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Cities around the world

How many cities are on Earth?

At the turn of the century in 2000, there were 371 cities with 1 million inhabitants or more worldwide. By 2018, the number of cities with at least 1 million inhabitants had grown to 548.

We are working hard to provide relevant and up to date safety information for all the cities across the world.

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  • Sunset over Philadelphia buildings


    As the origin of the writing of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, Philadelphia is considered the birthplace of the modern United States. With its historical landmarks such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, famously shown in the hit 1976 icon “Rocky”, history and their distinct Philly cheesesteak to die for, Philadelphia is a must-see city for any tourist.

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  • Sunset over San Antonio

    San Antonio

    San Antonio. A major city in South-central Texas with a rich history and even richer food. With iconic landmarks such as The Alamo and the famous riverside walk, and attractions such as SeaWorld for the little ones, San Antonio is a great choice to pick for anyone wishing to visit Texas.

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  • River on a sunny day in Bakersfield


    A centre of oil and agriculture in California Bakersfield has the dry heat for sun bathing and optimal crop growing. Home to Bakersfield Sound- an electric guitar-driven subgenre of country music- and the world’s largest ice cream plant, there’s a lot of interesting sites to see in this city.

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  • Snowy plains in Anchorage


    The largest and most populated city in Alaska, Anchorage is home to plenty humans and wildlife. Its geographical location makes it the perfect stopping off point internationally- its a remote but busy city. Whether its exploring the city or the great Alaskan outdoors, you will find something unique here.

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  • Aerial view of Houston


    One of the most diverse cities in America, Houston is home to a range of attractions. It has a museum district, a theatre district, the NASA headquarters and is an exceptional place for food lovers to visit, the variety and quality is unmatched.

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  • Sunny day at the park in Denver


    Fondly referred to as The Mile High City due to its elevation of one mile above sea level, Denver is the state capital of Colorado and has a lot to offer. The city lays at the beginning of The Rocky Mountains; its geography in relation to the rest of the country making it an important trading and transport point. This ensures work and a constant influx of people, allowing for a lively and prosperous city to continue to grow.

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  • Buildings and greenery in Salamanca


    A city famed for its university and being a key site for part of Spain’s history, Salamanca lies between Madrid and the Portugal boarder. The old city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. However, the main residents of the city are students as the university has been one of the most popular in all of Europe for some time. There is a constant mixture of old and new here that needs to be explored.

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  • Cloudless sky in Granada


    Only an hours drive to the Mediterranean coast, Granada enjoys a mixture of Spanish and African heritage. Home to the UNESCO declared World Heritage Site, The Alhambra is an ancient Nasrid citadel and palace that tourists from all over the world flock to see. The mixture of worlds, such as ancient Islamic architecture and contemporary street art, makes Granada more than just a historically significant location.

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  • Bridge leading to a castle in the twighlight


    This Spanish city is home to both Roman and Islamic architecture, allotting it four world heritage sites which is more than anywhere else in the world. Cordoba is located in southern Spain and has the hottest average high temperatures in all of Europe. It has been a site of significance and history since Neanderthals. This rich past of culture, education and of political importance can be highlighted by the fact that, in different parts of history, its population was greater than most other cities and it remains the largest municipality in Andalusia to this day.

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  • Aerial view of Sheffield and Yorkshire countryside


    The aptly named ‘Steel Town’ of the north, Sheffield is where stainless steel was invented and the site of the subsequent manufacturing boom of cutlery. Built alongside the Peak District, this city has lovely views and proximity to the national park.

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  • A river flowing through Inverness with a bridge going over it


    Named after that very famous Loch, Inverness has the highest quality of life rating out of all major Scottish cities. It was only granted it’s city charter in 2000, but it is a central point for the whole of the Scottish Highlands. This city is the perfect place to travel to experience authentic Highland culture but not getting lost on the moors in the process.

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  • Punting boats along the river in Cambridge


    This historic canal trading town was granted its city charter in 1951, despite it not having a cathedral. Cambridge is known for its university and its dense population of students. It has recently also become the site of Silicon Fen. This is a reference to Silicon Valley implying that, due to the growth of tech industries in the area like software and bioscience, Cambridge is becoming the English equivalent.

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  • The ‘Love is Not Tourism’ Movement and the Reality of Quarantine Hotels

    Jacob Taylor and Sarah Campbell were supposed to get married in the summer of 2020. They were a long distance couple, Jacob lived in England whilst Sarah hailed from Canada, and the wedding was to be in Durham. The pandemic hit, and everything stopped. Sarah and her family could not leave Canada, the wedding was postponed and they waited for restrictions to lift.

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  • Dundee city with hills in the background


    This seaport city on the Firth of Tay is just down the coast from Aberdeen. Dundee describes itself as “One City, Many Discoveries” in reference to the history of science surrounding the city and more specifically of the Antarctic exploration vessel the RRS Discovery. Dundee now accounts for 10% of digital entertainment in the UK as it is a site for game and app development.

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  • Buildings and cranes in Cardiff


    Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and one of the most popular tourist destination cities in the UK. A particularly diverse city, due to its trading history as a port and now its language schools that attract foreign students from all over the world to be taught English. Wales is made up of a great mix between historical and modern features as it claims to have the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world whilst also containing a large media sector used for TV and film production. Its a little city but it certainly has range.

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  • Water and boats in Bristol docks


    Once a centre for travelling merchants and commerce, the historic dock city of Bristol is now immersed in technology and tourism. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and it has the awards to prove why: in 2014 it was named the best city in Britain in which to live, the city received the European Green Capital Award in 2015 and many districts have been awarded Purple Flag status, showing a consistent level of excellence from evening/night-time businesses. Bristol seems to have it all!

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  • A cloudy day over Bradford


    The consistent curry capital of Britain, Bradford is known for a lot of different things. It was once the ‘wool capital of the world’, it was the site of the invention of the Cieroscope in 1896, it is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Bradford has a lot going on and all of it is pretty varied, who knew woolly curry films made sense?

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  • Large boat docked at Aberdeen


    This chilly and industrious city has a Pictish name, meaning ‘mouth of the river Don’ in reference to the Celtic river goddess Devona. Residing on the northeast coast of Scotland, Aberdeen has transitioned from being a hub of fishing, shipbuilding and textile production to becoming the centre of British oil trade. The cities’ architecture was built primarily with granite giving it a silver sheen to onlookers. Aberdeen is a city that shines both literally and with economic prosperity.

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  • Large tree surrounded by old-looking buildings in Bath


    If you enjoy period dramas you’ll be sure to recognise some of Bath’s iconic architecture when you visit. From the Roman Baths to the Thermae Bath Spa, Bath has been a wellbeing destination for literally thousands of years- who can argue with that kind of popularity streak? Having the only natural thermal hot springs in the country is what first drew people to Bath but the array of museums, art galleries and the wall to wall history is keeping them coming back, even in modern times.

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  • Austin skyline with lights


    Austin – known for being a quirkier and more liberal slice of Texas- is home to 988,218 people, making it the current fastest growing US city. Austin even has its own slogan: ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Residents and tourists alike replicate this mantra on everything from t-shirts to graffiti art on the sides of buildings. This declaration against all things ‘normal’ is part of the charm that encourages people to both visit and move there.

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For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.