A city of 20 million people, Karachi is the sixth most populous city in the world. Twice the population of New York City, Karachi is a sprawling metropolis and the capitol of Sindh province. It is the heart of business and finance in Pakistan, and attracts people from the central and northern provinces, as well as other south Asian countries, looking for better education and work opportunities.
For many Westerners, Karachi is perceived as an unfamiliar and dangerous place. Over the past five years, government policies to reduce terrorism helped Karachi fall from 6th to 50th most dangerous city in a ranking of 327 cities around the world.
Like the rest of Pakistan, Karachi is a Muslim-majority city. But it is also home to Hindus, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians. It is also the most secular city in Pakistan. Karachi is a city of neighborhoods, each with a different personality and political affiliation.