- Los Angeles
5. San Diego
5. San Diego
10 Largest U.S Cities by size
2. Jacksonville Florida 876 square miles
3. Houston 667 square miles
4. Oklahoma City 620 Square Miles
5. Phoenix, Arizona 517 Square Miles
6. Nashville, Tennessee 505
7. Los Angeles, California 468
8. San Antonio 460
9. Suffolk, Virginia 400 square miles
10. Indianapolis, Indiana 365
Criteria 4 Bedroom Home
Winchester Hills – $50,480 Most expensive neighborhood in Soweto
Cape Town – Sea Point $253, 157 Cape Town’s most expensive large suburb
Durban – La Lucia $249, 752
Umhlanga Ridge $238,399
Pretoria – Waterkloof $270, 564
2. Kyuna Estate $374,000
Dar Es Salaam
3. Bahari Beach
2. Roman Ridge
Hochland Park $227,000
3. Chicago Area (AKA Chicagoland) 10,856 square miles
4. Houston 10,062 square Miles (AKA Greater Houston)
5. Dallas Fort Worth (AKA Metroplex) 9,286 square miles
6. Atlanta Area 8,376 square miles
7. Minneapolis Saint Paul area (AKA Twin Cities area) 8,120 square
8. Miami area ( AKA South Florida) 6,137 square miles
9. Washington, D.C (AKA the DMV) 5,564 square miles
9. Philadelphia (AKA the Delaware Valley Area ) 5,118 Square miles
Atlanta rated an “alpha –” world city that exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, research, technology, education, media, art, and entertainment. It ranks 40th among world cities and 8th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $270 billion. Atlanta’s economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, and information technology.Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage. Revitalization of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city’s demographics, politics, and culture, However with a population of Only 463,000 people It’s population is pretty small compared to other cities in the U.S. Here are some cities you might be shocked to know are bigger than Atlanta
6. Fort Worth
They are the two largest cities in the United States, divided by 3,000 diagonal miles of North American continent and a chasm of conflicting stereotypes. Theirs is a complex relationship.
The mere mention of their names evokes opposing images. One is vertical and cosmopolitan; the other is sprawling and casual. They are of one country but different worlds, and preference speaks volumes about the chooser. So take a side: New York or Los Angeles?
They famously fight for the affection of the entertainment business, especially in movies and music, and they increasingly argue their advantages in fashion, art, architecture and cuisine.
New Yorkers can’t imagine living anywhere less convenient, and Angelenos can’t fathom surviving an unending marathon of seasons. Residents of both cities are adamant that theirs is the best, and they’re both right — New York and L.A. are the best. It just depends which one you live in.
2. London vs Paris
3. Sydney vs Melbourne
4. Sao Paulo vs Rio de Janeiro
Let’s face it, if you had to name two Brazilian cities, the first two would be Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. One is the main touristic hub, not just of Brazil, but also of South America. The other is the economic centre of Brazil, and a magnet for business travellers.
When comparing two of Brazil’s most famous and most visited cities, there is a popular cliché that São Paulo is Brazil’s New York and Rio de Janeiro is Los Angeles. There is a degree of truth to this, especially in terms of the rivalry between the Cariocas (people from the city of Rio de Janeiro) and Paulistas (residents of São Paulo).
The stereotype goes that Cariocas are friendly, easy-going, lazy and always late (probably because they’re on the beach), while Paulistas are colder, fast-paced, workaholics and perpetually stressed. A quick look at the size and location of each city certainly explains the stereotype.
But a closer inspection reveals that it is not so straightforward. Rio is also an important business centre, while São Paulo definitely knows how to let its hair down. One thing that is for sure is that they both offer a lot for travellers visiting Brazil.
When it comes to natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro is the winner, hands down. The iconic morros (granite hills), framing the long stretches of white sandy beaches, and the world’s largest urban forest, make it a truly unique city. The Cariocas (and tourists) really make the most of the outdoors, spending lots of time on the beach, enjoying all kinds of water activities, jogging and cycle paths and hiking up the mountains. –
São Paulo, on the other hand, is a sprawling concrete jungle. It’s the largest city in South America, with 11 million inhabitants (far more if you include the metropolitan area). And it shows — with buildings as far as the eye can see.
The city has interesting architecture, with a mix of influences from European style to modern skyscrapers. A tour through downtown is a must to see some of the city’s notable architectural landmarks. Walk down Avenida Paulista, the main business centre of the city, lined with many restaurants and places of interest. To get a sense of the city, head up Edifício Itália, the second tallest building in São Paulo. From the observation deck, you’ll truly get a sense of the size of this cosmopolitan city.
5. Toronto vs Montreal
5. Hong Kong versus Singapore
6. Shanghai versus Beijing
‘I live in both Beijing and Shanghai – it’s kind of like going between divorced parents. You have issues with both, but you spend a lot of time defending each city to the other. When you get sick of either one, you run away to your glitzy Auntie Hong Kong for a bit.’
Morgan Short, Managing editor of SmartShanghai
7 years in Shanghai, 3 years in Beijing
‘As an important social commentator of merit and acclaim who has been privileged enough to sup the marrow and suck the blood of both the Shanghai and Beijing metropolises over the years, I’m here to report the following: They both fucking blow. It’s true. They both blow. Terrible. Absolutely terrible. SAD. Actually, not really. They’re both just so-so. What everyone always says is indeed true. Beijing has: better terrible bands; worse terrible weather; worse terrible western food; better terrible Chinese food. Compared to Shanghai. Shanghai has… you know. Whatever. It’s all exhausting. I hear Barcelona is pretty good.’
Elyse Ribbons, Entrepreneur and Media Maven
13 years in Beijing, 2 years in Shanghai
‘I’m in love with different parts of each city… Beijing to me isn’t just the architectural amazements that make up its olympic dynasty, nor is it the imperial history that makes up its core; it is the collective joy at the flourishing culture despite the horrible environment (sand storms, pollution, temperature extremes in summer and winter, and of course the traffic!). Shanghai is proud of its detached mental state, the city upon the sea that is the height of Chinese cosmopolitanism, with a strong business acumen and a delightful appreciation of fashion and the finer things in life.’
Carl Setzer, Owner and founder of Great Leap Brewing
8 years in Beijing, frequent visitor to Shanghai
‘Beijing has always felt like home to me. Even before starting Great Leap Brewing, we were planning on staying here for the long haul. It’s a place where you find both fugitives and refugees mixed in with bankers and political wonks. I’ve never been told to go back home, I’ve never felt “other”. Shanghai is a city that makes pointing out otherness an Olympic sport. I like to visit Shanghai, but Beijing tricks you into thinking it can be your home. Everyone likes an endearing confidence man.’
7. Madrid vs Barcelona
8. Houston vs Dallas
1. Houston is more diverse in ethnic and religious backgrounds.
2. Houston is greener with more parks and forests.
3. Houston has access to beaches.
4. Houston has access to vacation cruiseline ships.
5. Houston is less hotter in summers (though more humid).
6, Houston is far less cold in winters.
7. Houston has more of international community.
8. Houston has a port (busiest in the US).
9. Houston has many countries consulates.
10. Houston has more restaurants and better variety of foods.
11. Houston has better museums.
12. Houston has a much better arts and entertainment scene.
13. Houston has better schools such as Rice University
14. Houston has a much better and largest world class Medical Center
15. Houston is closer to San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, and New Orleans.
16. Houston economy is strong and diverse, with more company headquarters.
17. Houston is the energy capital of the world.
18. NASA is in Houston.
19. Houston has better gardening options.
20. The tallest and 2nd tallest buildings in TX are in downtown Houston.
9. Calgary vs Edmonton
10. New York Vs Chicago
11. Los Angeles Versus San Francisco
12. Mumbai versus Delhi
13. Glasgow vs Edinburgh
14. Johannesburg versus Cape Town
15. Accra versus Kumasi
The Deal : Sit through some auditions, then it’s 14 weeks’ work, 8 more for the live tour (if you go) and put your feet up until next year.
The Downside : They sometimes make you do “specials” over Christmas or for charity. Frequently required to work weekends.
Any extras? On some shows you get to go on holiday as part of your ‘judging’ – although you have to take people you don’t know very well with you.
The Deal : Once they get back from their 6-week holiday for the election, Parliament will go on recess from July 22 to September 1 (10 weeks); then again from September 12 to October 13 (4 weeks); then again from November 11 to 17; and a break over Christmas from December 18 to January 5 (3 weeks); and then again from February 12 to 23 (2 more weeks).
The downside : Job security isn’t exactly great – and while Parliament is in “recess”, you’re frequently expected to do “Constituency work”, be at “conference” or “campaigning”.
Any extras? The pension for 5-years’ work is excellent.
The Deal : A long break for summer, then shorter ones for Easter and Christmas. Plus, if that’s too stressful, extra weeks off in the middle of the main work periods.
The downside : They’re always in the school holidays, so going away is expensive
Any extras? You’re generally out of work by 5
The Deal : You’re off work from the end of May until August. This year Premier League clubs have no fixtures at all between May 24 and August 8. That’s 10 weeks free and easy .
The downside : Sometimes you’re made to play “friendlies” or for your country during your holiday. You also have to work over Christmas. Your working career is also relatively short.
Any extras? Plenty of opportunity for second jobs in advertising, merchandising and television while playing.
How did he make his money – Aliko, as he is fondly called by friends, was born into a wealthy trading family in the Northern Nigerian city of Kano on 10 April, 1957. Upon graduation from Al Azhar University in Egypt, where he obtained a business degree, Dangote went into full-time business after obtaining a $5,000 loan from his uncle. Through sheer tenacity, a punishing work ethic and bold decision-making, he has built one of the largest conglomerates in Africa, with over $21 billion in revenues. Dangote Cement – his conglomerate’s largest subsidiary, recorded a 2013 profit of $1.22 billion. He owns the largest sugar refinery in Africa, the third largest in the world, producing 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually. His interests also include salt, flour mills, and several agricultural products, which he exports across the continent. Additionally, he has made major investments in real estate, banking, transport, textiles, and oil and gas. In April 2014, he announced $9 billion in financing for the construction of the largest petroleum products refinery in Africa in Nigeria. In August, his company struck a $5-billion deal with US investors, Blackstone Group, for power projects across Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years. Dangote also announced an investment of $1 billion in rice production and commercial rice farming, with the aim of ensuring that rice is grown, milled and distributed within Nigeria. A firm believer in investing in Africans investing in Africa, Dangote recently declared that he will pump $12 billion into the Nigerian economy.
Aliko Dangote remains one of the most generous philanthropists in the world. Dangote, who does things in no small measure, earlier this year announced that he will hand over $1.2 billion of his fortune to his foundation. The foundation has recently teamed up with GE to promote entrepreneurship across Nigeria, in addition to its existing work in health and education.
Residence – Lagos, Nigeria
2. Shek Al Amoudi Net Worth $12 billion Ethiopian, but lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
How did he make his money- Al Amoudi made his fortune in construction and real estate before branching out to buy oil refineries in Sweden and Morocco. He is the largest individual foreign investor in Ethiopia and a major investor in Sweden
Residence – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3. Mike Adenuga net worth 10 billion
How did he make his money-
Adenuga began his career relatively modestly, trading in fabrics and textiles popular with Nigerian men and women. He also distributed Coca-Cola products and secured a number of lucrative government contracts. Adenuga is often called, continues to build his empire centered around Globacom (Glo), a telecommunications company with over 25 million active subscribers in Nigeria and about 30 million subscribers across West Africa. One of the fastest-growing telecommunications companies in the world, Globacom recently completed an $800 million high-capacity fibre-optic submarine cable from the UK to Nigeria in advance of its big push into data services provision. Adenuga’s other major asset, Conoil Producing, founded in the early 1990s, was the first Nigerian indigenous oil exploration and production company to strike oil in commercial quantities. It currently produces 100,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Adenuga also owns a 74-percent stake in Conoil Plc, a petroleum marketing outfit listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which reported revenues of about $1 billion for 2013. Adenuga is also a big player in the real estate space and owns major real estate assets in Nigeria, the UK, South Africa and several European countries.
Residence – Lagos, Nigeria
4. Foluronsho Alakija $7.3 billion
Residence – Lagos, Nigeria, and London, England
5. David L Steward net worth $7 billion
Residence – Maryland, Heights, Missouri
6. Prince Arthur Eze $ 6 billion
7. Oprah Winfrey $ 4 billion
Residence – Chicago, Illinois and Montecito, California
8. Cletus Ibeto 3.7 billion
Residence – Lagos, Nigeria
9. Robert F Smith 3 billion
Residence – Austin, Texas
10. Kase Lawal $3 billion
How did he make his money – Oil
Residence – Houston, Texas
Amid endless cornfields, fast-food chains, ignorant rednecks, and warehouses with $9 an hour jobs, you’ll find Indianapolis, the crossroads of America or America’s truck stop. A fine place to fill up your gas tank. he 3rd largest Midwest city by population (after Chicago and Detroit) and largest by land area. It is not exactly a city for urban enthuseists. It is very dull and lackluster by most standards when comparing it to either coast. No mountains, not even hills. Nothing but corn not far outside the city (typical of the Corn Belt). No water. No beaches. No oceans. No diversity. No culture. No nightlife. Forbes Magazine ranked Indy the worst American city for singles based on this sad fact. Not many opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. No sidewalks, bikepaths or greenspace. Therefore, too many people are fat and unhealthy. People are too antiquated and narrowminded to accept changing ANYTHING in the area, and that includes possibly getting lightrail, even if it is for the good of the area. No public transportation due to the exessive use of automobiles by residents. The city only has a mediocre bus-only system with few routes and no evening service. People cannot take direct routes because they have to “transfer” downtown. No mass transit or lightrail. Forget about getting it. It will never happen. The poor maintanence of roads is also a problem. Many heavily used city streets are too narrow and needed to be widened years ago. Too many potholes. As freeway congestion increases, the city has done next to NOTHING in relieving the stress. At most, one can expect added travel lanes, HOV lanes or extra freeway exits but that’s it. The city can have poor air quality created by too many polluting cars on the raod and a lack of hybrid engines by its city and school buses. No street lamps. A high number of foreclosures but not as bad as in the Sun Belt. A slumbering skyline that has gone nowhere since 1990, when the Chase Tower was completed.
Property taxes are also very high. The people are also ignorant. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has the 2nd highest number of dropouts in the country. The city is way behind in technology, but instead tax dollars are spent on useless things like new stadiums just to shown off to other cities. Go to somewhere like a Seattle school, and everyone has iPods and PDAs. Go to Indy, and the people with iPods and PDAs get theirs stolen
Indy, for some reason, calls itself a world-class city but has NOTHING to constitute one. It wont be world-class ‘till Cincinnati, Louisville and Columbus are. In fairness, Indy has come a long way in reinventing itself but needs to be much more aggressive in its efforts to be more lively. Part of the reason is that it has not marketed itself very well. Until that happens, it will forever deserve its Naptown image.
3. Des Moines
A city that is also so small that it takes only 10 minutes to drive through the entire city. Des Moines is not really known worldly or throughout the country for much of anything. Probably the most boring city you’d ever visit with “skycrapers” that (the tallest) is only 400ft tall. Des Moines is a place you go to only if you have to and still you don’t want to go there.
4. Little Rock
6. Bakersfield Population: 315,837
Bakersfield is one of a number of inland California cities that owe what little media scrutiny they received to the region’s devastating housing bubble. Others on the list include Stockton, Fresno and Modesto.
7. Sacramento 485,199
Most of the people in Dallas who are from Dallas are very settled. There is really no “night life”. I have been out at 11 p.m. and past and have literally been the only car on the road in Dallas. Creepy. No other cars. People go in and shut their doors and that is it.