Comparing Cities: Population, Area, and Metro Systems


In this map, we look at the relationships between population, sprawl, and mass transit in the world’s major cities.

• Hong Kong, Mexico City, Seoul and Tokyo have shorter metro systems but lots of riders.
• Chengdu, Chongqing, London, and Nanjing have extensive metro systems, but fewer riders.
• Delhi, Jakarta, Manila, Mumbai, and Sao Paulo have dense populations that don’t use rapid transit as much.
• Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Moscow, and New York have more metro ridership than their populations would suggest.
• Cities in the U.S. are all characterized by urban sprawl. Only New York ranks for transit.



Map: Jordan Engel. As always, the Decolonial Atlas’ original media can be reused under the Decolonial Media License 0.1.

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