174 World cities by latitude: Things line up in surprising ways

While this site mostly deals with the economics of world travel, we’ve also included typical weather and climate information for each destination for each month of the year. Hopefully this is useful to those who are planning a trip so they can compare what to expect weather-wise between each destination with just one click.

So building on the weather part, I always thought it would be interesting to see exactly where all the major tourist destinations of the world line up with regard to latitude (distance from the equator). The data below might contain some surprising facts, as it seems like most of us picture the globe in ways that may not match reality.

Updated: Now with 174 cities

As this site has grown to over 200 destinations, in 2016 we added 67 additional cities to this list. Now you’ll find almost every popular “cultural” destination in the world, sorted by latitude, and you can click on the link to get more weather and pricing information. When you see which cities share the same distance from the equator, it’s often very surprising, especially considering how different the weather can be between them.

Southern Hemisphere cities are in italics alongside the Northern Hemisphere cities

And since it seems more interesting to compare cities by absolute distance from the equator rather than purely from north to south, I’ve added the Southern Hemisphere cities in with their northern counterparts, so, for example, Melbourne, Australia is listed (in italics) with San Francisco, as they are the same distance from the equator.

174 popular destinations by latitude

Southern Hemisphere cities are in on the same list, in italics.

64°

Reykjavik, Iceland

60°

Helsinki, FinlandBergen, Norway

59°

Oslo, NorwayStockholm, SwedenTallinn, EstoniaSt. Petersburg, Russia

57° 

Riga, Latvia

55°

Edinburgh, ScotlandCopenhagen, DenmarkMoscow, RussiaVilnius, Lithuania

53°

Galway, IrelandDublin, IrelandHamburg, Germany

52°

Amsterdam, NetherlandsBerlin, GermanyWarsaw, Poland

51°

London, EnglandBruges, Belgium

50°

Brussells, BelgiumPrague, Czech RepublicKrakow, Poland

49°

Vancouver, CanadaLuxembourg City, LuxembourgCesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

48°

Paris, FranceMunich, GermanyVienna, AustriaSalzburg, AustriaBratislava, Slovakia

47°

Zurich, SwitzerlandBudapest, HungaryInterlaken, SwitzerlandLucerne, Switzerland

46°

Ljubjana, Slovenia

45°

Montreal, CanadaMilan, ItalyVenice, ItalyBelgrade, SerbiaZagreb, CroatiaQueenstown, New Zealand 

44°

Bucharest, RomaniaSarajevo, Bosnia HerzegovinaMonaco, MonacoChristchurch, New Zealand

43°

Toronto, CanadaNice, FranceFlorence, ItalySplit, Croatia

42°

Dubrovnik, CroatiaSofia, BulgariaBoston, USA

41°

Chicago, USABarcelona, SpainRome, Italy Istanbul, TurkeySorrento, ItalyBariloche, Argentina

40°

New York City, USAMadrid, SpainNaples, Italy

39°

Beijing, ChinaIbiza, Spain Valencia, Spain

38°

Washington DC, USALisbon, PortugalMar del Plata, ArgentinaRotorua, New Zealand

37°

San Francisco, USAAthens, GreeceSeoul, South KoreaGranada, SpainMalaga, SpainSeville, SpainMykonos, GreeceFaro, PortugalAntalya, Turkey – Melbourne, Australia 

36°

Las Vegas, USARhodes, GreeceSantorini, GreeceValletta, MaltaKas, TurkeyAuckland, New Zealand

35°

Tokyo, JapanKyoto, JapanOsaka, Japan

34°

Los Angeles, USAFez, MoroccoXian, ChinaBuenos Aires, ArgentinaMontevideo, UruguaySydney, AustraliaPunta del Este, Uruguay

33°

Beirut, LebanonSantiago, ChileCape Town, South AfricaMendoza, ArgentinaSantiago, ChileValparaiso, Chile 

32°

Tel Aviv, Israel

31°

Marrakech, MoroccoAmman, JordanShanghai, ChinaPerth, Australia

30°

Cairo, Egypt

29°

New Orleans, USA

28°

Delhi, IndiaSharm el-Sheikh, EgyptTenerife, Spain

27°

Kathmandu, NepalBrisbane, Australia

25°

Miami, USADubai, UAETaipei, Taiwan

24°

Abu Dhabi, UAE

23°

Los Cabos, MexicoRio de Janeiro, BrazilSao Paulo, Brazil

22°

Macau, MacauHong Kong, Hong KongRio de Janeiro, BrazilHong Kong, Hong KongSapa, Vietnam

21°

Honolulu, USACancun, MexicoHanoi, VietnamCozumel, MexicoPuerto Vallarta, Mexico

19°

Mexico City, MexicoLuang Prabang, LaosPunta Cana, Dominican RepublicMexico City, Mexico

18°

Mumbai, IndiaChiang Mai, ThailandSan Juan, Puerto RicoMontego Bay, Jamaica

17°

Antigua, GuatemalaSan Pedro, BelizeVientiane, LaosYangon, MyanmarHue, Vietnam

16°

La Paz, BoliviaCairns, Australia

15°

Goa, IndiaHội An, Vietnam

14°

Dakar, SenegalManila, Philippines

13°

Bangkok, ThailandSiem Reap, CambodiaPattaya, ThailandNha Trang, VietnamCusco, Peru

12°

Boracay Island, PhilippinesLima, Peru

11°

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

10°

Cartagena, ColombiaCaracas, VenezuelaHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

San José, Costa Rica

Panama City, PanamaKuta, Bali, IndonesiaRecife, Brazil

Phuket Town, ThailandZanzibar City, TanzaniaJakarta, IndonesiaColombo, Sri Lanka

Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaMedellin, Colombia

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaArusha, Tanzania

Singapore, SingaporeNairobi, Kenya

Quito, Ecuador



22 Responses to “174 World cities by latitude: Things line up in surprising ways”

Expatify says:

I guess I have subconsciously also wanted to live somewhere cheaper, and not only warmer.

 
saintsaens says:

Good, but aren’t you kind of forgetting a hemisphere??

 
    admin says:

    saintsaens, I know it was a bit confusing, but I added the Southern Hemisphere cities in the with others, in italics, and mentioned it at the top. I just thought it was more interesting to see where they matched up with the north. -Roger

     
damon durant says:

Pse make a list of cities in the northern hemisphere and southern and how they relate as far as distance from equator go’s. For example I was in San Fran recently and being from Cape Town I wondered how our weather patterns compared and how far we were respectively from the equator or tropics

 
SarahNewlife says:

I was flabbergasted but a map confirmed your results. New York and Naples? LA and Sydney?? New Orleans is further south than Cairo??? Singapore is 1° from the Equator???? Oh boy! Has the world gone mad? This was great fun and very enlightening. Oh… and my geography really stinks. :-)

 
Joao says:

Very good! I also like to do the same kind of research to myself.

Some places in my opinion that should be included: Oporto (Portugal) 41º north as well as some places in the southern hemisphere that are in a higher latitude than the paralel 40º south: Hobbart – Australia, Christchurch – New Zealand, Punta Arenas – Chile, Ushuaia – Argentina. The latter, albeit a small town, standing at the paralel 54º south is the most southerly town in the world. Its winters… in July and August… have plenty of snowfall.

 

    Joao, thanks for the kind words and the comments. I agree that I could have added many interesting cities, like Murmansk or others right on the equator, but I was starting with my previous list of popular tourist cities, so I mainly wanted to see where those lined up around the world. -Roger

     
Joao says:

… and by the way aouthern hemisphere many cities in the tropical zone or close, are also missing: Salvador – Brazil, Brazilia – Brazil, Belo Horizonte – Brazil, São Paulo – Brazil (the largest city of the southern hemisphere, stands by the Tropic of Capricorn), Darwin – Australia, Brisbane – Australia (subtropical), Johannesburg – South Africa (subtropical), Durban – South Africa (subtropical). Jakarta – Indonesia.

 
Mike Martin says:

I was also surprised at the longitude of some countries; Brazil pokes way out into the East. The Jet Lag was fierce when I arrived in Sao Paolo from Minneapolis!

 
Herman says:

How do I find out which middle eastern cities line up with Los Angeles? Ideas? Thanks, guys.

 

    Herman,

    Interesting question. It looks like Los Angeles (34 degrees north) is a bit north of Beirut and Baghdad, and a bit south of Tehran. I hope that helps. -Roger

     
Twony says:

Actually the majority of Sydney, including the city of Sydney, except the Sutherland shire to the south, is in the 33 latitude category, though the high 33 degrees.

 
kiwichick says:

you could add Wellington and Christchurch , New Zealand

and for interest sake Invercargill ,New Zealand is at 46 degrees South

(which makes it the 2nd most Southerly city on the planet)

 
    Joey says:

    Actually off the top of my head I can name Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina which are more southerly. Probably Puerto natales and El Calafate as well.

     
Rafa says:

Interesting site. I think that you should include Usuahia in Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile the most austral cities of the world.

 
Kate says:

Well, actually, you cannot guess climate by only latitude, it also depends on how mild/continental ckimate is which depends on how far from the sea you are and how warm or cold sea currents are if you are close to the sea. For example same latitudes in North America and in Siberia are much colder than in Europe, especially Western Europe. For example, here in S. Petersburg climate is mild and winter temperatures are from -10 to +5 C, but same latitudes in Siberia often have -30 to -40 C

 
James Blanford says:

Great idea and fun to compare. You missed the italics on a few Southern Hemisphere cities: Bariloche, Mendoza and Mar del Plato in Argentina as well as Rotorua, New Zealand. Also Montevideo and La Paz are listed twice. Thanks for the thought-provoking list.

– Jim

 
Chrissie B says:

Very interesting and some were a bit surprising.
BUT!!! There are no African cities, why?

 
Chrissie B says:

Sorry, meant to say South African cities. Like Johannesburg and Cape Town.

 

    Chrissie B,

    Thanks, but Cape Town is there, along with 8 other African cities. The list mainly focuses on cities where tourists go, so you’ll find Cairo and Marrakech on the list, but there are also cities in Tanzania, Kenya, and Senegal on the list. -Roger

     

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