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What is population density?

Definition : Population density is the number of people for a given area.

                         Often given as how many people per square kilometer.

                         If places are densely populated, they will have a high population

                         density and if places are sparsely populated, they will have a low

                         population density.

How do you work out population density?

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UK

Highest population density by country

Position    Country           people per km2

        1               Macau                       18,534

        2              Monaco                    16,923

        3              Singapore                 7,148

        4              Hong Kong              6,349

        5              Gibraltar                   4,559

        6              Vatican City            1,877

        7               Bahrain                     1,646

        8              Malta                           1,322

        9              Bermuda                   1,226

        10            Sint Maarten           1,101 

most densely populated place in the world

Macau Peninsula as seen from the air.

Highest population density by large country

(5 million+)

Position    Country           people per km2

        1               Singapore               7,148    

        2              Hong Kong             6,349

        3              Bangladesh               964

        4              Taiwan                        639

        5              South Korea             487

        6              Netherlands             408

        7              Rwanda                       380

        8              Israel                             371

        9              India                              368

        10            Haiti                              362

most densely populated place in the world

The Singapore skyline at night

Lowest population density by country

Position    Country           people per km2

        1               Greenland                 0.026    

        2              Falkland island       0.26

        3              Mongolia                     1.7

        4              Western Sahara      1.9

        5              French Guiana         2.1

        6              Namibia                      2.6

        7              Australia                     3.1

        8              Iceland                        3.1

        9              Suriname                    3.2

        10           Mauritania                 3.2

most densely populated place in the world

Greenland as seen from space, almost completely covered with ice.

(5 million+)

Lowest population density by large country

Position    Country           people per km2

        1               Australia                     3.1    

        2              Canada                        3.4

        3              Libya                            3.6

        4              Kazakhstan             6.2

        5              Russia                         8.3

        6              Chad                           8.8

        7              Bolivia                          9

        8              Turkmenistan         10

        9              Mali                               12

        10           Saudi Arabia             12

This activity also then goes on to develop some geography skills by asking the pupils to locate on to the blank map of the world the location of the world's major deserts. 

 

Geography work search
most densely populated place in the world

The Australian outback, the most sparsely populated place in the world.

Population density maps

Below you can find population density maps for various different countries. Using the same scale, they allow accurate comparison between different countries. Click on the images to download a pdf version.

Here we look at what population density is and how to work out population density. We then go to look at the places with the highest and lowest population density in the world. Have a look at the top ten most densely places in the world, how many of them fit your image of being a densely populated place? We then go on to look at population density maps of various countries around the world. 

POPULATION DENSITY