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Rain Man
01-28-2009, 08:17 PM
I thought this was kind of cool. I found it while trying to find the largest cities in the world.

http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa011201a.htm

Largest Cities in the Year 100 A.D.

Name Population
1 Rome 450,000
2 Luoyang (Honan), China 420,000
3 Seleucia (on the Tigris), Iraq 250,000
4 Alexandria, Egypt 250,000
5 Antioch, Turkey 150,000
6 Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka 130,000
7 Peshawar, Pakistan 120,000
8 Carthage, Tunisia 100,000
9 Suzhou, China n/a
10 Smyrna, Turkey 90,000

Largest Cities in the Year 1000 A.D.

1 Cordova, Spain 450,000
2 Kaifeng, China 400,000
3 Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey 300,000
4 Angkor, Cambodia 200,000
5 Kyoto, Japan 175,000
6 Cairo, Egypt 135,000
7 Baghdad, Iraq 125,000
8 Nishapur (Neyshabur), Iran 125,000
9 Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia 110,000
10 Patan (Anhilwara), India 100,000

Largest Cities in the Year 1500 A.D.

1 Beijing, China 672,000
2 Vijayanagar, India 500,000
3 Cairo, Egypt 400,000
4 Hangzhou, China 250,000
5 Tabriz, Iran 250,000
6 Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey 200,000
7 Gaur, India 200,000
8 Paris, France 185,000
9 Guangzhou, China 150,000
10 Nanjing, China 147,000

Largest Cities in the Year 1800 A.D.

1 Beijing, China 1,100,000
2 London, United Kingdom 861,000
3 Guangzhou, China 800,000
4 Edo (Tokyo), Japan 685,000
5 Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey 570,000
6 Paris, France 547,000
7 Naples, Italy 430,000
8 Hangzhou, China 387,000
9 Osaka, Japan 383,000
10 Kyoto, Japan 377,000

Largest Cities in the Year 1900 A.D.

Name Population
1 London, United Kingdom 6,480,000
2 New York, United States 4,242,000
3 Paris, France 3,330,000
4 Berlin, Germany 2,707,000
5 Chicago, United States 1,717,000
6 Vienna, Austria 1,698,000
7 Tokyo, Japan 1,497,000
8 St. Petersburg, Russia 1,439,000
9 Manchester, United Kingdom 1,435,000
10 Philadelphia, United States 1,418,000

Largest Cities in the Year 1950 A.D.

1 New York, United States 12,463,000
2 London, United Kingdom 8,860,000
3 Tokyo, Japan 7,000,000
4 Paris, France 5,900,000
5 Shanghai, China 5,406,000
6 Moscow, Russia 5,100,000
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina 5,000,000
8 Chicago, United States 4,906,000
9 Ruhr, Germany 4,900,000
10 Kolkata, India 4,800,000