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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) 7,833 137,022
2 New York City 8,336,697 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,225 45,106
3 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,733 40,587
4 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 5,991 30,638
5 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,115 29,482
6 Singapore 5,312,400 710 km² (274 mi²) 5,287 27,294
7 Busan 3,614,950 527 km² (203 mi²) 3,428 25,729
8 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 931 24,547
9 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 11,783 23,540
10 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,122 23,280
11 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 6,429 23,171
12 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,495 22,175
13 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 1,706 21,493
14 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 3,204 20,913
15 Chicago 2,714,856 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,180 20,613
16 Tokyo 8,967,665 620 km² (239 mi²) 2,907 15,989
17 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 1,755 15,202
18 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,109 14,080
19 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 2,485 12,478
20 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 345 11,312
21 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 619 11,070
22 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 757 10,489
23 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 3,199 10,358
24 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 582 10,005
25 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 1,006 7,186
26 Macau 568,700 21 km² (8 mi²) 611 6,978
27 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,639 6,875
28 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 339 6,702
29 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 397 6,517
30 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 284 6,281
31 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 232 6,142
32 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,782 6,119
33 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,236 6,094
34 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 194 5,967
35 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,497 5,925
36 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 405 5,743
37 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 380 5,710
38 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 592 5,625
39 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,742 5,384
40 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 339 5,321
41 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 464 5,309
42 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 881 5,249
43 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 759 5,213
44 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 260 5,183
45 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 872 4,946
46 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 218 4,659
47 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 293 4,603
48 Kyiv 2,797,553 800 km² (309 mi²) 1,931 4,568
49 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 661 4,484
50 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,604 4,439
51 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 440 4,367
52 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 689 4,310
53 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 153 4,282
54 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,665 4,165
55 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 159 4,146
56 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 158 4,096
57 Houston 2,160,821 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 399 3,971
58 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 451 3,871
59 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 364 3,846
60 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 289 3,621
61 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 901 3,557
62 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,394 3,497
63 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,318 3,456
64 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 157 3,439
65 Doha 1,450,000 - 200 3,385
66 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 128 3,377
67 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 134 3,029
68 Los Angeles 3,857,799 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 521 3,028
69 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 626 3,022
70 Atlanta 420,003 341 km² (132 mi²) 244 2,890
71 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,125 2,857
72 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 202 2,853
73 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 494 2,845
74 San Francisco 825,863 120 km² (46 mi²) 446 2,841
75 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 660 2,741
76 Las Vegas 596,424 339 km² (131 mi²) 140 2,668
77 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 236 2,656
78 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 265 2,641
79 Shijiazhuang 2,100,000 455 km² (176 mi²) 307 2,621
80 Nanning 6,661,600 - 158 2,588
81 Gurgaon 173,542 - 1,061 2,581
82 Gwangju 1,475,745 501 km² (193 mi²) 636 2,560
83 Taguig 644,473 - 131 2,508
84 Calgary 1,096,833 726 km² (280 mi²) 298 2,474
85 Goiânia 1,244,645 739 km² (285 mi²) 434 2,456
86 Dallas 1,241,162 887 km² (342 mi²) 260 2,445
87 Paris 2,234,105 105 km² (41 mi²) 700 2,411
88 Mandaluyong 328,699 21 km² (8 mi²) 91 2,404
89 Philadelphia 1,547,607 350 km² (135 mi²) 341 2,374
90 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 349 2,352
91 Fortaleza 2,431,415 313 km² (121 mi²) 685 2,313
92 Yangsan - 710 2,310
93 Seattle 634,535 229 km² (88 mi²) 253 2,304
94 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 412 2,270
95 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 164 2,237
96 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 321 2,218
97 Navi Mumbai 1,111,000 - 887 2,218
98 Fuzhou 4,468,076 12,000 km² (4,633 mi²) 106 2,200
99 Anyang 630,688 58 km² (22 mi²) 677 2,193
100 Gimpo 263,562 276 km² (107 mi²) 853 2,157

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