The 17 tallest buildings in the world right now, ranked

New York City's One World Trade Center is the sixth-tallest building in the world.

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New York City’s One World Trade Center is the sixth-tallest building in the world.
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For nearly half a century, from 1931 through 1972, the 1,454-foot Empire State Building held the title for being the tallest building in the world.

The world has come a long way since then – in the rankings of today’s tallest man-made structures, the Empire State Building doesn’t even crack the top 40.

We ranked the 15 tallest completed buildings in the world right now using data from The Skyscraper Center, a database maintained by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, soars 2,716 into the sky, and more and more skyscrapers across Asia and the Middle East are rising each year. Eight of the top 15 tallest buildings are in China.

Only one US skyscraper made the list: One World Trade Center in New York City, which stands at 1,776 feet.

Here are the 17 tallest buildings in the world right now, ranked. Note that the list begins with a three-way tie.

Jack Sommer contributed to an earlier version of this story.


T15. Petronas Twin Tower 2

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Flowers bloom in front of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
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Height: 1,483 feet

Floors: 88

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Completion date: 1998


T15. Petronas Twin Tower 1

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REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Height: 1,483 feet

Floors: 88

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Completion date: 1998


T15. Changsha IFS Tower T1

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Height: 1,483 feet

Floors: 94

Location: Changsha, China

Completion date: 2018


14. Vincom Landmark 81

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Height: 1,513 feet

Floors: 81

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Completion date: 2018


13. Lakhta Center

Height: 1,516 feet

Floors: 87

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

Completion date: 2019


12. International Commerce Centre

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Height: 1,588 feet

Floors: 108

Location: Hong Kong, China

Completion date: 2010


11. Shanghai World Financial Center

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Getty Images

Height: 1,614 feet

Floors: 101

Location: Shanghai, China

Completion date: 2008


10. TAIPEI 101

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REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Height: 1,667 feet

Floors: 101

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Completion date: 2004


9. CITIC Tower

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CITIC Tower under construction in 2017.
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REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Height: 1,731 feet

Floors: 109

Location: Beijing, China

Completion date: 2018


T8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Height: 1,739 feet

Floors: 97

Location: Tianjin, China

Completion date: Expected in 2019


T8. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

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Height: 1,739 feet

Floors: 111

Location: Guangzhou, China

Completion date: 2016


6. One World Trade Center

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Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Height: 1,776 feet

Floors: 94

Location: New York City, US

Completion date: 2014


5. Lotte World Tower

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Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Height: 1,819 feet

Floors: 123

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Completion date: 2017


4. Ping An Finance Center

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Height: 1,965 feet

Floors: 115

Location: Shenzhen, China

Completion date: 2017


3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower

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Ramazan Turgut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Height: 1,972 feet

Floors: 120

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Completion date: 2012


2. Shanghai Tower

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Height: 2,073 feet

Floors: 128

Location: Shanghai, China

Completion date: 2015


1. Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world.
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Height: 2,716 feet

Floors: 163

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Completion date: 2010