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With a population of only 1,247, the Colombian island of Santa Cruz de Islote has a population density of 124,700 people per square mile. It is so crowded in fact that everything from schooling and graveyards to playing football take place off of the island. Moreover, there is no electricity and fresh water has to be imported from the mainland.
While going to prison in Russia is probably not anyone’s idea of a fun time, at least you would have lots of friends there, especially at the Kresty Prison in St. Petersburg. The only downside (except for being starved and beaten) is that in a prison built to hold only 3,000 people there are approximately 10,000 prisoners, which adds up to about 4 square meters per person.
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Sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sand stops and the water starts at Qingdao Huiquan Beach in China, often considered the largest (and most crowded) in Asia.
Just southwest of Chengdu in China you will find what many consider to the be the world’s most crowded parking lot. While the lot itself is not that big with only 50 spaces inside of its 5,400 square feet, on an average day it holds over 70 cars. In spite of the congestion locals claim that in the past year there has been only one minor scrape.
With 31,000 locations around the world McDonalds serves 58 million customers daily. Of course, you may be tempted to think that it’s most popular location is somewhere in the United States or at the very least Japan, but you would be wrong. The McDonalds found in Pushkin Square in Moscow is actually the busiest in the world serving what is believed to be around 40,000 customers every day. Fun fact – it was actually the first McDonalds in Russia and opened just before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Although the United States is home to the largest road network in the world it is Canada that takes first place in the busy highway category. Known as King’s highway 401, this stretch of road from Windsor to Quebec is one of the widest and busiest in the world with over half a million cars shuttling back and forth daily.
If you thought New York City was crowded, think again. With only about 30,000 people per square mile it’s a desert compared to Manila. As the capital of the Philippines and most densely populated city in the world it has over 110,000 people per square mile.
photo – dailymail.co.uk
Located in the middle of the Afghan desert in Camp Bastion, a British military base, it should come as no surprise that this trauma hospital is by far the busiest on Earth, with doctors and medical assets from all over the world working there non stop day and night.
Ironically enough, the International Space Station is also on our list of the 25 most remote places in the world. Until the zombie apocalypse forces us to colonize the moon though, the ISS is the uncontested winner of this category. And in case you were wondering, it has a permanent crew of 6 people inhabiting a total livable area of about 43,000 cubic feet which is roughly equivalent to the volume of 3 average sized houses. That could get pretty dense, especially if no one wants to wash the dishes.
The most crowded place in the world is the Mongkok commercial and residential district found in Hong Kong. With over 340,000 people per square mile nothing else on Earth comes even close.