15 Largest Suburbs in America and Canada

1. Long Beach, California (473,789) Los Angeles Metro  (Long Beach is bigger than cities like  Atlanta, Miami,  Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Cincinnatti)

The Port of Long Beach is the United States’ second busiest container port and one of the world’s largest shipping ports.[15] The city also maintains a large oil industry with wells located both underground and offshore. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, car parts, electronic and audiovisual equipment, and home furnishings.

Downtown Long Beach is located approximately 22 miles (35 km) south of Downtown Los Angeles, though the two cities border each other for several miles on Long Beach’s southwestern portion. Long Beach borders Orange County on its southeast edge.[16]
2. Mesa, Arizona (463,552)  Phoenix Metro

(Mesa is bigger than cities like  Atlanta, Miami,  Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Cincinnatti)

Mesa Bank and Mesa Arts Center building in downtown Mesa

Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson, and the 38th-largest city in the US.Mesa is home to numerous higher education facilities including Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University. Mesa is the most conservative city in America.
3. Arlington, Texas (374,417)  Dallas Metro

Located approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Dallas, Arlington is home to The University of Texas at Arlington, a doctoral-granting research institution, and a General Motors assembly plant. Additionally Arlington hosts the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington, AT&T Stadium, the International Bowling Campus (which houses the United States Bowling Congress, International Bowling Museum and the International Bowling Hall of Fame), and the theme parks Six Flags Over Texas (the original Six Flags) and Hurricane Harbor. Arlington is the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region IV, Texas Health Resources, and American Mensa.

4. Santa Ana, California (339,130)  Los Angeles Metro

5. Anaheim, California (335,288) Los Angeles

making it the most populous city in Orange County and the 10th most populous city in California.[14] Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County in terms of land area (after Irvine) and is known for its theme parks, sports teams, and convention center.

Anaheim was founded by fifty German families in 1857 and incorporated as the second city in Los Angeles County on March 18, 1876.[2] The city developed into an industrial center, producing electronics, aircraft parts and canned fruit. It is the site of the Disneyland Resort, a world-famous grouping of theme parks and hotels which opened in 1955, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center.

Anaheim’s city limits extend from Cypress in the west to the Riverside County line in the east and encompass a diverse collection of neighborhoods and communities. Anaheim Hills is a master-planned community located in the city’s eastern stretches that is home to many sports stars and executives. Downtown Anaheim has three mixed-use historic districts, the largest of which is the Anaheim Colony. The Anaheim Resort, a commercial district, includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and numerous hotels and retail complexes. The Platinum Triangle, a neo-urban redevelopment district surrounding Angel Stadium, is planned to be populated with mixed-use streets and high-rises. Finally, Anaheim Canyon is an industrial district north of SR 91 and east of SR 57.

6. Aurora, Colorado (319,057)  Denver Metro

Aurora is the third most populous city in Colorado

7. Riverside, California 319,000

located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Riverside is the county seat of the eponymous county and named for its location beside the Santa Ana River.[9] It is the most populous city in the Inland Empire as well as Riverside County, and is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) east of Los Angeles.[10]} It is also part of the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside is the 59th most populous city in the United States and 12th most populous city in California. As of the 2010 Census, Riverside had a population of 303,871.

Riverside was founded in the early 1870s and is the birthplace of the California citrus industry as well as home of the Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States.[11] It is also home to the Riverside National Cemetery.

The University of California, Riverside, is located in the northeastern part of the city. The university also hosts the Riverside Sports Complex. Other attractions in Riverside include the Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, which houses exhibits and artifacts of local history, the California Museum of Photography, the California Citrus State Historic Park, and the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, the last of the two original navel orange trees in California.[12]

8. Newark, New Jersey 285,000  New York City Metro

Located in the heart of New Jersey’s Gateway Region, Newark is the second largest city in the New York metropolitan area, approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of Manhattan. Port Newark, the major container shipping terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, is the largest on the East Coast. Newark Liberty International Airport was the first municipal commercial airport in the United States, and today is one of its busiest.[26][27][28]

Newark is headquarters to numerous corporations, such as Prudential Financial, Panasonic Corporation of North America and PSEG. It is also home to several universities, such as Rutgers–Newark (including the law school and medical school), the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Seton Hall University’s Law School. Among others, its cultural and sports venues include the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Prudential Center, and the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Baseball Stadium.

Newark is divided into five geographical wards, and contains neighborhoods ranging in character from bustling urban districts to quiet suburban enclaves. Newark’s Branch Brook Park is the oldest county park in the United States and is home to the nation’s largest collection of cherry blossom trees, numbering over 5,000
9. Plano, Texas (278,480)  Dallas Metro

Plano is twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas. This city is home to many corporate headquarters: Alliance Data, Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J. C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Traxxas, Siemens PLM Software, and Toyota Motors USA.

In 2005, 2006, and 2011, Plano was designated the best place to live in the Western United States by CNN Money magazine. In 2006, Plano was selected as the 11th best place to live in the United States by CNN Money magazine.[5] It was also selected as the safest city in America in 2010[6] and 2011 by Forbes.[7] Plano schools consistently score among the highest in the nation.[8] Plano was rated the 10th Best Suburb for Education in the Nation in 2014[9] due to having one of the lowest student-teacher ratios (14 to 1), a high school graduation rate of 94 percent and some of the highest test scores in the nation. It has been rated as the wealthiest city in the United States by CNN Money,[10] and the United States Census Bureau declared Plano the wealthiest city of 2008 by comparing the median household income for all U.S. cities whose populations were greater than 250,000.[11] In 2008, Forbes.com selected Plano, University Park, and Highland Park as the three “Top Suburbs To Live Well” of Dallas.[12] The annual Plano Balloon Festival and the Plano International Festival are two of the city’s premier cultural and entertainment events
10. Henderson, Nevada (277, 064)   Las Vegas Metro

In 2011, Forbes magazine ranked Henderson as America’s second safest city.[2] Henderson has also been named as “One of the Best Cities to Live in America” by Bloomberg Businessweek.[3] In 2014, Henderson was again ranked as one of the Top 10 “Safest Cities in the United States” by the FBI Uniform Crime Report

11. Glendale, Arizona (251,522) Phoenix

Glendale bills itself as “Arizona’s Antique Capital”, with support for its claim from both Sunset magazine (2004[dead link]) and a 1998 article in USA Today. Glendale is home to the popular Arrowhead Towne Center mall in the northwest part of the city. Glendale also is home to Midwestern University, metropolitan Phoenix’s first medical school, as well as a major post-graduate international business school: the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

An extension of METRO light rail service is planned to serve the city, opening in 2026,[6] reprising a role played by the Phoenix Street Railway between 1911 and 1926

12. Jersey City 270,000  New York City Metro


Part of the New York metropolitan area, Jersey City is bounded on the east by the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay and on the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. A port of entry, with 11 miles (18 km) of waterfront and significant rail connections, the city is an important transportation terminus and distribution and manufacturing center for the Port of New York and New Jersey. Financial and service industries as well as direct rapid transit access to Manhattan in New York City have played a prominent role in the redevelopment of the Jersey City waterfront and the creation of one of the nation’s largest downtown central business districts.

13. Chula Vista, California 256,000 San Diego Metro

Located just 7.5 miles (12.1 km) from downtown San Diego and 7.5 miles (12.1 km) from the Mexican border in the South Bay region of the metropolitan area, the city is at the center of one of the richest economic and culturally diverse zones in the United States. Chula Vista is so named because of its scenic location between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills.

Founded in the early 19th century, fast population growth has recently been observed in the city. Located in the city is one of America’s few year-round United States Olympic Training centers and popular tourist destinations include SleepTrain Amphitheatre, the Chula Vista marina, and the Living Coast Discovery Center, formerly known as the Chula Vista Nature Center.

14. Chandler, Arizona 263,000  Phoenix Metro

It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

15. Irvine, California 270,000 Los Angeles  Metro

Interesting notes-

Because Irvine is home to highly-rated public schools, a large number of jobs requiring a skilled workforce, and residential housing, Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth best place to live in the United States.[13] In 2012, it was ranked sixth nationally.[14] In September 2011, Businessweek listed Irvine as the fifth best city in the United States.[15] Irvine consistently ranks as the safest city in America with a population over 100,000.[16] In 2014, Irvine was named the best-run city in the U.S. by 24/7 Wall Street.[17] A number of corporations have their national or international headquarters in Irvine, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors

Irvine is home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), Brandman University, California Southern University, Stanbridge College and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, Pepperdine University, Alliant International University, Kaplan International Colleges, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Webster University. Beginning in January, 2016, Western State College of Law at Argosy University will be relocated from Fullerton to Irvine

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16. North Las Vegas 249,000


17. Irving, Texas 240,000

18. Scottsdale Arizona 236,000
19. Gilbert, Arizona 236,000
20. Hialeah, Florida 239,000


10 Largest Canadian suburbs

1. Mississauga, Ontairio  713,443 Toronto Metro (Mississauga is bigger than Washington,D.C, Boston, Baltimore, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Milwaukee, Seattle, Detroit, Denver, Nashville, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis

Initially developed as a suburb of Toronto, Mississauga’s growth is attributed to its proximity to that city. It is the largest suburb in Anglo-America by population.[3] In recent decades, the city has attracted a multicultural population and has plans for developing its downtown core.[4][5] Residents of the city are called Mississaugans or Saugans.

The city is placed first overall in ‘mid-sized cities of the future’ by financial publication fDi Magazine for North and South American cities, placing first in business friendliness, second in economic potential, and fourth in infrastructure and foreign direct investment strategy.[6] Mississauga was also rated as Canada’s 11th best city to live in terms of prosperity according to MoneySense magazine.[7] It is the fourth most walkable large city in Canada according to Walk Score.[8] Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest airport, is located in the city, and it is the location of many major corporate headquarters for Canada.

2. Brampton, Ontairio 523,911 (Brampton is Bigger than Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis)

The city was once known as The Flower Town of Canada, a title based on its large greenhouse industry. Today, Brampton’s major economic sectors include advanced manufacturing, retail administration and logistics, information and communication technologies, food and beverage, life sciences and business services

3. Surrey, British Columbia 468,251

While Surrey is the largest city by area in the Greater Vancouver, it is the province’s third largest city by area, after Abbotsford and Prince George, and second-largest city by population after the city of Vancouver.

4. Laval, Quebec 401,553

It is the largest suburb of Montreal, the third largest municipality in the province of Quebec, and the thirteenth largest city in Canada with a population of 401,553 in 2011.[3]

Laval is geographically separated from the mainland to the north by the Rivière des Mille Îles, and from the Island of Montreal to the south by the Rivière des Prairies. Laval occupies all of Île Jésus as well as the Îles Laval.

5. Markham, Ontairio 301,709

Through much of Markham’s history the community has been described[by whom?] as an agricultural community. A turn towards a more urbanized community within the township began after World War II when the township had begun to feel the effects of urban encroachment from Toronto. The completion of Highway 404u during the mid-1970s further accelerated urban development in Markham.[4]

As of 2013[update] tertiary industry mainly drives Markham. As of 2010[update] “business services” employed the largest proportion of workers in Markham – nearly 22% of its labour force.[5] The city also has over 900 technology and life-sciences companies, with IBM as the city’s largest employer.[6][7] A number of multinational companies also have their Canadian headquarters located in Markham, including: Honda Canada, Hyundai,[8] Advanced Micro Devices,[9] American Express,[10] Johnson & Johnson, Apple Inc.,[11] Avaya,[12] IBM,[13] Motorola,[14] Oracle,[15] Toshiba,[16] Toyota Financial Services [17] and Honeywell.  According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 89.3% of Markham’s residents are Canadian citizens, and about 14.5% of residents are recent immigrants (from 2001 to 2011). The racial make up of Markham is; East Asian (39.7%), White (27.5%), South Asian (19.1%), Southeast Asian (3.9%), Black (3.2%), West Asian & Arab (3.2%), Latin American (0.5%), Aboriginal (0.2%), and 1.9% of the population is multiracial while the rest of the population (0.7%) is of another group. Markham has the highest visible minority population of any major Canadian city (over 100,000 residents) at 72.3%, and is one of eight major cities with no majority racial group.

6. Vaughan, Ontairio 288,301

It is north of Toronto. Vaughan was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996 and 2006, achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% according to Statistics Canada

7. Gatineau, Quebec 265,349

It is a city in western Quebec, Canada. It is the fourth largest city in the province. Located on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, together with which it forms Canada’s National Capital Region. As of 2011 Gatineau had a population of 265,349,[4] and a metropolitan population of 314,501.[5] The Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area had a population of 1,236,324.[6]

Gatineau is coextensive with a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) and census division (CD) of the same name, whose geographical code is 81. It is the seat of the judicial district of Hull.[7]

8. Longeuil, Quebec 231,409

Longueuil is a residential, commercial and industrial city. It incorporates some urban features, but is essentially a suburb. Longueuil can be classified as a commuter town as a large portion of its residents commute to work in Montreal. Most buildings are single-family homes constructed in the post-war period. The city consists of three boroughs: Le Vieux-Longueuil, Saint-Hubert and Greenfield Park.

Longueuil is the seat of the judicial district of Longueuil.[6]

9. Burnaby, British Columbia 223,218

It is the third-largest city in British Columbia by population, surpassed only by nearby Surrey and Vancouver.

It was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992, one hundred years after incorporation. It is the seat of the Greater Vancouver Regional District‘s government, the board of which calls itself Metro Vancouver.

According to a 2009 survey by Maclean’s magazine, Burnaby is Canada’s best run city. The survey looks at a city’s efficiency, the cost of producing results, and the effectiveness of its city services

10. Richmond, British Columbia 190,473

Part of the Metro Vancouver area, as of 2013[update] it is the fourth-most populous city in the province.[1] Richmond has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada.[2] Richmond is the location of Vancouver International Airport and was the site of the speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Richmond’s 2011 population of 190,473 makes it the fourth largest city in British Columbia, after Vancouver (603,502), Surrey (468,251) and Burnaby (223,218).

Richmond has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada.[2] Richmond has 50% of residents identifying as Chinese, the city in North America with the largest proportion of Asians.[8] More than half of its population is of Asian descent, many of whom immigrated in the late 1980s, mostly from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. Other Asian Canadians in Richmond include Indo-Canadians, Filipino Canadians and Japanese Canadians.[9]

Richmond’s Japanese community has a long history in Steveston dating back to the 1800s. Following Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this community was devastated as residents of Japanese descent were relocated to internment camps in the BC Interior and Alberta and their property sold at auction.

Richmond is also home to two of the largest Buddhist temples in North America, the International Buddhist Temple and the Ling Yen Mountain Temple.

The average price of a detached home in Richmond is $1,004,300.[10] Serious crime is rare in Richmond, which was ranked the third safest city in British Columbia in 2002.


Cities with the most suburbs over 100,000

  1. Los Angeles, California  35  suburbs over 100,000


1. Long Beach 473,000 2. Anaheim 336,000 3. Santa Ana 329,000 4. Riverside 324,000 5. Irvine 258,000 6. San Bernadino 216,000 7.Oxnard 203,000 8. Fontana 209,000 9. Moreno Valley 205,000 10. Glendale 200,000 11. Huntington Beach 189,000 12. Santa Clarita 186,000 13. Garden Grove 174,000 14. Rancho Cucamonga 165,000 15. Ontario 173,000 16. Corona 173,000  17. Lancaster 160,000 18. Palmdale 157,000 19. Pomona 159,000 20. Torrance 147,000 21. Pasadena 139,000 22. Orange 139,000 23. Fullerton 135,000 24. Thousand Oaks 126,000 25. Simi Valley 125,000 26. Victorville 121,000   27. El Monte 115,000 28. Downey 113,000 29. Inglewood 110,000 30. Costa Mesa 109,000 31. Ventura 109,000 32. West Covina 106,000 33. Burbank 104,000 34. Temecula 100,000 35. Rialto 100,000


2. Dallas, Texas 13 suburbs over 100,000

1. Fort Worth 854,000 2. Arlington 382,000 3. Plano 270,000 4.  Irving 228,000 5. Garland 226,000 6. Grand Prairie 183,000 7. McKinney 168,000 8. Mesquite 143,000 9. Carrolton 119,000 10. Frisco 116,000 11. Denton 113,000 12. Richardson 106,000 13. Lewisville 104,000

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3. San Francisco, California  13 suburbs over 100,000

1. Oakland 420,000 2. Fremont 233,000 3. Santa Rosa 175,000  4. Hayward 144,000 5. Sunnyvale 140,000 6. Concord 128,000 7. Santa Clara 116,000 8. Vallejo 115,000 9. Berkeley 112,000 10. Antioch 102,000 11. Richmond 102,000  12. Daly City 101,000  13. San Mateo 101,000


4. New York, New York 11

1. Newark 282,000 2. Jersey City, New Jersey 264,000 3. Yonkers 200,000 4. Paterson 145,000  5. Bridgeport 151,000  6. Stamford 128,000 7. Elizabeth 125,000 8. New Haven 125,000 9. Waterbury 110,000 10. Edison 102,000 11. Woodbridge 100,000

5. Miami, Florida 10

1. Hialeah 224,000  2. Fort Lauderdale 178,000  3. Pembroke Pines 154,000 4. Hollywood 149,000 5. Miramar 138,000 6. Coral Springs 121,000 7. Miami Gardens 114,000 8. West Palm Beach 110,000  9. Pompano Beach 109,000 10. Miami Beach 100,000

6. Phoenix, Arizona 8

1. Mesa 439,000 2. Chandler 260,000 3. Glendale 226,000 4. Scottsdale 216,000 5. Gilbert 208,000 6. Tempe 182,000  7. Peoria 164,000 8 . Surprise 117,000


7. Houston, Texas 8 Suburbs over 100,000

1.Katy 343,000 2. Cypress 175,000 3. Pasadena 163,000 4. Pearland 125,000 5. Sugarland 119,000 6. The Woodlands 117,000  7. Missouri City 108,000 8. Aldine 107,000  9. Atascocita 107,000 10. Humble 105,000 11. League City 102,000 12. Klein 100,000 13. Conroe 100,000 14. Tomball 100,000

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8. San Diego, California 5 suburbs over 100,000

1. Chula Vista 243,000  2. Oceanside 167,000 3. Escondido 151,000 4. Carlsbad 113,000

5. El Cajon 103,000

9. Chicago, Illinois   5

  1. Aurora 199,000  2. Joliet 147,000 3. Naperville 145,000  4. Elgin 110,000  5. Kenosha 100,000

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10. Kansas City, Missouri area  4

  1. Overland Park, Kansas 188,000 2. Kansas City, Kansas 151,000 3. Olathe 135,000 4. Independence 117,000


1. Toronto

2. Montreal

3. Vancouver

4. Ottawa


Worlds 30 largest cities

1. Tokyo 37.8 million  7%

Average salary $2,596.14/$31,153 (Range 1,802.92-$3,239.75)

One bedroom outside downtown $654.70/$7,856.40  (Range 485.96- 809.94)

Largest suburbs – Yokohama, Saitama, Chiba

Richest areas- Azabu juban, Ginza

Poorest areas- Taito-ku (Sanya)

Places with the most Africans- Roppongi, Yokohama

Language – Japanese

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2. Seoul 25.6 million

Average salary $2,952.21/$35,426  (Range $1,969.46- $4,028.43)

One bedroom outside downtown $698.95/$8,387 (Range $537.84 -$805.69)

Largest suburbs – Incheon

Richest areas- Gangnam

Poorest areas- Guryong Village

Places with the most Africans- Itaewon

Language – Korean


3. Lagos 25 million   48 % Growth

Average income $733.25/$8,799       (Range $490.07-1,000.00)

One bedroom outside downtown $158.35/$1,900.20      (Range $65.34 -$300.00)

Largest suburbs –

Richest areas- Banana Island, Ikoyi

Poorest areas- Oshodi, Makoko Village

Language – English, Yoruba, etc.

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4. New York City 24.2 million 3 % growth

Average income $3,277.84 $39,324 (Range – $2,500.00-$4,000.00)

One bedroom outside $1,896.37/$22,756 (Range $1,400.00 -$2,500.00)

Largest suburbs- Newark, Jersey City

Richest areas – Greenwich, Hamptons, Upper East Side, Alpine, Tribeca

Poorest areas – Brownsville, Bushwick, Morrisannia

Areas with most Africans – West Bronx, Harlem

Language – English


5. Shanghai 24 million  (2000-2010 Growth rate 40%)

Average salary   $1,539.50 /$18,264     (Range $805.32 -2,415.96)

One bedroom outside of downtown    $483.19/$5,798.28   ($322.13- $644.26)

Richest neighborhood-Pudong, Huangpu, Minhang and Xuhui

Poorest neighborhood-Chongming Island, Jinshan, Fengxian

Language – Mandarin Chinese, Shanghainese

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6. Karachi 23.5 million (2000-2010 Growth rate) 80%

Average salary 302.41/$3,628   (Range $177.00-$491.67)

One bedroom outside downtown  $81.12/$973.44  (Range $59.00-$98.33)

Richest neighborhood-Clifton, Defense

Poorest neighborhood – Orangi, Lyari

Language – Urdu


7. Jakarta 23 million 34%

Average salary 414.07/$4,968.84  (Range 338.17-526.04)

One bedroom outside downtown 267.07/$3,204  (Range 187.87-338.17)

Richest neighborhood in-Kebayoran Baru

Poorest neighborhood-Kelurahan Penjaringan, Muara Angke

Areas with most Africans Jalan Jaksa, Tana Abang

Language – Indonesian

8. Delhi 21.8 million  (2000-2010 growth 40%)

Average salary  592.43/$7,109     ( Range 361.78 – 943.77)

One bedroom outside downtown   137.63/$1,651.56     (Range 94.38-188.75)

Richest neighborhood – Aurangzeb Road, Amrita Shergill Marg 

Poorest neighborhood-Bhalswa

Area with most Africans – Khirki

Language – Hindi, English

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9. Mexico City 21.2 million   11%

Average salary 782.41/ $9,338      (Range $584.24-$1,298.31)

One bedroom outside downtown  281.81/$3,381.72   (Range $227.20-$389.49)

Richest neighborhood-Lomas Chapultapec, Polanco, Pedegral

Poorest neighborhood-Netza Chitza Itza (Worlds largest slum)

Language – Spanish


10. Sao Paulo 21 million   15%

Average income $655.96/$7,871   (Range $480.55- $961.11)

One bedroom outside downtown $442.11/$5,305 (Range $320.37-$640.74) Itaim, Morumbi

Richest neighborhood – Ibirapuera / Vila Nova Conceição (3,481,242.02 average income)

Poorest neighborhood – Favela do Moinho

Area with most Africans – Grotto

Language – Portuguese


11. Mumbai 20.7 million   (2000-2010 growth rate 20%)

Average salary 778.37/9,340.44       (Range 471.88-1,053.88)

One bedroom outside downtown 248.48/$2,981.76     (Range $188.75-330.32)

Richest area-Altamont road, Malabar Hill

Poorest Area – Dharavi

Language – Marathi, English, etc.


12. Beijing 20.5 million  (2000-2010 growth 47.5%)

Average Salary   1,418.44/  $17,016  (Range 805.32 – 2,254.90

One bedroom outside downtown  579.06/$6,948.72     (Range 450.98-644.26)

Richest area-Chaoyang

Poorest areas – Xuanwu

Area with many Africans – Sanlitun

Language- Mandarin Chinese

13. Cairo 20.4 million

Average salary  $304.58/  $3,668          (Range 196.74 -524.63)

One bedroom outside of Downtown 135.70/$1,628.40      (Range 98.37-196.74)

Largest suburbs – Giza

Richest areas- Garden City, Zamalek, Maadi, Mohandessin, Heliopolis

Poorest areas- Manshiyat Nasr, Dar Al Salaam, Imbaba

,Areas with Most Africans – Ain Shams

Language – Arabic

14. Osaka  18.8 million (2000-2010 growth 2.4%)

Average salary 1,943.85/ $23,326.20  (Range $1,700.87-$2,267.82)

One bedroom outside downtown  350.97/$4,211.64  (Range $242.98-$404.97)

Richest neighborhood-Tetsukayama

Poorest neighborhood- Kamagasaki

Language – Japanese

15. Los Angeles 17.8 million  6 %

Average Salary   $2,942.74/$35,312.88         (Range $2,160.00-$3,600.00)

One bedroom outside downtown  $1,179.76/$14,157.12   (Range $1,000.00-$1,400.00)

Largest suburbs – Long Beach

Richest areas- Beverly Hills, Malibu, Holmby Hills

Poorest areas- Watts, Compton

Places with the most Africans- Fairfax (Most Africans in Los Angeles are spread out)

Language – English

16. Manila 17 million

Average Salary 613.40/$7,360     (Range 443.55-776.22)

One bedroom outside downtown 224.55/$2,694.50    (Range 133.07 – 399.20)

Richest neighborhood Casmarinas and Forbes Park in Makati

Poorest neighborhood Tondo

Language – Tagalog

17. Moscow 16.8 million

Average Salary 1,023.44/$12,276  (Range $713.78-$1,500.00)

One bedroom outside downtown $725.85/$8,710  (564.36 – 977.22)

Largest suburbs –

Richest areas- Minskoye Shosse, Rubylovka

Poorest areas- Kapotnya, Nekrasovka, West Biruyolvo

Places with the most Africans- Lyubertsy’s Krasnaya Gorka

Language – Russians

18. Johannesburg 14.6 million

Average salary  $1,791.31 /$21,495            ($1,140.79 – $2,933.46)

One bedroom outside of downtown    403.07/$4,836.84        (Range 293.26 – 488.91)

Largest suburbs – Soweto,

Richest areas- Sandton, Bryanston, Houghton

Poorest areas- Alexandra, Diepskloof, Klipton

Language – English, Zulu,

19. Istanbul 14.4 million  24%

Average salary $754.68/ $9,056  (Range $551.25-$1,102.50)

One bedroom outside downtown $262.63/$3,175  (Range $183.75-$367.50)

Richest neighborhood-Bebek,Yeniköy, Yali

Poorest neighborhood – Gazi Mahallesi, Karayollari

Area with most Africans – Kumpaki, Kurtulus, Beyoğlu

Language – Turkish

20. Dhaka 14.4 million  45%

Average salary 330.54/$ 3,996    (Range $258.11-$464.59)

One bedroom outside downtown $83.88/$1,006.56   (Range 51.62-129.05)

Richest area-Gulshan Thana

Poorest neighborhood – Korail

Language – Bengali

21. Guangzhou 14.1 million

Average Salary  1,342.20/$16,106      (Range $724.79- $1,610.64)

One bedroom outside downtown   398.08/$4,776.96      ($289.92-$483.19)

Richest area- Downtown

Poorest area- Panyu

Area with Most Africans – Xiaobei

Language – Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese

22. Kolkata 14.1 million (2000-2010 growth 10%)

Average Salary 456.15/$5,473.80    (Range $314.59-$723.56)

One bedroom outside downtown 99.62/$1,195.44    ($78.65 -$157.29

Richest area- Alipore, Ballygunge

Poorest area- Basanti

Language – Bengali

23. London 13.6 million

Average salary $2,975.14/$35,700 (Range $2,143.86 – $3,883.80)

One bedroom outside downtown $1,692.16/$20,305 (Range $1,398.17 – $2,019.57)

Largest suburbs –

Richest areas- Kensington, Knightsbridge, Mayfair

Poorest areas- Hackney, Croydon, Tower Hamlets

Places with the most Africans/Blacks- Brixton, Peckham, Stratford(Black Middle Class Area)

Language – English

24. Buenos Aires 13.6 million  13% (2nd largest overwhelmingly White majority city

Average salary $1,284.23/$15,410    (Range $800.00-$1,600.00)

One bedroom outside downtown $453.08/$5,436.96 (Range $300.00-$550.00)

Richest neighborhood-Barrio Norte, Recolete, Retiro, Palermo

Poorest neighborhood- Villa 31

Area with the most Africans-Constitucion, San Telmo

Language – Spanish

25. Rio de Janeiro 12.6 million   10%

Average Income $636.91/$7,642 (Range 480.55 – 961.11)

One bedroom outside downtown  541.85/6,502.20    (Range 392.07-653.45)

Largest suburbs – Niteroi

Richest areas- Leblon (It is regarded as having the most expensive price per residential square meter in Latin America.[3]),

$ 2,140,488.22 average income ; Ipanema, Lagoa

Poorest areas- Rocinha, Alemao

Places with the most Africans- None

Language – Portuguese

26. Tehran  12.2 million

Average salary $559 (Range 400-786)

One bedroom outside downtown  423.40 or   ($260-600)

Richest neighborhood-Elahieh, Fereshteh

Poorest neighborhood-Darvezeh Ghar, Varamin

Language – Farsi


27. Paris 12.161 million

Average Salary     $2,779.51 or $33,554.12  (Range $1,993.80-$3,876.83)

One bedroom outside downtown  960.78 or $11,529.36   (Range $775.37-$1,107.67)

Richest areas – Versailles, Le Vésinet, Maisons-Laffitte and Neuilly-sur-Seine

Poorest areas – Clichy-sous-Bois, Bondy and Corbeil-Essonnes

Area with most Africans-Sarcelles

Language – French

28. Bogota 12.1 million

Average Salary-$367.14 or $4,405.68    ($240.38-$577.32)

One bedroom outside downtown- $400.02  or $4,800.02  ( $298.15-$559.03)

Richest neighborhoods – Los Rosales

Poorest neighborhoods- Ciudad Bolivar. Bosa

Language – Spanish


29. Rhine Ruhr 11.3 million

Average Salary $2,542.57 or $30,510.84  ($2,225.93-$3,561.49)

One bedroom outside downtown $484.76 or $5,817.12   ($333.89-$612.13)

Richest areas- Friesenveirtel(Cologne)

Poorest areas- Ehrenfield(Cologne); Duisburg,

Language – German


30. Shenzhen 10.6 million (2000-2010 50% growth)

Average Salary  $1,635.51/$19,626       ($966.39-$2,415.96)

One Bedroom outside downtown  $552.99/$6,635.88       (Range $322.13-$644.26)

Richest areas-Shekou, OCT

Poorest areas-Wuwucun

Language – Mandarin Chinese

Beauty is Power – It 90 days to get a great muscular body

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22-23 bmi with 8% bodyfat is the goal it is the ideal body

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Workout 3 days a week

If you maintain this schedule for a year you can look like


Life Lessons

Things you notice about being a human being on planet earth.

  • Money is the most important thing in life, if it doesn’t make money, don’t bother with it

  • Make decisions effectively
  • Understand who your friends and Enemies
  • Understand who is helping you and hurting you, how do you know, by the results
  • There is a big difference between what we think and what is reality
  • Never lie to yourself, and fix your mistakes
  • Do things ahead of time and plan. That is the key to success
  • Most people are full of shit. They only care about themselves.

  • The rich do a lot of stuff and make a lot of rules designed  to keep poor people from making money. Why? So they can have a desperate class of people willing to do anything for them.  So beware
  • The only reason you are afraid of rejection is because you have an inflated ego
  • Being soft gets you nothing in life.
  • Learning to deal with reality is one of the major keys to improving and being successful
  • You are what you are, you are not what you could have been, or present yourself to be to the world.
  • Never share a joint account with anybody under any circumstances
  • Potential without drive means nothing, so don’t talk about potential like it means something.
  • Don’t really pay attention to advice from someone who is not where you want to be.

Three Most important things in life

Job- Source of Income

House  – Housing

Transportation – Car

The Power of Consistency

1. Consistency Will Eventually Payoff
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success. – Eddie Cantor

The time is going to pass; it only makes sense to be consistent while it’s passing; this way, you will have something valuable to show for the passage of your time.

Can you imagine what you could accomplish in the next 20 years with consistency? A little everyday will eventually equal…success.

2. Keep Having “Successful Days”
Every day is either a successful day, or a day of failure, and it is the successful days that get you what you want. – Wallace D. Wattles

This is one of my favorite quotes, it’s so telling, so clear. It is the successful days that turn dreams into realities. The key is to consistently have successful days.

You should also know that you can’t be consistent doing something you don’t love. Love what you do, do your best, and do it consistently, and in enough time you will succeed.

3. Consistency is a “Habit”
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

Habit will take you further than your desires. Cultivate the habit of doing successful activities, and you will have a successful life. Successful habits separate the successful from the unsuccessful, and it’s usually just a handful of habits over the course of many years that separates the victors from the victims.

4. Make Your Course “Regular”
Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect. – Francis Bacon

If your course is regular, not only will men know what to expect beforehand, but you will as well. When your actions are consistent, your future is predictable.

If you keep moving in the right direction, it’s just a matter of time before you get to your goal; that’s just plain common sense.

5. Persistence Requires Discipline
Persistence requires discipline. A person waiting for inspiration limits achievement to periods when conditions are desirable. – Dr. William G. Covington Jr.

Sometimes you have to push through the pain to get to the promise. Sometimes you have to go through before you can get to heaven. You won’t always feel inspired, but if you push through the pain, success will be yours. Thank you for reading.

In his Article Mawouna Koutonin  explains the negativities of inconsistency in his article

“We start, God finishes.”

That is the mental disease crippling progress in Africa.

People start things but never finish them. They expect God to finish their work, obeying to their order through prayers, miraculously accomplishing their wishes.

The name of the disease is “noterminutus  lazinus”.  The cause is unknown, but the main symptom is a mindset characterized by a singular way of thinking and behaving: “we don’t have time for hard work, if only someone else could do things at our place, and we only enjoy the benefits.”

With such a mindset, our people are easily excited by new ideas and projects. They would volunteer or join a project team, but once the excitement of the new idea vanishes, they would also disappear, become idle, move to something shinier, or stop responding to any call to action.

Their involvement and dedication to push the new  idea or project to become reality evaporate as fast as the light of thunder in the sky. Excuses and apologies replace actions, and nothing, and I would say nothing will ever succeed again to get them back to contribute, except an invitation to eat, drink and dance at the launch or closure ceremony.

With such a mindset it’s enough to pay lip service to a cause, and then leave it to others to make it reality. We Africans are too busy watching tv, hanging out with friends in bars, managing two or tree mistresses or girlfriends, spending countless hour on  Facebook, twitter, sleeping tree times a day, to get involved in anything. We don’t have time. We are busy. We are sick.

We all wish for change, but it’s God responsibility to make it happen. We pray, we wish, we pronounce incantations because we don’t have time for the hard work required for change. Can anyone help us doing all the hard work at our place? You know we are only Africans, poor, miserable. Just do it for us, we will chant and dance at the opening ceremony!

The disease pervades the public administration, the private sector, associations, nonprofits.

For our leaders, it’s enough for them to make loud speeches and send begging letters for humanitarian help or the IMF/World Bank.

After the speeches, it’s up to NGOs, Chinese, and whoever wish to make things a reality. Our schools are built by NGOs, our public toilets are donations from the European Union, our airports are built by foreigners, our seaports are managed by foreigners, our softwares are built and maintained by foreigners, our roads are built by foreigners, our critical infrastructures are all in hand of foreigners.

We want all these things, but you know what we don’t have time for doing it ourselves. Too much work, too much trouble, too much thinking. Let’s the foreigners do that, while we enjoy life.

In our public administrations, new buildings or equipments will be delivered but it’s up to God to do the maintenance, do the regular checkup, plan for obliteration and provision budget for renewal or new purchase. Anything which crashes or stop working is left to rot. Maintenance is a foreign mindset.

In the private sector if the work is complex, they call in the white man or some external savior. They don’t have time to think, plan and go through the pain for building something great themselves. The solution to any problem is to buy, not build, create, innovate.

In the nonprofit sector, the main competency of the leaders is to write grants request projects, and then steal 80% of any fund received, fabricate false reports and invoicing papers, then buy local journalist for fake or dubious reportage about results.

Of course, this is a large brush painting, but one can’t help but noticed abandoned building where people are still working, unmaintained materials while they people who need them are sitting next to them with tons of excuses to convince themselves it’s not their responsibility to make things change.

I surveyed my city area recently. Old building are not maintained, repainted regularly, or refurbished. Only new building shines. if you’d wait few years later these new buildings will be no different from those unmaintained ones. Kids inherit the houses from parents, but they won’t carry on the work of their fathers. they will only see them slowly rot or dilapidated.

if a project is larger than our lifespan we don’t start it.That disease alone is the main cause of our pitiful conditions.

Generational build up is nonexistent.
Each generation comes and repeat the errors of their fathers, ignore lessons learned, abandon the foundations built, and start from zero again.

We are going nowhere with such a mindset. This my rant mood, keep reading, because you have to.

We need a new mindset.
The new mindset we need is the one of “no excuses” attitude and environment. When we start something we finish it. We don’t give up when things become difficult. We have a code of honor. when we give our word, we commit to achieve no matter what. We build up by carrying on the work our fathers and grandfathers with honor and dignity. We keep preciously the book of lessons learned from our ancestors. We pride ourselves because we are the best in the world in what we do. Excuses are for losers and we are Africans, descendants of the pyramids builders.

We have fallen, but it’s time we resurrect.

Maybe there is nothing we could to with the current generation, but we have to make sure the old diseases does not infect the new generations. We have the duty to plant the seeds of a change we would not see.

Ok, If you are not too old to change, this a call for you, finish what you have started. Respect your words, deliver on your commitment. Be an example for the new generation.

As opposed to confusion consistency is one of the strongest personality traits that a person can have,

Consistency is needed to develop our habits and strengths.

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them”

Not confused, not naive equals strength

Thirty Is Not The New Twenty: Why Your 20s Matter

Big Think: Why are the 20s so important? 
Dr. Meg Jay: Our 20s are the defining decade of adulthood. 80% of life’s most defining moments take place by about age 35. 2/3 of lifetime wage growth happens during the first ten years of a career. More than half of Americans are married or are dating or living with their future partner by age 30. Personality can change more during our 20s than at any other decade in life. Female fertility peaks at 28. The brain caps off its last major growth spurt. When it comes to adult development, 30 is not the new 20.  Even if you do nothing, not making choices is a choice all the same. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do.
BT: You write about several cases of recent grads who feel they’re drowning or floundering around in the world waiting for something to happen. Has it always been this hard to thrive in early adulthood?
MJ: No. There are 50 million 20somethings in the United States most of whom are living with a staggering, unprecedented amount of uncertainty.  Many no idea what they will be doing, where they will be living, or who they will be with in 2 or 10 years. They don’t know when they’ll be happy or when they will be able to pay their bills. They wonder if they should be photographers or lawyers or event planners. They don’t know whether they are a few dates or many years from a meaningful relationship. They worry about whether they will have families or whether their marriages will last.  Most simply, they don’t know whether their lives will work out and they don’t know what to do.  Uncertainty makes people anxious and distraction is the 21st-Century opiate of the masses. So too many 20somethings are tempted, and even encouraged, to just turn away and hope for the best. That’s not the way to go. BT: One of the main themes in the book is the line between thinking and doing. You argue that it’s more important to just do something than to waste years dreaming up the perfect path. How can 20-somethings to put this idea into action?

MJ: One of my favorite quotes is by American Psychologist Sheldon Kopp: “The unlived life isn’t worth examining.” Too many 20somethings have been led to believe that their 20s are for thinking about what they want to do and their 30s are for getting going on real life.  But there is a big difference between having a life in your 30s and starting a life in your 30s.  Even Erik Erikson, the father of the identity crisis, warned that young adults who spent too much time in “disengaged confusion” were “in danger of becoming irrelevant.”  If you want to be more intentional at work and in love, try working in a field you’re curious about.  Try dating someone who is different from that last person who turned out to be a disaster, and try conducting yourself a bit differently while you’re at it. Sure the 20s are for experimenting, but not just with philosophies and vacations and substances.  The 20s are your best chance to experiment with jobs and relationships.  Then each move can be more intentional and more informed than the last.
BT: How do you suggest they track their progress toward their future goals? Are milestones like 21 and 30 important?
MJ: Absolutely.  Milestones–21, 25, 30, New Year’s, birthdays, reunions–are important because they trigger self-reflection.  Am I where I wanted to be by this age?  Did I do what I said I would do this year?  If not, why not.  And if not now, when?  A savvy 20something who interviewed me recently told me about a question she was advised to ask herself as she moved through adulthood: “If you keep living your life exactly as it is, where will you be in 3 years?” If you don’t like the answer, now is the time to change course.

One way to keep yourself honest about the future is by making a timeline.  At what age would I like to be out of this dead-end job?  By when do I hope to be married?  How old do I want to be when I try for my first child?  How old do I want to be when I try for that last child?  It may not be cool to have a timeline, or to admit to having a timeline, but you don’t have to etch it in stone.  It’s just a way of thinking about how your life might, or might not, be adding up.

Besides, do you know what’s not cool?  Sitting across from the 30somethings who cry in my office every week because they’ve run out of time to have the careers and the families they now realize they want. They look at me and say about their 20s, “What was I doing? What was I thinking?”

BT: About 25% of recent grads are unemployed, and 25% are underemployed. What is your advice for those who simply can’t find a job? 

MJ: Yes, half of 20somethings are un- or underemployed.  But half aren’t, so my first piece of advice is to figure out how to get yourself into that group.  Most often, the way to do this is through what is called “the strength of weak ties.”  The strength of weak ties is from sociologist Mark Granovetter’s work on social networks.  What he found was that new information and opportunities usually come from outside of our inner circle. That foot-in-the-door at the company where you want to work isn’t going to come from your best friends–your strong ties–or you would already be working there.  That job lead is going to come from weak ties, or from people you hardly know.  Email your aunt’s neighbor or that old professor or your roommate’s friend from college.

That’s how people are getting jobs–especially good jobs–even in a tough economy. Most 20somethings hate the idea of asking outsiders for favors, but those who won’t do this fall behind those who will. 20somethings who sit on the sidelines because of a bad economy will never catch up with those who figured out how to get in the game.

For those 20somethings who already have jobs but who are underemployed, it is crucial to remember that not all underemployment is the same.  Be sure you have a job that is allowing you to earn some form of identity capital.  Maybe you have a low-rung job at a hot company that adds value to your resume.  Maybe you’re ringing up health food so you can devote your mental efforts to cramming for the LSAT at night.  Whatever you’re doing should make the next thing you’d like to try seem more possible.

BT: How can 20somethings reclaim their status as adults given all the cultural trends working against them?

MJ: Don’t let culture trivialize your life and work and relationships.  Don’t hang out only with people who are drinking the 30-is-the-new-20 kool-aid.  I cannot tell you how many emails I have received from 30somethings since The Defining Decade came out, ones in which the writer says something like, “I used to roll my eyes at my peers who were determined to meet benchmarks–graduate school, real relationships, decent-paying jobs that reflect their interests–on time or early.  Now I’m envious and admiring of them. Now I’m working twice as hard for half the result.”  Don’t shrug your shoulders and say, “I’m in my 20s. What I’m doing doesn’t count.”  Recognize that what you do, and what you don’t do, will have an enormous impact across years and even generations.  You’re deciding your life right now.

BT: As a clinical psychologist, what advice do you have for coping with emotions like anxiety which inevitably arise during times of economic uncertainty?

MJ: Given that life and the brain change so much across our 20s, this is the perfect time to learn new coping strategies.  It’s not okay to go to work with scars on your arms from cutting, it’s not acceptable to scream at friends when things go wrong, and live-in girlfriends get tired of seeing us stoned every night. These are the years to learn to calm yourself down.  Gain some control over your emotions.  Sure, there’s Xanax, which a recent conference presenter I heard only half-jokingly called “Jack Daniels in a Pill.”  But practice calming techniques that can work over the long run:  exercise, therapy, mindfulness, yoga, cognitive meditation, deep breathing, healthy distraction, dialectical behavior therapy.  Use your rational mind to counter the anxious and catastrophic thoughts you have: “I probably won’t be fired because I dropped one phone call.” Try to create your own certainty by making healthy choices and commitments that off-set the upheaval in the world around.

BT: We loved this quote: “Claiming a career and getting a good job isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.” Can you explain this a bit?

MJ: Most 20somethings are terrified of being pinned down. They’re afraid that if they choose a career or a job, they are closing off their other options and somehow their freedom will be gone and their lives will be over.  In fact, getting a good job is the beginning. It’s the beginning of not hating that question, “What do you do?” It’s the beginning of having something on your resume that might help you get that next job you want even more. It’s the beginning of not overdrawing your bank account because of a flat tire. It’s the beginning of feeling like you could actually think about dating since your time isn’t taken up working those three part-time jobs you have in order to avoid a “real job.”  Research shows that getting going in the work world is the beginning of feeling happier, more confident, competent, and emotionally stable in adulthood.

BT: Can you discuss some of the current neurobiological research, and how that impacted your writing? 

MJ: By now probably everyone has heard that the teen brain is not fully developed and that the frontal lobe–the part of the brain where we plan for the future and tackle questions that don’t have black-and-white answers–does not reach full “maturity” until sometime during our 20s.
Unfortunately, this fact about the late-maturing frontal lobe has been interpreted as a directive for 20somethings to wait around for their brains to grow up.  The real take-home message about the still-developing 20something brain is that whatever it is you want to change about yourself, now is the easiest time to change it. Is your 20something job, or hobby, making you smarter?  Are your 20something relationships improving your personality or are they reinforcing old patterns and teaching bad habits?
What you do everyday is wiring you to be the adult you will be. That’s one reason I love working with 20somethings: They are so darn easy to help because they–and their brains and their lives–can change so quickly and so profoundly.

10 Ways to have an attractive personality

  • Be Funny
  • Be Popular
  • Have an honest straightforward personality
  • Ask Probing questions, avoid small talk
  • Be a leader
  • Smile More
  • Be Nice
  • Have Money
  • Be musically talented


Important Dates for Africa

2016 – Nairobi gets new tallest building

Eko Atlantic will be completed

2017 – Kiira will start mass producing

Casablanca will get Africas first supertall

2020 – Africa’s imminent boom in consumer spending, which is set to rise from USD 860 billion in 2008 to USD 1.4 trillion in 2020

Liberia will become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid – Norway will pay the impoverished country $150m to stop deforestation by 2020.[

Nigeria will have 210 million people

2022- Durban will host Commonwealth games

2024 – Possible African Olympics

2025 – Economy will be 15 trillion dollars

Nigeria will have worlds 4th largest population

2030- Profile of African Economies



2050- Nigeria will be 3rd most populous country

Things or types of people you probably didn’t know exist in Africa



10 types of people or things you probably didn’t know exist in Africa

By Samuel Yeboah

Africa is the world’s second largest continent in population and size and is more diverse and complex than many people give it credit for. Africa is huge and home to 1.2 billion people, (1) and almost 3,000 different ethnic groups and languages, as well as a variety of phenotypes (2). Unfortunately Africa falls under a lot of generalizations. Here is a list of 10 types of people and things you probably didn’t know existed in Africa. We bet at least one fact will surprise, even if you are from the continent itself.

  1. Snow – South Africa, Lesotho, Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar

Snowy mountains and ski resorts are not usually the first things that come to mind when one thinks about Africa, but in certain places in Africa they do exist, particularly South Africa, Lesotho, Algeria, Morocco, and sometimes Madagascar. South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to cover every topographical category in the world, and that includes snow, and Lesotho, a country that South Africa completely surrounds is considered to be the coldest country in Africa. Lesotho is the coldest country in Africa, with average June temperatures hovering at around 0 degrees Celsius, and 32 degree Fahrenheit. (3)


Picture: Timeslive.co.za




  1. African Atheists – South Africa, Botswana

Africa is known as a continent that is very religious, home to Christian megachurches, major evangelism crusades, large devout Muslims populations, major religious conflicts, and a large amount of superstitious people. Africa is said to be the continent with the highest (4)percentage of people who believe in a God or have a religion. However in certain parts of Africa, many people do not subscribe to a religion, at all most notably in Botswana where 20 percent of the people are atheist and South Africa where 15% are atheist (5). Some examples of famous African atheists include Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Barack Obama, Sr. the father of former U.S president Barack Obama, Jr. (6) (7)


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  1. White Shantytowns– South Africa

When someone thinks of a White African, even if they know they exist, which a lot do not. Lot of times we think of Dr. Livingston, Indiana Jones, an NGO volunteer, or a Colonialist in Khaki shorts smoking on cigars with an African or Native houseservant waiting on them, this situations may be true in some aspects, but not every White person in Africa is rich, with a housemaid serving on them. Their numbers may be disputed from 80,000-400,000, but in South Africa poor Whites do exist. Particularly in White shantytowns like Munsieville, in Gauteng Province. (8)

Photo Credit: BBC.com

  1. African heavymetal and deathmetal Rock bands – Botswana

Botswana is known for its metals, gold, uranium, copper, etc. But there is another metal that Botswana is rich in and that is heavy metal. Botswana,unbeknownst to many a very vibrant heavy metal scene. Many of them are actually cowboys from small villages and farms, which explains the use of cowboy and biker looks. They also wear symbols of Africa -like animal horns- and adopt names like “Bone Machine, Coffinfeeder, Gunsmoke, Bound By The Moon, and Morgue Boss”, The heavy metal scene in Botswana has been around since the 1970’s, and have produced certain bands like Wrust that have achieved international success. (9)


Photo Credit: https://babysharkminorityreport.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/african-heavy-metal/


  1. Black Americans, – Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria

Many times people have made the argument Black Americans, will complain about racism in America, but they would never move to anywhere in Africa, their ancestral homeland due to its many problems and issues. However, many Black American, as well as Black Brazillians and Cubans, have made the journey back to Africa, for centuries, most notably in places like Ghana. There are over 5,000 Black Americans estimated living in Ghana, and other West African countries where there is a sizable community. (10) As far as their relations with the local communities, some have integrated and intermarried with the local communities, (11) (Ghana and Nigeria) while others have not, (Liberia, and Sierra Leone.) (12)

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  1. Latin Telenovela fans – Kenya, Angola

When we hear the word telenovela and Africa, one would suspect that these are two words that would have no relation to each other. However, it may come as a surprise to many that many people in Africa are major connoisseurs of Latin American telenovelas ( Latin American soap operas) . Many Latin American travelers to Africa have been surprised to see telenovelas playing on the television. In countries such as Kenya, there is a 24 hour telenovela channel called “Romanza Africa”, and is the largest channel for Latin Telenovelas. reaching 4.5 million Kenyan viewers, or households on Bamba TV which is a digital network. Romanza Africa iis a joint Venture between Mexico’s popular Channel TV Azteca, Venezuela’s Cisneros Media, and the local digital content distributor Africa XP.

Other networks like Brazil’s Globo, Colombia’s Caracol and RCN, and Mexico’s Televisa also have their telenovelas in the region and have seen their programs gain popularity as well.

The Spanish telenovela “Mi corazón insiste en Lola” (My Heart Beats for Lola) is the most popular telenovela in the region, ratings wise. Latin telenovelas are shown in TV Channels all across Africa. (13)With the exception of Equatorial Guinea most African countries do not speak Spanish. So they are usually dubbed or shown with subtitles. However in the many Portuguese speaking former colonies like Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Brazilian telenovelas are just shown in their original language due to their linguistic bonds.

In some parts of Africa, telenovelas are so popular that they have made their own versions of telenovelas that have gained popularity as well, most notably Windeck which is from the Portuguese speaking country of Angola, and has become a very popular show for many people. (14)

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  1. Penguins – South Africa, and Namibia

Africa is famous for its animals, when we think of animals in Africa, The wild animals of Africa are some of the most incredible creatures in the world. we think of lions, tigers (erroneously, Tigers are in Asia, not Africa), elephants, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, but not penguins, however, due to the cooler climate of Southern Africa, Africa is actually home to a large number of penguins, In facts it is home to a local breed of penguins known as the black footed penguin that migrates between Southern Africa and Antarctica yearly, thus more deeply proving the amazing diversity of African fauna.

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  1. High speed rail lines – Johannesburg, South Africa

Many times people associate the African continent with total backwardness, and while it is understandable in some cases, one needs to understand that Africa is a huge and changing continent and not all of Africa is technically behind, and technological development varies from country to country, while some countries do not even have functioning rail systems, some countries are home to modern advanced high speed rail lines, subway systems, trams, and world class airports. South Africa is home to the Gautrain which is high speed rail connects the two cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. There are also plans to connect lines to other South African cities such as Durban and Cape Town (15). Morocco is also planning a high speed rail line from Casablanca to Tangier as well. (16)

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  1. Chinatowns and Asian influence– South Africa, Madagscar, Angola, Mauritus, Kenya, Nigeria,etc


When people talk about Africa and it’s relationship with the outside world, it is usually talked about in the context of it’s history with the European Colonialism and exploration. In his 1940 poem “As I Walked Out One Evening” W.H Auden quips with the line. “I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you Till China and Africa meet, and the river jumps over the mountain. And the salmon sing in the street” As if implying that China and Africa are such polar opposites that these two places meeting on any terms would be an impossibility. However China along with Asia have had a history that goes back for centuries.


Asians were the first Non Africans to visit Subsaharan Africa, Using sailing technology that did not even exist in Europe or the Middle East, Southeast Asians made one of the world’s longest voyages at that time, by sailing 4,000 miles to Madagascar from 350 BC to the early 1000 AD, mixing with the Bantu-speaking migrants from southeastern Africa to  create a unique cultural and genetic blend of Asia and Africa in what is today known as the Malagasy people, (17)

The Chinese were also early to visit Africa in 1413 when Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty landed his fleet of gigantic ships consisting of 30,000 men that were twice as large as the European ships on the coast of Eastern Africa, on which consists of the countries of present day Kenya, Somalia, and Mozambique. China had no intention of colonizing these places, and simply wanted to spread Chinese culture and show Chinese strength. Zheng hHe brought gifts and granted titles from the Ming emperor to the local rulers, with the goal of establishing a large number of tributary states. He sent back two giraffes, among many other things, as gifts to the Chinese Emperor, which the Chinese had never seen before and called them “long necked deers”

After that Zheng He and his fleet returned to China one the way home Chinese ships sank near Lamu Island in Kenya in 1415. Survivors are said to have settled in the island, and were allowed to settle and marry the local women after they had impressed the locals by killing a giant Python. Even till this day there are people till this day on Lamu and Pate Island who still display Asian phenotypes. (18)

The first real wave of Chinese immigrants came to the southern African countries of South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius from the 1890s to the early part of the 20th century. The early Chinese arrived to work in the gold mines of South Africa and on the Tananrive Tamatave railway of Madagascar, and as contract workers in Mauritius and Seychelles. These groups would establish the first Chinatowns in Africa, particularly in cities like Johannesburg (the largest), Port Louis, and Antananarivo. (19 )

Fast forward to recent times since the last 2 decades, there has been another wave of almost 1 million Chinese who have recently moved to Africa, making a population of almost 2 million Chinese people, due to the explosion of trade between China and Africa. (20)

In the beginning of the new millennium trade between China and Africa, was just $6.5 billion but has now metastasized to $220 billion. China is by far the largest trading partner of Africa. Being almost as large as trade between Africa’s other trading partners like the European Union, USA, India, Brazil, and Turkey combined. There are almost a 1000 Chinese corporations and businesses doing business in Africa. The Confucius Institute, which focuses on the promotion of the Chinese language and culture, has 20 centers distributed around 13 African countries. (21)

The Chinese presence has been met with mixed reception on the African continent, China today is responsible for more than 30% of all infrastructure projects on the continent with people in some countries praising the Chinese presence for helping to rapidly building, railways, trains, shopping malls, stadiums, airports, highways, entire new cities, curing diseases, etc. However, many people do complain, about Chinese racism, illegal mining, illegal logging, destruction of the environment, illegal poaching of animals such as rhinos and elephants, and destruction of local businesses because of inundation of cheap Chinese goods (22)

Many of the Chinese people who have moved to Africa want to live there long term, and feel that Africa is their new home, and thus have established new Chinatowns in places like Lagos, Luanda, Nairobi, etc. The Chinese have built Nan Hua temple in South Africa is one of the largest Buddhist temples outside of Africa. Many Vietnamese have also moved to places in Africa like Angola where many have done financially well, as well. It is said the Chinese are the most integrated in places like Seychelles and Mauritius. Some famous people of Chinese descent born in Africa are Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong, the richest Asian American, and actor Shannon Kook from the Canadian TV Show Degrassi (23)(24)





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  1. Dark Skinned Blonde haired blue eyed Africans – Cape Verde


Blonde hair and blue eyes are features that are almost automatically associated with Europeans, but In Cape Verde, off the Western Coast of Africa. It is not unusual to encounter dark-skinned people with blonde hair and blue eyes or children with pale skin and jet black, kinky, hair. Cape Verde arguably has one of the highest rates of blonde people in Africa

Reason being is that Cape Verde is a true melting pot of different people from Spanish and Italian seamen who were granted land by the Portuguese Empire, to Portuguese settlers, exiles and Jews who were escaping the Inquisition and West African slaves from brought from Senegal, as well as other foreigners from, the Netherlands, France, Britain, Arab countries (Lebanon and Morocco), China, India, Indonesia, South America, North America and Brazil, who all were absorbed into the local population, and created a genetic kaleidoscope in what you see today. (25)

Cape Verdeans have historically been the largest African immigrant group to immigrate to the U.S and there are more Cape Verdeans living abroad then there are in Cape Verde. (26) Most Cape Verdeans in America immigrated to New England to work in the whaling industry in the 1920’s and due to their common phenotypes their Latin surnames they are often more likely to be mistaken for other Latin American nationalities like Puerto Rican or Dominican or Black American than African.(27) Some famous Americans of Cape Verdean descent are model and actress Amber Rose, Rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, and Rapper Benzino. (28) (29) (30)




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