Sky-high altitude cities with 100,000+ population


100,000+ Population City, Country Average Elevation
1. El Alto, Bolivia 13,615 feet (4,150 m)
2. Potosí, Bolivia 13,420 feet (4,090 m)
3. Shigatse, China 12,585 feet (3,836 m)
4. Juliaca, Peru 12,549 feet (3,825 m)
5. Puno, Peru 12,531 feet (3,819 m)
6. Oruro, Bolivia 12,159 feet (3,706 m)
7. Lhasa, Tibet (China) 12,002 feet (3,658 m)
8. La Paz, Bolivia 11,942 feet (3,640 m)
9. Cusco, Peru 11,151 feet (3,399 m)
10. Huancayo, Peru 10,013 feet (3,052 m)
11.  Huaraz, Peru 10,006 feet (3,050 m)
12.  Tulcán, Ecuador 9,510 feet (2,899 m)
13.  Ipiales, Colombia 9,508 feet (2,898 m)
14.  Quito, Equador 9,350 feet (2,850 m)
15.  Tunja, Colombia 9,252 feet (2,820 m)
16.  Golmud, China 9,216 feet (2,809 m)
17.  Sucre, Bolivia 9,153 feet (2,790 m)
18.  Riobamba, Ecuador 9,068 feet (2,764 m)
19.  Ayacucho, Peru 9,009 feet (2,746 m)
20.  Cajamarca, Peru 8,923 feet (2,720 m)
21.  Sacaba, Bolivia 8,921 feet (2,719 m)
22.  Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico 8,736 feet (2,663 m)
23.  Zipaquirá, Colombia 8,700 feet (2,652 m)
24.  Bogotá, Colombia 8,596 feet (2,620 m)
25.  Metepec, Mexico 8,563 feet (2,610 m)
26.  Chía, Colombia 8,530 feet (2,600 m)
27.  Facatativá, Colombia 8,484 feet (2,586 m)
28.  Cochabamba, Bolivia 8,432 feet (2,570 m)
29.  Sogamoso, Colombia 8,428 feet (2,569 m)
30.  Soacha, Colombia 8,415 feet (2,565 m)
31.  Kangding, China 8,400 feet (2,560 m)
32.  Cuenca, Ecuador 8,366 feet (2,550 m)
33.  Duitama, Colombia 8,300 feet (2,530 m)
34.  San Juan de Pasto, Colombia 8,290 feet (2,527 m)
35.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 8,203 feet (2,500 m)
36.  Ambato, Ecuador 8,203 feet (2,500 m)
37.  Lerma, Mexico 8,202 feet (2,500 m)
38.  Zacatecas, Mexico 8,189 feet (2,496 m)
39.  Totonicapán, Guatemala 8,186 feet (2,495 m)
40.  Dessie, Ethiopia 8,103 feet (2,470 m)
41.  Pachuca de Soto, Mexico 7,874 feet (2,400 m)
42.  Chimalhuacán, Mexico 7,874 feet (2,400 m)
43.  Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico 7,874 feet (2,400 m)
44.  San Marcos, Guatemala 7,867 feet (2,398 m)
45.  Sana’a, Yemen 7,710 feet (2,350 m)
46.  Arequipa, Peru 7,660 feet (2,335 m)
47.  Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 7,640 feet (2,329 m)
48.  Asmara, Erithea 7,628 feet (2,325 m)
49.  Xining, China 7,464 feet (2,275 m)
50.  Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico 7,415 feet (2,260 m)
51.  Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico 7,381 feet (2,250 m)
52.  Los Reyes Acaquilpan, Mexico 7,381 feet (2,250 m)
53.  Texcoco, Mexico 7,372 feet (2,247 m)
54.  Mexico City, Mexico 7,349 feet (2,240 m)
55.  Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico 7,342 feet (2,238 m)
56.  Ibarra, Ecuador 7,283 feet (2,220 m)
57.  Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico 7,282 feet (2,220 m)
58.  Ghazni, Afghanistan 7,280 feet (2,219 m)
59.  Shimla, India 7,234 feet (2,205 m)
60.  Valle de Chalco Solidaridad, Mexico 7,217 feet (2,200 m)
61.  Tulancingo de Bravo, Mexico 7,152 feet (2,180 m)
62.  Manizales, Colombia 7,053 feet (2,150 m)
63.  Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico 7,044 feet (2,147 m)
64.  Rionegro, Colombia 6,971 feet (2,125 m)
65.  Tizayuca, Mexico 6,955 feet (2,120 m)
66.  Mekele, Ethiopia 6,837 feet (2,084 m)
67.  Loja, Ecuador 6,758 feet (2,060 m)

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest_large_cities_in_the_world

Listed above are the 67 highest elevation cities around the world whose population exceed 100,000 residents. By comparison, the highest elevation large city over 100,000 population in the United States is Colorado Springs, Colorado at 6,035 feet, while in Canada it is Calgary at 3,428 feet.

Cusco, Peru - Source: incaglossary.org

Cusco, Peru – Source: incaglossary.org

The largest percentage of the large sky-high cities listed above are from South America with 34  or 51%, followed by 21 in North America or 32% (all in Central America), eight in Asia or 11%, and four in Africa or 6%. Surprisingly, none were located in Europe or in the Himalayan countries of Nepal or Bhutan. Mexico has the most of any one country with 18 sky-high large cities, followed by Colombia with 12.

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