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Countries with the Highest Population Density

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 2019, the most current data widely available.

Rank
Country
Population Density
Population
Area
1
Macau (China)
21,158/km2
696,100
32.9 km2
2
Monaco
18,960/km2
38,300
2.02km2
3
Singapore
7,894/km2
5,703,600
722.5km2
4
Hong Kong (China)
6,781/km2
7,500,700
1,106.4km2
5
Gibraltar (UK)
4,956/km2
33,701
6.8km2
6
Bahrain
1,983/km2
1,543,300
778km2
7
Malta
1,633/km2
514,564
315km2
8
Sint Maarten (Netherlands)
1,261/km2
42,876
34km2
9
Maldives
1,257/km2
374,775
298km2
10
Bermuda (U.K.)
1,227km2
63,779
52km2

Source: United Nations DESA.

 

NOTE: Country rankings like this aren't definitive, since country data vary enormously depending on the sources. The absence of reliable data on some countries requires their omission, which skews the results. We're only counting countries for which statistics were available from trusted sources.

 

World Population Statistics