You might be aware that 1 in 8 American’s lives in California, yet the rest of the American west is still rather unoccupied. It would be very interesting to hold up this chart and a similar one for China and compare the two. Shanghai is around 3 x the size of New York City, and there are more than 100 cities with over 1,000,000 residents.
According to Google, Manhattan’s population density is 66,940/mi2. In 1910, Manhattan reached a peak population density of 120,250/mi2
My hometown (Downtown Shanghai) has an average population density of 88,140/mi2. Here in City Center (Huangpu District), it’s probably well above 100,000 considering the population here is noticeably higher… On the bright side, move to China and you’ll never be alone 🙂
See the clickable Flash version at TIME’s “Where we Live” article.
Shanghai Population Density Numbers (Chinese only)
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