Thursday, August 13, 2009

Why don't we have cool trains all over the country like France and Japan?

The simple answer is density. Out of 192 countries, the US ranks 142 in population density, with 1/11 the density of Japan and a bit more than 1/4 the density of France. Germany and the UK are around 8 times denser. Our densest states, New Jersey and Rhode Island, are slightly denser than all of Japan--this explains why the Northeast Corridor is a reasonable place for rail.



The list below is inhabitants per square [mile] (source CIA Fact book). Thanks to Paul Romer for the correction.

1 Monaco 41,970.77
2 Singapore 16,540.43
3 Malta 3,266.17
4 Maldives 3,013.88
5 Bahrain 2,680.74
6 Bangladesh 2,595.74
7 Vatican City 2,090.91
8 Barbados 1,678.39
9 Nauru 1,609.49
10 Mauritius 1,562.37
11 Korea (South) 1,273.50
12 Philippines 758.50
12 San Marino 1,226.21
13 Tuvalu 1,159.52
14 Netherlands 1,023.34
15 Lebanon 952.82
16 Belgium 879.83
17 Japan 873.42
18 India 851.04
19 Marshall Islands 845.25
20 Rwanda 830.04
21 El Salvador 825.36
22 Comoros 801.11
23 Sri Lanka 792.07
24 Israel 782.72
25 St. Vincent & the Grenadines 782.32
26 Philippines 758.50
27 Haiti 758.01
28 Saint Lucia 699.21
29 Grenada 673.85
30 Vietnam 656.50
31 Jamaica 643.74
32 United Kingdom (UK) 639.42
33 Germany 597.99
34 Burundi 592.88
35 Trinidad & Tobago 549.82
36 Liechtenstein 545.84
37 Pakistan 523.26
38 Nepal 509.10
39 Italy 499.57
40 Korea (North) 492.30
41 Sao Tome & Principe 484.88
42 Dominican Republic 475.69
43 Switzerland 469.79
44 Luxembourg 469.32
45 Seychelles 462.16
46 Antigua & Barbuda 401.77
47 Micronesia 398.83
48 Andorra 390.44
49 Tonga 389.19
50 Saint Kitts & Nevis 386.61
51 Gambia 365.19
52 Nigeria 361.04
53 China 352.54
54 Guatemala 348.58
55 Moldova 340.97
56 Kuwait 339.46
57 Czech Republic 336.32
58 Thailand 329.77
59 Kiribati 329.26
60 Indonesia 326.51
61 Denmark 326.49
62 Albania 321.01
63 Poland 320.02
64 Uganda 299.22
65 Portugal 296.20
66 Slovakia 288.00
67 France 287.19
68 Hungary 278.59
69 Serbia & Montenegro 274.04
70 Cape Verde 268.57
71 Malawi 265.80
72 Cuba 265.09
73 Armenia 259.25
74 Togo 259.14
75 Syria 258.03
76 Slovenia 256.93
77 Austria 252.79
78 Romania 243.51
79 Dominica 237.12
80 Azerbaijan 236.63
81 Turkey 231.00
82 Ghana 227.46
83 Cyprus 218.43
84 Sierra Leone 217.25
85 Greece 209.42
86 Macedonia 209.11
87 Spain 206.99
88 Croatia 205.94
89 Bosnia & Herzegovina 203.92
90 Costa Rica 203.56
91 Ukraine 203.46
92 Egypt 200.45
93 Qatar 195.46
94 Cambodia 194.67
95 Morocco 189.81
96 Malaysia 188.14
97 East Timor 179.64
98 Swaziland 175.11
99 Bulgaria 173.98
100 Georgia 173.44
101 Benin 171.56
102 Ethopia 167.87
103 Brunei 167.16
104 Myanmar 163.80
105 Jordan 161.62
106 Honduras 161.17
107 Tunisia 159.49
108 Lesotho 159.30
109 Samoa 155.98
110 Uzbekistan 155.44
111 Iraq 154.51
112 Kenya 150.38
113 Ireland 147.99
114 Senegal 146.89
115 Lithuania 142.87
116 Mexico 139.45
117 Cote d'Ivoire 138.94
118 Burkina Faso 131.53
119 Tajikstan 129.65
120 Belarus 128.51
121 Fiji 126.65
122 Bhutan 123.01
123 Ecuador 122.06
124 Afghanistan 119.72
125 Palau 114.80
126 Nicaragua 109.31
127 Iran 106.90
128 Yemen 101.68
129 Guinea-Bissau 101.53
130 Tanzania 100.76
131 Panama 100.66
132 Guinea 99.74
133 Colombia 97.68
134 Eritrea 97.38
135 South Africa 94.15
136 Latvia 91.84
137 Cameroon 89.23
138 Zimbabwe 84.53
139 Liberia 80.98
140 United Arab Emirates 80.10
141 Madagascar 79.59
142 United States of America 79.55
143 Estonia 76.33
144 Venezuela 72.06
145 Laos 68.00
146 Kyrgyzstan 67.15
147 Congo (Dem. Rep. of ) 66.35
148 Mozambique 62.70
149 Brazil 56.63
150 Peru 56.28
151 Bahamas 56.07
152 Chile 54.68
153 Djibouti 53.68
154 Sweden 51.81
155 Uruguay 50.21
156 Equatorial Guinea 49.48
157 Solomon Islands 48.98
158 Vanuatu 43.69
159 Sudan 41.54
160 Paraguay 40.42
161 Finland 40.14
162 New Zealand 38.90
163 Zambia 38.76
164 Argentina 37.01
165 Norway 36.69
166 Oman 36.59
167 Algeria 35.38
168 Saudi Arabia 34.90
169 Somalia 34.90
170 Belize 31.52
171 Papua New Guinea 31.03
172 Turkmenistan 26.28
173 Mali 25.67
174 Niger 23.85
175 Angola 23.25
176 Congo (Rep.) 23.02
177 Russia 21.75
178 Bolivia 20.88
179 Chad 19.82
180 Central African Republic 15.80
181 Kazakhstan 14.47
182 Gabon 13.44
183 Guyana 9.00
184 Canada 9.00
185 Libya 8.00
186 Mauritania 8.00
187 Australia 7.00
188 Botswana 7.00
189 Iceland 7.00
190 Suriname 7.00
191 Namibia 6.00
192 Mongolia 5.00

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