Bangkok Overtakes Jakarta as World's Top City on Facebook


Thanks to our Thailand contributor Byron for the tip-off that we now have a new number one city on Facebook. Bangkok, Thailand has overtaken Jakarta, Indonesia as the social network’s top city, with more than 8.6 million users in total, according to Socialbakers. That trumps Jakarta’s user count of 7.4 million. Istanbul is right behind in third with 7 million.

To be clear, Socialbakers uses Facebook’s own research tool to arrive at its statistics, so take this at face value as it may or may not be accurate. But it should at least be a solid indication of the distribution of users on Facebook. And it certainly looks like there are a lot in Asia, as Byron notes. Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, and Singapore are all in the top 20.

The United States is still the top country on Facebook, but Gartner analyst Shalani Verma predicted [1] that India could overtake the US for top spot within the next three years.

I’ve visualized some of the city figures from Socialbakers below, and you can see the biggest Facebook cities in the top left, decreasing in size and you go down and to the right. Click on a city to see its Facebook population and rank. Note the size of the country blocks as well, particularly India, where there’s so much potential for growth.

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  1. Thanks to Jon Russell at The Next Web for pointing this out.  ↩

[Lead Facebook image with crown from Talk To Me Studios]