One concept which measures the world's largest cities
is that of the metropolitan area
, which is based on the concept of a labor market area
and is typically defined as an employment core (an area with a high density of available jobs) and the surrounding areas that have strong commuting
ties to the core. There is currently no generally accepted, globally consistent definition of exactly what constitutes a metropolitan area, thus making comparisons between cities in different countries especially difficult. However, for consistency, the sources on this article include figures from official governments only.