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Is London Really As Crowded As It Seems?

March 11, 2015

London has a definite cosmopolitan vibe, with people from all over the world flocking to visit, live and work in the UK’s largest city. It’s been announced that the population has now hit 8.6 million, so you’d naturally think it’s a little cramped – but we’ve found some beautiful visual data to suggest otherwise!

Here’s a fancy graph on London’s population density. 21,000 people/km2 is far from empty, but to see just how crowded it is, you need to compare it to India’s capital city, Delhi (below). So next time you hear someone complaining about a crowded tube, tell them it’s not all that bad!

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To get even more perspective on just how empty and devoid of life London really is (relatively), here are the same graphs for Hong Kong and New York.

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