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The 2013 Annual Report and update for 2012 numbers are scheduled for release in early March 2013.

World's 25 Tallest Cities

World's 25 Tallest Cities

World's 25 Tallest Cities

Rank for each past year is as of December 31.

 

 Rank 2011

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2010

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2009

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2008

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2007

CAHTT*

Tier

1

Dubai

1176.1

1A

1

Dubai

1133.9

1A

 

New York City**

1043.7

 

 

New York City**

1023.3

 

 

New York City**

1023.3

 

2

Hong Kong

1080.9

1A

2

Hong Kong

1080.9

1A

1

Chicago

1036.5

1A

1

Hong Kong***

1006.2

1A

1

Chicago

995.1

1A

 

New York City**

1045.9

 

 

New York City**

1043.7

 

2

Hong Kong

1006.2

1A

2

Chicago

995.1

1A

2

Hong Kong

985.7

1A

3

Chicago

1036.5

1A

3

Chicago

1036.5

1A

3

Shanghai

988.8

1A

3

Shanghai

984.5

1A

3

New York City

912.1

1B

4

Shanghai

1010.3

1A

4

Shanghai

1005.6

1A

4

Dubai

935.0

1B

4

New York City

912.1

1B

4

Shanghai

898.3

1B

5

Guangzhou

945.7

1B

5

New York City

934.3

1B

5

New York City

934.3

1B

5

Dubai

907.0

1B

5

Kuala Lumpur

896.0

1B

6

New York City

940.8

1B

6

Guangzhou

906.2

1B

6

Kuala Lumpur

897.5

1B

6

Kuala Lumpur

897.5

1B

6

Dubai

871.7

1B

7

Shenzhen

907.1

 1B

7

Kuala Lumpur

897.5

1B

7

Singapore

812.9

2

7

Houston

809.8

2

7

Houston

809.8

2

8

Kuala Lumpur

897.7

1B

8

Shenzhen

838.2

2

8

Houston

809.8

2

8

Shenzhen

806.0

2

8

Shenzhen

803.7

2

9

Singapore

835.8

2

9

Singapore

829.9

2

9

Shenzhen

806.0

2

9

Singapore

790.3

2

9

Singapore

790.3

2

10

Busan

834.5

2

10

Houston

809.8

2

10

Toronto

797.0

2

10

Toronto

781.1

2

10

Toronto

781.1

2

11

Abu Dhabi

833.3

2

11

Toronto

798.0

2

11

Tokyo

774.3

2

11

Tokyo

774.3

2

11

Tokyo

774.3

2

12

Houston

809.8

2

12

Tokyo

774.3

2

12

Los Angeles

767.1

2

12

Los Angeles

767.1

2

12

Los Angeles

767.1

2

13

Toronto

806.8

2

13

Los Angeles

767.1

2

13

Guangzhou

762.2

2

13

Guangzhou

760.1

2

13

Guangzhou

760.1

2

14

Moscow

778.5

2

14

Seoul

752.0

2

14

Seoul

752.0

2

14

Seoul

752.0

2

14

Seoul

752.0

2

15

Tokyo

774.3

2

15

Moscow

747.8

2

15

Atlanta

747.2

2

15

Atlanta

747.2

2

15

Atlanta

741.4

2

16

Panama City

770.5

2

16

Atlanta

747.2

2

16

Bangkok

742.9

2

16

Melbourne

734.1

2

16

Melbourne

734.1

2

17

Los Angeles

767.1

2

17

Bangkok

744.1

2

17

Melbourne

734.1

2

17

Bangkok

731.2

2

17

Dallas

717.3

2

18

Seoul

752.0

2

18

Chongqing

742.4

2

18

Beijing

718.6

3

18

Dallas

717.3

3

18

Bangkok

716.5

2

19

Kuwait City

750.5

2

19

Melbourne

734.1

2

19

Dallas

717.3

3

19

Sydney

711.9

3

19

Sydney

711.9

2

20

Doha

748.9

2

20

Beijing

718.6

3

20

Sydney

711.9

3

20

Philadelphia

701.8

3

20

Chongqing

689.4

3

21

Chongqing

748.2

2

21

Dallas

717.3

3

21

Chongqing

709.9

3

21

Chongqing

692.6

3

21

Wuhan

685.1

3

22

Atlanta

747.2

2

22

Sydney

711.9

3

22

Philadelphia

703.6

3

22

Wuhan

685.1

3

22

Seattle

670.4

3

23

Bangkok

744.1

2

23

Philadelphia

703.6

3

23

Wuhan

685.1

3

23

Seattle

670.4

3

23

Moscow

664.6

3

24

Melbourne

734.1

2

24

Wuhan

685.1

3

24

Manila

678.2

3

24

Moscow

666.0

3

24

Manila

656.9

3

25

Beijing

718.6

3

25

Manila

678.2

3

25

Seattle

670.4

3

25

Miami

660.2

3

25

Philadelphia

654.1

3

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World's 25 Tallest Cities

World's 25 Tallest Cities

Rank for each past year is as of December 31.

 Rank 2006

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2005

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2004

CAHTT*

Tier

 Rank 2000

CAHTT*

Tier

 

New York City**

1015.5

 

 

New York City**

1015.5

 

 

New York City**

1015.5

 

1

New York City

1010.4

1A

1

Chicago

995.1

1A

1

Chicago

995.1

1A

1

Chicago

995.1

1A

2

Chicago

995.1

1A

2

Hong Kong

955.5

1A

2

Hong Kong

955.5

1A

2

Hong Kong

955.5

1A

3

Kuala Lumpur

852.1

1B

3

New York City

904.3

1B

3

New York City

904.3

1B

3

New York City

903.8

1B

4

Hong Kong

839.6

1B

4

Shanghai

898.3

1B

4

Kuala Lumpur

896.0

1B

4

Kuala Lumpur

896.0

1B

5

Houston

809.8

1B

5

Kuala Lumpur

896.0

1B

5

Shanghai

894.0

1B

5

Shanghai

863.2

1B

6

Toronto

776.3

2

6

Dubai

822.1

2

6

Houston

809.8

2

6

Houston

809.8

2

7

Singapore

772.3

2

7

Houston

809.8

2

7

Shenzhen

798.9

2

7

Shenzhen

793.5

2

8

Los Angeles

767.1

2

8

Shenzhen

803.7

2

8

Toronto

781.1

2

8

Toronto

776.4

2

9

Tokyo

754.3

2

9

Singapore

790.3

2

9

Singapore

772.3

2

9

Singapore

772.3

2

10

Shanghai

747.1

2

10

Toronto

781.1

2

10

Dubai

772.1

2

10

Los Angeles

767.1

2

11

Atlanta

732.0

2

11

Los Angeles

767.1

2

11

Los Angeles

767.1

2

11

Tokyo

764.8

2

12

Dallas

717.3

2

12

Tokyo

764.8

2

12

Tokyo

764.8

2

12

Seoul

752.0

2

13

Shenzhen

715.6

2

13

Seoul

752.0

2

13

Seoul

752.0

2

13

Atlanta

732.0

2

14

Melbourne

685.5

3

14

Atlanta

741.4

2

14

Atlanta

732.0

2

14

Dubai

722.8

2

15

Sydney

674.3

3

15

Melbourne

734.1

2

15

Dallas

717.3

2

15

Dallas

717.3

2

16

Bangkok

674.0

3

16

Dallas

717.3

2

16

Sydney

711.9

2

16

Sydney

706.3

2

17

Seattle

663.5

3

17

Bangkok

714.1

2

17

Bangkok

710.3

2

17

Bangkok

704.3

2

18

Philadelphia

653.5

3

18

Sydney

711.9

2

18

Melbourne

697.3

3

18

Guangzhou

688.3

3

19

Frankfurt

645.1

3

19

Guangzhou

701.4

2

19

Guangzhou

688.3

3

19

Melbourne

685.5

3

20

San Francisco

636.6

3

20

Chongqing

671.7

3

20

Seattle

663.5

3

20

Seattle

663.5

3

21

Guangzhou

627.9

3

21

Seattle

670.4

3

21

Chongqing

663.3

3

21

Manila

656.9

3

22

Manila

627.5

3

22

Manila

656.9

3

22

Manila

656.9

3

22

Philadelphia

654.1

3

23

Minneapolis

616.5

3

23

Philadelphia

654.1

3

23

Philadelphia

654.1

3

23

Frankfurt

645.1

3

24

Boston

611.6

3

24

Frankfurt

647.6

3

24

Frankfurt

647.6

3

24

San Francisco

636.6

3

25

Seoul

610.5

3

25

San Francisco

636.6

3

25

San Francisco

636.6

3

25

Minneapolis

618.2

3

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*The CAHTT is the “Calculated Average Height of the Ten Tallest” buildings and towers of each city.  For each past year, the numbers are as of December 31.  The formula gives less weight for thin, ornamental spires and observation towers, and ignores the number floors, which is a poor indicator of actual height. Antennas are not counted as part of a buildings height, following the guidelines of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  Buildings are not included in end-of-year rankings if not determined completed by the standards set by the CTBUH.  For details of the formula please see the Methodology page.  See also Ten Tallest Cities, and The Rise and Fall of the American Skyscraper.

 

**The score for New York City 9/10 is what it would have been for New York, had the World Trade Center Towers not been destroyed.  This ranking of New York 9/10 was set to end when the first city exceeded its CAHTT score, or after ten years, whichever occurred later.  On January 4, 2010, Dubai exceeded New York 9/10’s score.  Therefore, ranking of New York City 9/10 (in purple above) will end with the 2011 rankings.

 

***Hong Kong was the first metropolis to exceed a CAHTT score of 1000 since New York (which attained a score of 1009.9 in 1977), and the second one to replace Chicago as the world’s tallest (New York City was the first in 1890).  However, its reign as the world’s tallest city was short-lived, with the completion of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in May 2009, when Chicago briefly regained its position as the world’s tallest city before it was surpassed a third time, this time by Dubai.

 

****Dubai experienced a meteoric rise in this annual ranking, with an ambitious construction boom not seen since the 1920’s and 1930’s in New York City.  Dubai purposefully sought to be number one several years ago, and finally achieved this with the completion of what is now by far the world’s tallest building.  The 162-story Dubai Tower, now called Khalifa Tower (Burj Khalifa), was officially opened on January 4, of 2010.  See our World’s Tallest City page for more on Dubai.

   

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