In a 100 years, the world’s biggest cities in terms of population will be in Africa, the World Economic Forum has said.
Lagos, Nigeria is projected to be the largest city in the world, with an 88.3 million people population estimate by year 2100.
With 83.5 million people, Kinshasa in the DRC, will be the second-largest city in the world while Tanzania‘s Dar es Salaam will be the world’s third-largest with a population of 73.7 million city by the same projected year, 2100.
Investigators at the Global Cities Institute have munched the numbers to provide us with one view of the potential megacities of the future, deducing a variety of factors to project a list of the 101 largest cities in the years 2010, 2025, 2050, 2075, and 2100.
The largest megacities by 2100
According to their report, judging by previous and recent circumstances in human geography, by the year 2100, it’s estimated that 13 of the world’s largest megacities will be located in Africa, while India will hold three of them, there will be zero of them found in the China, Europe or the Americas.
Here’s a quick look at the top three:
Nigeria’s most populated city, Lagos, is predicted to push the limits of how big a metropolis can get. Already, Lagos over the past few decades, has seen explosive growth. Over 2,000 people relocate to the city every day, though current population estimates vary widely from 11 to 21 million inhabitants, by the turn of the century, the city is projected to have a population north of 88 million.
Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo is predicted to follow as the second largest city in the world with a population of 83 million.
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar Es Salaam, a city on the coast of Tanzania which has a population of just 4.4 million today, is expected to jump by a huge 1,588%, hitting the total at 74 million inhabitants by 2100.
The World Economic Forum (WEF), which is best known for its annual meeting at the end of January in Davos in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland, is based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland. It produces a series of research reports and engages its members in sector-specific initiatives and also brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, celebrities and journalists for up to four days to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.
WEF’s mission is quoted as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”