The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. We have new cities and sky-kissing buildings taking shape just in front of our eyes. Our consumption pattern lifestyle choices society hierarchy are all evolving to adapt to the growing changes around us.
Here are some of the cities across the globe that are growing rapidly.
Beihai, China, Growth rate: 10.58%
This relatively small city is the fastest growing city in the world. This is only true when we try to pitch it against other cities of China. The small cities can be forgotten when China’s top 14 cities all have over 10 million people.
To put into perspective if Beihai was in the US it would compete with the likes of Philadelphia. It is a port city that serves as a connecting hub for Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan.
Ghaziabad, India, Growth rate: 5.20%
Ghaziabad is also known as the ‘Gateway of UP’ because it is located in between India’s capital New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. It is relatively a small city but being an administrative headquarter for the state it is rapidly growing. Within a short span of time, it has become the leading city for education, commerce, and industry. The city also benefits from its proximity to Delhi. A plan to extend the Delhi metro to Ghaziabad should ensure the further growth of the city.
Surat, India, Growth rate: 4.99%
This is one of the largest cities in India and is also the 34th largest city in the world. The city over the decade has shown an admirable increase in lifestyle quality and growth in GDP. An 11.5% annual growth in GDP from 2001 to 2008 positioned the city as an ideal place for the IT sector to flourish. In 2013 it won the best city in the country award according to a leading survey. It’s no surprise that people are flocking to this up-and-coming technology hub.
Kabul, Afghanistan, Growth rate: 4.74%
The general public may see Kabul as a hostile place due to the daily news and controversies, but on the contrary, the city has been flourishing over the year.
The city is a trade hub that had its strong presence in the Asian subcontinent way back, more than 3500 years ago. Amidst the growing terror attacks and insurgent activities, the city is still having a steady growth since the early 2000s.
Bamako, Mali, Growth rate: 4.45%
Bamako is the fastest-growing African city. The city, however, has been subjected to years-long separatist movement but even between this chaos the city has attracted a lot of tourist attention and has grown ever since. A person walking through Bamako can see flashes of agrarian city culture and industrial brilliance at the same time. The city has a rich culture of music and art which has harbored thousands of tourists from all around the world. It’s clear this fast-developing city will help define the African continent in the 21st century.
Faridabad, India, Growth rate: 4.44%
The third from India. This city is the economic hub for the state of Haryana. It was once estimated that over 50% of the tax revenue collected for the state was from Faridabad. Like Surat, Faridabad is located near Delhi and is also listed under PM’s Smart City initiative. It makes sense that this fast-growing nation would have a plethora of fast-growing and dynamic cities like Faridabad.