TUESDAY, MAR 07, 2023
Think your neighborhood is becoming crowded? By 2026, 94 of the 100 most-densely populated Census tracts will be in New York City, according to a TractIQ analysis of data compiled by Easy Analytics Software Inc. A Census tract often approximates neighborhood boundaries and typically contains between 1,200 and 8,000 people.
Despite New York City’s dense neighborhoods, a Cook County, Ill., tract takes the No. 1 spot for the most-densely populated area in the nation, with 495,006 people per square mile – even after a slight drop from the current 498,127 people per square mile. The tract, about halfway between Chicago and Evanston, is more than twice as dense as the No. 2 neighborhood in Queens County, N.Y., which claims 204,446 people per square mile.
The other four non-New York City tracts in the top 100 include three in San Francisco (173,718; 154,327; and 139,424); one in Mercer County, N.J. (127,188), and the 99th-ranked tract in Suffolk County, Mass. (123,793). By comparison, the least-dense state is Wyoming, with 6 people per square mile; New Jersey, among the most dense states, has more than 1,200 people per square mile.
Population Density by State., 2021. Click here to explore further.
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Author: Frank Bass