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Skyline Ranking

This listing ranks cities by the visual impact of their skylines. It is drawn entirely from statistics in this website's database, and reflects only completed high-rise buildings as defined by the Emporis Standards Committee (ESC). This calculation does not include TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures. About the formula: Each building is assigned points based on its floor count. The point total for each city is calculated automatically and displayed.
# City Population Area size Number of buildings Points
1 Hong Kong 7,061,200 1,053 km² (407 mi²) 7,827 136,960
2 New York City 8,336,697 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,155 43,648
3 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,038 27,475
4 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,204 27,190
5 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 902 23,622
6 Singapore 5,312,400 710 km² (274 mi²) 4,622 23,386
7 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 11,676 23,121
8 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 988 23,011
9 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 6,332 22,702
10 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 3,050 21,883
11 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,446 21,640
12 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 1,587 21,026
13 Chicago 2,714,856 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,172 20,467
14 Tokyo 8,967,665 620 km² (239 mi²) 2,788 15,198
15 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 1,669 14,556
16 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,065 13,346
17 Busan 3,614,950 527 km² (203 mi²) 379 13,088
18 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 703 11,983
19 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 2,193 11,716
20 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 330 10,927
21 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 570 9,352
22 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 2,371 8,270
23 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 446 7,558
24 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 471 7,514
25 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 976 6,669
26 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 326 6,097
27 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,491 5,948
28 Macau 568,700 21 km² (8 mi²) 583 5,943
29 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,668 5,934
30 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,214 5,932
31 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 592 5,625
32 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 186 5,617
33 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 215 5,412
34 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 263 5,371
35 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,363 5,311
36 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 255 5,223
37 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 328 5,197
38 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,725 5,166
39 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 341 4,912
40 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 872 4,878
41 Kyiv 2,797,553 800 km² (309 mi²) 1,921 4,478
42 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,579 4,338
43 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 676 4,090
44 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 339 3,964
45 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,629 3,909
46 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 199 3,904
47 Houston 2,160,821 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 384 3,898
48 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 140 3,889
49 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 451 3,871
50 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 264 3,768
51 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 130 3,715
52 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 265 3,705
53 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 290 3,622
54 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 146 3,616
55 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 894 3,522
56 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,393 3,397
57 Doha 1,450,000 - 188 3,210
58 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,195 3,133
59 Los Angeles 3,857,799 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 518 3,022
60 Atlanta 420,003 341 km² (132 mi²) 243 2,885
61 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 131 2,859
62 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,116 2,840
63 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 584 2,761
64 Las Vegas 596,424 339 km² (131 mi²) 140 2,668
65 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 262 2,630
66 San Francisco 825,863 120 km² (46 mi²) 432 2,626
67 Dallas 1,241,162 887 km² (342 mi²) 259 2,539
68 Shijiazhuang 2,100,000 455 km² (176 mi²) 300 2,426
69 Paris 2,234,105 105 km² (41 mi²) 698 2,405
70 Philadelphia 1,547,607 350 km² (135 mi²) 343 2,380
71 Mandaluyong 328,699 21 km² (8 mi²) 90 2,358
72 Gurgaon 173,542 - 1,037 2,337
73 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 103 2,299
74 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 158 2,296
75 Calgary 1,096,833 726 km² (280 mi²) 282 2,276
76 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 176 2,262
77 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 99 2,255
78 Seattle 634,535 229 km² (88 mi²) 244 2,216
79 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 97 2,157
80 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 597 2,133
81 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 123 2,099
82 Fortaleza 2,431,415 313 km² (121 mi²) 615 2,079
83 Nanning 6,661,600 - 113 2,045
84 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 284 2,042
85 Taguig 644,473 - 119 2,042
86 Yekaterinburg 1,349,772 495 km² (191 mi²) 1,104 2,019
87 Montréal 1,717,767 365 km² (141 mi²) 498 1,972
88 Goiânia 1,244,645 739 km² (285 mi²) 362 1,943
89 Tel Aviv - Yaffo 405,000 52 km² (20 mi²) 355 1,929
90 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 80 1,896
91 Benidorm 71,198 38 km² (15 mi²) 391 1,860
92 Boston 636,479 125 km² (48 mi²) 261 1,843
93 Madrid 3,265,038 606 km² (234 mi²) 1,139 1,795
94 Taipei 2,618,772 271 km² (105 mi²) 182 1,737
95 Kolkata 4,486,679 187 km² (72 mi²) 512 1,602
96 Navi Mumbai 1,111,000 - 706 1,595
97 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 165 1,593
98 Yokohama 3,697,894 437 km² (169 mi²) 219 1,590
99 Frankfurt am Main 691,518 248 km² (96 mi²) 301 1,588
100 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 66 1,553

This calculation does not include TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures. Each building is assigned points based on its floor count.

Points per Building
12 - 19 Floors = 1 Point
20 - 29 Floors = 5 Points
30 - 39 Floors = 25 Points
40 - 49 Floors = 50 Points
50 - 59 Floors = 100 Points
60 - 69 Floors = 200 Points
70 - 79 Floors = 300 Points
80 - 89 Floors = 400 Points
90 - 99 Floors = 500 Points
100 or more Floors = 600 Points