Atlas of Urban Expansion

Singapore
Singapore
Region: Southeast Asia
2013 Population
5,085,789
2013 Urban Extent
42,039
hectares
2013 Density
121
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Singapore in 2013 was 5,085,789, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.3% since 2002. The population of Singapore in 2002 was 4,006,613, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.2% since 1990, when its population was 2,700,539.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Singapore in 2013 was 42,039 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.7% since 2002. The urban extent in 2002 was 39,232 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.2% since 2002, when its urban extent was 29,981 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Singapore in 2013 was 186 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.9% since 2002. The built-up area density in 2002 was 170 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.1% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 171.36 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Singapore in 2013 was 121 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.6% since 2002. The urban extent density in 2002 was 102 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 90 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 3,774 hectares of built-up area was added to the Singapore urban extent between 2002 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 69% was Infill, 14% was Extension, 4% was Leapfrog, and 12% was Inclusion. A total of 7,857 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2002. Of that added built-up area, 39% was Infill, 34% was Extension, 6% was Leapfrog, and 20% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Singapore 1990-2014 expansion area was 5.12 meters, compared to 9.88 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Singapore occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 17%, compared to 21% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Singapore's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.42 km/km2, compared to 1.74 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Singapore's 1990-2014 expansion area was 83%, compared to 93% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2002  2002-2013
1990-2002  2002-2013
1990-2002  2002-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Singapore's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.14 hectares, compared to 5.06 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2002  2002-2013