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Hamilton as a medium sized city in German

These two earlier posts, Hamilton as medium sized city in Netherlands and Hamilton compared to a medium sized city in Australia, show Hamilton can be seen as a more densely populated type of city. To take this a step further, this post adds German cities to the list. For Germany, the number of cities that can act as benchmarks becomes larger and the closeness to major cities gives density patterns similar to those measured in Australia , with the higher density cities being part of the metropolitan area of a major city. The sources for data on German cities are wikipedia List of cities in Germany by population and City Mayors German top cities


What makes these German cities an interesting comparison to Hamilton is that most have a river flowing through them; below are photos from three of them, showing Koblenz with the rivers Rhine and Moselle, Kassel with the Fulda River, and Ulm on the River Danube

Koblenz Rhine & Moselle Rivers Kassel Fulda River 1 Ulm Danube River 1

Something worth exploring further is how these river promenades link with the city retail area and what activities are actually happening. Are people attracted to the river edge area more because of the width of open spaces and good sight lines or because of commercial activity?


Hamilton, compared to a medium-sized city in Australia

The Government policy Statement on land transport 2015/16-2024/25 page 8, states

33. New Zealand’s major urban centres are more densely populated than most cities in Australia or America

This earlier post, Hamilton as medium sized city in Netherlands,  compared Hamilton NZ to medium-sized cities in the Netherlands and shows Hamilton is one of the most medium of medium-sized cities when compared to the Netherlands.

This post will only look at Australia, which has about 24 medium-size cities with between 100,000 and 250,000 inhabitants. Only Geelong VIC, as an independent city, has a higher population density, at 1,873 people per km2 than Hamilton NZ.

The table below includes cities inside cities, to show the range of choices a city provides for living. Perth is shown to have the greatest range of choice of for living, ranging from sprawling suburbia to medium density housing. Also included is North Shore City, which is the most densely populated and was the fourth most populous city in New Zealand prior to becoming incorporated into the greater Auckland Council.

City Density Table by Peter H Bos Aug 2014 – Source: Wikipedia

Australia City Density

Cities are made up of different types of suburbs: it is the mix of old and new plus their different densities that give people a choice of lifestyles. Should we encourage something different?


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