Atlas of Urban Expansion

Guatemala City
Guatemala
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
2013 Population
2,654,085
2013 Urban Extent
37,566
hectares
2013 Density
71
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Guatemala City in 2013 was 2,654,085, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.4% since 2001. The population of Guatemala City in 2001 was 1,946,428, increasing at an average annual rate of 5% since 1990, when its population was 1,128,878.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Guatemala City in 2013 was 37,566 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.9% since 2001. The urban extent in 2001 was 29,472 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.8% since 2001, when its urban extent was 21,588 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Guatemala City in 2013 was 100 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.1% since 2001. The built-up area density in 2001 was 101 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.6% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 84.83 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Guatemala City in 2013 was 71 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.5% since 2001. The urban extent density in 2001 was 66 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.1% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 52 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 7,277 hectares of built-up area was added to the Guatemala City urban extent between 2001 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 52% was Infill, 34% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 13% was Inclusion. A total of 5,922 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2001. Of that added built-up area, 35% was Infill, 34% was Extension, 4% was Leapfrog, and 27% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Guatemala City 1990-2014 expansion area was 9.45 meters, compared to 5.39 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Guatemala City occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 18%, compared to 25% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Guatemala City's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.53 km/km2, compared to 2.03 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Guatemala City's 1990-2014 expansion area was 90%, compared to 95% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2001  2001-2013
1990-2001  2001-2013
1990-2001  2001-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Guatemala City's 1990-2014 expansion area was 1.6 hectares, compared to 7.88 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2001  2001-2013