Atlas of Urban Expansion

Leon
Nicaragua
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
2010 Population
160,355
2010 Urban Extent
2,255
hectares
2010 Density
71
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Leon in 2010 was 160,355, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.3% since 2000. The population of Leon in 2000 was 141,815, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.7% since 1993, when its population was 135,097.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Leon in 2010 was 2,255 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.3% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 1,797 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 5.5% since 2000, when its urban extent was 1,236 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Leon in 2010 was 104 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.3% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 118 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -7.7% since 1993 when the built-up area density was 198.74 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Leon in 2010 was 71 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.1% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 79 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -4.8% since 1993 when the urban extent density was 109 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 344 hectares of built-up area was added to the Leon urban extent between 2000 and 2010. Of that added built-up area, 36% was Infill, 44% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 20% was Inclusion. A total of 519 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1993 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 50% was Infill, 41% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 10% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Leon 1990-2014 expansion area was 5.54 meters, compared to 6.65 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Leon occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 21%, compared to 13% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Leon's 1990-2014 expansion was 2.01 km/km2, compared to 3.02 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Leon's 1990-2014 expansion area was 96%, compared to 99% in the pre-1990 area.

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Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Leon's 1990-2014 expansion area was 6.01 hectares, compared to 6.27 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1993-2000  2000-2010