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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 Number of points
1 Hong Kong 7,061,200 1,053 mi² 7,792 133,431
2 New York City 8,336,697 800 mi² 6,043 41,385
3 Singapore 5,312,400 710 mi² 4,559 22,343
4 Seoul 10,581,728 616 mi² 3,013 20,926
5 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 mi² 684 20,632
6 Chicago 2,714,856 589 mi² 1,157 20,230
7 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 mi² 5,710 17,626
8 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,639 mi² 1,010 16,133
9 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,569 mi² 913 15,419
10 Tokyo 8,967,665 621 mi² 2,768 14,946
11 Moscow 11,503,501 1,081 mi² 4,426 14,134
12 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 mi² 528 13,355
13 Busan 3,614,950 528 mi² 347 11,992
14 Toronto 2,615,060 630 mi² 1,965 11,215
15 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 mi² 494 10,293
16 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 mi² 376 9,540
17 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 mi² 550 9,049
18 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 mi² 1,588 8,505
19 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 244 mi² 608 8,077
20 Panama City 880,691 2,561 mi² 218 8,068
21 Beijing 7,746,519 16,808 mi² 919 6,914
22 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 mi² 2,305 6,496
23 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 mi² 422 6,109
24 Osaka 2,871,680 220 mi² 1,485 5,822
25 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 mi² 2,571 5,790
26 Macau 568,700 21 mi² 566 5,356
27 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 mi² 1,335 5,187
28 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 mi² 1,710 5,083
29 Recife 1,555,039 218 mi² 1,106 4,956
30 Miami 413,892 92 mi² 305 4,825
31 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 mi² 577 4,768
32 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 mi² 858 4,762
33 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 mi² 180 4,567
34 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 mi² 485 4,492
35 Makati 529,039 22 mi² 230 4,171
36 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 mi² 305 4,046
37 Kyiv 2,797,553 800 mi² 1,844 4,037
38 Vancouver 603,502 115 mi² 661 4,031
39 London 8,173,194 1,579 mi² 1,568 3,802
40 Houston 2,160,821 1,398 mi² 365 3,797
41 Daegu 2,446,418 885 mi² 130 3,715
42 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 mi² 2,340 3,691
43 Honolulu 345,610 266 mi² 440 3,661
44 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 mi² 304 3,649
45 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 mi² 290 3,618
46 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 mi² 159 3,478
47 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 mi² 89 3,439
48 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 mi² 1,383 3,323
49 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 mi² 861 3,204
50 Los Angeles 3,857,799 1,216 mi² 509 2,975
51 Doha 1,450,000 0 mi² 170 2,955
52 Atlanta 443,775 341 mi² 233 2,844
53 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 mi² 1,116 2,770
54 Las Vegas 596,424 340 mi² 140 2,664
55 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 mi² 258 2,574
56 Santiago 5,428,590 2,325 mi² 1,102 2,564
57 Dallas 1,241,162 887 mi² 251 2,516
58 San Francisco 825,863 121 mi² 424 2,513
59 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 mi² 193 2,504
60 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 mi² 216 2,488
61 Paris 2,234,105 105 mi² 683 2,393
62 Philadelphia 1,547,607 350 mi² 336 2,337
63 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 mi² 161 2,300
64 Seongnam 996,449 142 mi² 99 2,255
65 Calgary 1,096,833 726 mi² 275 2,241
66 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 mi² 121 2,167
67 Seattle 634,535 229 mi² 229 1,996
68 Fortaleza 2,431,415 313 mi² 583 1,907
69 Montréal 1,649,519 365 mi² 487 1,900
70 Goyang 1,073,069 267 mi² 80 1,896
71 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 mi² 285 1,882
72 Boston 636,479 125 mi² 249 1,812
73 Goiânia 1,244,645 739 mi² 354 1,791
74 Madrid 3,265,038 606 mi² 1,128 1,776
75 Benidorm 71,198 38 mi² 390 1,760
76 Salvador 2,676,606 706 mi² 551 1,719
77 Tel Aviv - Yaffo 405,000 52 mi² 320 1,664
78 Taipei 2,618,772 272 mi² 172 1,659
79 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 mi² 255 1,655
80 Yekaterinburg 1,349,772 495 mi² 1,006 1,614
81 Yokohama 3,697,894 437 mi² 219 1,590
82 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 mi² 164 1,588
83 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 mi² 171 1,578
84 Manila 1,652,171 39 mi² 132 1,577
85 Sharjah 801,004 236 mi² 98 1,517
86 Frankfurt am Main 691,518 248 mi² 289 1,480
87 Kaohsiung City 2,769,072 2,946 mi² 92 1,471
88 Suwon 1,138,341 121 mi² 63 1,453
89 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 mi² 90 1,420
90 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 mi² 61 1,381
91 Kuwait City 151,060 0 mi² 80 1,361
92 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 mi² 440 1,361
93 Mississauga 713,443 289 mi² 241 1,343
94 Belo Horizonte 2,412,937 331 mi² 530 1,338
95 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 mi² 137 1,319
96 Mandaluyong 328,699 21 mi² 59 1,307
97 Denver 634,265 400 mi² 206 1,307
98 Campinas 1,039,297 796 mi² 937 1,297
99 Minneapolis 392,880 142 mi² 193 1,274
100 Santos 418,288 280 mi² 622 1,245

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 Point
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

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