The Gaza Strip is frequently referred to as one of the most densely populated areas in the world. According to the CIA, it has a population of 1,957,062 in an area of 139 square miles which would be a density of 14,029 people per square mile, which is less than the density of the city of Tel Aviv (23,067/sq. mi.). If you compare Gaza to a country, then it would rank sixth, but is not even close to the top two – Macau (56,247) and Monaco (51,167) – according to World Population Review.
Gaza City is the 63rd most densely populated urban area in the world at 42,059 per square mile. This is far below Bnei Brak in Israel (76,000 per square mile). A more apt comparison is Manhattan, which is 23 square miles compared to Gaza City’s 17. Its population density is more than 70,000 per square mile.
Sources: World Population Review.
Elzy Kolb, “75,000 people per square mile? These are the most densely populated cities in the world,” USA Today, (July 11, 2019).
Adam Taylor, “Gaza City is being hit by missile strikes. This is how densely populated it is,” Washington Post, (July 14, 2014).
“List of cities proper by population density,” Wikipedia.
“Demographia World Urban Areas,” Demographia, (June 2020).