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Old Posted Mar 4, 2012, 6:42 AM
memph memph is offline
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Originally Posted by memph View Post
Chris Bradford made a list for the biggest urban areas. I guess city propers could be interesting too though.
Here are a few city proper weighted densities (population in brackets).

New York City: 64,025 ppsm (8.008 million)**
San Francisco: 30,005 ppsm (0.805 million)
Montreal: 22,064 ppsm (1.648 million)
Vancouver: 20,397 ppsm (0.618 million)
Toronto: 20,124 ppsm (2.615 million)
Chicago: 19,826 ppsm (2.703 million)*
Mississauga :12,736 ppsm (0.712 million)

*I think I added an extra census tract but it doesn't make much of a difference and would take too long to find
**2000 values for NYC, Canadian cities use 2011 census values and SF/Chicago use 2010 census values

While I haven't looked at Chicago's suburbs yet, I doubt there are many high density census tracts there, so here are the number of Chicagoans living above x density

100,000 ppsm: 1,630
75,000 ppsm: 22,785
50,000 ppsm: 89,369
40,000 ppsm: 130,900
30,000 ppsm: 380,879
25,000 ppsm: 654,242
20,000 ppsm: 1,078,359

In terms of sheer numbers, Chicago is behind Toronto but ahead of Montreal for the >50,000 ppsm densities. For >40,000 ppsm Chicago is behind both Montreal and Toronto, although Montreal has barely more people living at those densities. For >30,000 ppsm Chicago barely edges out Montreal and is close behind Toronto. For >20,000 ppsm and >25,000 ppsm Chicago is ahead of both Toronto and Montreal in terms of sheer numbers.
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