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World’s richest cities
From Prof Elton S.M., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There's a problem in the table, The city 103th is Salvador, Brazil and not San Salvador, El Salvador, because this Metro Area has the biggest Petrochemical Complex on all South Hemisfer and the greatest Ford Factory outside US and the second of world. Salvador (Brazil) Metro Area has also a 3-million pop what bring the error also to population table. Thanks for attention. (Posted 19 August 2008)

From Jan Klingelhoefer, Stockholm, Sweden:
I really cannot see the point of not adjusting for the number of people living in a city. Your table is useless this way. For example, the ranking of German cities within in the list determined only by the number of inhabitants, nothing else. GDP per capita in Berlin is probably not even above German average but the number one city in your list. (Posted 9 July 2008)

From Francis, Manila, Philippines:
I didn't see cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha in the list of richest cities. I believe these cities are some of the richest in the world. Why?

From Dean M., Manchester, UK:
Having just read the various data on this site you are not correct on the following assumptions for my home city. Greater Manchester Metro Area has a population of 2,573,050 as of 2007 held within an area of 493 sq miles or 1276 sq km's, Whilst the GDP of Greater Manchester is £42.50 Billion or US$84.42 Billion.

From Subhabrata D., Hyderabad, India:
The methodology that you have used to rank the cities is quite astounding, but it would be a preferable option if you rank the cities according to the major factors of development like infrastructure, GDP, consumption expenditure, savings and so on. Also one thing that is desired is not just the ranking of 2007, but also a historical ranking say up to 1995 so that it can be at a comparable ground among the cities as to how they have faired in the last 15 odd years. Looking forward to your implementation of these as soon as possible so that the statistics are more illuminating or people like us who want to know more about these cities and their evolution.

From Supergyi, Shenzheng, China:
Shenzheng and Suzhou are not shown on your list even though, according to GDP, they are ranked fourth and fifth in China. Dongguan, Foshan, Hangzhou, Nanking, Ningbo, Tsingtao, Dalian,Jinan.and others all have a higher GDP than Xian, which is ranked 128 on your list.

From K J Harron B., Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia:
Excellent facts and figures. My hearty congratulation to the team that compiled this information. Thank you very much.

From Emalda J.A., Philippines:
I felt so sad when I read this article on expensive cities because my home country is not included, which means we can't be as proud as any other nations. However, I am still proud to be a Filipino because we have riches in natural resources and good behaviour. This may be a challenge for us to be more progressive and competitive.

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