25 Cities In The World With The Most Skyscrapers

Posted by , Updated on March 24, 2024

Skyscrapers are some of the most visible signs of a nation’s progress, and many cities are easily identified by their skylines. The Empire State Building of New York, the Burj Khalifa of Dubai, and the Petronas Towers of Malaysia are some of the most renowned in the world. Come follow us as we take you on a tour of the 25 Cities In The World With The Most Skyscrapers and see if you can’t feel the overwhelming sense of architectural accomplishment and national pride.

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

Even though Mumbai is not the capital of India, this city has gained so much recognition for being the financial center and the business hub of the country. Mumbai has the most skyscrapers in India with 64. The tallest is The Imperial II, standing at 840 feet (256 meters). Other popular high-rises include The Orchid Enclave, Ahuja Towers, and Lodha Altamount. 


San Francisco, California

transamerica pyramid at nighttime purple sky

Famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is teeming with buildings because of commerce and being a good business location. It has over 68 skyscrapers, and the Transamerica Pyramid has been the tallest since 1972, standing 853 feet (260 meters) high.


Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

With Melbourne being the most populous city in all of Australia, it is expected that many of the world’s most famous businesses would set up shop here. Over 69 skyscrapers fill the skyline, where the recently erected Eureka Tower takes center stage at 974 feet (297 meters) in height. To get one of the best views of the city Naked in the Sky provides a rooftop bar and restaurant that offers 180 degree views of Melbourne. 


Panama City, Panama

f &f tower

Panama City, the capital of Panama, has a population of over 880,691 and as expected for such a big city, the area has over 73 skyscrapers. Emporis Skyscraper ranked the F&F Tower 7th out of 10 for its architectural excellence in 2011. Other popular high-rises include Donald Trump’s Ocean Club and International Hotel & Tower taking the spotlight at 961 feet (293 meters).


Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Also known as Peking, the city’s emerging skyline is reflective of the country’s progress in the financial world. It has 74 buildings that are considered skyscrapers. The China World Trade Center III, the Fortune Plaza Office Building I, and the Park Tower are the standouts with heights of 1083, 853, 820 feet (330, 260, and 250 meters), respectively.


Mexico City, Mexico

Torre Latinoamericana

Recognized as being an “alpha global city,” Mexico City is slowly gaining popularity among investors and global companies. Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico’s most popular landmark, stands at 597 feet (182 meters). Its observation center offers breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. There are presently 78 skyscrapers within the city but the number is quickly increasing.


Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

The fourth largest city in the United States has over 6 million residents and not surprisingly 78 skyscrapers. Their first skyscraper was completed in 1983, The Williams Tower, rising at 901 feet (275 meters). 


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Towers

Home of the world-renowned Petronas Towers, tallest twin towers in the world, standing at 1,483 feet (452 meters), Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia is considered one of the prized gems of the southeast, thanks to its financial health that is great for pushing business. Like Houston, it has 78 skyscrapers.


Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

You may be familiar with Miami, Florida, for being one of the best destinations in the world when it comes to luxury hotels and excellent beaches, but it’s not all sand there. Being one of the most popular centers of finance, entertainment, commerce, culture, and media, it could be very simple to explain why its downtown consists of 1,382 buildings, with 79 of them being amazing skyscrapers. The tallest, Panorama Tower, standing at 828 feet (252 meters). 


Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen, China

Located just north of the island of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is famed to be the first of China’s Special Economic Zones, being one of the pivot points when it comes to finance, business, production, and other industries. Even though it’s home to 80 skyscrapers, it has only been given a sub-provincial status, making it an ironic picture of how prosperity can be attained in such small territories.


Busan, South Korea

Busan, South Korea

Being the second biggest city after Seoul, Busan Metropolitan City is quite a busy place, especially when it comes to measuring its activity based on seaports. As the largest port city of the south, it has been recorded to be the fifth busiest in the world, even ranking fifth based on cargo tonnage. With many cargo companies that come and go, it’s also become a place that is great for logistics, finance, banking, and business processes. It has 88 skyscrapers that outline the incredible skyline of the city, especially at night.


Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

The federal city of Moscow is the capital city of Russia, which, according to Forbes, is also home to the highest number of billionaires in the world. Thanks to its huge expanse, it has also been considered a megacity, being a center of the many fields in business and industry. Due to the status of the city, having over 98 skyscrapers is understandable, all of which contribute to the city’s colorful skyline.


Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Owning one of the most colorful and appealing skylines due to its illustrious harbor view, Sydney is home to over 101 skyscrapers, where the majority of them are owned by major players in the financial and banking business. Buildings like the Citigroup Center, Chifley Tower, Deutsche Bank Place, World Tower, and MLC Center keep the skyline lined up in the 748 to 797 feet (228 to 243 meter) range.


Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan

As the third largest city in Japan based on population, Osaka plays a very vital role in the country’s overall Gross Domestic Product generation. You will find towers like the Osaka World Trade Center, HERBIS Osaka, and ORC 2000 rising above the skyline, along with 104 other skyscrapers. One of the best places to observe this skyline is at Umeda Sky Building, featuring a rooftop doughnut shape that offers an unobstructed 260-degree view of Osaka.


Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou, China

Another city that is close to both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, still located in the southern section of the Mainland, Guangzhou, the largest city in the Guangdong province has proven itself to be a financial giant. Its skyline has grown to consist of 111 skyscrapers and 417 high-rise buildings. The tallest building is the CTF Finance Centre, towering at 1,739 feet (530 meters). 


Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, Korea

Capital of South Korea and known to be the center of Korean Pop and teledramas, Seoul is an overcrowded city that has a population of over 10 million. In spite of the overcrowding, the city was well planned and is home to 120 skyscrapers, the tallest being Lotte World Tower standing at 1,819 feet (554 meters). Other popular skyscrapers include IFC, Tower Palace, and Mok-dong Hyperion.


Bangkok, Thailand


Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, does not only play a role as the center of commerce, trade, and business, but it also fulfills its part as the main transportation gateway that connects every city, town, and province of the Thai nation. Due to this setup, foreigners, locals, and even province people find it easy to access the city, making progress and development quicker. Its skyline is dotted by over 123 skyscrapers, belonging to both local and global companies.


Singapore, Singapore


What makes Singapore to be one of the most special countries in the world is its level of financial stability despite its very small territory. Because of its development, many investors have come to establish their business, which made way for the creation of many jobs, even housing many of its residents in high-rise buildings just to have everything crammed in one place. Currently, there are over 141 skyscrapers coloring the evening sky.


Toronto, Canada


Because it has been gaining the attention of people coming from various nations, Toronto is now seen as a city that is very receptive to diversity, making it a perfect place to open businesses that cater to the international market. Being the biggest city in Canada could also be a reason to have a skyline that’s worth bragging about with 162 skyscrapers in the city, the tallest being CN Tower standing at 1,815 feet (553 meters). This structure offers some of the best dare-deviling views of Toronto’s skyline with its adventure seeking attraction EdgeWalk.


Shanghai, China


On the eastern part of Mainland China, Shanghai is taking its steady pace of being one of the biggest financial powerhouses in the world. The city is actually quite huge, dividing itself into 204 towns and 99 sub-district neighborhoods, sharing the space with over 1,063 buildings found in different sections of the city. It has over 229 skyscrapers, making everything look high-rise.


Dubai, UAE


In 1966, Sheikh Rashid transformed the infrastructure development in Dubai by utilizing oil revenues. Burj Al Arab, towering at 1,053 feet (321 meters), was the city’s first skyscraper completed in 1999. Doubling in size, the Burj Khalifa, stands at 2,717 feet (828 meters) and is known as Dubai’s tallest building. United Arab Emirates has one of the most attractive skylines that you could ever imagine. Diversified in its market focus, companies both from near and far come to take opportunity of expanding their businesses that could target international markets.


Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Skyline

The windy city is known as the birthplace of the skyscraper. Built in 1884, The Home Insurance Building stood at 180 feet (55 meters). Chicago’s skyline is actually named as one of the most attractive in the world and has over 283 skyscrapers. Enjoy a dinner with a view at one of the most popular dining destinations in Chicago. Cindy’s Rooftop offers panoramic views of Millennium Park, The Art Institute, and Lake Michigan just to name a few. 


Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo, is the Japanese center of commerce, entertainment, education, finance, and even vehicle production. It’s known to have one of the most crowded skylines in the world with over 347 skyscrapers. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is the tallest standing 799 feet (244 meters). It’s popular with locals and tourists for it’s free observation deck that gifts priceless panoramic views of Tokyo.  


New York City, New York

New York City Skyline

Standing proudly at 1,776 feet (541 meters) One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States. Located in Lower Manhattan, New York City, this superstructure was named after the North Tower of the original World Trade Center. New York City holds over 6,486 high-rise units. Many other buildings have been created to make way for international companies to be close to one of the most active trading centers ever, the New York Stock Exchange.


Hong Kong, China

Hong kong Skyline

Hong Kong has over 1,500 skyscrapers that tower as high as 1,588 feet (484 meters). It’s famously known for being a shopping and tourist destination of nearby Asian countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and even Malaysia. The abundance of businesses that have established their offices and stores here has led to this tremendous growth. Famous skyscrapers like Bank of China, known by locals as ‘One Knife,’ overlook the richest business district in China; this makes Hong Kong one of the most crowded places in the world.

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