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3 Most Densely Populated Cities in the World blog: 3 Most Densely Populated Cities in the World

You might be surprised to discover that the most densely populated city in the United States, with over 57,000 residents per square mile, is Guttenberg, New Jersey. This number is double to the population density in New York City, which is only the sixth most densely populated city in the nation. However, Guttenberg has an overall population of less than 12,000 residents, a significant difference compared to the 8.5 million inhabitants of the five New York City boroughs. The team at created the below list of densely populated cities throughout the world with a population over 1,000,000. Figures for both American cities pale in comparison to other places around the globe. In fact, the most densely populated cities are scattered throughout southern Asia.

Manila, Philippines

This capital city became the most compact area to live in the world only within the last few years. A decade ago, Manila was the 15 thranked city in the world by population density. After a rapid growth at the turn of the millennium, the city’s population rose to 1.78 million for a density over 42,000 residents per square kilometer. Manila officials project to have a population of 20 million by 2020. The team at recommends visiting Manila for its shopping, as the city is an attractive destination for international consumers.

Just outside of Manila with a population of around 64,000 residents in a jurisdiction about two square kilometers is the city of Pateros (population density of 30,500/sq. km) and Caloocan with a population of 1.5 million residents within 20.5 square miles (population density of over 28,000/ sq. km). The population density in Caloocan, Pateros and Manila is significantly higher than in other places in the Philippines. The overall country has a population density of less than 900 occupants per square mile, making it the 37 th most densely populated country in the world.

Chennai, India

The 2001 India census revealed a population in Chennai of 4.2 million, but recent reports place the city at 4.9 million current residents, which places the population density around 27,800 inhabitants per square kilometer. Chennai is one of the most visited and one of the safest cities in India, attracting a vast amount of global health tourists. The team at advises medical travelers to procure a medical visa prior to travel.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka is the most populated city in and capital of Bangladesh (8.5 million in the city, 18 million in the Greater Dhaka Area), and has a density of over 23,000 residents per square kilometer. The rapidly growing city doubled in size within the 15-year span between 1990 and 2005. Although a cultural and political hub of Bangladesh, economists repeatedly consider Dhaka as one of the worst places to live citing a third of the population live under the poverty line and in environments with poor air quality. For tourist visiting Bangladesh, the team at suggests visiting beautiful surrounding towns like Srimangal, Puthia and Cox’s Bazar.