Chennai is the Capital of the State of Tamil Nādu, India. The city is also known as ˈtɕenːaɪ or Madras, and has a population of over 9,417,361 people. The city is one of the largest cultural, economic and educational centres of south India.
The city is the sixth-most populous city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. The city together with the adjoining regions constitutes the Chennai Metropolitan Area, which is the 36th-largest urban area by population in the world with a population of over 11,527,816 people.
Chennai includes the Kolathur and Besant Nagar neighbourhoods.
Chennai is a Beta city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation.
Beta level cities are cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy.
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