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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) 7,848 137,240
2 New York City 8,550,405 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,265 46,043
3 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,751 41,717
4 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 7,668 35,634
5 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,132 31,412
6 Singapore 5,312,400 710 km² (274 mi²) 5,608 29,502
7 Busan 3,525,913 767.35 km² (296 mi²) 3,506 26,343
8 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 940 25,252
9 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 11,910 24,346
10 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,137 24,193
11 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 6,526 23,672
12 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,502 22,655
13 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 1,771 22,154
14 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 858 21,471
15 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 3,247 21,457
16 Chicago 2,720,546 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,194 20,983
17 Tokyo 9,375,104 620 km² (239 mi²) 3,101 16,948
18 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 1,797 16,453
19 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,170 15,033
20 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 2,569 13,864
21 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 366 11,864
22 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 884 11,508
23 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 3,305 10,648
24 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 592 10,235
25 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 2,324 8,726
26 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 1,346 8,471
27 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 1,026 7,516
28 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 1,641 7,336
29 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 1,682 7,230
30 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 663 7,020
31 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,639 6,875
32 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 398 6,717
33 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 338 6,677
34 Macau 568,700 21 km² (8 mi²) 608 6,483
35 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,562 6,393
36 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 285 6,331
37 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,243 6,205
38 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 433 6,199
39 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 232 6,142
40 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,785 6,122
41 Goiânia 1,448,639 739 km² (285 mi²) 1,425 6,038
42 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 196 5,997
43 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 1,801 5,829
44 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 380 5,710
45 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 350 5,685
46 Yongin 909,425 591.36 km² (228 mi²) 1,809 5,625
47 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 268 5,412
48 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,742 5,384
49 Gwangju 1,475,745 501 km² (193 mi²) 1,765 5,109
50 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 893 5,054
51 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 459 4,898
52 Taipei 2,704,974 271.8 km² (105 mi²) 1,325 4,736
53 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,728 4,719
54 Kyiv 2,900,920 800 km² (309 mi²) 1,984 4,709
55 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 218 4,659
56 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 702 4,621
57 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 295 4,609
58 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,710 4,460
59 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 689 4,310
60 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 153 4,282
61 Taichung 2,752,413 2,214 km² (855 mi²) 2,211 4,242
62 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 159 4,146
63 Houston 2,296,224 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 410 4,143
64 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 158 4,096
65 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 457 4,072
66 Anyang 630,688 58 km² (22 mi²) 1,225 3,965
67 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 1,249 3,924
68 Gurgaon 876,824 282.7 km² (109 mi²) 1,350 3,839
69 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,410 3,762
70 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 303 3,738
71 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 1,129 3,699
72 Doha 1,450,000 - 217 3,686
73 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 1,168 3,653
74 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 905 3,569
75 Kaohsiung City 2,769,072 2,946 km² (1,137 mi²) 965 3,568
76 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 166 3,519
77 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,318 3,456
78 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 510 3,384
79 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 129 3,378
80 Noida 642,381 203 km² (78 mi²) 793 3,309
81 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 644 3,231
82 Los Angeles 3,971,883 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 528 3,115
83 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 134 3,029
84 Cheongju 637,646 153 km² (59 mi²) 1,162 3,001
85 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 719 2,988
86 Atlanta 420,003 341 km² (132 mi²) 250 2,956
87 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 204 2,928
88 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,125 2,857
89 San Francisco 864,816 120 km² (46 mi²) 449 2,844
90 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 301 2,818
91 Mandaluyong 328,699 21 km² (8 mi²) 98 2,734
92 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 1,135 2,727
93 Gimpo 263,562 276 km² (107 mi²) 1,047 2,727
94 Las Vegas 623,747 339 km² (131 mi²) 147 2,687
95 Yangsan 282,371 484.52 km² (187 mi²) 778 2,666
96 Navi Mumbai 1,111,000 - 993 2,635
97 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 233 2,610
98 Nanning 6,661,600 - 158 2,588
99 Shijiazhuang 2,100,000 455 km² (176 mi²) 300 2,571
100 Taguig 644,473 - 134 2,539

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