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ABC News wants me to believe there are 32,000 people in Monaco, all living in one square mile of space. Is this correct? I find it really hard to believe.

“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”

That sounds really high to me as well. According to the US census, the New York met. area has the highest pop. density in the USA and that’s less than 2,000 people per square mile. Granted, that’s averaged out over many square miles. I’m sure a single square mile of Manhatten or Brooklyn would probably yeild a higher number.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:
People: Population (1992 est.): 29,712.
Geography: Area: 0.6 sq. mi.
Pop. density: 49,520 per sq. mi.

  • from MS Bookshelf almanac

That sounds just impossible! Does everyone live in a giant high rise casino/palace? Offshore oil rig lofts? Or is it a vast underground city?

Where do they put the roads? They’ve got to take up some living space.

Remember… “legal residents”. Monaco is a tax haven for some. Although if you fit in all the live-aboard-boats, maybe they do fit.

The World Almanac supports the figures. Having been there, I have no problems believeing it. Yes, many high rises, crammed 'tween the mountains and the bay. 30.000 could fit there.
Even for the idle rich living there, housing is very expensive. Many settle for a one bedroom job, even if they are filthy rich tennis players. They spend their time off there or in their native country, and the rest of the time “working.”

The DENSITY for NYC is 23,000 people per sq mile you looked for the metro area, not city area. The density for Chicago is 11,000 people per mile and San Fran is 15,000 people per mile. So yes it IS quite feasable that Monaco has 32,000 people per sq mile