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) 6,091 43,080
3 Singapore 5,312,400 710 km² (274 mi²) 4,562 22,350
4 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 11,088 21,775
5 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 3,023 21,098
6 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 686 20,642
7 Chicago 2,714,856 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,161 20,333
8 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,121 18,451
9 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 5,789 18,442
10 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 923 15,586
11 Tokyo 8,967,665 620 km² (239 mi²) 2,771 15,001
12 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 549 14,535
13 Busan 3,614,950 527 km² (203 mi²) 378 13,132
14 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,037 12,629
15 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 435 11,791
16 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 689 11,288
17 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 581 10,594
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) 609 8,102
21 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 2,312 7,046
22 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 443 6,794
23 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 963 6,715
24 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,490 5,948
25 Macau 568,700 21 km² (8 mi²) 583 5,943
26 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,595 5,846
27 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,363 5,311
28 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,714 5,111
29 Miami 413,892 92 km² (36 mi²) 312 5,027
30 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,108 4,966
31 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 579 4,918
32 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 860 4,758
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) 192 4,573
36 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 321 4,459
37 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 253 4,334
38 Kyiv 2,797,553 800 km² (309 mi²) 1,889 4,322
39 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 326 4,237
40 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 230 4,171
41 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 145 4,066
42 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 670 4,052
43 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,472 4,035
44 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,612 3,867
45 Houston 2,160,821 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 367 3,814
46 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 445 3,719
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 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 249 3,353
52 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,384 3,328
53 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 862 3,229
54 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,195 3,133
55 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 207 3,045
56 Los Angeles 3,857,799 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 514 2,996
57 Doha 1,450,000 - 170 2,955
58 Atlanta 420,003 341 km² (132 mi²) 239 2,870
59 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,116 2,840
60 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 125 2,676
61 Las Vegas 596,424 339 km² (131 mi²) 140 2,668
62 San Francisco 825,863 120 km² (46 mi²) 427 2,593
63 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 258 2,574
64 Dallas 1,241,162 887 km² (342 mi²) 253 2,525
65 Shijiazhuang 2,100,000 455 km² (176 mi²) 307 2,449
66 Paris 2,234,105 105 km² (41 mi²) 691 2,395
67 Philadelphia 1,547,607 350 km² (135 mi²) 339 2,364
68 Calgary 1,096,833 726 km² (280 mi²) 279 2,273
69 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 99 2,255
70 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 121 2,167
71 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 213 2,103
72 Seattle 634,535 229 km² (88 mi²) 233 2,081
73 Fortaleza 2,431,415 313 km² (121 mi²) 607 2,043
74 Montréal 1,717,767 365 km² (141 mi²) 496 1,966
75 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 287 1,937
76 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 92 1,905
77 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 80 1,896
78 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 265 1,895
79 Benidorm 71,198 38 km² (15 mi²) 391 1,860
80 Boston 636,479 125 km² (48 mi²) 254 1,829
81 Tel Aviv - Yaffo 405,000 52 km² (20 mi²) 348 1,806
82 Goiânia 1,244,645 739 km² (285 mi²) 354 1,791
83 Madrid 3,265,038 606 km² (234 mi²) 1,133 1,781
84 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 557 1,733
85 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 150 1,720
86 Yekaterinburg 1,349,772 495 km² (191 mi²) 1,033 1,693
87 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 133 1,682
88 Taipei 2,618,772 271 km² (105 mi²) 172 1,659
89 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 77 1,633
90 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 165 1,593
91 Yokohama 3,697,894 437 km² (169 mi²) 219 1,590
92 Frankfurt am Main 691,518 248 km² (96 mi²) 291 1,580
93 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 98 1,517
94 Minsk 1,901,700 305 km² (118 mi²) 1,121 1,477
95 Kaohsiung City 2,769,072 2,946 km² (1,137 mi²) 92 1,471
96 Petaling Jaya 438,084 51 km² (20 mi²) 297 1,457
97 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 63 1,453
98 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 441 1,386
99 Kuwait City 151,060 - 80 1,361
100 Mississauga 713,443 288 km² (111 mi²) 255 1,355

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