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17 Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Here are 17 Most Densely Populated Places on Earth.

17. 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.

16. 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).

15. 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


14. 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)

13. 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)

12. 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)

11. 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)


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  • the most densely city in the world and no one wants to talk about it is the ship “Oasis of the Seas”: on 2.7 Hectares there are 8 500 people with no way to escape! that is a density of 314 000 people for ONE square kilometer! And on 18 levels! Imagine a fire!

  • In Europe most density town is BUDAPEST, District 7 (Elisabethtown) with 2.09 km2 and its population 64767 persons.

  • In lebanon, beddawi refugee camp, with no infra structure, worst life conditions, people deprived from theor right to work, area is 1 km2, with 45000 refugees, imagine the number with the life conditions this descrimination country is improving for them.

  • At point 11. the area is certainly wrong. 0.002 square kilometers equals 20 square meters or 4×5 meters and 131 people. No room left for air.
    From the photo I guess at least 80×60 meters, that equals 0.48 square kilometers.

    • Sorry i made a mistake counting 100×100 m for one sq km. So 1 sq km equals 1000×1000=1.000.000 sq meters, so 0.002 sq km equals 2000 sq meters or 100×200 meters.
      Please disregard this and my previous post.

      • 2000 sq meters equals around 50×40 meters, or 15.2 sq meters for each inhabitant (at average, even less, because there is “unused” surface: the road network and the harbor).

  • the most density populated in earth, in my opinion, is a building ( actully 8 buildings ) in a urban area located in south Hanoi, Vietnam. It has a esimated population is about 36,000 to 40,000, in an area of about 0.0508 sq.kilometers so it is estimated that it had a population density of up to 708,000 to 787,000 per square kilometer.

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