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Old 01-14-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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I'm not saying go out there and post numbers from Wikipedia like "Manila, 14 square miles with a density of 111,000 people per square mile". Manila is 14 square miles, it may be possible to find 14 square mile sections in Tokyo or Hong Kong that could surpass that but I'm oblivious to that. Hence I'm asking.

I'm asking overall what 10 cities are dense monsters by tracts within the city sustaining incredible densities all the way to which city and it's outlying areas have the densest make up on the planet.

Also by density I'm talking about the all around package, density of population, density of buildings, & so on.

Also, pictures would be very welcomed too.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:14 PM
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I don't think any place in the developed world is as dense as Manila for 14 square miles. Developing countries tend to have more overcrowded living conditions resulting in higher densities.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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It's not restricted to just the developed world, any city in the world.

It's really hard to grasp what the densest place is, I've heard some say Dhaka, others say Karachi, others say Kolkata, others say Manila. I've heard people say there are tracts within Hong Kong that put everywhere else to shame, then turn around to say Dharavi in Mumbai could be it. In turn I've heard several different arguments made, CNN mistakingly refers to the West Bank as the densest place in the world-- man they're wayyy off.

There's the argument that quality urban areas to those with mass quantity but I'll leave that for another thread. Just want to get a mental picture of cities around the world at this really.

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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As a whole, Manila is dense, but I know what you're saying. I've been interested in this as well. It's hard to find exact numbers soetimes.

Kowloon Walled City outside of Hong Kong, which doesn't exist anymore, was probably the most dense place on earth. 3.25 million people per square mile. I would imagine parts of the city of cities in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and China are really dense too in some areas.

Istanbul is also pretty dense in parts too. Güngören has 110,000/sq mile and Gaziosmanpaşa has 100,000/sq mile. Fatih also has around 86,000/sq mile, but Fatih is also home to Topkapi Palace, The Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Aya Sofya, Sulyimaniye Mosque, New Mosque, etc. Topkapi Palace itself takes up around 0.27 square miles. If you add up all those places where nobody lives, the density of Fatih is probably over 100,000 people/sq mile as well. There's a handful of other neighborhoods that have 70,000-80,000 per sq mile there, and a bunch more with 25,000-40,000/sq feet (i.e. like Brooklyn)

Interesting to find out about other areas in cities across the world.
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For North America, the densest neighborhood (a section 1 square mile or more) is the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 114,600 people per square mile. The eastern part is the denser section. The densest neighborhood in Europe is probably either in Paris (110,000 people per square mile) or somewhere in Spain, likely in or around Barcelona. Assuming this list is complete, the city of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat contains the densest areas of Europe.

List of city districts by population density - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Developing countries are probably less well documented.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Interesting to find out about other areas in cities across the world.
Yeahhh, I've had a lot of time on my hands recently (not something I'm proud of-- but the climate is awful). Usually I spend a lot of time online during the winter, it's incredibly cold outside right now and it's raining too. Lately I've been looking around at some streetviews and pictures of other places-- incredible seeing how much more different the world is from where I live right now (both in a good or bad).

From the places I've personally been, Kolkata has felt the most overwhelmingly condensed of them all. Hong Kong or Mumbai right after that. Then Cairo.

Leaving behind population density for a moment, I've been browsing through places all over the globe and the building density in some of these cities (both developed world & undeveloped world) is just incredible compared to what we're used to in the United States.

Sao Paulo:

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4028/4...ff4_z.jpg?zz=1

Tel Aviv:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3332/4...bf1205a8_z.jpg

Istanbul:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/7...e609c8da_z.jpg

Hong Kong:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8467/8...abe354bc_c.jpg

Paris:

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4078/4...80e30c55_z.jpg

Bangkok:

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/166/38...c57f246c_z.jpg

Just makes urban cities in the United States like Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, San Francisco look like childs play. New York though (and Northside Chicago) are legit-- biggest city feels (plus Los Angeles via expanse) and they're the places to go in America for that sort of stuff.

That being the case, I've seen some very narrow streets in Boston though towards the North End and the lack of street grid helps it feel like an endless maze compared to other US cities.

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Seoul is apparently the most dense "city" in the devloped world, the average accross the seoul/Incheon city area which has close to 17 million people , is about 17,000 per Square km or 44,000 per per square mile, Including all the parks, uninhabited mountains and mudfalts etc .

Mumbai Apperntly averages almost 30,000 people per square km, for a population of about 15 million..

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:26 PM
 
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Just makes urban cities in the United States like Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, San Francisco look like childs play. New York though (and Northside Chicago) are legit-- biggest city feels (plus Los Angeles via expanse) and they're the places to go in America for that sort of stuff.
Agreed. Last time I was in Istanbul about 10 months ago, I came back here to Chicago and was just thinking how small it felt. Unfair though since this was in early March. Tons more people are out in the summer than Fall/Spring/Winter here.

Manhattan is around 75,000-80,000 per square mile and is legit in denseness. Brooklyn and Queens is around 30,000-35,000/sq mile. The densest places of Chicago are between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Gold Coast is 50,000/sq mile. Lakeview is 30,000/sq mile, streeterville is around 37,000/sq mile, etc. Parts of Boston, Philadelphia and DC can be dense too but not as much as these areas usually.

Here's a better pic of how crowded Istanbul can be (one of the high shopping streets - Istiklal Caddesi):


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Old 01-14-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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My neighbourhood is 14,500 per square KM (dont know whats that in miles, we count in km here).
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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My neighbourhood is 14,500 per square KM (dont know whats that in miles, we count in km here).
Around 36,000/sq mile.
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