About the Database

The Global Municipal Database (GMD) was created by UN-Habitat with support from New York University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  It contains population and budget data for a sample of cities around the world.

The initial sample of cities in the GMD was taken from the Atlas of Urban Expansion with budget data gathered for about half of these cities.  The data was gathered by the city-based researchers listed below and compiled by UN-Habitat.

This budget data pertains to municipalities.  In metropolitan regions with multiple municipalities, the data in the GDM has data for the municipality with the largest population.

Cities and researchers are encouraged to submit data for additional municipalities and additional years.  To submit data or corrections, please contact UN-Habitat’s Urban Economy & Finance Branch.

For more detailed information about the GMD and its link to the Atlas of Urban Expansion, two papers are available for download:

  • GMD Metadata, and Methods and Initial Results
  • Linking the GMD with the Atlas of Urban Expansion  

List of Cities and City-Based Researchers

City Country Researcher(s) Data Year
Algiers Algeria Mohammed Srir 2014
Luanda Angola Allan Cain 2014
Cordoba Argentina Mario Andrés Piumetto 2014
Buenos Aires Argentina Luis Baer 2017
Baku Azerbaijan Anar Valiyev 2014
Saidpur Bangladesh Mohammad Nure Alam 2016-17
Gomel Belarus Tatiana Shatiuk 2013
Sao Paulo Brazil Frederico Ramos 2016
Ribeira Preito / Ribeirao Preto Brazil Everaldo Melazzo 2014
Palmas Brazil João A Bazolli 2016
Florianopolis Brazil Rejane Benvenuto Andrade 2014
Belo Horizonte Brazil Renan Pereira Almeida; Pedro Araújo Patrício 2013
Victoria Canada Todd Litman 2017
Montréal Canada Raphaël Fischler 2013
Zhijin/Chengguan China Li Sun; Shenmin Liu 2015
Zhengzhou China Qian Jingjing 2015
Wuhan China Li Sun; Shenmin Liu 2015
Tianjin [Tientsin] China Zhiji Huang 2015
Tangshan China Li Sun; Shenmin Liu 2015
Shenzhen China De Tong 2013
Shanghai China Hu Yingjie 2015
Hangzhou [Hangchou] China Jin Shi 2013
Guangzhou [Canton] China Zhiji Huang 2015
Beijing China Zhiji Huang 2015
Kinshasa DRC Lelo Nzuzi 2015
Quito Ecuador Paola Andrea Bajzelj Cirbián 2015
Suva Fiji Abdul Hassan 2014
Le Mans France Denis Frelat; Pierre Lambert 2014
Halle Germany Lena Simet 2013
Berlin Germany Lena Simet 2015
Accra Ghana Divine Kwaku Ahadzie 2014
Hong Kong Hong Kong Parul Rewal 2013
Budapest Hungary Afoldi Gyorgy 2012
Pune India Vanishree Herlekar 2011
Kozhikode India Karthika Sathyanathan 2017
Kolkata India Sayandeep Basak 2015
Ahmedabad India Vanishree Herlekar 2013
Pematang Siantar Indonesia Chrisna Permana 2015
Parepare Indonesia Chrisna Permana 2015
Palembang Indonesia Chrisna Permana 2015
Medan Indonesia Chrisna Permana 2015
Cirebon Indonesia Chrisna Permana 2015
Tehran Iran Mohammed Amin Saeidi 2011
Qom Iran Mohammad Amin Saeidi 2010
Ahvaz Iran Ali Farnam 2016
Baghdad Iraq Maha Jameel AlMalaika 2015
Yamaguchi Japan Junhwan Song 2014
Fukuoka Japan Chrisna Permana 2015
Nakuru Kenya Emmanuel Mwenje 2014
Antwerpen Kingdom of Belgium Wouter Van Dooren; Jolijn De Roover 2015
Kaunas Lithuania Dalia Čiupailaitė 2014
Manchester Malcolm Tait Malcolm Tait 2017
Bamako Mali Mamadou Keita 2016
Reynosa Mexico Alberto Orozco 2014
Culiacan Mexico Alberto Orozco 2014
Auckland New Zealand Craig Fredrickson 2013
León Nicaragua Aura Cecilia Salinas Centeno 2010
Oyo Nigeria Johnson Bade Falade 2014
Lagos Nigeria Taibat Lawanson 2013
Ibadan Nigeria Johnson Bade Falade 2013
Gombe Nigeria Adamu Ahmed 2013
Karachi Pakistan Farida Abdul Ghaffar 2017
Dzerzhinsk Russia Alexander Ivanov 2010
Astrakhan Russia Olga Egorova 2014
Kigali Rwanda Justine Kayiraba 2014
Belgrade Serbia Zaklina Gligorijevic 2015
Singapore Singapore Rahul Mittal 2013
Port Elizabeth South Africa Lené Le Roux; Blanca Calvo 2013
Johannesburg South Africa Lené Le Roux; Blanca Calvo 2013
Madrid Spain Rafael Córdoba Hernández; Adrián Tabladillo López 2010
Taipei Taiwan Chia-Ming Tsai 2014
Arusha Tanzania Aloysius Clemence Mosha 2012
Bangkok Thailand Sopon Pornchokchai 2017
Manila The Philippines Madeleine Cinco 2014
Cebu The Philippines Madeleine Cinco 2014
Bacolod The Philippines Madeleine Cinco 2015
Malatya Turkey Ali Tuna Kuyucu 2014
Kayseri Turkey Ali Tuna Kuyucu 2013
Istanbul Turkey Ali Tuna Kuyucu 2013
Kampala Uganda Peter Kasaija 2014
Sheffield United Kingdom Malcolm Tait 2017
London United Kingdom Reyhane Sadat 2013
Toledo United States Michael Iversen 2014
Raleigh United States Nikhil Kaza 2013
New York United States Lena Simet 2012
Minneapolis United States Mike Greco 2014
Los Angeles United States Yiwen Kuai 2013-14
Gainesville United States Kate Norris 2013
Cleveland United States Tatyana S Guzman 2013
Chicago United States Michael Iversen 2014
Caracas Venezuela Roger Eduardo Martinez Rivas 2011
Vinh Long Vietnam Phạm Tran Hai; Nguyen Duong Minh Hoang; Vu Ngoc Khanh 2014
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Phạm Tran Hai; Nguyen Duong Minh Hoang; Vu Ngoc Khanh 2015
Ndola Zambia Joseph Zulu 2014