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Highest Population Density, 2014

The Tightest-packed Countries on Earth

Population density is a simple function of how many people, on average, live in a given area of a country. Density is a quick and reliable way of gauging how urbanized a country is—more and bigger cities tend to equal a higher density. There are a few caveats to this: the densest countries tend to be very small, as in a small country even a single city would drive up the average density by a huge amount; and, in countries with large unsettled areas, it might not adequately convey how densely settled the populated parts of the country are. These figures are from 2017, the most current data available.

Rank
Country
Population Density
Population
Area
1
Macau (China)
20,164/km2
663,400
32.9 km2
2
Monaco
18,960/km2
38,300
2.02km2
3
Singapore
7,804/km2
5,638,700
722.5km2
4
Hong Kong (China)
6,732/km2
7,448,900
1,106.4km2
5
Gibraltar (UK)
4,874/km2
33,140
6.8km2
6
Vatican City
2,273/km2
1,000
0.44km2
7
Bahrain
2,013/km2
1,566,993
778km2
8
Malta
1,510/km2
475,701
315km2
9
Maldives
1,269/km2
378,114
298km2
10
Bermuda (U.K.)
1,227km2
63,779
52km2

Source: United Nations DESA.

 

NOTE: Country rankings of the type presented below cannot pretend to be definitive; instead they aspire only to provide the reader with an approximation of the high and low ends on a particular scale. Country data vary enormously depending on the sources, and the absence of reliable data on some countries requires their omission, which further skews the results.Only countries for which statistics were available figure in these lists.

 

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