The Population Density of New York City

New York City alone contains more people than Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, both Dakotas, Nebraska, and New Mexico combined.


Just how many people live in New York City? Ignoring the estimated 61.8 million tourists who visit the area every year, the Big Apple is home to 8.6 million people in an area of only a bit more than 300 square miles.


We’ve created a few visualizations to explain just how many people live in our favorite urban jungle.

New York City’s population density is three times that of Los Angeles.


The population density of NYC (27,013 people per square mile) dwarfs most other metropolitan areas of the United States. And if you only look at the population density of Manhattan (69,468 people per square mile), it still dwarfs other famously packed places internationally, such as Paris and Hong Kong.


New York City is more populated than Mongolia, Greenland, and Norway combined.


However, cities like Manila (171,301 people per square mile) and Phnom Penh (193,730 people per square mile) dwarf the Big Apple’s density!


We wouldn’t have a lot of space even if we had a space colony.


There would be one person every 1.69 square miles if we all moved to the moon. That’s hardly enough to bounce around!


Take a quick look at just how dense NYC really is.