Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

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Manhattan, New York (For Reference)

Manhattan-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 59.5 km2 (22.96 sq mi)

Population: 1,619,090

Population density: 26,939/km2 (69,771/sq mi)

Because Manhattan has so many office buildings, it swells to about 3.94 million during the day, giving a population density of about 171,000 per square mile / 66,000 per square km.

The Upper West Side is primarily residential, with 209,000 people / 1.9 square miles, meaning about 110,000 people per square mile / 42,500 per square kilometer.

Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

The most densely populated city in the world.

Area: 38.55 km2 (14.88 sq mi)

Population: 1,652,171

Population density 42,858/km2 (111,000/sq mi).

Malé, Island (divisions Henveiru, Galolhu, Machchangolhi, Maafannu), Republic of Maldives

Malé, Island (divisions Henveiru, Galolhu, Machchangolhi, Maafannu), Republic of Maldives-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 1.952 km2 (0.754 sq mi)

Population: 92.555

Population density: 47,416/km2

Fadiouth Island, Dakar

Fadiouth, Island, Dakar-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 0.15 km2 (0.06 sq mi)

Population: 9,000

Population density: 60,000/km2 (155,400 / sq mi)

St. James Town Neighborhood, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. James Town neigbourhood, Toronto, Ontario, Canada-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

One of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in North America

Area: 0.23 km2 (0.09 sq mi)

Population: 13,974

Population density: 60,915 / km2 (155,905 sq mi)

Tin Shui Wai New Town, Yuen Long District, Hong Kong

Tin Shui Wai New Town, Yuen Long District, Hong Kong-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi)

Population: 270,000

Population density: 62,790/km2 (162,600/sq mi)

Migingo Island, Lake Victoria, claimed both by Kenya and Uganda

Migingo Island, Lake Victoria, claimed both by Kenya and Uganda-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 0.002 km2 (0.0008 sq mi)

Population: 131

Population density: 65,500/km2 (169,500/sq mi)

Ap Lei Chau, Island, Hong Kong

Ap Lei Chau, Island, Hong Kong-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 1.32 km2 (0.51 sq mi)

Population: 86,782

Population density: 66,755 people / km² (172,900 people / sq mi)

Tondo district, Manila, Philippines

Tondo district, Manila, Philippines-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 9.10 km² (3.52 sq mi)

Population: 630,604

Population density: 69,297 per km² (179,470 per sq mi)

Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya

Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: about 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)

Population: 161,031-300,000

Population density: hard to estimate, probably something between 60,000-100,000/km2 (155,000-259,000/sq mi).

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 2.3-2.5 km2 (0.8 – 1 sq mi)

Population: 170,070-260,000

Population density: hard to estimate, something between 74,000 – 114,000/km2 (192,000 – 295,000/ sq mi)

 

 Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 0.86 km² (0.33 sq mi)

Population: 69,356

Population density: +80,000 /km2 (207,000/sq mi)

Dhaka Kotwali Thana, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka Kotwali Thana, Dhaka, Bangladesh-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 2.07 km2 (0.80 sq mi)

Population: 210,504

Population density: 101,693/km2 (263,380/sq mi)

Santa Cruz del Islote, Island, Colombia

Santa Cruz del Islote, Island, Colombia-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 0.012 km2 (0.005 sq mi)

Population: 1,200

Population density: 103,917/km2 (269,000/sq mi)

Marine Lines, Mumbai, India

Marine Lines, Mumbai, India-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 1.8km2 (0.7 sq mi)

Population: 202,922

Population density: 114,001/km2 (295,000/sq mi)

Mong Kok, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong

Mong Kok, Kowloon peninsula, Hong Kong-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

According to the Guinness Book of Records Mong kok is the most densely populated place in the world (although using unconfirmed estimates, there are probably even more crowded places

Area: 1.1km2 (0.4 sq mi)

Population: 143,000

Population density: 130,000/km2

Dharavi slums, Mumbai, India

Dharavi slums, Mumbai, India-Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Area: 1.7-2,2 km2 (175-220 hectares)

Population: 500,000-1,000,000

Population density: around 300,000/ km2 (777,000 / sq mi).

Dharavi is probably the most densely populated spot in the world.

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