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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) 7,853 137,444
2 New York City 8,537,673 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,300 47,238
3 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 12,575 46,643
4 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,759 42,017
5 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,190 33,977
6 Singapore 5,607,300 719.1 km² (278 mi²) 5,758 29,832
7 Busan 3,525,913 767.35 km² (296 mi²) 3,793 27,400
8 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 941 25,452
9 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,196 24,767
10 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 11,910 24,346
11 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 6,529 23,687
12 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,504 22,705
13 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 1,776 22,266
14 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 3,263 21,537
15 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 858 21,471
16 Chicago 2,704,958 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,207 21,256
17 Tokyo 9,375,104 620 km² (239 mi²) 3,132 17,039
18 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 1,806 16,816
19 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,188 15,657
20 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 2,593 13,947
21 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 3,033 13,539
22 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 960 12,243
23 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 408 12,157
24 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 3,310 10,873
25 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 592 10,235
26 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 2,954 10,016
27 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 3,010 9,358
28 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 2,143 8,488
29 Yongin 909,425 591.36 km² (228 mi²) 2,907 8,271
30 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 1,030 7,643
31 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 377 7,514
32 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 417 7,312
33 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 669 7,196
34 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 248 7,192
35 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 298 6,966
36 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,639 6,875
37 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 218 6,667
38 Macau 650,900 21 km² (8 mi²) 610 6,493
39 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,562 6,397
40 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 443 6,363
41 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,245 6,305
42 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 391 6,260
43 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,785 6,122
44 Goiânia 1,448,639 739 km² (285 mi²) 1,427 6,088
45 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 279 5,948
46 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 1,841 5,901
47 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 355 5,743
48 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 178 5,456
49 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,745 5,415
50 Gwangju 1,475,745 501 km² (193 mi²) 1,782 5,362
51 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 555 5,322
52 Nanning 6,661,600 - 233 5,313
53 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 230 5,259
54 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 902 5,098
55 Namyangju 662,154 458.03 km² (177 mi²) 1,721 4,986
56 Kyiv 2,900,920 800 km² (309 mi²) 2,013 4,838
57 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 300 4,764
58 Taipei 2,704,974 271.8 km² (105 mi²) 1,324 4,735
59 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,728 4,719
60 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 702 4,621
61 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 151 4,583
62 Taichung 2,752,413 2,214 km² (855 mi²) 2,247 4,549
63 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,734 4,540
64 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 692 4,341
65 Houston 2,303,482 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 417 4,174
66 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 1,162 4,168
67 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 158 4,096
68 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 457 4,072
69 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 1,261 3,984
70 Anyang 630,688 58 km² (22 mi²) 1,225 3,965
71 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 541 3,937
72 Gurgaon 876,824 282.7 km² (109 mi²) 1,363 3,896
73 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 174 3,874
74 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,420 3,808
75 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 1,268 3,797
76 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 1,159 3,789
77 Doha 1,450,000 - 219 3,741
78 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 303 3,738
79 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 131 3,578
80 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,344 3,578
81 Kaohsiung City 2,769,072 2,946 km² (1,137 mi²) 975 3,578
82 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 906 3,574
83 Los Angeles 3,976,322 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 533 3,416
84 Noida 642,381 203 km² (78 mi²) 794 3,314
85 Yangsan 282,371 484.52 km² (187 mi²) 816 3,256
86 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 645 3,256
87 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 212 3,168
88 Cheongju 637,646 153 km² (59 mi²) 1,162 3,001
89 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 120 2,967
90 Atlanta 472,522 341 km² (132 mi²) 254 2,961
91 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,125 2,857
92 San Francisco 870,887 120 km² (46 mi²) 452 2,845
93 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 301 2,818
94 Mandaluyong 328,699 21 km² (8 mi²) 99 2,754
95 Gimpo 263,562 276 km² (107 mi²) 1,047 2,727
96 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 1,135 2,727
97 Taguig 644,473 - 141 2,725
98 Gimhae 453,728 - 1,144 2,724
99 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 235 2,709
100 Las Vegas 623,747 339 km² (131 mi²) 147 2,687

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