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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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Population density in Hamilton 2018 Census

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Hamilton’s 1956 population density was 1,346 people per km2 (35,941 people, in an area of 26.7 km2 or 6,618 acres*). Today, the 2018 census puts Hamilton at 1,450 people per km2 (160,911 people, in an area of 111 km2). In the past (Hamilton city centre Louis Wirth measure), I was basing my estimates of density on Hamilton having an area of 98km2 and a population of 150,200, giving a population density of 1,532 people per km2 (ppkm2). *Hamilton District Scheme 1963 page 2

Greensboro, near Waikato University, is the stand-out ‘Statistical Area’ (SA2) at 8,138 people per km2 (3,795 people, in an area of 0.47 km2). This is followed by Swarbrick at 4,746 ppkm2 (2,400 people, in an area of 0.5 km2) and Melville North at 4,027 ppkm2 (2,772 people, in an area of 0.69 km2). In all these neighbourhoods, everyone lives within walking distance of local dairies and great open spaces. Note: Census 2018 uses ‘Statistical Area 2’ which is smaller than the 2013 census ‘unit areas’; as an example the Swarbrick unit area was previously 1.5km2.

Looking for ‘towns’ within Hamilton, the Nawton / Crawshaw area supports a population of 11,124 residents (with an area of 3.27 km2 this equates to 3,402 ppkm2). Everyone living in this area is reasonably near to retail, schools and employment.  The next largest town-sized residential area is the Enderley/Fairfield neighbourhood with its 9,642 residents (2.86 km2 = 3,372 ppkm2). Hillcrest/Greensboro combined has 9,555 people, surrounding the university campus (with a total area of 2.35 km2 meaning there is a density of 4,059 ppkm2). Melville / Deanwell with its very high number of schools and dairies supports a population of 8,642 (area of 2.35 km2 = 3,680 ppkm2) and the Swarbrick/Kahikatea area has a population of 8,211 (3.27 km2 = 3,402 ppkm2).

When it comes to bench-marking density against Germany’s medium-sized cities we are pretty similar to Hamilton.  Looking to the Netherlands, my impression is that while my cousins moved to towns with lower population densities, their adult children are moving back to higher density areas in cities, and as in New Zealand, they find themselves priced out of the housing market and will often need their parents financial assistance to help them get started.

Links – 2018 Census Population Map and Area Map

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