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.


Reykjavik, Iceland


Helsinki, Finland
Bergen, Norway


Oslo, Norway
Stockholm, Sweden
Tallinn, Estonia
St. Petersburg, Russia


Riga, Latvia


Edinburgh, Scotland
Copenhagen, Denmark
Moscow, Russia
Vilnius, Lithuania


Galway, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Hamburg, Germany


Amsterdam, Netherlands
Berlin, Germany
Warsaw, Poland


London, England
Bruges, Belgium


Brussells, Belgium
Prague, Czech Republic
Krakow, Poland


Vancouver, Canada
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic


Paris, France
Munich, Germany
Vienna, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Bratislava, Slovakia


Zurich, Switzerland
Budapest, Hungary
Interlaken, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland


Ljubjana, Slovenia


Montreal, Canada
Milan, Italy
Venice, Italy
Belgrade, Serbia
Zagreb, Croatia
Queenstown, New Zealand


Bucharest, Romania
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Monaco, Monaco
Christchurch, New Zealand


Toronto, Canada
Nice, France
Florence, Italy
Split, Croatia


Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sofia, Bulgaria
Boston, USA


Chicago, USA
Barcelona, Spain
Rome, Italy
Istanbul, Turkey
Bariloche, Argentina


New York City, USA
Madrid, Spain
Naples, Italy
Sorrento, Italy


Beijing, China
Ibiza, Spain
Valencia, Spain


Washington DC, USA
Lisbon, Portugal
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Rotorua, New Zealand


San Francisco, USA
Athens, Greece
Seoul, South Korea
Granada, Spain
Malaga, Spain
Seville, Spain
Mykonos, Greece
Faro, Portugal
Antalya, Turkey
Melbourne, Australia


Las Vegas, USA
Rhodes, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Valletta, Malta
Kas, Turkey
Auckland, New Zealand


Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Osaka, Japan


Los Angeles, USA
Fez, Morocco
Xian, China
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
Sydney, Australia
Punta del Este, Uruguay


Beirut, Lebanon
Santiago, Chile
Cape Town, South Africa

Mendoza, Argentina
Santiago, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile


Tel Aviv, Israel


Marrakech, Morocco
Amman, Jordan
Shanghai, China
Perth, Australia


Cairo, Egypt


New Orleans, USA


Delhi, India
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Tenerife, Spain


Kathmandu, Nepal
Brisbane, Australia


Miami, USA
Dubai, UAE
Taipei, Taiwan


Abu Dhabi, UAE


Los Cabos, Mexico
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil


Macau, Macau
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sapa, Vietnam
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Honolulu, USA
Cancun, Mexico
Hanoi, Vietnam
Cozumel, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico
Luang Prabang, Laos
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Mumbai, India
Chiang Mai, Thailand
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Montego Bay, Jamaica


Antigua, Guatemala
San Pedro, Belize
Vientiane, Laos
Yangon, Myanmar
Hue, Vietnam


La Paz, Bolivia
Cairns, Australia


Goa, India
Hội An, Vietnam


Dakar, Senegal
Manila, Philippines


Bangkok, Thailand
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pattaya, Thailand
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Cusco, Peru


Boracay Island, Philippines
Lima, Peru


Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Cartagena, Colombia
Caracas, Venezuela
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

San José, Costa Rica

Panama City, Panama
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Recife, Brazil

Phuket Town, Thailand

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Jakarta, Indonesia

Medellin, Colombia
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arusha, Tanzania

Singapore, Singapore
Nairobi, Kenya

Quito, Ecuador

44 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.

    Roger Wade says:

    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.

    Roger Wade says:


    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

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you for the comment, but you seem to have summarized exactly what is above in the article and the list. -Roger

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

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you for the notes. We recently added about 70 cities and I will fix the mistakes that you pointed out. -Roger

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.

    Roger Wade says:

    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

Rogerio says:

Add Porto Alegre and Curitiba from Brazil, both over 1.2 million in municipality and 4 million in metro area.

Because the list needs more high 20s / low 30s latitudes cities from the southern hemisphere.

Hans says:

Hi, very interesting page. Just some minor mistakes: Jakarta and Kuta should be italicised since they are on the southern side of equator.
Cheers, Hans.

john says:

why do so many people keep telling the author that hes missed some cities ! he aint gonna list evey bloody city !

Nina says:

Beirut, Lebanon is in the wrong category.

Bill Wells says:

Nice list, Roger, thanks. I had to prove to myself that Rome is farther north than NYC!

X-ray says:

I never realized that some of the places i have been were at the same latitudes as Africa. Didn’t realize that Norway was so far north.
some tourist destinations you forgot:
Glasgow, Scotland, Manchester, UK
Luxor, Egypt, Agra, India
Johannesburg, South Africa, Varadero, Cuba.
those are major tourist destinations too
Also you listed Mexico city twice.
Excellent list though, got me thinking, and I like that.



    I agree that it’s a very interesting study to see these places laid out like this, and I was surprised by many of them myself. I fixed the Mexico City thing so thanks for that.

    We could make the list a LOT longer than it is and still be missing places that many people recognize, so it’s hard to know where to cut it off. I don’t consider Manchester a very touristy place, and same with Glasgow as well. Most of the places you mention are very close to places on the list, so that’s another reason not to list too many. Thanks though. -Roger

Perry says:

It was all explained to me when I at the time a 25-year old, visited Berkeley and was shocked to find palm trees in the San Francisco area. I called a meteorologist & he explained to me: A geographical locale on the west side of a continent has oceanic climate because of the direction of the Earth’s spin. So even Vancouver in Canada has a mild climate. Europe, especially, since the Gulf Stream provides additional warmth. The So West coast of England is located at 50 and the Cote d’Azure parallels Toronto. Nice can be downright warm in the winter and very rarely below 50-60 during the day, and it never snows in Cornwall! Southern Spain is quasi tropical.

Kathy says:

I enjoyed looking at the latitude of different countries, but there is a HUGE problem. You have Los Angeles and Sydney on 34°. It looks like they share latitude, but that is SO WRONG. Sydney is below the equater and is -34°. Pkease fix this. Many ignorant people will be totally confused. Thanks for most everything else!



    In bold letters near the top of the article it says, “Southern Hemisphere cities are in italics alongside the Northern Hemisphere cities” and Sydney is one of 29 southern cities on the list so it’s weird that you missed the other 28 of them.

    The reason I did it this way is that I think it’s actually very interesting to see which cities in the north and south match up like Sydney and Los Angeles. Thank you for the kind words though and I’m glad you were able to not get thrown off too badly by this formatting. -Roger

gareth says:

Where’s Nicosia, Cyprus? You’ve got Valetta, Malta. I am guessing same as Tokyo

German says:

Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is not listed. Here, in Europe, it’s a well known destination. TV France, for instance, displays weather forecasts for Ushuaia among a few other cities in America.



    Thanks for the comment. This is a travel website and so the cities on the list are all popular for travelers. In fact, this is one of the very few articles on the sight that brings in people who aren’t planning a trip. I just wrote it and updated it because I think it’s an interesting topic and many of us are unaware of which latitude many of these popular cities are on.

    There are obviously thousands of cities that I didn’t include, including such notables as Murmansk. It’s pretty large, but almost no one would ever go there for tourism, so it doesn’t make the cut. I know that Ushuaia is popular among the tiny group of people who explore that area. Thanks for the comment though. -Roger

Michael says:

Sorrento is south of Naples and cannot be same latitude as Rome

Roy B. says:

I noticed that Nairobi, Kenya and the three cities in Tanzania seems to be on the northern hemisphere according to your list.
That is not so.
All of them are south of the equator.
Great list BTW. :O)

Waggle says:

Great list of facts not readily found elsewhere. You forgot Port Stanley at 51.6977° S. The capital of the Falkland Islands.

Alex says:

Please add Seattle!


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