Living in an urban city sure has its perks with nearby goods and services at the palm of your hand – all existing in a lively ambiance. The availability these services can make a city popular and a popular city can be highly populated. Ironically, it is in these cities that simple tasks such as crossing a street can become highly frustrating. Basing our list on the 12th Annual Edition of the Demographia Urban Areas report, we examine how much people can fill one square kilometer in the world’s five most populated urban areas .
The world’s most populated urban area, with a population that is expected to reach 37.7 million this year, Tokyo’s area is around 8,547 square kilometres (5,310 square miles). Despite having the highest population in the world, the area is less dense when compared to other cities and urban areas in this list. Nonetheless, it is home to one of the world’s busiest squares named Shibuya Crossing.
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta places second on the list, with a population that totals 31.3 million. However, with land area of 3,225 square meters (2,003 square miles), the city’s density per square kilometer is significantly higher than the preceding city, reaching 9,700. The city’s museums and cuisine makes up for how crowded it can be.
A highly urbanized city that needs no introduction, Delhi comes third in the list with a population that reaches 25 million. Delhi’s land area stands at 3,220 square kilometers (2,000 square miles) and its population density reaches 11,900. The city’s public transportation evidences how crowded it can really be.
Seoul-Incheon, South Korea:
Coming fourth in the list is the area of Seoul-Incheon. Seoul is the capital of the country while Incheon is located in northwestern South Korea. The area of Seoul-Incheon is 2,590 square kilometers (1,609 square miles), and is populated by 23.57 million people, with a population density of 9,100. The area is known for Gyeongbokung historic palace, North Seoul Tower, Songdo Central Park, the Incheon Bridge, Sorae Ecology park, Freedom Park, as well as various temples and local markets.
A city that, according to the World Bank, is one of the densest area in the East-Asia region and that shows no signs of becoming less crowded shows up at number five on the list. The city’s population reaches 22.93 million, occupying 1,632 square kilometers (1,014 square miles), with a population density that reaches 14,100 per square kilometer. Last year, the city started a series of reclamation projects including cultural venues in Manila Bay and a toll road in Laguna De Bay.
Also coming in at number five is the infamous city of Mumbai, and, with a population of 22,885 million people, the city tops the list in terms of population density. The land area of Mumbai, the lowest in this list, is 881 square kilometers (547 square miles). With the aforementioned population and land area, the city of Mumbai’s population density stands at 26,000 per square kilometer.