Atlas of Urban Expansion

Baghdad
Iraq
Region: Western Asia and North Africa
2013 Population
5,279,193
2013 Urban Extent
77,496
hectares
2013 Density
68
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Baghdad in 2013 was 5,279,193, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.2% since 2000. The population of Baghdad in 2000 was 3,985,382, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.4% since 1990, when its population was 2,837,103.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Baghdad in 2013 was 77,496 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.9% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 68,786 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 1% since 2000, when its urban extent was 62,280 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Baghdad in 2013 was 94 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.2% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 92 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.2% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 81.37 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Baghdad in 2013 was 68 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.2% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 58 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.4% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 46 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 12,785 hectares of built-up area was added to the Baghdad urban extent between 2000 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 65% was Infill, 21% was Extension, 1% was Leapfrog, and 13% was Inclusion. A total of 8,635 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 69% was Infill, 15% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 16% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Baghdad 1990-2014 expansion area was 6.38 meters, compared to 14.15 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Baghdad occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 24%, compared to 18% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Baghdad's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.49 km/km2, compared to 1.69 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Baghdad's 1990-2014 expansion area was 84%, compared to 86% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2013
1990-2000  2000-2013
1990-2000  2000-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Baghdad's 1990-2014 expansion area was 9.33 hectares, compared to 4.08 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2013