List of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Cities of India

List of Indian Cities Classified as the Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 Cities. Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Cities of India are also called as X, Y, and Z Cities.

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Cities in India are divided as the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 with Tier 1 being the most developed ones and Tier 3 being the developing ones.

Metropolitan cities come under the Tier 1 category. And, the cost of living in these cities are comparatively higher than the low tier cities.

Indian cities are also classified as X, Y, and Z which are other names for the Tier classification, which are:

Tier 1 – X
Tier 2 – Y
Tier 3 – Z

If you stay in the Top Tier Cities then, obviously, you will have to spend more money on the food, clothing, shelter, etc. than to stay in the lower-tier cities.

In this blog post, I will be providing the complete list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities of India.

So, here we go…

Indian Cities Classification

📢 Please note that all the cities in the list are taken from this Wikipedia page.

Tier 1 & Tier 2 Cities of India

First, tier 1 cities are listed, and then tier 2.

Tier 1 Cities

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bengaluru
  3. Chennai
  4. Delhi
  5. Hyderabad
  6. Kolkata
  7. Mumbai
  8. Pune

Tier 2 Cities

  1. Agra
  2. Ajmer
  3. Aligarh
  4. Amravati
  5. Amritsar
  6. Anand
  7. Asansol
  8. Aurangabad
  9. Bareilly
  10. Belagavi
  11. Bhavnagar
  12. Bhilai
  13. Bhiwandi
  14. Bhopal
  15. Bhubaneswar
  16. Bikaner
  17. Bilaspur
  18. Bokaro Steel City
  19. Chandigarh
  20. Coimbatore
  21. Cuttack
  22. Dehradun
  23. Dhanbad
  24. Durgapur
  25. Erode
  26. Faridabad
  27. Firozabad
  28. Ghaziabad
  29. Gorakhpur
  30. Guntur
  31. Gurugram
  32. Guwahati
  33. Gwalior
  34. Hamirpur
  35. Hubballi–Dharwad
  36. Indore
  37. Jabalpur
  38. Jaipur
  39. Jalandhar
  40. Jalgaon
  41. Jammu
  42. Jamnagar
  43. Jamshedpur
  44. Jhansi
  45. Jodhpur
  46. Kakinada
  47. Kalaburagi
  48. Kannur
  49. Kanpur
  50. Karnal
  51. Kochi
  52. Kolhapur
  53. Kollam
  54. Kozhikode
  55. Kurnool
  56. Lucknow
  57. Ludhiana
  58. Madurai
  59. Malappuram
  60. Mangaluru
  61. Mathura
  62. Meerut
  63. Moradabad
  64. Mysuru
  65. Nagpur
  66. Nanded
  67. Nashik
  68. Nellore
  69. Noida
  70. Patna
  71. Prayagraj
  72. Puducherry
  73. Purulia
  74. Raipur
  75. Rajamahendravaram
  76. Rajkot
  77. Ranchi
  78. Ratlam
  79. Rourkela
  80. Salem
  81. Sangli
  82. Shimla
  83. Siliguri
  84. Solapur
  85. Srinagar
  86. Surat
  87. Thanjavur
  88. Thiruvananthapuram
  89. Thrissur
  90. Tiruchirappalli
  91. Tirunelveli
  92. Tiruvannamalai
  93. Ujjain
  94. Vadodara
  95. Varanasi
  96. Vasai-Virar
  97. Vellore
  98. Vijayapura
  99. Vijayawada
  100. Visakhapatnam
  101. Warangal

And, the cities which are left, come under the Tier 3 category.

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31 replies on “List of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Cities of India”

Hi Pranav,

All the cities are taken from this Wikipedia page. If it’s not there, I can’t add it here. Can you provide me with any resource that lists Bhagalpur as a tier-2 city?

Thank you.

Hello bro, one correction you’ve written purulia and prayagraj together they are different cities

Sorry that you encountered any mistake. It keeps changing so there might be some errors.

However, please point out where did you find the mistake. Also, I have already linked the source of this data at the bottom of the post.

Hope you understand my concerns.


Shimla has population of 2 lakh
Patiala has almost 10 lakh
And shimla is tier 2
Really !!!
Not researched properly

I am from India! And what do you mean Coimbatore and Nagpur? They are listed in the list of Tier 2 cities above.

Hello ..
May be you listed out on the basis of population.
Most of indian cities are under developed ..for example in modern infrastrcture ,food ,residential,commercial,shopping,business,banking ,transport,roads & entertinment sectors etc..will you pls list out most developed & modern indian cities in all sectors..?

Thanks for the suggestion, Sneharaj.

No, these are not on the basis of population. These are on the basis of the overall cost and standard of living.

Also, I will definitely try to list all the cities on the basis of the factors that you suggested.

Bokaro steel city can’t be a city it is still a town and it’s backward. Looking at the classification it’s not well defined.

Hi Abhinav,

This Wikipedia page has listed Bokaro as a tier-2 city that’s why I’ve added it to the list. Can you provide me with any resource that says Bokaro is not tier-2?

Thank you.

Madurai shouldn’t be in tier 2 , its between tier 1 and tier 2, so there should be a new tier which lies intermediary between tier 1 and tier 2

I don’t think that’s what it means Milma, Tier 3 cities are cities that are underdeveloped and are in the process of development. Tier 2 are cities that contain some aspects which put them in the under-developed list but otherwise they’re fine. Tier 1 are cities that have excelled in all spectrums. Until and unless Madurai doesn’t correct it’s conditions in all aspects, it won’t be listed as a Tier 1 city.

Thanks Deepak for this List. The Wikipedia article you referred says, currently there are 97 Tier 2 cities. You may like to update the list.

Tire 2 me sagar smart city kyon samil nhi hai. Jabki Ratlam sagar se small city hai 2 tire me saamil hai.?

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