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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) 8,492 144,601
2 Seoul 10,581,728 616 km² (238 mi²) 16,535 53,855
3 New York City 8,622,698 800 km² (309 mi²) 6,412 48,508
4 Chongqing 6,300,000 82,403 km² (31,816 mi²) 1,774 42,787
5 Busan 3,525,913 767.35 km² (296 mi²) 6,739 37,050
6 Shenzhen 3,538,275 2,020 km² (780 mi²) 1,219 36,107
7 Singapore 5,607,300 719.1 km² (278 mi²) 7,045 33,561
8 Dubai 2,104,895 3,885 km² (1,500 mi²) 1,254 27,389
9 Incheon 2,710,579 1,029 km² (397 mi²) 5,617 26,900
10 Guangzhou 6,560,500 7,434 km² (2,870 mi²) 959 26,343
11 Moscow 11,503,501 1,080 km² (417 mi²) 12,092 24,948
12 São Paulo 11,316,149 1,523 km² (588 mi²) 6,585 24,000
13 Bangkok 8,280,925 1,568 km² (605 mi²) 1,871 23,772
14 Shanghai 17,836,133 6,638 km² (2,563 mi²) 1,625 23,436
15 Wuhan 6,434,373 8,494 km² (3,280 mi²) 905 23,401
16 Chicago 2,716,450 589 km² (227 mi²) 1,224 21,364
17 Kuala Lumpur 1,627,172 243 km² (94 mi²) 2,003 20,350
18 Tokyo 9,375,104 620 km² (239 mi²) 3,328 17,924
19 Mumbai 12,478,447 621 km² (240 mi²) 2,934 17,351
20 Toronto 2,615,060 629 km² (243 mi²) 2,253 16,688
21 Daegu 2,446,418 885 km² (342 mi²) 4,246 16,592
22 Istanbul 10,121,565 1,991 km² (769 mi²) 5,181 15,714
23 Jakarta 10,187,595 661 km² (255 mi²) 1,022 13,721
24 Panama City 880,691 2,560 km² (988 mi²) 577 13,607
25 Goyang 1,073,069 267 km² (103 mi²) 3,318 11,412
26 Harbin 3,433,629 7,086 km² (2,736 mi²) 621 11,195
27 Tianjin 6,825,105 11,920 km² (4,602 mi²) 549 10,572
28 Suwon 1,138,341 121 km² (47 mi²) 2,622 10,243
29 Yongin 909,425 591.36 km² (228 mi²) 3,047 10,015
30 Daejeon 1,539,154 539 km² (208 mi²) 3,129 9,855
31 Taipei 2,704,974 271.8 km² (105 mi²) 5,153 9,822
32 Recife 1,555,039 218 km² (84 mi²) 1,786 8,854
33 Ulsan 1,145,096 1,056 km² (408 mi²) 1,852 7,972
34 Melbourne 4,169,103 7,694 km² (2,971 mi²) 684 7,918
35 Beijing 7,746,519 16,807 km² (6,489 mi²) 1,043 7,740
36 Guiyang 848,166 8,046 km² (3,107 mi²) 377 7,514
37 Shenyang 8,106,171 12,942 km² (4,997 mi²) 304 7,416
38 Dalian 2,980,513 13,238 km² (5,111 mi²) 249 7,197
39 Abu Dhabi 921,000 67 km² (26 mi²) 230 7,152
40 Macau 650,900 21 km² (8 mi²) 622 6,980
41 Xiamen 1,861,289 1,565 km² (604 mi²) 410 6,918
42 Osaka 2,871,680 220 km² (85 mi²) 1,714 6,845
43 Miami 430,332 92 km² (36 mi²) 374 6,787
44 Sharjah 801,004 235 km² (91 mi²) 468 6,721
45 Goiânia 1,448,639 739 km² (285 mi²) 1,480 6,646
46 Changwon 503,930 292 km² (113 mi²) 1,887 6,506
47 Changsha 3,617,469 556 km² (215 mi²) 197 6,496
48 Makati 529,039 21 km² (8 mi²) 291 6,371
49 Hanoi 2,600,000 186 km² (72 mi²) 585 6,344
50 Rio de Janeiro 6,323,037 1,182 km² (456 mi²) 2,858 6,226
51 Seongnam 996,449 141 km² (54 mi²) 1,958 6,154
52 Chengdu 7,677,100 12,300 km² (4,749 mi²) 263 5,991
53 Penang Island 750,000 1,046 km² (404 mi²) 802 5,978
54 Cheonan 543,309 636 km² (246 mi²) 1,504 5,781
55 Salvador 2,676,606 706 km² (273 mi²) 2,006 5,778
56 Nanning 6,661,600 - 239 5,638
57 Hangzhou 6,242,000 16,847 km² (6,505 mi²) 367 5,622
58 Gwangju 1,475,745 501 km² (193 mi²) 1,888 5,592
59 Namyangju 662,154 458.03 km² (177 mi²) 1,856 5,561
60 Buenos Aires 2,891,082 200 km² (77 mi²) 1,745 5,414
61 Kaohsiung City 2,777,873 2,951.85 km² (1,139 mi²) 2,389 5,340
62 St. Petersburg 4,879,566 1,431 km² (553 mi²) 2,903 5,290
63 Taichung 2,752,413 2,214 km² (855 mi²) 2,569 5,175
64 Sydney 4,627,345 12,144 km² (4,689 mi²) 918 5,166
65 Kyiv 2,900,920 800 km² (309 mi²) 2,066 5,003
66 Ho Chi Minh City 7,396,446 140 km² (54 mi²) 575 4,991
67 London 8,173,194 1,579 km² (610 mi²) 1,814 4,979
68 Nanjing 8,109,100 6,516 km² (2,516 mi²) 158 4,788
69 Hefei 5,702,466 7,266 km² (2,805 mi²) 205 4,656
70 Johor Bahru 1,463,800 185 km² (71 mi²) 362 4,574
71 Mexico City 8,864,370 1,487 km² (574 mi²) 1,577 4,453
72 Ankara 4,338,620 2,498 km² (964 mi²) 2,047 4,423
73 Vancouver 603,502 114 km² (44 mi²) 699 4,405
74 Bucheon 890,352 53 km² (20 mi²) 1,372 4,348
75 Houston 2,312,717 1,398 km² (540 mi²) 431 4,253
76 Gurgaon 876,824 282.7 km² (109 mi²) 1,480 4,249
77 Anyang 630,688 58 km² (22 mi²) 1,327 4,167
78 Honolulu 345,610 265 km² (102 mi²) 474 4,160
79 Yangsan 282,371 484.52 km² (187 mi²) 960 3,920
80 Qingdao 2,640,000 10,654 km² (4,114 mi²) 180 3,908
81 Cheongju 637,646 153 km² (59 mi²) 1,229 3,899
82 Doha 1,450,000 - 229 3,886
83 Gimpo 300,000 276.6 km² (107 mi²) 1,301 3,805
84 Gold Coast City 527,828 1,402 km² (541 mi²) 305 3,764
85 Balneário Camboriú 94,344 46 km² (18 mi²) 692 3,712
86 Curitiba 1,797,408 435 km² (168 mi²) 917 3,653
87 Ansan 693,546 149.39 km² (58 mi²) 932 3,607
88 Noida 642,381 203 km² (78 mi²) 837 3,601
89 Kunming 3,583,429 21,473 km² (8,291 mi²) 131 3,578
90 Santiago 5,428,590 2,324 km² (897 mi²) 1,344 3,578
91 Los Angeles 3,999,759 1,215 km² (469 mi²) 531 3,504
92 Suzhou 1,500,000 8,488 km² (3,277 mi²) 219 3,489
93 Pohang 516,105 1,127 km² (435 mi²) 862 3,298
94 Gimhae 453,728 - 1,284 3,188
95 San Francisco 884,363 120 km² (46 mi²) 459 3,174
96 Taguig 644,473 - 169 3,156
97 Manila 1,652,171 38 km² (15 mi²) 256 3,058
98 Wuxi 6,372,624 1,659 km² (641 mi²) 126 3,058
99 Brisbane 2,146,577 1,327 km² (512 mi²) 307 3,023
100 Atlanta 472,522 341 km² (132 mi²) 263 3,022

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