174 World cities by latitude: Things line up in surprising ways
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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.
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.
Most interesting cities at similar latitudes
Venice, Italy and Montreal, Canada – Most people would be surprised to see that Canada’s northernmost major tourist city is on the same latitude line as Italy’s famous lagoon city.
Nice, France and Toronto, Canada – Toronto is farther south than most would assume when they are not looking at a map, and that puts it in line with France’s Côte d’Azur along its southern Mediterranean coast.
Chicago, USA and Barcelona, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey – Since Chicago is famous for being far north in the US, it seems surprising to line up with Barcelona in the far north of Spain, and also Istanbul, which many of us picture almost in the Middle East.
Beijing, China and Ibiza, Spain – I don’t know about you, but even though I’ve been to both, I’d never have guessed that they are on the same latitude based on what they feel like when you are there.
San Francisco, USA and Athens, Greece – Again, San Francisco is known for its year-round mild climate while Athens is known for being in a desert-like part of the Mediterranean.
174 popular destinations by latitude
Southern Hemisphere cities are in on the same list, in italics.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Prague, Czech Republic
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Queenstown, New Zealand
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Christchurch, New Zealand
New York City, USA
Washington DC, USA
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Rotorua, New Zealand
San Francisco, USA
Seoul, South Korea
Las Vegas, USA
Auckland, New Zealand
Los Angeles, USA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Cape Town, South Africa
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Los Cabos, Mexico
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
Luang Prabang, Laos
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Chiang Mai, Thailand
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Montego Bay, Jamaica
San Pedro, Belize
La Paz, Bolivia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Boracay Island, Philippines
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Panama City, Panama
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
You’re off on some of your cities. Buenos Aires is south of the equator as is many of the other cities you mentioned. They are not lattitude North they are lattitude South.
Please add Seattle!
Great list of facts not readily found elsewhere. You forgot Port Stanley at 51.6977° S. The capital of the Falkland Islands.
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)
Good catch! It has been fixed. Thank you. -Roger
Sorrento is south of Naples and cannot be same latitude as Rome
Thank you for pointing out the error. It has been fixed. -Roger
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
But you can’t compare the North along with the South on lattitude. Little Rock AR is 34 North while Buenos Aires is 34 South. that’s a big difference and that’s only one error I’m using for an example. No, you didn’t include Little Rock (Arkansas), I happened to look up the lattitude for that because I was curious as to what other cities around the world shared the same lattitude. If you’re gonna write an article, at least research and get your facts straight.
It clearly says at the top of the article that Southern Hemisphere cities are in italics next to Northern Hemisphere cities and it sounds like you’ve realized your mistake. Most people actually find this much more interesting because it shows the distance from the equator in both directions so you can see that Buenos Aires and Sydney are about the same distance from the equator as Los Angeles. I hope you are clear on this now. Thanks for taking the time to comment. -Roger
Where’s Nicosia, Cyprus? You’ve got Valetta, Malta. I am guessing same as Tokyo
Nicosia, Cyprus is in the 35° so you are right that it’s basically the same latitude as Tokyo. Very well done. -Roger
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
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.
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