Atlas of Urban Expansion

Karachi
Pakistan
Region: South and Central Asia
2013 Population
12,787,536
2013 Urban Extent
45,327
hectares
2013 Density
282
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Karachi in 2013 was 12,787,536, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.9% since 2000. The population of Karachi in 2000 was 9,973,619, increasing at an average annual rate of 5.7% since 1991, when its population was 5,736,359.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Karachi in 2013 was 45,327 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.2% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 34,127 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.4% since 2000, when its urban extent was 22,335 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Karachi in 2013 was 365 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.1% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 362 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.4% since 1991 when the built-up area density was 317.67 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Karachi in 2013 was 282 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.3% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 292 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.3% since 1991 when the urban extent density was 257 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 7,482 hectares of built-up area was added to the Karachi urban extent between 2000 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 27% was Infill, 67% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 6% was Inclusion. A total of 9,478 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1991 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 15% was Infill, 13% was Extension, 5% was Leapfrog, and 67% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Karachi 1990-2014 expansion area was 5.72 meters, compared to 8.95 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Karachi occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 23%, compared to 23% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Karachi's 1990-2014 expansion was 2.59 km/km2, compared to 3.11 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Karachi's 1990-2014 expansion area was 98%, compared to 99% in the pre-1990 area.

1991-2000  2000-2013
1991-2000  2000-2013
1991-2000  2000-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Karachi's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.34 hectares, compared to 3.38 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1991-2000  2000-2013