Manila compared to New York City

I was reading this story:    about the quality of living in different cities around the world.  I have no idea what factors they used to make their list but I was very disappointed to see that the BEST city in the USA is San Francisco at number 29.

That story led me to look up the largest cities in the world. I looked at about 5 different lists and all are different but one site told about both Manila and New York so at least it is the same people doing the comparing opposed to two different web sites.

This is the site I am using here to compare Manila to NYC:


This is what it says about NYC:

“The title of the world’s largest urban footprint — what some may call “sprawl” —- is held by the New York urban area. Often seen as the epitome of successful dense development (a characterization that applies only in its geographically much smaller core area), the New York urban area itself constitutes the least dense megacity in the world. New York covers nearly 4,500 square miles (11,600 square kilometers) and has a population density of 4,500 per square mile (1,800 per square kilometer). It is a surprise to many that even Los Angeles is more dense, the result of its much denser suburbs.”

It has a link to Manila:    (This is a very interesting article and I hope you read it.)

Notice NYC averages 4500 people per square mile and Manila has about 38,000. For a better comparison Ft. Wayne, In. has a density of 2,293.4/sq mi. according to,_Indiana

That may not be a direct comparison since they come from different sources but what can I say?

Manila is made up of a lot of component cities.  Quezon City,  Caloocan, Taguig, Pasig, Parañaque, Valenzuela, Las Piñas, Makati, Muntinlupa, Marikina and Mandaluyong. According to Wikipedia there are 17 component cities in total.

I just finished reading more about populations and as I said, it is important to compare apples to apples.  According to Wikipedia Manila has :  Population (2015 census)[6] City  1,780,148 people and a density of 110,000/sq mi.   That is just for Manila and not the other components but notice the density.

Wikipedia also says the population of CDO was 675,950 in the 2015 census.


World Atlas says this about CDO:


The population in the city is 1,376,343 according to the figures from 2015. The city contributes mainly to the economy of the Northern Mindanao Region. The city’s economy relies on the service and industrial sectors. The city has become increasingly attractive to global companies who want to set up base in Asia. Factors such as a competitive business market, improved infrastructure and a large pool of labor have increased the city’s economic attractiveness. The Cebuano ethnicity is the biggest ethnic group, and the Cebuano language is subsequently widely spoken. Cagayan de Oro has had its share of urban problems in its quest for economic prosperity. Slums, shanty towns, pollution and traffic congestion have been concerns in the city.

Notice both population counts are from the 2015 census.


You can find ANYTHING on the internet but I am guessing only about 10% or less is true or accurate.




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