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30 Most Crowded Cities in the World

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5. Paris, France
> Population: 2.2 million
> Land area: 40.5 square miles
> People per square mile: 55,347.6

Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the world. Known for its fashion, cuisine, and culture, Paris is one of the very few crowded cities in Europe to make this list. While the city proper has some 2.2 million residents, the urban sprawl outside its city limits is extensive. Some 10.5 million people live in the urban agglomeration surrounding the French capital.

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4. Santa Cruz, Bolivia
> Population: 1.6 million
> Land area: 14.9 square miles
> People per square mile: 108,463.0

Santa Cruz has grown rapidly, even overtaking Bolivia’s capital of La Paz as the largest city in the country by a significant margin. The Santa Cruz urban area has grown by over 100,000 residents every five years since 1980. This expansion is largely due to agricultural and energy industries. Soybean and sugarcane provide agricultural work and oil refining has become an essential part of Bolivia’s economy.

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3. Manila, Philippines
> Population: 1.8 million
> Land area: 9.6 square miles
> People per square mile: 184,570.2

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, packs 1.8 million residents into just 9.6 square miles. This high population density, 184,570 people per square mile, has led to pollution and traffic issues. As a port city on the island of Luzon, Manila counts shipping as one of its chief economic drivers.

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2. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
> Population: 1.6 million
> Land area: 8.1 square miles
> People per square mile: 193,730.1

The brutal Khmer Rouge regime forced many residents of Phnom Penh, Cambodia out of the city and into the countryside in 1975. After the regime was ousted from power in 1979, Phnom Penh’s population slowly returned. The city sits at the confluence of three major rivers, making it an ideal trading spot.

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1. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
> Population: 1.4 million
> Land area: 1.9 square miles
> People per square mile: 734,711.6

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