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Africa’s largest cities

March 17, 2018 8:46 am

Cairo – Egypt

Africa is the large continent with dozens of countries including notable and growing cities, there are many countries with populous cities, and nowadays the cities growing on economy and the people choose cities to live. The below are the list of largest urban agglomerations in Africa.


  1. Kano

Kano is the capital of Kano Emirates in Northern Nigeria and second largest city in Nigeria, the Hausa language is the widely spoken in the city of Kano.

Urban Population: 9,383,682

Country: Nigeria

Area: 499 km2


  1. Nairobi

The city founded in 1899 by British which nowadays largest and capital city of Kenya, most populous city of East Africa.

Urban Population: 3,500,000

Country: Kenya

Area: 696 km2


  1. Accra

The largest and capital city of Ghana and stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and covers north into Ghana’s interior.

Urban Population: 3,575,000

Country: Ghana

Area: 894 km2


  1. Durban

Largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and most important manufacturing hub in South Africa, English and Zulu are the major language with 51% black African and 24% Asian.

Urban Population: 3,650,000

Country: South Africa

Area: 2,292 km2


  1. Cape Town

South Africa’s second largest city, also the legislative capital of the country, the city is famous for its harbor, located on the Shore of Table Bay.

Urban Population: 3,775,000

Country: South Africa

Area: 2,445 km2


  1. Casablanca

Casablanca is the largest and most important cities in Africa and largest city in Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean and chief port and industrial center.

Urban Population: 3,975,000

Country: Morocco

Area: 386 km2


  1. Abidjan

Abidjan is the capital city of Ivory Coast and the third largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris and Kinshasa.

Urban Population: 4,400,000

Country: Ivory Coast

Area: 2,119 km2


  1. Alexandria

The city is on the area of 2,679 km2 at the elevation of 16 feet from sea level, is the second largest city of Egypt. Alexandria located in the north central part of Egypt leading about 32 km on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Urban Population: 4,575,000

Country: Egypt

Area: 2,679 km2



  1. Dar es Salaam

It is a largest city of Tanzania covered 1,590 km2, located on a raw harbor on the eastern coast of Africa, with sandy beaches in the few areas.

Urban Population: 4,700,000

Country: Tanzania

Area: 1,590 km2


  1. Khartoum-Omdurman

Omdurman and Omdurman is the combined city of Sudan, Omdurman is largest city of Sudan and Khartoum is second largest, located at the meeting of White Nile and Blue Nile. It features hot desert climate and receives 155 millimeters of precipitation per year.

Urban Population: 4,975,000

Country: Sudan


  1. Mogadishu

Somalia’s largest city and capital city, located in the coastal Banaadir region on the Indian Ocean, the city has many important national institutions and political activities. The Mogadishu has a comparatively dry climate, and much of the land of the city lies on desert terrain.

Urban Population: 5,845,000

Country: Somalia

Area: 1,657 km2


  1. Greater Johannesburg

South Africa’s largest city, located in Gauteng, and the wealthiest, modern city in Africa, is the provincial capital of Gauteng, covered over 334 km2 of city area, and fourth largest city in Africa.

Urban Population: 7,550,000

Country: South Africa

Area: 1,644.96 km2


  1. Kinshasa-Brazzaville

Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Brazzaville is the largest city of the Republic of the Congo both cities are located on the Congo River combined population is around 11 million.

Urban Population: 11,300,000

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo

Area: 583 km2 /263.9 km2


  1. Cairo

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and 16th largest in the world and the city covered area about 453 km2 (City), 6,640 km2 (Urban), 86,369 km2 (Metro). The Population of the city is around 9 million and in Metro 19 million with density of 17,190/km2.

Urban Population: 15,200,000

Country: Egypt

Area: 6,640 km2


  1. Lagos

Largest city in Africa and seventh in the world, the latest estimate the population at 21 million, the city located in the Lagos state in Nigeria and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.

Urban Population: 21,000,000

Country: Nigeria

Area: 999.6 km2


Author: Gesture Chidhanguro


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