Population densities

I visited the Greek city of Thessaloniki last spring. There are 360,000 Thessalonians, living on 18 square kilometers of land. Most streets in the city are lined with six-story apartment buildings.

Compare that to 540,000 Portlanders, living on 350 square kilometers of land. Most streets in the city are lined with single-family houses.

Thessalonians live 20,000 to the square kilometer. Portlanders live 1,550 to the square kilometer. That’s barely more dense than Houston’s 1,350.

Remember that statistic the next time you hear how dense Portland is.

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One Response to “Population densities”

  1. M1EK Says:

    It’s impossible to reliably compare density figures over areas like that – one of the favorite tactics of the bad guys who keep lying about rail is to claim that LA is more dense than Chicago (or New York), which is true if you cast a wide enough net, because LA is small-lot-single-family-sprawl-packed-like-sardines for hundreds of square miles while if you get that far outside of Manhattan, you’re into country estates or farms.

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