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Mumbai Is World’s Second Most Densely Populated City: WEF

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The Dharavi slums in Mumbai. (Image courtesy: Google)

Mumbai, with 31700 people per sq km, ranked second in the list of 10 most densely populated cities in the world by World Economic Forum (WEF) citing UN Habitat Data.

More than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas and the United Nations (UN) expects that proportion to increase to 66% by 2050, with close to 90% of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.

With a population density of 44,500 people per square kilometer, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the most crowded city.

Six of the most densely populated cities are in Asia, three in Africa and one in South America.

Kota, a coaching hub for competitive examinations, is the world’s seventh most densely populated city with a population density of 12100 people per sq km.

The Seven Wonders Park in Kota, Rajasthan. (Image courtesy: Google)
The Seven Wonders Park in Kota, Rajasthan. (Image courtesy: Google)

The reasons why people continue to move to cities in their droves can be divided into ‘push’ or ‘pull’ factors.

Push factors are issues with a current living situation that spur people into moving away, while pull factors are plus points that encourage people to move to a new location.s

More often than not the push and pull factors both involve jobs and wages – it’s usually easier to find better-paid work in cities than in rural locations.

Other Cities on the List are:

  • Medellin with 19700 people per sq km is at the third position,
  • Manila is fourth with 14800,
  • Casablanca fifth with 14200,
  • Lagos sixth with 13300,
  • Abuja eighth with 10500,
  • Singapore ninth with 10200 and
  • Jakarta is tenth 9600 people per sq km.

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