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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 7,773 130,576
2 New York City 8,336,697 800 mi² 6,041 41,284
3 Singapore 5,312,400 710 mi² 4,484 21,459
4 Seoul 10,581,728 616 mi² 3,001 20,670
5 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 mi² 644 20,100
6 Chicago 2,714,856 589 mi² 1,153 19,978
7 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 mi² 5,706 17,614
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 2,765 14,840
11 Moscow 11,503,501 1,081 mi² 4,391 14,079
12 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 mi² 521 13,109
13 Busan 3,614,950 528 mi² 347 11,992
14 Toronto 2,615,060 630 mi² 1,966 11,073
15 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 mi² 373 9,565
16 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 mi² 549 8,999
17 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 mi² 437 8,440
18 Panama City 880,691 2,561 mi² 218 8,068
19 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 244 mi² 605 8,002
20 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 mi² 1,328 7,500
21 Beijing 7,746,519 16,808 mi² 916 6,884
22 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 mi² 2,298 6,359
23 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 mi² 419 6,004
24 Osaka 2,871,680 220 mi² 1,485 5,822
25 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 mi² 2,567 5,786
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 306 4,830
31 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 mi² 858 4,762
32 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 mi² 574 4,753
33 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 mi² 485 4,492
34 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 mi² 176 4,487
35 Makati 529,039 22 mi² 230 4,171
36 Vancouver 603,502 115 mi² 656 3,969
37 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 mi² 300 3,940
38 Kyiv 2,797,553 800 mi² 1,829 3,926
39 London 8,173,194 1,579 mi² 1,542 3,910
40 Houston 2,160,821 1,398 mi² 361 3,785
41 Daegu 2,446,418 885 mi² 130 3,715
42 Honolulu 345,610 266 mi² 439 3,656
43 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 mi² 2,319 3,626
44 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 mi² 290 3,618
45 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 mi² 297 3,444
46 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 mi² 157 3,378
47 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 mi² 86 3,239
48 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 mi² 861 3,204
49 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 mi² 1,368 3,180
50 Los Angeles 3,857,799 1,216 mi² 508 2,970
51 Doha 1,450,000 0 mi² 169 2,930
52 Atlanta 443,775 341 mi² 233 2,844
53 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 mi² 1,109 2,715
54 Las Vegas 596,424 340 mi² 139 2,639
55 Dallas 1,241,162 887 mi² 251 2,516
56 San Francisco 825,863 121 mi² 424 2,513
57 Paris 2,234,105 105 mi² 687 2,401
58 Santiago 5,428,590 2,325 mi² 1,101 2,364
59 Philadelphia 1,547,607 350 mi² 334 2,335
60 Seongnam 996,449 142 mi² 99 2,255
61 Calgary 1,096,833 726 mi² 273 2,191
62 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 mi² 155 2,175
63 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 mi² 256 2,173
64 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 mi² 121 2,167
65 Seattle 634,535 229 mi² 229 1,996
66 Fortaleza 2,431,415 313 mi² 583 1,907
67 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 mi² 150 1,902
68 Goyang 1,073,069 267 mi² 80 1,896
69 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 mi² 180 1,894
70 Montréal 1,649,519 365 mi² 486 1,871
71 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 mi² 283 1,852
72 Boston 636,479 125 mi² 246 1,801
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 312 1,628
78 Taipei 2,618,772 272 mi² 171 1,609
79 Yokohama 3,697,894 437 mi² 219 1,590
80 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 mi² 164 1,588
81 Manila 1,652,171 39 mi² 132 1,577
82 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 mi² 170 1,553
83 Yekaterinburg 1,349,772 495 mi² 962 1,526
84 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 mi² 240 1,520
85 Sharjah 801,004 236 mi² 98 1,517
86 Frankfurt am Main 691,518 248 mi² 289 1,480
87 Suwon 1,138,341 121 mi² 63 1,453
88 Kaohsiung City 2,769,072 2,946 mi² 91 1,446
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 Mandaluyong 328,699 21 mi² 59 1,307
95 Denver 634,265 400 mi² 205 1,306
96 Belo Horizonte 2,412,937 331 mi² 516 1,300
97 Campinas 1,039,297 796 mi² 933 1,293
98 Minneapolis 392,880 142 mi² 193 1,274
99 Santos 418,288 280 mi² 622 1,245
100 Cairo 9,120,350 215 mi² 145 1,239

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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