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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 7,500,700 1,110.18 km² (429 mi²) 11,886 172,844
2 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 18,553 63,014
3 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,879 61,183
4 New York City 8,804,190 777.95 km² (300 mi²) 6,696 54,197
5 Busan 3,525,913 767.35 km² (296 mi²) 7,821 46,294
6 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,826 45,667
7 Singapore 5,638,700 722.5 km² (279 mi²) 9,638 38,151
8 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,611 34,458
9 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 6,280 34,434
10 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 10,049 33,376
11 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 1,110 32,793
12 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 13,272 31,919
13 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 2,260 30,731
14 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 2,123 29,381
15 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 1,071 28,489
16 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 995 27,508
17 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,755 25,079
18 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 3,616 25,010
19 Chicago 2,746,388 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,286 22,671
20 Toronto 2,731,571 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,433 20,158
21 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 6,759 20,002
22 Tokyo 9,375,104 620 km² (239 mi²) 4,083 19,965
23 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 5,077 19,715
24 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 911 16,620
25 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 1,202 16,257
26 Beijing 21,893,095 2,894 km² (1,117 mi²) 1,771 14,902
27 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 3,630 14,454
28 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 1,449 14,069
29 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 785 12,689
30 Hwaseong 795,186 - 2,657 12,325
31 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 393 12,210
32 Yongin 909,425 591.36 km² (228 mi²) 3,275 11,853
33 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 582 11,711
34 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 2,865 11,556
35 Gwangju 1,475,745 501 km² (193 mi²) 4,144 11,335
36 Nanning 6,913,800 - 401 11,199
37 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 3,571 11,146
38 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 608 10,835
39 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 2,624 10,678
40 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 1,178 10,454
41 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 2,019 10,088
42 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 311 9,810
43 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 4,001 9,438
44 Macau 650,900 21 km² (8 mi²) 821 9,409
45 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 2,348 9,347
46 Taipei 2,704,974 271.8 km² (105 mi²) 4,552 9,218
47 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 1,369 9,147
48 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 528 9,034
49 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 282 8,856
50 Makati 582,602 21.57 km² (8 mi²) 383 8,748
51 Johor Bahru 1,463,800 185 km² (71 mi²) 551 8,693
52 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 614 8,316
53 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 963 8,135
54 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 405 8,001
55 Goiânia 1,448,639 739 km² (285 mi²) 1,564 7,821
56 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 2,113 7,773
57 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,734 7,577
58 Namyangju 662,154 458.03 km² (177 mi²) 2,014 7,304
59 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 351 7,300
60 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 2,766 7,244
61 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 3,406 7,148
62 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 1,662 7,097
63 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 2,708 7,086
64 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 219 6,887
65 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 485 6,704
66 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 2,147 6,539
67 Kyiv 2,900,920 800 km² (309 mi²) 2,546 6,499
68 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 258 6,417
69 Ansan 693,546 149.39 km² (58 mi²) 1,071 6,307
70 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,876 6,260
71 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 1,025 6,249
72 Cheongju 637,646 153 km² (59 mi²) 2,079 6,057
73 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 2,062 6,035
74 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 228 5,803
75 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,742 5,698
76 Kaohsiung City 2,777,873 2,951.85 km² (1,139 mi²) 2,328 5,570
77 Anyang 630,688 58 km² (22 mi²) 1,599 5,391
78 Gimpo 300,000 276.6 km² (107 mi²) 1,547 5,118
79 Taichung 2,752,413 2,214 km² (855 mi²) 2,546 5,110
80 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 324 5,073
81 Doha 1,450,000 - 336 5,016
82 Sejong City - 1,328 4,974
83 Gurgaon 876,824 282.7 km² (109 mi²) 1,588 4,969
84 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 1,484 4,932
85 Yangsan 282,371 484.52 km² (187 mi²) 1,113 4,912
86 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 723 4,908
87 Vancouver 631,486 114 km² (44 mi²) 714 4,795
88 Gimhae 550,758 463.26 km² (179 mi²) 1,524 4,684
89 Zhuhai 1,562,530 1,724.32 km² (666 mi²) 177 4,649
90 Houston 2,304,580 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 461 4,467
91 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,779 4,442
92 Kunming 6,626,000 21,015 km² (8,114 mi²) 177 4,362
93 Chŏnju - 1,608 4,354
94 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 473 4,347
95 Taguig 804,915 53.67 km² (20 mi²) 227 4,344
96 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 394 4,304
97 Pohang 516,105 1,127 km² (435 mi²) 979 4,303
98 Siheung 472,162 135.79 km² (52 mi²) 913 4,135
99 Manila 1,780,148 42.88 km² (16 mi²) 394 4,062
100 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 320 4,026

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