Top 10 Most Densely Populated Cities in the World

In the last years, there have been mass migration movements from rural to urban areas around the world to find jobs and opportunities for business.

In the last couple of years, there has been a steady increase in the population of metropolitan cities worldwide.

Here are the top 10 most densely populated cities:




10. New York City


  • People per square kilometer: 17,767
  • Population: 8,323,338
  • Area: 468.484 sq km
  • Country: United States

New York City has 8.6 million inhabitants in an area just a little over 300 square miles!

We didn’t even count the estimated 61.8 million tourists visiting the world’s financial capital each year.

New York City’s population density is much higher than most metropolitan areas in the United States.


The population density of Manhattan alone (69,468 people a mile) also sweeps through other packed locations worldwide.


Why is New York so populated?
New York is one of the few places inhabitants in the last few years where people can find white-collar jobs quickly. 

If you are a Philly stockbroker and your company is going into it, your other work options are scarce. 

But if you move to NYC and there are many more job opportunities in financial services, health care, professional services, retail, educational services, arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media industry.

Speaking about housing,

NYC was always about real estate. In Manhattan, an acre lot could possibly hold dozens of households and hundreds of companies, so owning property was much more a path to wealth (or status of wealth).

As for crowding, this is less related to NY than to economics in the last 40 years. 

For a city of eight million as foreseen in the late 19th century, the infrastructure development parts which define New York City, such as the subway and bus system were designed and constructed.