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Urban hierarchies in the world: in a world that is becoming increasingly globalised and interconnected, the larger and most important cities have an influence that goes beyond the borders of the country they are located in.

World cities:

  • World metropolises: these are large urban centres that integrate other smaller cities within their metropolitan areas.
  • Megacities: according to the UN, these are cities with more than 10 million inhabitants.
  • Megalopolies: these are large-scale urban agglomerations formed by the metropolitan areas of several cities being joined by their transport system.
  • Global cities: due to globalisation, these cities have a global influence as regards certain activities, like information technology, transport, finance and trade. 

Continental and regional cities: are cities with large populations that may be similar to the populations of world cities and megacities, but their influence is focused on smaller continental and regional areas.

  • Continental areas: these cities govern very large areas and their influence can be left across a whole continent of part of one.
  • Regional cities: These cities have a supranational influence, covering large areas of the continent.

Medium-sized cities: have most, if not all, the services found in larger cities, but their smaller size makes them more accessible to their inhabitants.

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