Countries with the Highest Population Density
Updated July 19, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
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.
Hong Kong (China)
Sint Maarten (Netherlands)
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.
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