Miami Is Now The Fourth Most Densely Populated Major City In America After Rapid Growth Last Decade

Miami’s population density increased at a faster rate than almost any other big city in America and now ranks fourth nationwide, a new study shows.

The population density in Miami is now 13,000.5 per square mile. Only New York, San Francisco and Boston are higher.

Between 2000 and 2019, Miami’s population density increased 16.68%. The only major city in the top 20 to top that was Seattle, while Washington D.C. also saw a nearly identical increase to Miami.

The study was conducted by Filterbuy. Researchers divided U.S. Census population data from 2010 and 2019 by U.S. Census land area data, adjusting for changes in land area during the decade.

As of 2019, Miami had a population of 467,968 and a land area of 36 square miles. Data for 2020 has not yet been released.

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Anonymous
4 months ago

I notice no Texas city is on this list. I have never been there but I have always assumed their cities are built like giant suburbs. Is this the case?

Anonymous
4 months ago

I hate Texas

Anonymous
4 months ago

Believe Texas I’m sure doesn’t like you either

Anonymous
4 months ago

Texas isn’t bad per se, it’s their people that suck. A bunch a bigots there.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Walk through a neighborhood of any different demographic and see how you’re treated.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hey Just like Miami is awesome except for the people!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami has some of the most closeD minded wanna bes on earth

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yup… look at a Dallas/Ft. Worth or Houston map

Paul
4 months ago

The City of Houston is 12X the area of the City of Miami.

It all has to do with the way cities are incorporated. Miami-Dade has over 30 municipalities. South Florida has over 70. It is perhaps the most balkanized metro area in the country.

Studies that use individual municipality data, like this one, show Miami being a really tiny but dense city. Other principal cities that incorporate more of their suburbs, like Houston, appear to be large but dense.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Disagree. Look at some northeastern metro areas and see how many individual towns, cities and villages are in each.

Paul
4 months ago

Name one that has 30+ municipalities.

Here’s a list of NE cities by principal city area:
NYC: 468 sq mi
Philly: 143 sq mi
Baltimore: 92 sq mi
Boston: 90 sq mi
DC: 68 sq mi

And then there’s Miami
Miami: 56 sq mi

Anonymous
4 months ago

City of Miami should merge with Miami Beach, Hialeah, & Coral Gables as well as annex the tiny cities like El Portal and the unincorporated areas near them. Or consolidate the county like Jacksonville and Nashville.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami will never annex El Portal.

J.M.
4 months ago

Why not?

Anonymous
4 months ago

F Hialeah

MIami kid
4 months ago

To prove what?

Anonymous
4 months ago

The problem with your thinking is that Hialeah, Miami Beach and Coral Gables are already incorporated cities. They have their own governments, sheriffs, police, fire, etc. Annexing the smaller unincorporated areas (West Little River, El Portal, etc.) near the city limits makes sense because that is feasible.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Miami-Dade has over 30 municipalities. South Florida has over 70. It is perhaps the most balkanized metro area in the country.”

Check out L.A. / L.A. County: lacounty.gov › Government › Geography & Statistics
There are 88 cities, approximate 140 unincorporated areas, and communities within the County of Los Angeles.

Miami-Dade is likely most balkanized for its small land area.

Anonymous
4 months ago

My comment is going to get some flak, but Miami is just really part of the larger “South Florida” metro area and when you consider all of South Florida as one city, which it is, then those are the real metrics from which to measure.

Anonymous
4 months ago

definitely the case. It’s massive 15 lane interstates and suburbs as far as the eye can see.

Anonymous
4 months ago

And we have plenty of empty lots to make it more denser.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lol, pack them in!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yep, just keep gobbling up land northeast and some of northwest of downtown and redevelop miles of it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metropolitan Miami goes from Jupiter to Key Largo

Anonymous
4 months ago

From Jupiter? Key Largo? That’s not Miami

Anonymous
4 months ago

Do you know what Metropolitan means ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metro Miami doesn’t include Monroe county actually

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is just for the City of Miami

MIami kid
4 months ago

No it doesn’t. Obviously, you’ve never lived in Miami or South Florida.

Anonymous
4 months ago

No one outside of Miami considers the rest of the city as greater Miami. It’s South Florida. When you tell someone that you live in Boca, no one on planet Earth thinks of it as a suburb of Miami… because it’s not.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ayyyeee Miami Winning!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

And yet we’re still being fed these lies that “the density isn’t there to support mass transit”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Density isn’t the only component to justify mass transit. There is no centralization, too much ease of parking, infrastructure is not built for it. Even near Brickell, some banks have drive in tellers. Does that tell you something?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami 305 forever

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ghetto

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why does other info on the land size of Miami show about 55 to 56 square miles?

Anonymous
4 months ago

People usually lump in Metro Dade which includes Coral Gables, Kendall, Westchester, Doral etc. The city of Miami is very small in terms of land size compared to other big cities hence the smaller population size. In terms of population and size, Jacksonville is the largest city in FL as it annexed many of its surroundings while in Miami those areas retain local control.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Thanks for the explanation. I didn’t know that 55 or 56 sq miles (even though that’s still small) included Coral Gables, Kendall, Westchester, Doral etc.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nah, I’m pretty sure the 56 miles is ONLY city of Miami, though that includes 20 square miles of water. If we included all of Dade it would be 2400 square miles, and the whole metro area (add Broward and Palm Beach) it’s 6100

Anonymous
4 months ago

Land size means the size of the land. Water is not included.

Anonymous
4 months ago

HUMONGOUS
Precisely why mass transit is not feasible

Anonymous
4 months ago

When you see it stated that Miami contains 55-56 sq mi, that’s total area, including water (large parts of Biscayne Bay, rivers, canals, etc.). When counting only the land area of Miami it’s 36 sq mi.

Manny Pena
4 months ago

Correction: The density is 13,000.5/sq mi **
The 1300.5 figure in the article is missing a zero

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami should just annex unincorporated communities like Gladeview, Pinewood, West Little River, El Portal, etc. that are already close enough to city limits. Annexing the Airport with city limits would also be a good idea. Population gets expanded by at least 50k right there.

Anonymous
4 months ago

A study done by a air filter company??

BDub
4 months ago

467,968 divided by 36 is 12,999 not 1,300.5

Azarius
4 months ago

Watch Jacksonville slowly creep up on this list in 2-4 years

Anonymous
4 months ago

Highly unlikely. Jacksonville has 747 sq mi of land, so it won’t be joining any top density rankings soon.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami will be under soon enough, don’t get too happy!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you are from Miami you would know that many parts of the city of Miami lie on top of the Miami Rock Ridge that rises 15 to 25 feet above sea level. Areas like Coconut Grove, Sliver Bluff, Shenandoah and The Roads you can see distinct elevation changes (I.e small hills) and are all zoned X under FEMA flood risk categorization. These areas never have widespread flood or storm surge issues (except for some areas of costal coconut grove).

Is Miami as a whole vulnerable to flooding and storm surge? Yes, you bet. But almost all of the major costal cities along the eastern seaboard are similarly at risk.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Soon ? So there is suppose to be massive sea level rise by the meters next year ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes, AOC and Greta said so. Al Gore backs them up, 100%

Anonymous
4 months ago

Is that you Al?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah, it’s me.. I’m not afraid to show my face like Pence is.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Doom and Gloomers
Stop watching toxic CNN my friend