How low can ya’ go? Lowest cities on Earth


Source: geology.com

New Orleans, LA, USA – Source: geology.com

We often hear about the highest elevations cities in the world, but far less often of the lowest. Below is a list of 25 of the lowest cities, all below sea level. If any additions are known, please feel free to pass them along.

Georgetown, Guyana - Source: panaramio.com

Georgetown, Guyana – Source: panaramio.com

Interesting tidbits from this data include Georgetown, Guyana being the lowest national capital city and the only one situated below sea level; New Orleans being the largest city located below sea level; and Jericho being the lowest city in elevation.

  1. Jericho, Palestinian Authority: −258 m (−846 ft) = lowest city in the world.
  2. Tiberias, Israel: −207 m (−679 ft)
  3. Bet She’an, Israel: −120 m (−394 ft)
  4. Bombay Beach, CA, USA: −69 m (−226 ft)
  5. Salton Sea Beach, CA, USA: −67 m (−220 ft)
  6. Desert Shores, CA, USA: −61 m (−200 ft)
  7. Calipatria, CA, USA: −56 m (−184 ft)
  8. Westmorland, CA, USA: −48 m (−157 ft)
  9. Niland, CA, USA: −43 m (−141 ft)
  10. Salton City, CA, USA: −38 m (−125 ft)
  11. Brawley, CA, USA: −37 m (−121 ft)
  12. Thermal, CA, USA: −37 m (−121 ft)
  13. Coachella, CA, USA: −22 m (−72 ft)
  14. Imperial, CA, USA: −18 m (−59 ft)
  15. Seeley, CA, USA: −13 m (−43 ft)
  16. El Centro, CA, USA: −12 m (−39 ft)
  17. Indio, CA, USA: −6 m (−20 ft)
  18. Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands: −5 m (−16 ft)
  19. Heber, CA, USA: −5 m (−16 ft)
  20. Neuendorf-Sachsenbande, Germany: −4 m (−13 ft)
  21. Le Contane, Italy: −3.44 m (−11.3 ft)
  22. Holtville, CA, USA: −3 m (−10 ft)
  23. Georgetown, Guyana: −2 m (−7 ft) = lowest national capital
  24. Kristianstad, Sweden: −2 m (−7 ft)
  25. New Orleans, LA, USA: −2 m (−7 ft) = largest below sea level city

Source: en.wikipedia.org

El Centro, CA- Source: aerialarchives.com

El Centro, CA- Source: aerialarchives.com

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3 Responses to How low can ya’ go? Lowest cities on Earth

  1. Pingback: Lowest cities on Earth | UrbOrb

  2. What about the Dutch cities, don’t they appear at lowest levels? The country is almost below sea level.

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