- The World’s First Skyscraper: The Home Insurance Building in Chicago is generally considered the world’s first skyscraper. Completed in 1885, it was the first to use a curtain wall construction on a steel frame.
- Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Skyscraper: In addition to being the world’s tallest building at 2,717 feet, surpassing the 1,761-foot Taipei 101, it also overtook the 2,063-foot KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, ND as the world’s tallest structure and the 1,815-foot CN Tower as the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
- Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city with 308. The second place is New York City, followed by Dubai and Shanghai. Chicago and Tokyo are tied with 116 each and round out the top five.
- There are terms for buildings above 300 meters or 984 feet and 600 meters or 1,969 feet. They are Supertall and Megatall respectively.
- To be a skyscraper, the minimum number of floors is 40. A skyscraper may also be called a high-rise, however, sometimes the term skyscraper is used to describe buildings over 150 meters or 492 feet.