As in the other cities of the series, the GIS-based maps of metropolitan New York give density readings of four key indicators: population distribution, urban services, public transport, and green areas.
Population density is exceptionally high in the “hyper-centre” of the Manhattan peninsula and the immediately adjacent areas, falling off gradually the more outlying the district.
Manhattan alone has approximately 1 million 600,000 of the County’s 8 million plus residents. Added to that, some 1.5 million “city users” stream into the peninsula each day as workers or visitors.
In contrast to other cities examined, like Milan, the built density of downtown New York equates with its population density. By and large, the central areas of New York County show matching construction, population and tourist facility densities.