U.S. Census Bureau reports Los Angeles as the Nation’s Densest Urban Area

Downtown LA, 2010 © Slices of Light

Based on 2010 Census results, the nation’s most densely populated urbanized area is Los Angeles/Anaheim/Long Beach, California, with nearly 7,000 people per square mile. Surprised? Not only did the Los Angeles area rank first, but of the ten most densely populated urbanized areas, nine are in the West, with seven of those in California. Continue reading for more.

Los Angeles is followed by San Francisco-Oakland, California (6,266 people per square mile), San Jose, California (5,820 people per square mile), Delano, California (5,483 people per square mile) and then -, N.J with an overall density of 5,319 people per square mile. However, the New York- area still has the highest population, with 18,351,295 residents, followed by Los Angeles (12,150,996) and Chicago (8,608,208).

Among urbanized areas with populations of 1 million or more, the Charlotte, North Carolina – South Carolina, area grew at the fastest rate, increasing by 64.6%, followed by the Austin, Texas (51.1%) and Las Vegas-Henderson, Nevada (43.5%). The Charlotte and Austin areas also had the highest rates of land area change, increasing by 70.5 percent and 64.4 percent, respectively.

The report defines urban areas as densely developed residential, commercial and other nonresidential areas. They now account for 80.7 percent of the U.S. population, up from 79.0 percent in 2000.

Reference: U.S. Census Bureau, 89.3 KPCC

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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "U.S. Census Bureau reports Los Angeles as the Nation’s Densest Urban Area" 28 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=220966>

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    Maybe now our City officials will give a serious look (and $$$) at our failing infrastructure.

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    you know what they say about lies, damned lies and statistics. This same list puts Delano, CA ahead of the NYC area – a town of 53000 people whose primary industry is agriculture. Clearly the census “urban area” density metric should be taken with a grain of salt.

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      ^This.
      A far more accurate measure of population density is to look at areas, rather than ‘greater metropolitan regions’, which at that scale are irrelevant.
      If you look at the population density of individual places then you will see that 8 of the top ten densest areas are in the New York Metropolitan area. The densest of these being Gutenberg, NJ.

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    this is the weirdest wrong statistic ever. it doesn’t add up. los angeles (the city, including downtown) has 3.82 million people in 503 square miles. that is 7,594 people per square mile. new york city (all five boroughs and nothing else) has a population of 8.245 million people in 468 square miles. that is 17,618 people per square mile. if you expand new york city to the same size as los angeles 503 square miles, new york city still has 16,392 people per square mile. any direction you grab those square miles near new york city are dense areas like new jersey and long island and the people per square mile is still ten thousand more per square mile than los angeles. and if you encompass a bigger area of los angeles it is all less densely populated. where the hell did they get their info and what strange lines did they draw to get los angeles and delano more dense than new york city which includes manhattan which has an average height of thirty story buildings. i’ve been to delano, the tallest building is three floors high. i live in new york and i can tell you 34th street and seventh avenue near penn station on any afternoon makes a european rave look empty! it can take two or three lights to cross any direction and that’s on foot!

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    this is the weirdest wrong statistic ever. it doesn’t add up. los angeles (the city, including downtown) has 3.82 million people in 503 square miles. that is 7,594 people per square mile. new york city (all five boroughs and nothing else) has a population of 8.245 million people in 468 square miles. that is 17,618 people per square mile. if you expand new york city to the same size as los angeles 503 square miles, new york city still has 16,392 people per square mile. any direction you grab those square miles near new york city are dense areas like new jersey and long island and the people per square mile is still ten thousand more per square mile than los angeles. and if you encompass a bigger area of los angeles it is all less densely populated. where the hell did they get their info and what strange lines did they draw to get los angeles and delano more dense than new york city which includes manhattan which has an average height of thirty story buildings. i’ve been to delano, the tallest building is three floors high. i live in new york and i can tell you 34th street and seventh avenue near penn station on any afternoon makes a european rave look empty! it can take two or three lights to cross any direction and that’s on foot!

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