mumbai (english: aɪ/, marathi: [ˈmumbəi]; also known as bombayeɪ/, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the indianstate of maharashtra. according to united nations, as of 2018, mumbai was the second most populous city in india after delhi and the seventh most populous city in the world with a population of 19.98 million. as per indian government population census of 2011, mumbai was the most populous city in india with an estimated city proper population of 12.5 million living under municipal corporation of greater mumbai. mumbai is the centre of the mumbai metropolitan region, the sixth most populous metropolitan area in the world with a population of over 23.64 million. mumbai lies on the konkan coast on the west coast of india and has a deep natural harbour. in 2008, mumbai was named an alpha world city. it is also the wealthiest city in india, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in india. mumbai is home to three unesco world heritage sites: the elephanta caves, chhatrapati shivaji maharaj terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of victorian and art deco buildings.
the seven islands that constitute mumbai were originally home to communities of marathi language speaking koli people, who originated in gujarat in prehistoric times. for centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the portuguese empire and subsequently to the east india company when in 1661 charles ii of england married catherine of braganza and as part of her dowry charles received the ports of tangier and seven islands of bombay. during the mid-18th century, bombay was reshaped by the hornby vellard project, which undertook reclamation of the area between the seven islands from the sea. along with construction of major roads and railways, the reclamation project, completed in 1845, transformed bombay into a major seaport on the arabian sea. bombay in the 19th century was characterised by economic and educational development. during the early 20th century it became a strong base for the indian independence movement. upon india's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into bombay state. in 1960, following the samyukta maharashtra movement, a new state of maharashtra was created with bombay as the capital.
mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of india. it is also one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of india's gdp and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in india (mumbai port trust and jnpt), and 70% of capital transactions to india's economy. mumbai's billionaires had the highest average wealth of any city in the world in 2008. the city houses important financial institutions such as the reserve bank of india, the bombay stock exchange, the national stock exchange of india, the sebi and the corporate headquarters of numerous indian companies and multinational corporations. it is also home to some of india's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like bhabha atomic research centre, nuclear power corporation of india, indian rare earths, tata institute of fundamental research, atomic energy regulatory board, atomic energy commission of india, department of atomic energy and the indian institute of technology bombay. the city also houses india's hindi (bollywood) and marathi cinema industries. mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over india, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures.