Most Densely Populated Places on Earth

Over the past 20 years, people have had many ways to travel as much as they want. Therefore it is not surprising that many people spend a couple of years traveling around the world and finding the most interesting, amazing and shocking places on our planet. And for such people who do not get excited with standard tourist attractions, but really fond of unusual and memorable location, we decided to create this list of the most populated cities in the world.

In fact, some places on this list are not entire cities, but only parts of them, so we did not compare cities by population density but searched for some strict areas that are very crowded. These areas are scattered all over the world, and you can choose a couple of them to visit (we recommend going to Mumbai and Hong Kong because together they have four areas from our list).


Dharavi slums, Mumbai, India

The third largest slum on the planet and the densest in the whole Earth. It is useless to imagine all dirt and smell of Dharavi. The only thing you can imagine is to turn square miles to square meters and put 7 people on 2 m2. Pretty much, isn't it?


Dhaka Kotwali Thana, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The dirtiest and probably the worst city in the world is also known as one of the most densely populated cities in the world. For example, this area of Dhaka named Kotwali Thana has an area of 2.07 km2 (0.80 sq. mi) and a population of 210,504 people (which means 101,693 people)/km2.


Marine Lines, Mumbai, India

Mumbai is known as the most populous place in the world. In addition, it has the highest density on Earth. Therefore it is not surprising that 2 places from Mumbai are on our list at once. The first, Marina Lines, was the air force residential quarters in the past and is now the third most crowded place on the globe.


Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

These are the largest favelas (slums) in Brazil, located in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is not actually one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but Rosinha is literally similar to the entire independent world. But if you want to see the real Rocinha, you must hurry, because after the World Cup-2014 it will really quickly become a "civilized" place.


Santa Cruz del Islote, Island, Colombia

Santa Cruz del Islote is the island with the highest population density among all the islands around the world. It is a fishing island, and it has a very small area (about 0.012 km2, it's about 1.5 football fields) and a population of 1200 people (definitely, this is not the best place to live).


Mong Kok, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong

We can with all assurance say that Hong Kong is not the least densely populated country. The most dense place in Hong Kong is not a residential area, as it was in other countries, but one of the main shopping areas of the city called Mong Kok, located in Kowloon, which is the continental part of the city.


Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, so people all over the country go there hoping to find a better life. But more than 60% of them remain for life in the slums. Together with the area of Mathare, there is a suburb of Nairobi called Kibera. Kibera is the most densely area in Kenya with something from 74,000 to 114,000 people / km2.


Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya

The worst and most densely populated places around the world are slums. One such location is in Nairobi, Kenya. Mathare slums - the largest slum in Africa: it has an area of about 3 km2, where live 500 000 people. Not the best place to visit.


Tondo district, Manila, Philippines

Tondo is one of the districts in the capital of the Philippines - Manila. It is the most populous city district in the entire Philippines with a population density of 69,297 km² (179,470 square kilometers). Tondo is so crowded that the government of the Philippines thinks to give it the status of an independent city.


Ap Lei Chau, Island, Hong Kong

Today, Hong Kong is the place with the most expensive real estate in the world. Ap Lei Chau is the second most densely populated island area of the Earth after Santa Cruz del Islote. On the 1.32 km2 (0.51 sq. mi) the population is 86,782 people, which means 66,755 people / km² (172,900 people / sq. mi).