, St. Louis, Saint Paul, Toledo, Toronto, Windsor
Gulf Coast 13.4 4% 16.3 21.6% Baton Rouge, Corpus Christi, Houston, Mobile, Gulfport, Biloxi, New Orleans, Pensacola
Northeast 52.3 17% 58.4 11.7% Allentown-Bethlehem, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Nashua, Newark, New York, Norfolk, Ocean City, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Pottsville, Providence, Richmond, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Knowledge Corridor (Springfield and Hartford), Trenton, Virginia Beach, Washington, Wilmington, Worcester
Northern California 14 5% 16.4 17.1% Fresno, Modesto, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton
Piedmont Atlantic 17.6 6% 21.7 23.3% Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Greenville, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Montgomery, Nashville, Raleigh, Winston-Salem
Southern California 24.4 8% 29 18.9% Anaheim, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tijuana
Texas Triangle 19.7 6% 24.8 25.9% Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio

Note that one city, Houston, is listed in two different Megalopolis regions (the Gulf Coast and Texas Triangle).

Oceania

Australia

Megalopolis Name Population
in millions
Major cities
Sydney Region 5.635 Greater Sydney (including Central Coast and Blue Mountains) (4.75 million), Newcastle (365,000), Wollongong (294,000)
Greater Melbourne 4.435
South East Queensland 3.535 Greater Brisbane (2.2 million), Gold Coast-Tweed Heads (681,000), Sunshine Coast (330,000), Toowoomba (149,000)

South America

Composite image of the Earth at night, created by NASA and NOAA. The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. It is possible to see various metropolises close to each other in South America, but to the exception of a few central Argentine cities close to Buenos Aires, only in between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo there is a continual strip of urbanization (that is not as thin as the Argentine ones).

Brazil

Megalopolis Name Population
in
2015
Major cities Other cities
Expanded Metropolitan Complex of São Paulo +32,200,000 São Paulo and Campinas Sorocaba, Jundiaí, São José dos Campos, Piracicaba and Santos

Colombia

The following megaregions in Colombia are expected to have nearly 93% (60 million people) of its population by 2030, up from the current 72%. There are currently 4 major megaregions in Colombia.

Megalopolis Name Population in 2015 Population in 2030 (projected) Major cities
Metropolitan Area of Bogotá 15,000,000 25,000,000 Bogotá, Soacha, Chía and Facatativá
Pacific Belt 10,000,000 16,000,000 Medellin, Cali, Manizales, Pereira, Armenia, Pasto and Popayán
Caribbean Belt 6,000,000 10,000,000 Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Ciénaga and Soledad
Santander Belt 3,000,000 5,000,000 Tunja, Bucaramanga, Cúcuta, Floridablanca and Duitama

Venezuela

Megalopolis Name Population
in
2015
Major cities Other cities
Caracas-Valencia Megalopolis 9,000,000 Caracas, Valencia, and Maracay Cagua, Maiquetia, and Guatire

Argentina

Satellite image of Greater Buenos Aires at night. Urban sprawl created a vast conurbation of 12,801,365 inhabitants including the City of Buenos Aires, a third of the total population of Argentina.
Megalopolis Name Population
in
2015
Major cities Other cities
Greater Buenos Aires 13,641,973 Buenos Aires, Merlo, Buenos Aires, Quilmes, Banfield, Buenos Aires Lanús, Hurlingham, Buenos Aires , and Avellaneda

Peru

Megalopolis Name Population
in
2015
Major cities Other cities
Lima-Callao Megalopolis 10,523,796 Lima and Callao Provincias Lima Norte, Provincias Lima Sur, and Provincias Lima Este

See also

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