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Karachi City Review

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About this Report

Karachi is one of the most populous metropolises worldwide, being home to 22.4 million people in 2012. Its economic potential is considerable, although constant violent strife among its ethnically diverse population has earned Karachi the title of the most dangerous major city in the world (according to Al Jazeera). Karachi is rapidly growing in population (at 6% per year), yet its living standards remain some of the lowest among the world's major cities, as of 2012.

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Reports provide localized city economic profiles and analysis on City-based consumers and markets in Karachi, offering valuable insights for strategic planning. The analysis is developed by our global network of in-situ analysts. 

Subjects covered in the reports include:

Economic structure and foreign trade:

GDP for 28 industries, including forecast growth and exports.

Population and households:

Full demographic breakdowns by age, sex, education and household.


Working population, activity and participation rates by industry, including wage per hour.

Consumer prices:

CPI inflation, food, drink, clothing, footwear, housing, leisure and transport prices and indexes.

Annual disposable income:

Disposable income breakdowns

Consumer expenditure:

On food, beverages, tobacco, clothing and footwear, housing, goods and services, transport, communications, leisure/recreation, education, hotels and catering, including totals and as % of GDP.

Air pollution concentration:

Hourly, part-daily (x3) and annual pollution breakdowns for carbon dioxide, sodium dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and a range of fine particle sizes.


Number of hotels, occupancy rates, tourist nights, domestic and international tourist arrivals.

Transport and Automotive:

Numbers of cars, commercial vehicles, two-wheelers, national highways, accidents, public transport and air passenger traffic.

Table of Contents

Karachi Review At A Glance

Understanding Karachi Review Structure

  • Chart 1 Overview

Key Facts On Karachi

  • Summary 1 Key Facts On Karachi 2007, 2012, 2017

Karachi Highlights


Delimitation Of The Metropolitan Region

  • Chart 2 Map Of Karachi Metropolitan Area

Main Business Districts

Economy Of The City

Industrial Make-up

  • Chart 3 Industrial Composition Of Karachi 2012
  • Chart 4 Labour Productivity: Selected Cities 2012


  • Summary 2 Karachi Manufacturing 2012


  • Summary 3 Karachi Commerce 2012

Business Services

  • Summary 4 Karachi Business services 2012

Recent Developments And Outlook

  • Summary 5 Labour Market Changes in Karachi 2007-2012
  • Chart 5 Dynamics Of Real GDP In Karachi, Pakistan and Other Cities in Asia over the 2007-2017

Consumer Profile

City Demographics

  • Chart 6 Population By Age 2012
  • Chart 7 Drivers Of Population Growth In Karachi 2007-2012

Household Income

  • Chart 8 Household Distribution By Income In Karachi 2012 and 2017

Consumer Expenditure

Structure Of Household Budget

  • Summary 6 Karachi Household Budget Structure By Consumer Expenditure Item, % of total
  • Chart 9 Comparison Of Household Expenditure in Karachi and Pakistan

City Lifestyle

Low Priority For Tourism

Among The World's Cheapest Cities

A Dangerous City

City Affordability


  • Chart 10 Household Expenditure On Housing: Selected Cities 2012


  • Chart 11 Household Expenditure On Transport: Selected Cities 2012



  • Summary 7 GDP Development, 2007, 2012, 2017
  • Summary 8 GDP By Origin, Current Prices, US$, Million, 2007-2012
  • Summary 9 Population And Labour Force, 2007-2012
  • Summary 10 Employed population by economic sector, % of total, 2007-2012
  • Summary 11 Population By Sex And Broad Age Groups, ‘000, 2007-2012
  • Summary 12 Population Growth, 2007-2012
  • Summary 13 Total Population, 2013-2017, 2020
  • Summary 14 Population By Educational Attainment, 2007-2012
  • Summary 15 Structure Of Consumer Expenditure By Main Category, 2007-2012
  • Summary 16 Consumer Expenditure By Main Category, Per Household, Constant (2012) Prices, US$, 2007, 2012, 2017
  • Summary 17 Households By Income Band, % Of Total, Constant (2012) Prices 2007, 2012, 2017
  • Summary 18 Households By Income Band, ‘000, Current Prices 2007-2012
  • Summary 19 Inflation, 2007-2012
  • Summary 20 Transport indicators, 2007-2012


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