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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) 9,701 155,001
2 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 17,615 58,557
3 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,687 55,656
4 New York City 8,398,748 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,613 52,367
5 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,821 45,367
6 Busan 3,525,913 767.35 km² (296 mi²) 7,368 43,169
7 Singapore 5,638,700 722.5 km² (279 mi²) 6,789 33,384
8 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,418 31,794
9 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 6,052 31,756
10 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 1,046 31,032
11 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 12,801 28,302
12 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 1,067 27,964
13 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 2,011 27,311
14 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 963 26,732
15 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 2,152 26,539
16 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 7,047 26,048
17 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,669 24,189
18 Chicago 2,705,994 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,265 22,452
19 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 3,335 21,370
20 Tokyo 9,375,104 620 km² (239 mi²) 3,737 19,377
21 Toronto 2,731,571 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,343 18,917
22 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 4,822 18,803
23 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 798 15,931
24 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 1,155 15,856
25 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 1,714 14,110
26 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 3,496 13,595
27 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 3,478 13,371
28 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 2,830 11,505
29 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 1,217 11,504
30 Yongin 909,425 591.36 km² (228 mi²) 3,190 11,504
31 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 559 11,422
32 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 602 10,600
33 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 2,585 10,599
34 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 3,511 10,545
35 Gwangju 1,475,745 501 km² (193 mi²) 4,001 10,392
36 Nanning 6,913,800 - 380 10,341
37 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 2,009 10,029
38 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 1,042 10,013
39 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 755 9,933
40 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 2,316 9,019
41 Taipei 2,704,974 271.8 km² (105 mi²) 4,455 8,851
42 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 1,287 8,749
43 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 322 8,651
44 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 3,474 8,643
45 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 503 8,639
46 Macau 650,900 21 km² (8 mi²) 759 8,625
47 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 270 8,466
48 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 251 8,245
49 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 392 7,822
50 Goiânia 1,448,639 739 km² (285 mi²) 1,559 7,696
51 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 544 7,446
52 Johor Bahru 1,463,800 185 km² (71 mi²) 500 7,432
53 Makati 582,602 21.57 km² (8 mi²) 323 7,390
54 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 908 7,338
55 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 2,694 7,092
56 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,675 6,922
57 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 322 6,819
58 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 3,246 6,780
59 Namyangju 662,154 458.03 km² (177 mi²) 1,985 6,718
60 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 476 6,643
61 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,867 6,243
62 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 2,041 6,241
63 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 198 6,223
64 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 1,530 6,213
65 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 245 6,090
66 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,939 6,018
67 Kyiv 2,900,920 800 km² (309 mi²) 2,282 5,938
68 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 2,036 5,913
69 Ansan 693,546 149.39 km² (58 mi²) 1,042 5,695
70 Cheongju 637,646 153 km² (59 mi²) 1,989 5,623
71 Kaohsiung City 2,777,873 2,951.85 km² (1,139 mi²) 2,325 5,559
72 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 982 5,525
73 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 1,877 5,222
74 Taichung 2,752,413 2,214 km² (855 mi²) 2,545 5,085
75 Gurgaon 876,824 282.7 km² (109 mi²) 1,614 4,955
76 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,545 4,901
77 Doha 1,450,000 - 279 4,634
78 Vancouver 631,486 114 km² (44 mi²) 706 4,577
79 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 712 4,543
80 Anyang 630,688 58 km² (22 mi²) 1,442 4,534
81 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 1,464 4,488
82 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 205 4,447
83 Gimhae 550,758 463.26 km² (179 mi²) 1,485 4,421
84 Zhuhai 1,562,530 1,724.32 km² (666 mi²) 166 4,379
85 Houston 2,325,502 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 448 4,364
86 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 257 4,364
87 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 473 4,347
88 Yangsan 282,371 484.52 km² (187 mi²) 1,017 4,300
89 Pohang 516,105 1,127 km² (435 mi²) 973 4,237
90 Noida 642,381 203 km² (78 mi²) 873 4,088
91 Gimpo 300,000 276.6 km² (107 mi²) 1,373 4,045
92 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 312 3,974
93 Kunming 6,626,000 21,015 km² (8,114 mi²) 149 3,957
94 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 392 3,903
95 Los Angeles 3,990,456 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 586 3,895
96 Chŏnju - 1,523 3,890
97 Taguig 804,915 53.67 km² (20 mi²) 188 3,883
98 Pyeongtaek 406,052 452 km² (175 mi²) 1,432 3,796
99 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 939 3,755
100 Ŭijŏngbu - 1,094 3,686

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