If there’s one thing New York City’s gonna do it’s gonna be have an iconic skyline, but beyond being one of the world’s most iconic, it’s also one of the tallest!
Buildworld analyzed 100,000+ skyscrapers and high-rise buildings from around the world to rank the cities with the tallest skylines, and, though glancing upwards tells us all we need to know, their data shows that the world’s second-tallest skyline belongs to our very own New York City (though it takes the #1 spot in the country).
NYC’s skyline height soars at an average height about 981 feet, but it’s home to skyscrapers much taller than that.
Central Park Tower, for example, is the world’s tallest residential building, standing 1,550 feet tall. It even houses the highest private ballroom and the highest private terrace in the world.
The height of Central Park Tower is even more mind blowing when you consider that the average height of New York’s skyscrapers was about 60 feet in 1900.
Though our friends over in Chicago saw skyscrapers even shorter than that with the Home Insurance Building (which sparked the era of vertical architecture and gave the city the nickname the “birthplace of skyscrapers”) which stood a mere ten stories.
Today, however, Chicago’s skyline is much taller, coming in at an average of about 810 feet and landing them in 6th place–the only other U.S. city in the top 20.
As for the city with the tallest skyline in the world, that title goes to Dubai, UAE, whose skyline has an average height of about 1,062 feet.
The full study can be found here.