Atlas of Urban Expansion

Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
Region: Western Asia and North Africa
2013 Population
5,552,240
2013 Urban Extent
127,805
hectares
2013 Density
43
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Riyadh in 2013 was 5,552,240, increasing at an average annual rate of 4% since 2000. The population of Riyadh in 2000 was 3,311,356, increasing at an average annual rate of 4% since 1990, when its population was 2,210,740.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Riyadh in 2013 was 127,805 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 5% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 66,811 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.8% since 2000, when its urban extent was 45,887 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Riyadh in 2013 was 58 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.8% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 73 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 72.95 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Riyadh in 2013 was 43 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 50 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.3% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 48 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 50,422 hectares of built-up area was added to the Riyadh urban extent between 2000 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 25% was Infill, 66% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 9% was Inclusion. A total of 15,190 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 36% was Infill, 43% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 21% was Inclusion.

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Roads

Average road width in the Riyadh 1990-2014 expansion area was 7.97 meters, compared to 7.2 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Riyadh occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 27%, compared to 21% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Riyadh's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.57 km/km2, compared to 2.24 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Riyadh's 1990-2014 expansion area was 87%, compared to 96% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2013
1990-2000  2000-2013
1990-2000  2000-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Riyadh's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.09 hectares, compared to 6.94 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2013