19 Facts About A City: Facilities, Governance, Advantage, And More

Divya Raghav
Oct 26, 2022 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Apr 18, 2022
Edited by Ruffa Espejon
Fact-checked by Tanmay Tiwari
Shanghai is the most populated city in the world. Keep reading to learn more city facts!

A city is a human settlement with transport, sanitation, and housing systems in place. 

Villages or towns are also human settlements, but they do not have the kind of infrastructure or population that cities have. Today's cities are more populated and modern than our ancestors could have ever imagined.  

Students and researchers study important information to understand the history behind the people who lived there centuries ago. All this is possible using important landmarks and the geography of the region. Any country and its cities are made because of its people.

One of the most interesting city facts about New York, U.S.A. is that it is very populous and has people from many diverse cultures. It is located south of Rome, Italy on the map. Here are some very interesting city facts about cities around the world.

Functioning Of A City

A city as a settlement needs a lot more organization, finance, and governance than a small town. Let's learn more about the functioning of many cities across the world.

Ushuaia, Argentina's southernmost city, and Kyoto, Japan (Kyoto was Japan's capital city for more than a thousand years), have government systems that evolved over the years according to the needs of the humans living there.

Puerto Williams in Chile is a permanently inhabited place in the southernmost part of the world.

Today Tokyo is Japan's capital city, and as of 2018, the population in its metropolitan area is 37,400,068.

The world's largest urban economy is centered in Tokyo, and it is one of the strongest economies today. You can see the spread of the city using an aerial view.

Shanghai, China, is the most populous city proper in the world. It has more than 24 million people living there, 

Seoul has a higher population density than New York in America but has a completely different culture.

All these cities in different countries need to constantly monitor their water, sewage systems, communication, and transport networks. Regulations and laws must be enforced to keep them functioning smoothly.

There was a time when people walked and used horses. Now cars and public transport take the cityscape to a new dimension. 

London, the place of tubes and the iconic black cab drivers, uniquely manages their transport system.

The black cab drivers are not supposed to rely on any modern map systems and must memorize the most popular routes through more than 25,000 streets and important landmarks before they can get their certificate and only then are they allowed to drive taxis around the city.

Another important aspect of functioning in these cities is the safety and security of its people. Finland's capital Helsinki is one of the coldest places on earth.

They have created a system that keeps the roads clear of snow and ice. This snowmelt system is built below the streets. The system is intelligently designed and does not make the roads too hot during the summer months.

A modern cityscape can attract people from all across the world and can be a great addition to infrastructure.

Things You Can Find In A Big City

Tech innovations and modern devices keep these cities functioning without creating confusion. The governance teams work all the time to bring in better plans in every sphere to make people's lives more comfortable.

Seoul is considered the global hub for innovative technology.

South Korea has ensured that the city has one of the fastest internets globally. An amazing average user speed is 28.6 Mbit/s. In addition, the connections are stable 95% of the time without disruptions.

You can imagine the time it would have taken to establish a marvel such as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a basilica or church, that took longer to build than the Pyramids of Giza.

The most encouraging point about a city is that big cities also make people feel safe. Reykjavik is a marvelous example of safety when it comes to small kids.

You can see a small stroller with a baby alone, basking in the sunlight while the parents are shopping. This is an amazing social structure where people respect and take care of children as a community.

On the other hand, there also exists increasing crime and pollution in many other modern cities.

When students and tourists visit cities, they try to visit as many museums as possible, but in Stockholm, you will most likely see a wonderful art gallery lining the walls of the subway system that must be checked out.

Classic paintings and modern street art are all a part of this open art gallery. Can you imagine more than 62 mi (100 km) of artistic tunnels created with so much passion? 

Advantages Vs. Disadvantages Of A Big City

Large cities have many advantages and disadvantages at the same time. Some people find them overwhelming, and others have never lived in a small town.

The natural surroundings of small villages have their charm, but many cities have tried to create green zones in large cities, too, like Central Park in New York.

Chicago has invested in an amazing infrastructure to make cycling safe for students. The Chicago authorities have protected bike lanes with a network of on-street bike lanes and off-street trails.

Chicago has managed to strike a balance between architecture and green spaces. People have access to 570 public parks and thousands of acres of green spaces apart from the modern amenities of a large city in Chicago.

Ahwaz or Ahvaz city in the south of Iran is known as being one of the worst air polluted places in the world.

Other cities are also besieged with crime and pollution, but people can also get better access to education and health systems in large cities.

The advantage of modern communication and transportation has helped millions make their living in cities, and they would never want to go back to their small villages.

Modern cities have everything that a person may need, from libraries, good culture, government policies, big buildings, and modern hospitals too that are all taken care of.

Students can walk around safely in most places, buy groceries and go to work easily.

Students can find apartments that are stylistic and furnished, even if they are smaller.

The ambulance system and emergency response for police and fire departments are so much quicker despite the traffic snarls.


What are some interesting facts about cities?

Some interesting facts about cities such as Chicago are their natural climatic conditions. It can be very windy and very cold at times. Kuwait City may see summer temperatures going up to 50°C or 122 °F. The coldest major city is Yakutsk, Russia.

How many cities are in the United States?

There are 19,495 incorporated towns, villages, and cities in the United States. Only ten of these have populations above the 1 million mark. Over 310 of these cities are considered medium-sized cities with 100,000 plus populations.

What are some good facts about a city?

From the students' point of view, most cities are safer and livable due to the combined effort of their inhabitants. Most cities have a multicultural population and are known to be melting pots of mixed cultures, making everyone comfortable. 

What are the problems faced by a city?

The city's biggest problems are the increasing influx of people, pressure on the infrastructure, and increasing crime and pollution. 

How does a city operate?

All the cities have a governing system with many departments. From water supply to crime prevention, people have to govern the population. People have to follow the rules and live together in an orderly fashion. 

What facilities should a city have?

The facilities in a city should be conducive for people living there. A good transport system, ease of walking, green spaces, property regulation, sewage, and recycling system, good governance, and policing to prevent crime are some of the facilities that a city should have. 

How do I decide if a city is good or not?

Apart from the facilities mentioned above, the cost of living and less pollution should make a city good to live in.

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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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Divya RaghavBachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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Bachelor specializing in Maths and Science, Master of Arts specializing in Ancient Indian History

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Tanmay TiwariBachelor specializing in Maths and Science, Master of Arts specializing in Ancient Indian History

Tanmay is a highly motivated individual with a passion for personal and professional growth. He possesses a diverse skill set, including writing, photography, marketing, and content creation. Tanmay graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Math and Science from Holkar Science College in Indore and a Master's degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology from St. Xavier's College Mumbai, demonstrating his academic excellence and intellectual curiosity. In addition to his academic achievements, Tanmay is also a talented athlete who enjoys engaging in physical activities such as fencing, aerobics, and martial arts.

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