Looking for some population data...

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  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    I'm looking for population data of like the 200 or so largest cities or metropolitan areas currently (worldwide, not just one particular country) as well as the same cities' populations in like 1950 or so, for comparison of growth rates in a project I'm doing.

    After Googling forever, I'm still having a hard time coming up with exactly what I need, so I figured I'll ask here.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Did you try Wikipedia? I found so many pages listing populations of municipalities, urban areas, and metropolitan areas, with specific definitions of each.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i reccomend looking into the most recent almanac

    they have all sorts of infor pertaining to this
     
  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    Without knowing offhand if it's in a searchable form suitable to the task, try the CIA World Factbook. Outstanding resource.
     
  5. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    Wikipedia and CIA were not very good for what I was looking for.

    However, I ended up finally finding a perfect resource that had exactly what I was looking for in nice table form - the UN!

    http://esa.un.org/unup/index.asp?panel=2

    Can select starting years and ending years... and the data seems to be by metropolitan area population rather than strict city population, which is also exactly what I want.
     
  6. jng macrumors 65816

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    Other ideas also include the World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO). They have lots of data too.
     

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