With the security issues and the water shortages facing the metropolis, Karachi is getting a lot of bad rep these days but it is still a great city and we have the facts to prove it . Here are six awesome facts about Karachi- the city of lights.
#1. It is the second largest city in the world by city population
With a population crossing 23.5 million in the city proper, Karachi can be ranked as the second largest city in the world. This is a population twice that of London and four times that of Singapore.
#2. In terms of city proper, Karachi is more than 4 times the size of New York City
With a total area of 3,527 Km2 Karachi is roughly 4.5 times the size of New York City in U.S.A (783 Km2). However, the area around NYC is much more urbanized and if we take the total urban area into account, NYC is bigger than Karachi.
#3. Karachi generates 35% of Pakistan’s Tax revenue
A major chuck of country’s tax revenue comes from within Karachi. Since Pakistan’s inception, Karachi has always been the center of economic and commercial activity. It is the most business friendly city in Pakistan and further contributes 20% to the National GDP. Despite this, the provincial government only invests 5% in the city from its total budget.
#4. During the 1960s, Karachi was widely seen as an economic model around the world
During the reign of Ayub Khan, many countries in the world tried to emulate the economic plan of Karachi. Seoul, one of the richest cities in the world, copied the city’s 5-year plan. Neglect and ethnic violence later caused the city’s gradual decline.
#5. Karachi is among the cheapest city to live in
According to global human resources company Mercer, Karachi is one of the most inexpensive cities to live in -as well as the most fun!
#6. Karachi is also the media electronic capital of Pakistan
Many major media television channels headquartered in the city, such as ARY Digital, Dawn News and Geo TV, firmly establishing the city as the electronic media capital of the country.