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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) 10,168 166,010
2 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 18,523 62,416
3 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,864 60,818
4 New York City 8,398,748 777.95 km² (300 mi²) 6,693 54,026
5 Busan 3,525,913 767.35 km² (296 mi²) 7,819 46,292
6 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,824 45,617
7 Singapore 5,638,700 722.5 km² (279 mi²) 9,437 37,847
8 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 6,280 34,434
9 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,602 34,389
10 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 9,524 32,359
11 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 1,073 31,833
12 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 2,260 30,731
13 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 13,095 30,369
14 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 2,103 29,057
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) 973 26,972
17 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,735 24,949
18 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 3,557 24,787
19 Chicago 2,705,994 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,281 22,618
20 Tokyo 9,375,104 620 km² (239 mi²) 4,073 19,954
21 Toronto 2,731,571 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,409 19,883
22 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 4,987 19,225
23 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 911 16,620
24 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 1,193 16,175
25 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 4,455 15,957
26 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 1,726 14,312
27 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 3,626 14,303
28 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 1,354 12,820
29 Hwaseong 795,186 - 2,657 12,325
30 Yongin 909,425 591.36 km² (228 mi²) 3,275 11,853
31 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 773 11,753
32 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 357 11,746
33 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 574 11,655
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 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 3,570 11,096
37 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 608 10,835
38 Nanning 6,913,800 - 382 10,746
39 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 2,624 10,678
40 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 1,177 10,453
41 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 2,019 10,088
42 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 3,986 9,411
43 Macau 650,900 21 km² (8 mi²) 819 9,359
44 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 2,348 9,347
45 Taipei 2,704,974 271.8 km² (105 mi²) 4,549 9,211
46 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 1,363 9,125
47 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 515 8,784
48 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 261 8,690
49 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 272 8,616
50 Johor Bahru 1,463,800 185 km² (71 mi²) 530 8,592
51 Makati 582,602 21.57 km² (8 mi²) 379 8,488
52 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 400 7,964
53 Goiânia 1,448,639 739 km² (285 mi²) 1,564 7,821
54 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 568 7,793
55 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,733 7,568
56 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 2,037 7,443
57 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 908 7,338
58 Namyangju 662,154 458.03 km² (177 mi²) 2,014 7,304
59 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 2,766 7,244
60 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 1,662 7,097
61 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 3,379 7,057
62 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 2,690 7,052
63 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 324 6,969
64 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 485 6,704
65 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 2,147 6,539
66 Kyiv 2,900,920 800 km² (309 mi²) 2,546 6,499
67 Ansan 693,546 149.39 km² (58 mi²) 1,071 6,307
68 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,876 6,260
69 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 198 6,223
70 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 248 6,220
71 Cheongju 637,646 153 km² (59 mi²) 2,079 6,057
72 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 2,054 6,027
73 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 1,016 5,948
74 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 227 5,802
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) 2,327 5,569
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 Sejong City - 1,328 4,974
81 Gurgaon 876,824 282.7 km² (109 mi²) 1,588 4,969
82 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 1,484 4,932
83 Yangsan 282,371 484.52 km² (187 mi²) 1,113 4,912
84 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 721 4,828
85 Doha 1,450,000 - 328 4,812
86 Gimhae 550,758 463.26 km² (179 mi²) 1,524 4,684
87 Vancouver 631,486 114 km² (44 mi²) 711 4,640
88 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 284 4,535
89 Zhuhai 1,562,530 1,724.32 km² (666 mi²) 169 4,504
90 Houston 2,325,502 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 457 4,387
91 Chŏnju - 1,608 4,354
92 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 473 4,347
93 Caracas 2,762,259 1,930 km² (745 mi²) 1,670 4,317
94 Pohang 516,105 1,127 km² (435 mi²) 979 4,303
95 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 393 4,303
96 Taguig 804,915 53.67 km² (20 mi²) 222 4,191
97 Siheung 472,162 135.79 km² (52 mi²) 913 4,135
98 Kunming 6,626,000 21,015 km² (8,114 mi²) 155 4,112
99 Manila 1,780,148 42.88 km² (16 mi²) 389 4,057
100 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 317 4,015

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