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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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Hamilton, as medium sized city in Netherlands.

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In the Netherlands there are about 17 medium-size cities with between 100,000 and 250,000 inhabitants.

Comparing Hamilton NZ to medium sized cities in the Netherlands, Hamilton is one of the most medium of medium sized cities.

Even Hamilton’s 14-89m elevation would not be out of place: Enschede is sited on land 42m above sea level, with a hill reaching 85m above sea level within 10 km of its centre, and the hills around Nijmegen and Arnhem are in the order of 50-80 metres.

Arnhem itself is sited 14m above sea level, with a hill reaching 110m above sea level within 10 km of its centre. In addition, its 100 km distance to Holland’s leading large city, Amsterdam (and only 115km to Rotterdam) is similar to Hamilton’s 125 km distance to New Zealand’s leading city, Auckland.

Hamilton as city in Netherlands

All medium-size cities invest in themselves differently. Could density be the most limiting factor in a city’s economic growth, wealth and health – should we encourage people to work and live closer together?

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