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Big Cities in Thailand

The urbanization rate in Thailand is very low. Despite the fact that the percentage of people living in cities increases continuously, the migration of Thais cannot be considered a rural exodus.

In 1960 about 87,5 % of the population lived in rural areas, and in 1985 the rate was 82,5 %.  At the present time about 70 % of the population live in rural areas.

The capital Bangkok occupies a special place. Since 1970 the population increased from 2.4 million to 10 - 14 million (depending on the source). About a fifth of Thailand's total population lives in greater Bangkok.

The skyline of Bangkok

 Outside of Metropolitain Bangkok
there are another 13 cities with a population of more than 100.000 inhabitants:

Udon Thani (Northeast) 220.000
Nakhon Ratchasima (Northeast) 204.000,
Hat Yai (South Thailand) 188.000,
Chonburi (East Coast) 183.000,
Chiang Mai (North Thailand) 174.000,
Lampang (North Thailand) 148.000,
Khon Kaen (Northeast) 141.000 Einw.,
Nakhon Si Thammarat (South Thailand) 118.000,
Pattaya (East Coast) 117.000,
Si Racha (East Coast) 114.000,
Surat Thani (South Thailand) 111.000,
Rayong (East Coast) 106.000,
Ubon Ratchathani (Northeast) 106.000.


Chiang Mai
Surat Thani

Udon Thani

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