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The U.S. ranks 12th in urban population

According to the World Bank, 43.3% of Americans live in cities with populations of greater than 1,000,000, making the United States rank twelfth in that category. In Hong Kong, which ranks first, 103.3% of the population lives in an urban area. The data do not state how Hong Kong has a number greater than 100% living in an urban area.


  1. Anonymous
    11 May 2009 at 11:11 am

    If you take another look at the data you’ve presented in this graph, you will see that actually 80.8% of Americans live in urban areas, as do 100% of people from Hong Kong. Within those urban areas, there is a population density of 43.3 people per square kilometer in the US, compared to 103.3 in Hong Kong.

  2. Mark
    11 May 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Actually, the 43.3 referred to the percent of the population in cities of larger than 1,000,000, which is what this ranking was showing. A new post will go up soon for the percent of the population in all urban areas, not just those in cities larger than 1,000,000.

  3. Laura
    12 November 2009 at 5:54 pm

    What percentage of the American rural population is non-white?

  4. Mark
    12 November 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t know the answer, but you may be able to sleuth it out at census.gov

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