HDBPopulation density of Singapore – How crowded is each HDB estate?
- by Sean
- July 5, 2018
- 5 min read
One of the many things that expats comment on upon reaching Singapore is often how crowded it is. With a population of 5.6 million and land area of only 719.9 square kilometres (current population density of Singapore - 7,796), it is hardly surprising that some expats would find it a bit of an adjustment. Particularly if they were previously residing in big countries like the US or Australia. So if you are planning on making a move to Singapore for your job, perhaps other than the usual factors of proximity to work or budget, one more option to consider could actually be the population density of Singapore.
How bad is the population density of Singapore?
From indexmundi, we can see that Singapore is currently ranked the third in the world in terms of population density. The eagled eye among you might have noticed that Hong Kong is actually placed after Singapore. However, the numbers here does not really paint the full picture as if you've been to Hong Kong before, it does feel noticeably more overcrowded than in Singapore. This can be attributed to Hong Kong just having more hilly unusable land, so the usable land there is actually a lot less than how it is currently being calculated.
We can also see from this chart that the population density of Singapore has been gradually increasing, from slightly above 6,000 to the current 7,796 in 2017.
There is no doubt that Singapore can be a very crowded place at times, so if you are coming to Singapore and want to come home to somewhere that has more peace and quiet, here are the top 5 least crowded HDB estates!
With a population of 55,690 and a bigger than average size of 17.84 km2, it is no real surprise that Central is the top of this list as it is one of the most expensive places to live in Singapore. If you would like to know more about the most expensive districts to live in Singapore you can do so here.
2. Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah is well known in Singapore for its large cluster of landed homes so it is expected that population density here will be a lot lower than everywhere else in Singapore. It has a population size of 76,380 spread out over an area size of 17.53 km2 so if you are looking for a more expansive environment yet you want to live further away from the city, this could be the right fit for you. Of course, like the Central area, this is considered one of the more expensive places to live in Singapore.
3. Jurong East
Although Jurong East and Jurong West are situated next to each other, they could not be more different in terms of the figures here. Jurong East has a population size of 83,590 and an area size of 17.83 km2. Jurong East is bigger in size yet has a population size of more than 3 times less than Jurong West. Not to mention, it is located slightly closer to the city if that is important to you.
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Queenstown is a mature estate that is well regarded for its convenient location that is close to the city. It is the biggest area on this list at 20.43 km2 and has a population size of 97,600 people. This is definitely one of the top choices for living close to the CBD area.
Sembawang has the smallest area on this list with a size of 12.34 km2 and a population size of 79,740. In terms of location, it is definitely situated a bit further out but as one of the newer towns it is still considered to be less populated than the rest. Of course, rent here will be cheaper to make up for the further location so if you are more budget conscious but yet want a less crowded area, this could be a good choice for you.
Population density of Singapore: All HDB estates!
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