List of islands by population density

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The following is a list of islands on earth, sorted by population density with most densed and least density of inhabited island.

Most densely populated islands (over 1,000 people per km²)[edit]

# Island Country Surrounded by Population Area
km²
Density
(per km²)
Coordinates
1 Santa Cruz del Islote  Colombia Caribbean Sea 1,247 0.012 103,917 9°47′9″N 75°51′33″W / 9.78583°N 75.85917°W / 9.78583; -75.85917
2 Ap Lei Chau (Aberdeen Island)  Hong Kong Aberdeen Channel, East Lamma Channel 86,782 1.32 66,755 22°14′30″N 114°9′20″E / 22.24167°N 114.15556°E / 22.24167; 114.15556
3 Migingo Island  Kenya Lake Victoria 131 0.002 65,500 0°52′59″S 33°56′20″E / 0.88306°S 33.93889°E / -0.88306; 33.93889
4 Fadiouth  Senegal Atlantic Ocean 9,000 0.15 60,000 14°9′9″N 16°49′24″W / 14.15250°N 16.82333°W / 14.15250; -16.82333
5 Malé  Maldives Indian Ocean 92,555 1.952 47,416 4°10′30″N 73°30′32″E / 4.17500°N 73.50889°E / 4.17500; 73.50889
6 Ebeye  Marshall Islands Pacific Ocean 15,000 0.360 41,667 8°46′49″N 167°44′14″E / 8.78028°N 167.73722°E / 8.78028; 167.73722
7 Ilha de Moçambique  Mozambique Indian Ocean 54,315 1.5 36,210 15°2′18″S 40°44′1″E / 15.03833°S 40.73361°E / -15.03833; 40.73361
8 Manhattan (New York City)  United States Mouth of Hudson River, East River, Harlem River, Atlantic Ocean 1,634,795 59.47 27,489 40°43′40″N 73°59′40″W / 40.72778°N 73.99444°W / 40.72778; -73.99444
9 Salsette Island (Mumbai)  India Branches of Ulhas River, Arabian Sea 15,111,974 619 24,414 19°12′N 72°54′E / 19.200°N 72.900°E / 19.200; 72.900
10 Île Saint-Louis (Paris)  France Seine River 2,465 0.11 22,409 48°51′6″N 2°21′23″E / 48.85167°N 2.35639°E / 48.85167; 2.35639
11 Arwad  Syria Mediterranean Sea 4,403 0.2 22,015 34°51′22″N 35°51′32″E / 34.85611°N 35.85889°E / 34.85611; 35.85889
12 Lilla Essingen (Stockholm)  Sweden 4,647 0.23 20,204 59°19′30″N 18°0′15″E / 59.32500°N 18.00417°E / 59.32500; 18.00417
13 Tsing Yi  Hong Kong 200,400 10.69 18,746 22°20′44″N 114°6′0″E / 22.34556°N 114.10000°E / 22.34556; 114.10000
14 Vasilyevsky Island (Saint Petersburg)  Russia 202,650 10.9 18,592
15 Djarrit  Marshall Islands 7,103 0.389 18,260
16 Södermalm (Stockholm)  Sweden 99,685 5.71 17,458
17 Hong Kong Island  Hong Kong 1,289,500 80.4 16,038
18 Sisak Island (Sisak)[citation needed]  Croatia Kupa 15,897 1.1 15,897
19 Roosevelt Island (New York City)  United States East River 9,520 0.6 15,867
20 Reimersholme (Stockholm)  Sweden 2,324 0.16 14,525
21 Kungsholmen (Stockholm)  Sweden 56,754 (2007) 3.91 14,515
22 Lübeck Old Town  Germany approx. 12,000 1.00 approx. 12,000
23 Venice Center  Italy approx. 60,000 5.00 approx. 12,000
24 Ma Wan  Hong Kong 11,193 (2007)[1] 0.96 11,659
25 Xiamen Island  China 1,410,000 (est) 132.5 10,650
26 Anping Island  Taiwan 60,000 (est) 6 (est) 10,000
27 Yeongdo  South Korea 139,765 (2012.12) 14 9,983
28 Cheung Chau  Hong Kong 23,156 (2007) 2.46 9,413
29 Portsea Island (Portsmouth)  United Kingdom approx. 147,000 (est) 16 approx. 9,187
30 Stadsholmen (Stockholm)  Sweden approx. 3,000 (2006) 0.36 approx. 8,300
31 Katajanokka (Helsinki)  Finland 4,167 (2005) 0.57 7,244
32 Pulau Ujong (Singapore Island)  Singapore 4,987,600 (2009) 710.2 6,814
33 Isola dei Pescatori  Italy 208 (1971) 0.034 6,118
34 Cijin Island  Taiwan 30,000 (2010) 5 (est) 6,000
35 Balboa Island, Newport Beach (Newport Beach)  United States Newport Bay 3,000 (2000) 0.52 5,769
35 Peng Chau  Hong Kong 5,300 (est) 0.99 5,354
36 Stora Essingen (Stockholm)  Sweden 3,892 (2006) 0.73 5,332
37 Lauttasaari (Helsinki)  Finland 19,644 (2008) 3.75 5,238
38 Governador Island (Rio de Janeiro)  Brazil Guanabara Bay 212,547 (2010)[2] 40.81 5,209
39 Lindau  Germany 3,000 (2008) 0.68 4,412
40 Nuns' Island (Montréal)  Canada St. Lawrence River 16,210 (2006) 3.74 4,334
41 City Island (New York City)  United States Long Island Sound 4,362 (2010) 1.023 4,264
42 Taipa, Cotai, and Coloane (Macau)  Macau South China Sea 82,759 (2011) 20.58 4,021
42 Island of Montreal (Montréal)  Canada confluence of the Ottawa River with the St. Lawrence 1,854,442 (2006) 499 3,716
43 Yeouido  South Korea 31,000 (2006) 8.4 3,700
44 Long Beach Barrier Island  United States Atlantic Ocean, Reynolds Channel 39,282 (2010) 11.7 3,350 40°35′17″N 73°41′17″W / 40.58806°N 73.68806°W / 40.58806; -73.68806
45 Lidingö (outside Stockholm)  Sweden 44,000 (2011) 12.54 3,300
46 Staten Island (New York City)  United States 468,730 (2010) 151.5 3,093
47 Tammisalo (Helsinki)  Finland 2,183 (2005) 0.73 2,990
48 Penang Island  Malaysia 860,000 (2010) 293 2,935
49 Kotlin Island (including Kronstadt)  Russia 42,800 (2006) 16 2,675
50 Majuro  Marshall Islands 25,400 (2004) 9.7 2,619
51 San Andrés  Colombia Caribbean Sea 67,912 (2007) 26 2,612 12°35′N 81°42′W / 12.583°N 81.700°W / 12.583; -81.700
52 Long Island (New York)  United States East River, Long Island Sound, and Atlantic Ocean 7,568,304 (2010) 3,629 2,086
53 Kulosaari (Helsinki)  Finland 3,770 (2004) 1.81 2,083
54 Paquetá Island (Rio de Janeiro)  Brazil Guanabara Bay 3,361 (2010)[3] 1.7 1,970
55 Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria  Germany 300 (2008) 0.155 1,935
56 Liouciou Island  Taiwan 12,600 (2010) 6.8 1,850
56 Lido Isle, Newport Beach (Newport Beach)  United States Newport Bay 1,800 (2000) 1.0 1,800
57 Amager  Denmark 160,030 (2008) 96.3 1,662
58 O'ahu  United States Pacific Ocean 976,372 (2012) 1,545 1,636
59 Bahrain  Bahrain Persian Gulf 1,234,571 (2010) 765.3 1,626 26°2′N 50°33′E / 26.033°N 50.550°E / 26.033; 50.550
60 Key West  United States Gulf of Mexico, Straits of Florida 24,649 (2010) 15.4 1,600 24°33′33″N 81°47′2″W / 24.55917°N 81.78389°W / 24.55917; -81.78389
61 New Providence  Bahamas Atlantic Ocean 248,948 (2010) 207 1,594 25°2′N 77°24′W / 25.033°N 77.400°W / 25.033; -77.400
62 Malta Island  Malta Mediterranean Sea 388,232 (2007) 246 1,578
63 Tromsøya (Tromsø)  Norway 33,668 (2008) 22.79 1,503
64 Lehtisaari (Helsinki)  Finland 1,148 (2008) 0.79 1,453
65 Lulu Island (Richmond)  Canada Fraser River estuary, Strait of Georgia 168,162 (2006) 120 1,401
66 Kuusisaari (Helsinki)  Finland 588 (2008) 0.40 1,395
67 Île Jésus (Laval)  Canada 400,000 (2010) 245 1,384
68 Smögen  Sweden 1,437 (2005) 1.04 1,381
69 Öckerö  Sweden 3,269 (2005) 2.39 1,368
70 Mercer Island  United States Lake Washington 22,699 (2010) 34.0 1,333
71 Île de la Cité (Paris)  France Seine River 1,168 (2007) 0.9 1,297
72 Labuan  Malaysia 100,000 (2010) 85 1,177
73 Capri  Italy Tyrrhenian Sea 12,200 (2002) 10.4 1,170
74 Okinawa Island  Japan Pacific Ocean 1,384,762 (2009) 1,207.87 1,146
75 Penghu Island  Taiwan 70,200 (2010) 64 1,100
76 Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island  United States San Francisco Bay 2,500 (2010) 2.334 1,071
77 Java  Indonesia Indian Ocean, Java Sea 130,000,000 (2006) 132,187 1,026

Notable islands[edit]

Island Country Population Area
km²
Density
(per km²)
Mauritius  Mauritius 1,263,089 (2012) 1865 677
Quemoy  Taiwan 86,500 (2008) 132 650
Taiwan  Taiwan 23,000,000 (2008) 35,801 636
Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island  United States 60,870 (2000) 98 621
Honshū  Japan 103,000,000 (2005) 230,500 447[4]
Luzon  Philippines 48,520,774 (2010) 104,688[5][6] 441.6[7]
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 3,994,259 (2007) 9,104 438
Lamma Island  Hong Kong 5,500 (2007) 13.74 400
Kyūshū  Japan 13,231,995 35,640 371
Sri Lanka (main island)  Sri Lanka 21,184,000 (2008) 65,268 325
Great Britain  United Kingdom 57,100,000 (2001) 209,331 273
Awaji Island  Japan 147,359 592.17 248.9
Majorca  Spain 869,067 3640.11 238.75
Shikoku  Japan 4,141,955 (2005) 18,800 220
Sicily  Italy 5,051,075 (2010) 25,700 200
Mindanao  Philippines 29,968,174 (2010) 94,630[6][8] 210.2
Langkawi, Kedah  Malaysia 65,000 (2010) 479 135
Sumatra  Indonesia 45,000,000 (2005) 470,000 96[9]
Ireland  Ireland and  United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) 6,197,100 (2008) 84,421 73.4

Least densely populated islands[edit]

There are numerous uninhabited or deserted islands. The largest uninhabited island in the world is Devon Island in Canada.

  • Greenland (part of Denmark) population 56,452; area 2,166,086 square kilometres/836,109 square miles = 1 person per 38.37 square kilometres/14.81 square miles or 0.02 persons per square kilometre/0.06 persons per square mile.
  • Baffin Island (part of Nunavut, Canada) population 11,000; area 507,451 square km/195,927.9 square mi = 1 person per 46.13 km2/17.81 sq mi or 0.02 persons per km2/0.05 persons per sq mi.
  • Victoria Island (Canada) population 1,875; area 217,291 km2/83,897 sq mi = 1 person per 115.88 km2/44.7 sq mi or 0.009 persons per km2/0.02 persons per sq mi.
  • Ellesmere Island (part of Nunavut, Canada) population 146; area 196,235 km2/75,767 sq mi = 1 person per 1,344.08 km2/518.95 sq mi or 0.000744 persons per km2/0.0019 persons per sq mi.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tsuen Wan District Summaries of Written Representations
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Composed of 34 prefectures including minor outlying islands
  5. ^ "Luzon (island, Philippines)". Britannica. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Eur (2002). Far East and Australasia 2003, 34th edition. Routledge. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Composed of 7 administrative regions excluding island provinces
  8. ^ "Mindanao (island, Philippines)". Britannica. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Composed of 8 provinces including minor outlying islands