Do you know What are the 10 largest cities in Pakistan?
Today we are going to tell you the top 10 populated cities in Pakistan. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s fifth-most populous country, with a population of almost 242 million, and has the world’s second-largest Muslim population. Pakistan is the 33rd-largest country by area, spanning 881,913 square kilometers (340,509 square miles). There are 5 provinces in Pakistan, but the largest province in Pakistan according to population is Punjab. The total population of Punjab is 110 million and the most populous cities are also in Punjab. Let’s discuss the top 10 populous cities of Pakistan:
Karachi is the largest city in Pakistan and the twelfth-largest city in the world. It is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. Ranked as a beta-global city, it is Pakistan’s premier industrial and financial centre, with an estimated GDP of $164 billion (PPP) as of 2019. With its location on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub and is home to Pakistan’s two largest seaports. According to the 2017 national census, Karachi’s total population was 16,051,521, with 14.9 million of that figure residing in the urban areas of the city proper. Karachi is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. The population is almost entirely Muslim, but there are small Christian, Hindu, Parsi, Buddhist, and Jain minorities. the religious breakdown of the city is as follows: Muslim (96.45%), Christian(2.42%), Hindus(0.86%), Ahmadis(0.17%) and Others(0.10%).
Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, is Pakistan’s 2nd largest city after Karachi, and is the 26th largest city in the world. Lahore is the largest city in Punjab. The total population of Lahore is 11.13 million and is the second most populous city in Pakistan. 97% of the population of Lahore is Muslim and 2% of Christian. Lahore is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities with an estimated GDP (PPP) of $84 billion as of 2019. It is the largest city and historic cultural centre of the greater Punjab region and is one of Pakistan’s most socially liberal, progressive and cosmopolitan cities.
Faisalabad, formerly known as Lyallpur, named after the founder of the city is the 3rd largest city in Pakistan after Karachi and Lahore respectively, and the 2nd largest city in Punjab after Lahore. The total population of Faisalabad is 3.204 million. Faisalabad is 1,115 Km away from Karachi and 122 Km away from Lahore. Historically one of the first planned cities within British India, it has long since developed into a cosmopolitan metropolis. Faisalabad has grown to become a major industrial and distribution centre, because of its central location in the region and connecting roads, rails, and air transportation. It has been referred to as the manchester of Pakistan”.
Rawalpindi is the capital city of the Rawalpindi Division located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is the 4th largest city proper in Pakistan after Karachi, Lahore, and Faisalabad respectively. Rawalpindi is 3rd largest city in Punjab after Lahore and Faisalabad respectively. The total population of Rawalpindi is 2.098 million. While the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the country’s fourth largest metropolitan area. Rawalpindi is adjacent to Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad. Rawalpindi is named after Rajput King Bappa Rawal.
Gujranwala is a city and capital of the Gujranwala Division located in Pakistan. It is also known as the “City of Wrestlers” and is quite famous for its food. The city is Pakistan’s 5th most populous metropolitan area, as well as the 5th most populous city proper after Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, and Rawalpindi respectively. The total population of Gujranwala is 2.027 million. Founded in the 18th century, Gujranwala is a relatively modern town compared to the many nearby millennia-old cities of northern Punjab.
Peshawar, historically known as Purushapura, is the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is the largest city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the sixth-largest city in Pakistan; it is primarily populated by Pashtuns, who comprise the second-largest ethnic group in the country. Situated in the Valley of Peshawar, a broad area situated east of the historic Khyber Pass and close to the Afghanistan–Pakistan border. The total population of Peshawar is 1.97 million.
Multan is a city and capital of the Multan Division located in Punjab, Pakistan. Situated on the bank of the Chenab River, Multan is Pakistan’s 7th largest city and is the major cultural and economic centre of Southern Punjab. The total population of Pakistan is 1.87 million. Multan was one of the most important trading centers of medieval Islamic India, and attracted a multitude of Sufi mystics in the 11th and 12th centuries, earning the city the sobriquet “City of Saints”.
Hyderabad is the city and capital of the Hyderabad Division in the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is the second-largest city in Sindh and the eighth largest in Pakistan. The total population of Hyderabad is 1.733 million.
Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is administered by the Pakistani federal government as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. It is the ninth-largest city in Pakistan. The total population of Islamabad is 1 million Built as a planned city in the 1960s, it replaced Rawalpindi as Pakistan’s capital. Islamabad is noted for its high standards of living, safety, and abundant greenery.
Quetta is the provincial capital and largest city of the Pakistani province of Balochistan. It is also the 10th largest city in Pakistan. It was largely destroyed in the 1935 Quetta earthquake, but was rebuilt and has a population of 1 million according to the census of 2017. Quetta is at an average elevation of 1,680 meters (5,510 feet) above sea level, making it Pakistan’s only high-altitude major city. The city is known as the “Fruit Garden of Pakistan”.
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