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) 7,794 133,531
2 New York City 8,336,697 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,092 43,102
3 Singapore 5,312,400 710 km² (274 mi²) 4,562 22,350
4 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 3,023 21,098
5 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 686 20,642
6 Chicago 2,714,856 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,159 20,232
7 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,082 18,188
8 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 5,734 17,859
9 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 6,836 17,381
10 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 920 15,506
11 Tokyo 8,967,665 620 km² (239 mi²) 2,770 14,996
12 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 543 14,005
13 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,029 12,618
14 Busan 3,614,950 527 km² (203 mi²) 351 12,392
15 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 411 11,296
16 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 494 10,293
17 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 551 9,049
18 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 241 9,008
19 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 1,596 8,649
20 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 608 8,077
21 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 925 7,204
22 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 2,312 7,046
23 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 443 6,794
24 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,490 5,948
25 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,580 5,831
26 Macau 568,700 21 km² (8 mi²) 571 5,393
27 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,335 5,187
28 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,713 5,110
29 Miami 413,892 92 km² (36 mi²) 311 4,977
30 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,108 4,966
31 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 577 4,768
32 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 859 4,757
33 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 492 4,724
34 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 181 4,667
35 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 189 4,514
36 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 319 4,384
37 Kyiv 2,797,553 800 km² (309 mi²) 1,886 4,307
38 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 325 4,252
39 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 143 4,232
40 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 237 4,226
41 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 230 4,171
42 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 668 4,050
43 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,451 3,978
44 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,588 3,830
45 Houston 2,160,821 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 366 3,814
46 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 444 3,718
47 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 130 3,715
48 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 193 3,681
49 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 290 3,618
50 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 216 3,383
51 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,384 3,328
52 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 861 3,204
53 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 232 3,088
54 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 207 3,045
55 Los Angeles 3,857,799 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 513 2,991
56 Doha 1,450,000 - 170 2,955
57 Atlanta 420,003 341 km² (132 mi²) 238 2,865
58 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,116 2,840
59 Las Vegas 596,424 339 km² (131 mi²) 140 2,668
60 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 122 2,636
61 San Francisco 825,863 120 km² (46 mi²) 427 2,593
62 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 258 2,574
63 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,102 2,564
64 Dallas 1,241,162 887 km² (342 mi²) 252 2,524
65 Paris 2,234,105 105 km² (41 mi²) 688 2,393
66 Philadelphia 1,547,607 350 km² (135 mi²) 337 2,362
67 Calgary 1,096,833 726 km² (280 mi²) 279 2,273
68 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 99 2,255
69 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 121 2,167
70 Seattle 634,535 229 km² (88 mi²) 234 2,082
71 Montréal 1,717,767 365 km² (141 mi²) 496 1,966
72 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 287 1,937
73 Fortaleza 2,431,415 313 km² (121 mi²) 583 1,907
74 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 80 1,896
75 Boston 636,479 125 km² (48 mi²) 253 1,828
76 Goiânia 1,244,645 739 km² (285 mi²) 354 1,791
77 Madrid 3,265,038 606 km² (234 mi²) 1,133 1,781
78 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 258 1,780
79 Tel Aviv - Yaffo 405,000 52 km² (20 mi²) 331 1,764
80 Benidorm 71,198 38 km² (15 mi²) 390 1,760
81 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 74 1,744
82 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 553 1,729
83 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 149 1,715
84 Yekaterinburg 1,349,772 495 km² (191 mi²) 1,033 1,693
85 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 133 1,682
86 Taipei 2,618,772 271 km² (105 mi²) 172 1,659
87 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 78 1,638
88 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 165 1,593
89 Yokohama 3,697,894 437 km² (169 mi²) 219 1,590
90 Frankfurt am Main 691,518 248 km² (96 mi²) 290 1,530
91 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 98 1,517
92 Minsk 1,901,700 305 km² (118 mi²) 1,121 1,477
93 Kaohsiung City 2,769,072 2,946 km² (1,137 mi²) 92 1,471
94 Petaling Jaya 438,084 51 km² (20 mi²) 297 1,457
95 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 63 1,453
96 Kuwait City 151,060 - 80 1,361
97 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 440 1,361
98 Mississauga 713,443 288 km² (111 mi²) 253 1,345
99 Belo Horizonte 2,412,937 331 km² (128 mi²) 531 1,339
100 Denver 634,265 400 km² (154 mi²) 207 1,308

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