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Top 10 Wealthiest Cities in India

{Update: The following rankings are based on consensus done in 2001, and have been correctly pointed out to us by one of our readers D7Y. We will be judicious to provide readers with latest data going forward.}

Any Guesses?

I hear most of you saying it is undoubtedly the financial Capital of India – Mumbai.

But you are wrong, that is not the right answer. I was also quite surprised when I read it, but immediately sense prevailed

Chandigarh is actually the wealthiest City in India

(source)

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Dont be surprised, that is actually true. Although Mumbai has the largest quantum of money, it is also the most populace city with majority of them living below poverty line. Mumbai may probably have as many beggars compared to rest of India put together (this is just a guess I am making without any factual backing up of information)

Wealth of a city can actually be calculated based on wealth per capita (total wealth divided by total number of people). A more standard term for comparing wealth between countries is PPP (Purchasing Power Parity)

So from that perspective, Chandigarh seems to more average wealth per person than any other city.

I hope that puts to rest the question of why Mumbai is NOT the wealthiest cities.

Here are the Top 10 Wealthiest Cities in India

  1. Chandigarh
  2. Panaji
  3. Delhi
  4. Valparai
  5. Greater Mumbai
  6. Pune
  7. Ludhiana
  8. Chennai
  9. Shimla
  10. Jalandhar

Surprisingly, no Bangalore or Hyderabad feature in the list, while it is dominated by “B” cities like Chandigarh, Valparai, Ludhiana, Shimla and Jalandhar.

This just goes to show that there is more wealth in Towns than in the cities !

I am happy, Pune features in the list :)

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314 comments

  1. It depends what you mean by “richest.” If you mean highest spending per head, then it is Maharashtra. It contributes 15% of India’s industrial output and 13.2% of its GDP If you mean highest income per head, then it is Uttar Pradesh and the National Capital Territory of Delhi taken together. It contributes 8.17% to India’s total GDP. If you mean economic, mineral and natural deposits, then I think it must be either Punjab or Karnataka. In terms of average wealth and quality of life across the whole State population, then I’m sure it must be either Kerala or Goa.

  2. Goa is such a tiny state and yet….. Below figures indicates the “households with monthly income” more than “ten thousand” per month. and here its the GOA with 77% people earning more than “ten thousand” followed by Ludhiana and Delhi.. Panaji (GOA) 77% Ludhiana 63% Delhi 62% Amritsar 60% Jalandhar 60% Chandigarh 57% Pune 56% Greater Mumbai 56% Valparai 53% Faridabad 51% Thats the top ten cities with “highest family income” In Goa atleast one of the family member earns more than 1 lakh p.a…its highest compare to rest of indian cities. also each of the goan household atleast have one PC and broadband or internet connection…..and also youngsters going abroad is much more In GOA..

  3. ka ho sab log patna ke bhool gayani ka

  4. ACCORDING TO ME INDIAS TOP CITIES ARE- NEW DELHI MUMBAI CHANDIGARH KOLKATA BANGLORE AHMEDABAD SHIMLA CHENNAI JAIPUR HYDRABAD

  5. Mrunal kanti mishra

    Me soch rahan huun bhubaneswar ka naam top ten ana chahie

    • Bhubaneshwar will never come in top 10

      • Vineet Have u got mad…..????Bhubaneswar is the Knowledge city of Eastern India,IT Hub of Eastarn India & Temple City of India given by Govt.of India …..Can u say Hydrabad is which city of India?

        • why r u asking about like that here is not going which city is top not great every city has its own special value coming to hyd it is pearl city an hitech city

  6. SEr.PRINCE GUPTA

    According to the 2010 survey top 10 cities are:- 1. CHANDUSI. 2.BALRAMPUR. 3.UNNAO. 4.FARUKHABAD. 5.BAHEDI. 6.KICHA. 7.BAREILLY. 8.SAJAHANPUR. 9.RAMPUR. 10.NEW DELHI.

  7. i think the following standings are 1 DELHI 2 MUMBAI 3 CHENNAI 4 BANGALORE 5 HYDERABAD 6 KOLKATA 7 PUNE 8 AHEMADABAD 9 NAGPUR 10 JAIPUR 11 VISHAKAPATNAM

    • Mumbai is far ahead of delhi, central govt. takes money from mumbai & provide it to delhi, this is reason for growth of delhi. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world’s top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India (Mumbai Port Trust & JNPT),and 70% of capital transactions to India’s economy.The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It is also home to some of India’s premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC, NPCL, IREL, TIFR, AERB, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy. The city also houses India’s Hindi (Bollywood) and Marathi film and television industry. Mumbai’s business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures. Mumbai is India’s largest city (by population) and is the financial and commercial capital of the country as it generates 6.16% of the total GDP.[15][104][136] It serves as an economic hub of India, contributing 10% of factory employment, 25% of industrial output, 33% of income tax collections, 60% of customs duty collections, 20% of central excise tax collections, 40% of India’s foreign trade and 4000 crore (US$740 million) in corporate taxes.

  8. I think most wealthiest cities in india: 1. Delhi ( Including noida, gurgaon, greater noida, Gaziabad ,faridabad) / NCR 2. Mumbai 3. Bangalore 4. Kolkata 5. Cennai 6. Hydrabad 7. Ahemdabad 8. Pune 9. Surat 10. Coimbatore 11. Chandigarh 12. Vadodara 13. Thiruvantapuram 14. Valparai. 15. Nagpur. 16. Cochin. 17. Guwhati. 18. Panaji (Goa) 19. Kanpur 20. Jaipur 21. Lacknow. 22. Visakhapatnam 23. Mangalore. 24. Patna 25. Indore. 26. Tiruchirapalli 27. Rachi. 28. Madurai 29. Ludhiana. 30. Deradun. 31. Mysore. 32. Kozhikode (Calicut). 30. Bhubaneshwar. 33. Bhopal 34. Jamsedpur 35. shimla 36. Jalandhar 37. Jodhpur 38. Srinagar 39. Amritsar 40. Cuttak 41. Raipur 42. Jambu 43. Assansol 44. Grantok 45. Pandicherry 46. Siliguri 47. Agartala 48. Jambu 49. Imphal 50. shilong 51. Aizawl 52. Kohima 53. Dimapur 54. Itanagar 55. Dispur

    • Really , it is topmost best answer ever seen before. The answer connecting the Whole India & proved that unity is the Unity in the midst of diversity ……………………. Jai Hind long life indian union

    • Wot a copy paste———no logic

      • WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW FROM ME , I COPY U : NO MAN OR WOMAN U WROTE THERE ONLY 20 CITIES . BUT MY THINKING IS NOT TOTALLY DIFFERENT , INNOVATIVE ALSO OVER FIFTY CITIES AMONG VARIOUS STATES. IT IS NO MATTER WHERE YOU CAME FROM , YOU MAY BE SOUTH , I MAY BE NORTH . THE ONLY THING THAT WE ARE INDIAN . IS IN IT ? AND ON THE HAND THE WHICH I WROTE EARLY COLLECTED FROM INTERNET (WIKIPEDIA ) MAGAZINE AND PAPER. AND IT TOTALLY MY INDIVIDUAL THINKING

      • i think you are from madurai! what is the logic behind choosing madurai as a powerful city in india? even your IT revolution is falling down in madurai! if you want it to be placed in top 20 list , madurai needs industrial revolution apart from tourism. industrialization is mandatory for a city to develop.

    • Dear pl correct your statics ?

    • Gooooooood list.

    • I think its right….

    • this seems somewhat genuine …..covering all aspects. you see in tamilnadu will always praise madurai, but you can’t find anything in MADURAI except tourism.Even i am from tamilnadu and i like madurai but ppl are taking madurai as an item of argument. madurai is over-shadowing other industrial cities in tamilnadu like TIRUCHIRAPALLI,SALEM,TIRUPUR and ERODE.

    • i think you are right. with small cities coming up rapidly they will probably beat all this great cities very soon in terms of development, wealth and living standards.

    • wrong info..after independent india….. MUMBAI KOLKATA DELHI CHENNAI HYDERABAD BANGALORE AHMEDABAD PUNE

  9. Hyderabad is the best city of India!!!

  10. mahesh singh shekhawat

    jaipur is the richest city in the india , the list which is given is absolutely wrong, jaipur is not only richest but it is clean city. it is the attraction of tourists ,jaipur is the world class city.

  11. CHANDIGARH IS NOT ONLY RICHEST. It is GREENEST, CLEANEST, HIGHEST PER CAPITA INCOME,FIRST PLANNED CITY, HIGHEST VEHICLE DENSITY, AND IT HAS GIVEN KAPIL DEV WORLD CUP WINER, YUVRAJ SINGH T20 WORLD CUP WINER, ABHINAV BINDRA GOLD MEDAL OLYMPICS, AND MOST HOCKEY PLAYERS WHO WIN GOLD, AND IT IS THE ONLY CITY IN INDIA FULLY PLANNEd SO IT i$ RICHEST

  12. Hi friends its all above information about richest cities in india is extremly wrong. I have seen mumbai have 29 rank in the world and 4 rank in asia and 1 rank in india.ie

  13. is this real ?? valparai is wealthiest city in india,, i won’t believe

  14. Hey u have missed jamshedpur!!

  15. The RockFort city TRICHY(Tiruchirapalli) can be included in the list… It is the Manufacturing hub of energy equipments.

  16. I dont think shimla ludhiana chennai is richest city in india

    • why not…?? ofcourse chennai is one of the most wealthiest city in india..

    • hi dinesh, off-course Ludhiana is not mentioned in most of the movies in India. But the city generates almost 200 crores per day. And is the first Metro city in Punjab with its own International airport. In 2009 “World Bank” ranked Ludhiana as the city in India with the best business environment. Please read the briefing of Ludhiana in wikipedia.org. Ludhiana may not be the best city in India; but is one of the fastest developing cities in North India, and should be listed as one of the richest cities of the country….Thanks

    • NO…matter wat u think……shimla & chandigarh r most beautiful nd polution free cities in country…..shimla is richest bcoz of apple & tourism..

  17. Although UP is richest and biggest sate in india

  18. TOP FIFTEEN CITIES OF INDIA A recent international survey taken on the confusing title on the basis of mainly economy and then other features like population,cleanliness,growth,poverty,tourism,MAN-POWER and super-cosmo qualities and their ranks were a follows- 1.MUMBAI(Maharatra) 2.BANGALORE(Karnataka) 3.CHENNAI(Tamil Nadu) 4.DELHI(+NCR) 5.PUNE(Maharastra) 6.HYDERABAD(Andhra Pradesh) 7.CHANDIGARH(U.T) 8.AHEMEDABAD(Gujarat) 9.KOLKATA(West Bengal) 10.JAIPUR(Rajasthan) 11.VISHAKPATNAM(Andhra Pradesh) 12.SURAT(Gujarat) 13.GUWHATI(Assam) 14.NAGPUR(Maharatra) 15.COIMBTORE(Tamil Nadu) Estimated ranks after 10 years!- 1.CHENNAI 2.PUNE 3.NCR 4.MUMBAI 5.CHANDIGARH 6.BANGALORE 7.SURAT 8.HYDERABAD 9.AHEMEDABAD 10.COIMBATORE 11.VISHAKPATNAM 12.COCHIN 13.GUWHATI 14.JAIPUR 15.MANGALORE

    • Jamshedpur kahan gaya? Where is Jamshedpur?

    • Top 20 most developed and biggest( in Population and Size) Cities of India in 2020: 1-Delhi+Gurgaon+Noida=NCR-1 2-Mumbai 3-Chennai 4-Bangalore 5-Hyderabad 6-Kolkata 7-Pune 8-Kanpur 9-Ahmedabad 10-Surat 11-Lucknow 12-Chandigarh 13-Jaipur 14-Patna 15-Ghaziabad 16-Madurai 17-Mangalore 18-Guwahati 19-Ludhiana 20-Bhubaneshwar

      • Hi Ramlingham , Good you wnet to nCR, but the ghaziabad is also part of NCR.. so some where you made some errors.. But why no 1-20 why no coimbatore nor kochi.. As a tourist place u can see maduri… apart from that i dont feel madurai is going to catch up even coimbatore(the small scal hub of south india). Last year the commerical tax to state gov from coimbatore is 37000/crore.. but maduri ?

      • my dear friend, NCR include noida,ghaziabad,faridabad,gurgaon along with delhi.

  19. Chennai is the most happening place but very underrated. Suburban trains in 4 directions, since time immemorial each running near 100 kms. Metro work is already on. Automobile Capital of the country. Ford, BMW, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, TVS Motors, Now Renault, Nissan, Mahindra are setting up a plant. Mercedes is setting up a Heavy duty Truck Plants. 33% growth in IT billing at 32,000 crores inspite or recession. Highest in hiring at 15% followed by Bangalore. A port city. LG, Panasonic, Nokia, Motorola, Saint Gobains, Auto Accessory majors have manufacturing base. British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, World Bank, Standard Chartered bank have their global back offices in Chennai. Karur is the biggest Towel exporter, Sivakasi is the biggest in our country for Fire works, Printing and Match works. Coimbatore the biggest in Foundries and Pumps, Erode the biggest in Handloom and Powerloom. Tirupur is the biggest Hosiery manufacturing town. Tamilnadu is one of the 3 biggest tourist destination in our country, others being Shimla and Jaipur. It has many more…… Well networked Roadways, Suburban railways, 7 Airports in the state of which 3 are international airports………. Asia’s largest bus Terminal, Train Terminal, Works biggest Gold Jewellery stores, India’s biggest electronic components market, Jewellery market, Film industry and so on………. Uniform weather througout the year, makes it the healthiest city, least absenteeism work force in the country, highest employee productivity……….

    • why r u taliking about only tamilnadu and we have many states and have their spetial qualities don’t tell only tamilnadu is the state is having all the things just tn is one of the states of india ok ur like frog of well in tamilnadu

    • not only in chennai..hyderabad also..very big city..asia’s biggest bus stataion…in hyderabad..and terminal too be constructed…suburban rail sysytem is first class after dubai and swiss….asia’s biggest colony kphb also there in hyderabad..chennai is 4th and hyderabad is 5th..according to infrastructure….it crossed chennai..long..bangalore is very small..in south india..rolls royce 1st showroom is in hyderabad

    • M. Uma Mehswra Rao

      Dear suri… You are right. Large Metrocities in Sounth are Chennai comes first and Bangalore hen hyderabad.

  20. well could suggest me which city of uttar pradesh stands in the quee

    • ha ha ha ha U.P ki koi city kahin stand nahin karti bhai.

      • yes i do agree with u . rajasthan is the best ( i love my india)

      • Ha ha ha u Mr. with lesser knowledge, how about this. According to wikipedia UP is the second largest economy in India after maharashtra and Lucknow stands amongst the top 10 fastest developing non metro cities in india

      • I am from Tamilnadu.I have visited 24 states and 100th of Cities throughout India.When i was in Maduarai,i was knowing Chennai,Madurai,Coimbtoor,Bangalore and Hyderabad are best cities in India and south India is most developed part of India.But when i started my journey to know India’s Present and future power hub .I found UP is the most powerful state where world’s top class resources are available…which are the evidences of Future’s power hub of India.This state is Religional,Cultural,Commercial,Educational,Historical and so on all kind of opportunities are available. Kanpur,Lucknow,Allahabad,Varanasi,Bhadohi,Gorakhpur,Mirzapur,Bareily, Meerut,Ghaziabad,Noida,Aligarh,Jhansi,Mathura,Vrindavan,Agra are the commercially strong cities which are growing very fast and Amethi,Raibareily,Pilbhit,Ayodhya,Faizabad,Baldeo,Barsana,Jarwa,Auraiya,Saharanpur,Dadri,Moradabad,Loni,Barabanki are the fastest emerging cities of UP and India…..UP has 2nd maximum number of towns in India…thats what after 16% population and 5th no in size UP is the 2nd largest economy of India….Kanpur is the 8th metropolitan city of India…According to Government Information up to 2025 UP will have 4 metropolitan cities of India UP is lagged behind because of Governance and bad politics…on the name of Religion and Cast…Else UP is top on the Power hub states of India. According to my team analysis: Top 10 powerful states of India in 2020: 1-Uttar Pradesh(UP) 2-Maharashtra(MH) 3-Tamilnadu(TN) 4-Rajasthan(RJ) 5-Andhra Pradesh(AP) 6-West Bengal 7-Punjab(PB) 8-Gujraat(GJ) 9-Karnataka(KA) 10-Haryana Top 20 Powerful Cities of India in 2020: 1-Delhi 2-Mumbai 3-Chennai 4-Bangalore 5-Hyderabad 6-Kolkata 7-Pune 8-Kanpur 9-Ahmedabad 10-Surat 11-Lucknow 12-Chandigarh 13-Jaipur 14-Patna 15-Ghaziabad 16-Madurai 17-Mangalore 18-Guwahati 19-Ludhiana 20-Bhubaneshwar

        • prabir agarwala

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        • It is a shy matter for me that the state which gives a tremendous contribution in the economical developement in India you are afraiding to say that state name. Yes, I am saying about the state odisha which has a high resources of coal,steel,thermal plants and iron.

        • Mr.Ramalingam your assumption of top 20 cities in india is somewhat good, But where comes the MADURAI in this top 20 list? where is COIMBATORE,NAGPUR,BHOPAL? thats really funny to think that ludhiana and bhubaneshwar are ahead of MADURAI. if you like madurai to be in the list , then there should be some industrialization.

        • vigneash munuswamy

          you are correct

        • That’s a thought proviking article you wrote.

        • How come chennai above Bangalore.? Hav aware of anuthing of Bangalore.! plz u go thru Bangalore.! Its Incomparable b/w Bangalore & chennai & no one did ! Cuz bangalore is best man! u may google it up!!

      • kunal bhai isme husne ki koi baat nahi hai, ye sharam ki baat hai aap jaise logon k liye jo india ek part ki development par to haste ho nd dusre part ki development par govt. ko blame karte ho, aap kapoor ho shayad punjabi , i m also a punjabi from the city of Mohali par main dukhi hun hu k aap is baat ki koi khushi nahi k punjab k 3 city is list main hain balki is baat ki khushi hai k U.P. ki koi city is list main nahi hai, agar aap aur kuch sunana chahte hain to mujhe mail kar dena- neeraj_varshney90@yahoo.co.in

      • samiksha patil

        its not true every state and city has its own uniqueness.

    • I dunno mr. Vimal if d ? that u asked was sarcastic ? If it was then the answer 4 u is d same as that given to mr. Kapoor but if was genuine then i appreciate it, as i m a proud indian and a proud upite. Just throw mulayam and maya out of the state and d country and UP will scale new hieghts.

  21. datz great chandigarh is also well planned city

  22. Even Tamilnadu gets limited resources or opportunities unlike other north Indian states but it doesn’t failed to create its impression. yes its nice to hear Tamilnadu got two places in this list Valparai and chennai. Looking more in future

  23. CAT Study material

    I think hyderabad is also very big city as hyderabad and secunderabad are joined together…

    • Yes, Hyderabad is very big city in india. Well developed city in india.In, future it might be becomes capital of india

      • Chandrahas Shetty

        I am from Karnataka but Hyderbad is Smaller than Bangalore Hyderbad is 6th Bigest city in India.. But Mumbai is always Bigger than any other cities…….

        • chandrahas shetty once u come hyderabad i came bangalore..u have commuter rail system in bangalore hyderabad has..any railway head quarter.. u have nsg hub u have..

        • haha…Bangalore stretches just 22km from any end-end but Hyderabad stretches 45km, so four times in terms of area, its a megacity and being the first city in india to implement Intelligent Transport System(ITS) nd many more…

  24. Even maximum Mercedes are sold out in Chandigarh and Punjab. !

  25. My views are only comparing two cities listed bellow Population in Mumbai (2009 estimate): 13,922,125 Population in Chandigarh (2009 estimate): 1,033,671 Mumbai is the most populous city and financial capital in India. This article is based on total weath devided by total number of people. With such stats, Mumbai made it to 5th. I think that is great.

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