Atlas of Urban Expansion

Mexico City
Mexico
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
2014 Population
17,765,121
2014 Urban Extent
210,020
hectares
2014 Density
85
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Mexico City in 2014 was 17,765,121, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.5% since 2000. The population of Mexico City in 2000 was 12,514,239, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.5% since 1990, when its population was 9,781,971.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Mexico City in 2014 was 210,020 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 3% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 136,477 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.8% since 2000, when its urban extent was 103,462 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Mexico City in 2014 was 110 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 126 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.9% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 137.87 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Mexico City in 2014 was 85 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.6% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 92 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.3% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 95 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 62,707 hectares of built-up area was added to the Mexico City urban extent between 2000 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 37% was Infill, 49% was Extension, 1% was Leapfrog, and 13% was Inclusion. A total of 28,164 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 44% was Infill, 42% was Extension, 1% was Leapfrog, and 14% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Mexico City 1990-2014 expansion area was 5.32 meters, compared to 0 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Mexico City occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 13%, compared to 17% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Mexico City's 1990-2014 expansion was 0.77 km/km2, compared to 2.37 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Mexico City's 1990-2014 expansion area was 77%, compared to 98% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2014
1990-2000  2000-2014
1990-2000  2000-2014

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Mexico City's 1990-2014 expansion area was 5.77 hectares, compared to 6.52 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2014