The 9 Highest Cities in the World

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Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia. Photo Credit: Unsplash

From city streets to mountain peaks, humans live at all different elevations across the globe.

Where do most humans live? The vast majority live less than 1 mile high (5,280 feet), however 6% of the World’s population lives among the clouds.

Most of the World’s highest cities are centered in South & Central America, with 6 of the top 9 cities from the region. The highest major city in the United States is Denver, CO topping out at a mile high, good enough for #16 on the top 50 list.

Check out the top 9 highest cities and where they are dispersed across the globe.

*Cities defined as urban areas with a population greater than 1 million

*Elevation based on average for the entire city

 

La Paz, Bolivia

Elevation: 3,869 meters, 12,693 feet

Region: Andes Mountains

Continent: South America

 

Quito, Ecuador

Elevation: 2,784 meters, 9,133 feet

Region: Andes Mountains

Continent: South America

Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador. Photo Credit: Unsplash

 

Toluca, Mexico

Elevation: 2,648 meters, 8,687 feet

Region: Central America

Continent: North America

 

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Elevation: 2,621 meters, 8,599 feet

Region: Andes Mountains

Continent: South America

 

Bogota, Colombia

Elevation: 2,601 meters, 8,533 feet

Region: Andes Mountains

Continent: South America

Colombia
Bogota, Colombia. Photo Credit: Unsplash

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Elevation: 2,361 meters, 7,746 feet

Region: Ethiopian Highlands

Continent: Africa

 

Mexico City, Mexico

Elevation: 2,316 meters, 7,598 feet

Region: Central America

Continent: North America

Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico. Photo Credit: Unsplash

 

Xining, China

Elevation: 2,299 meters, 7,542 feet

Region: Tibetan Plateau

Continent: Asia

 

Sana’a, Yemen

Elevation: 2,283 meters, 7,490 feet

Region: Sarawat Mountains, Arabian Peninsula

Continent: Asia

 

For more information, check out the full list of World’s Top 50 Highest Cities


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