Atlas of Urban Expansion

Suva
Fiji
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
2014 Population
182,140
2014 Urban Extent
4,722
hectares
2014 Density
39
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Suva in 2014 was 182,140, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.8% since 1999. The population of Suva in 1999 was 162,385, increasing at an average annual rate of 22.6% since 1991, when its population was 25,574.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Suva in 2014 was 4,722 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.3% since 1999. The urban extent in 1999 was 3,909 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 33.9% since 1999, when its urban extent was 245 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Suva in 2014 was 64 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.8% since 1999. The built-up area density in 1999 was 72 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -12.7% since 1991 when the built-up area density was 202.1 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Suva in 2014 was 39 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.5% since 1999. The urban extent density in 1999 was 42 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -11.3% since 1991 when the urban extent density was 104 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 589 hectares of built-up area was added to the Suva urban extent between 1999 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 45% was Infill, 34% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 20% was Inclusion. A total of 2,131 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1991 and 1999. Of that added built-up area, 7% was Infill, 62% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 30% was Inclusion.

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Roads

Average road width in the Suva 1990-2014 expansion area was 10.96 meters, compared to 12.01 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Suva occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 28%, compared to 23% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Suva's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.39 km/km2, compared to 2.9 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Suva's 1990-2014 expansion area was 90%, compared to 100% in the pre-1990 area.

1991-1999  1999-2014
1991-1999  1999-2014
1991-1999  1999-2014

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Suva's 1990-2014 expansion area was 2.84 hectares, compared to 5.61 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1991-1999  1999-2014