For the first time ever, the majority of the world’s population live in cities. But whilst Asian megacities get most of the column inches, what makes a city varies wildly.

PhinDeli (Buford), Wyoming, USA
Boasting on the town limits sign its population of 1, Buford is a single house, gas station and post office. It’s also the highest spot for a town along the entire span of I-80. Sold in 2012 by resident Don Sammons, reopened with a Phin Deli by new Vietnamese owner.

Hum, Croatia
Hum is a town in the central part of Istria, northwest Croatia, 7 km from Roč, 14 km southeast of Buzet on a hill above the Mirna valley. The elevation of the town is 349 m. This small fortified habitation has maintained all the features of medieval urban architecture and organization.Hum has a population of only 17 people , but is officially a town.

Melnik, Bulgaria
Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria. It is a proclaimed cultural-historical reserve and a museum-town. It combines nature and rocks flocked around the houses perching on hills, history, culture and wine. Melnik has a population of 390 people.

Kallaste, Estonia
Kallaste is a town and a municipality in Tartu County, Estonia. It is located on the western shore of Lake Peipus. Most of the population are Russians, 15% being Estonians.Population – 953 people.

Durbuy, Belgium
The district of Durbuy is located in southern Belgium, Wallonia, at the foot of the Ardennes. It is made up of 40 small villages and hamlets and gets its name from one of the most important villages in the area: Durbuy has been recognised as a “town” since the Middle Ages in view of the important legal bodies and commercial activities there. And so it was that the old town of Durbuy became known as ‘the smallest town in the world’, putting this humble corner of the Belgian Ardennes firmly on the map.Has 11 thousand people.