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Dwelling Space per Capita:
limited to heated Housing living space
       
 
City Living Space,1 m2/person Population, mil2 Population Density,2 persons/km2 Water Supply1, %
Toronto 41.1 3.8 2,670 100
Paris 32.4 6.2 9,355 97
London 31.9 7.2 4,546 100
Madrid 24.4 4.5 7,500 98
Singapore 20.0 4.4 9,705 100
Rio de Janeiro 19.4 9.7 8,300 97
Seoul3 18.8 10.1 29,253 100
Istanbul 17.0 8.6 5,567 94
Tokyo4 15.8 11.5 10,932 100
Shanghai5 9.7 9.0 16,364
Beijing5 9.3 7.5 14,468 86
Mexico City 8.6 8.6 14,962 91
Hong Kong6 7.1 6.1 44,486 95
1 Source: Rector, Robert E and Johnson, Kirk A (2004), "Understanding Poverty in America". Backgrounder 1713. Washington DC, The Heritage Foundation. Originally obtained from: United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and the World Bank, The Housing Indicators Program, Volume 2: Indicator Tables, Table 5. The data is representative of the dwelling space per capita in the late 1990s.
2 Source: demographia.com. The size of the city might extend beyond the political boundaries depending on the level of urbanization (nonetheless, the city population is generally significantly lower than the one of its metropolitan area). The population density corresponds to the number of persons per urbanized square kilometer (excluding woodlands, mountains, etc).
3 In Seoul, the dwelling space per capita has increased on average by 0.6 square meter per year from 2000 to 2003. As of 2006, it is estimated to be of 22.4 m2 per capita.
4 In Tokyo, the dwelling space per capita has increased on average by 0.3 square meter per year from 2000 to 2003. As of 2006, it is estimated to be of 17.6 m2 per capita.
5 In december of 1999, it is reported that the average living space per capita in Chinese cities went up to 9.6 m2 from 9.3 m2 in 1998. The living space per capita in Shanghai: 4.3 m2 (1979), 9.3 m2 (1998), 13.5 m2 (2010 - predicted).
6 According to the Hong Kong Housing Authority, the average living space per capita in public rental housing corresponds to: 8.8 m2 (1995), 10.4 m2 (2000), 11.7 m2 (2005). About 50% of Hong Kongians use public housing.
 
 
 
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