Here in Phoenix, We Like to Spread Out
February 20, 2017 at 5:17 am
Andrei Stoica | Phoenix
If you live in Phoenix or have spent much time here, you know it's a big place. But how does it compare with some of the world's other major cities when it comes to density?
A graphic produced recently by SpareFoot, a company that helps people find storage space, provides an answer. As it turns out, even though Phoenix is among the largest cities in the U.S. in terms of land area, it's a lot less dense than many cities in the U.S. and around the world.
The graphic shows how big Phoenix would be if its 1.6 million people were packed as densely as, for example, New York City's residents. If that were the case, Phoenix would be only 55 square miles — about a tenth of its current size.
The difference is even more dramatic when comparing with international cities like Manila — a city so dense that if Phoenix had the same density, it'd be only 14.5 square miles. That's not even as big as Phoenix's South Mountain Park, which is about 25 square miles.
You can see the whole graphic below.