The 50 Highest Cities in the World

1 Credit

When comparing the world’s cities to one another, we often use defining characteristics—largest, greenest, most visited, highest-earning, the list goes on.

Yet elevation is often overlooked, despite the fact that thousands of cities across the globe are nestled in highlands, plateaus, and mountain ranges.

This infographic looks at the top 50 highest cities worldwide, and compares their altitudes to well-known references (the differences are dizzying).

Visualization type: Map

The 50 highest Cities in the World

When comparing the world’s cities to one another, we often use defining characteristics—largest, greenest, most visited, highest-earning, the list goes on.

Yet elevation is often overlooked, despite the fact that thousands of cities across the globe are nestled in highlands, plateaus, and mountain ranges.

This infographic looks at the top 50 highest cities worldwide, and compares their altitudes to well-known references (the differences are dizzying).


First published: October 30, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: EU Commission Global Human Settlement for elevation, Thomas Birinkhoff: City Population, citypopulation.de

A full license grants you the permission to download and modify our visualization, and to re-publish it in most professional and personal use cases.

Licenses also give you permission to translate our visualizations into another language, provided that you also remove the Visual Capitalist branding.

Type of License

Full License (1 Credit)