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Most densely populated cities in the world

Some popular tourist locations in larger cities have overcrowded streets as well, but that is no comparison to the world’s most densely populated cities.

These cities experience the everyday struggles of averagely populated capitals to extremely populated ones.

People usually think about the crowded streets of New York in the United States of America or the streets in Tokyo, Japan, but this doesn’t even come in the top list of most densely populated cities.

The issues of very populated cities are usually similar – infrastructure struggles and the pollution in the earth and air. The rates that are important to a good life in the cities are usually high. For example, safety levels and crime levels, as well as the property prices and other rates, are not in favor of the residents residing in the cities.

In the following paragraphs see the world’s most densely populated cities and how it impacts the daily lives of the residents.

Manila, Philippines

Manila, which is in the Philippines, is the earth’s most densely populated city with more than 40 thousand people living per square kilometer in the area of the city. The area of this city is 38,55 square kilometers large.

Manila is accommodating over 13 million people which is highly over its resources to carry so many people. The city experiences very high pollution rates which comes with the overcrowded city and has a low safety index according to the Quality of Life Index, but on the other hand the cost of living in Manila is quite low.

Mumbai, India

India in general is a very highly populated country with a high rich-poor ratio which makes the country seem overpopulated. And this is not far from the truth as Mumbai is one of the world’s most densely populated cities with more than 28 thousand people living per every square kilometer.

Mumbai in India is the capital of state Maharashtra and has the population of approximately 12 million residents that live in an area of 603,4 square kilometers.

Area has a high ratio of rich and the poor because one of the largest numbers of millionaires and billionaires are living in Mumbai. However, it also experiences high poverty and overall poverty is a huge issue in the city.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Capital of Bangladesh – Dhaka also experiences a very high density of population with more than 28 thousand people living in the city’s every square kilometer. The area of the capital is 306,4 square kilometers and it has a high growth rate overall and this is happening due to the migration to urban areas from the countryside of the country.

Pollution and property prices in cities of this large of a density is very high and the safety and purchasing power is low according to the Quality of Life Index. The city is a typical overpopulated example that comes with all of the life quality rates at bad levels and makes lives of residence harder. Dhaka has very high air pollution levels as well.

Caloocan, Philippines

Another highly populated and one of the most densely populated cities in the world is Caloocan in the Philippines and has over 26 thousand people living per every square kilometer. The total area of Caloocan is only 53 square kilometers and as all overpopulated cities, the pollution is high, safety levels in the city are low and traffic is terrible. On the other hand, Caloocan has quite good levels of health care system performance.

Chennai, India

Capital of Tamil Nadu in India is the largest educational center of South India, which is also performing well in economic aspects as well as culturally. Approximately 25 thousand people per square kilometer are living in Chennai and is one of the most popular cities amongst tourists. Also, the cost of living is quite affordable as well as a good healthcare system is present in Chennai. Only downsides are the pollution levels, the traffic in the city as well as Property Price to Income Ratio.

Kolkata, India

Kolkata has the density of population at 24 thousand per square kilometer mark and is in India. Kolkata is considered to be a manufacturing center as well as a financial center of the country. The downsides of the high density of population are the infrastructure struggles and the pollution in the air, waters and ground. Kolkata is approximately 200 square kilometers and is experiencing high poverty rates and overall large ratio of rich and poor.

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