When I tell people that Kiev is a big city, about 4 million people, I often compare it to Atlanta’s size. However, that’s only half the story. When you start looking at how many people per square mile live in each city, you realize why Kiev feels larger than Atlanta.
In 2008, Atlanta had 4,018.4 people per square mile in the city proper, and 629.4 people per square mile in the greater metro area, which is what most people think of when they talk about Atlanta being huge. Kiev’s population density is more than double that of Atlanta, at 8,544.4 people per square mile. In Chattanooga, where I currently live, we have 1,264 people per square mile. So then I was curious how Kiev and Atlanta stack up against the population density of other major world cities.
Looks like Mumbai, India leaves everybody in the dust when it comes to packing in the people.
How close do you live to your nearest neighbor? What are the best reasons to live where the population is dense, or why do you choose to live in a sparsely populated rural hamlet?