Atlas of Urban Expansion

Dhaka
Bangladesh
Region: South and Central Asia
2014 Population
13,609,023
2014 Urban Extent
36,541
hectares
2014 Density
372
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Dhaka in 2014 was 13,609,023, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.9% since 1999. The population of Dhaka in 1999 was 6,690,664, increasing at an average annual rate of 5.2% since 1989, when its population was 4,005,507.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Dhaka in 2014 was 36,541 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.3% since 1999. The urban extent in 1999 was 22,825 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 5% since 1999, when its urban extent was 13,878 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Dhaka in 2014 was 552 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.2% since 1999. The built-up area density in 1999 was 536 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0% since 1989 when the built-up area density was 535.99 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Dhaka in 2014 was 372 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.7% since 1999. The urban extent density in 1999 was 293 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.2% since 1989 when the urban extent density was 289 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 12,156 hectares of built-up area was added to the Dhaka urban extent between 1999 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 41% was Infill, 41% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 18% was Inclusion. A total of 5,005 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1989 and 1999. Of that added built-up area, 36% was Infill, 30% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 34% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Dhaka 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.28 meters, compared to 8.58 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Dhaka occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 12%, compared to 21% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Dhaka's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.5 km/km2, compared to 2.27 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Dhaka's 1990-2014 expansion area was 90%, compared to 97% in the pre-1990 area.

1989-1999  1999-2014
1989-1999  1999-2014
1989-1999  1999-2014

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Dhaka's 1990-2014 expansion area was 2.36 hectares, compared to 5.8 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1989-1999  1999-2014