- UK = England, Northern Ireland (NI), Scotland and Wales (excluding Channel Islands/Isle of Man).
- Most reports on “Population Density” quote UK and do not separate by each constituent country (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (NI)). By doing this, and depending on the reports you read, England jumps up the world league table from about position 50 for the UK, to about position 30. England accounts for about 85% of the current UK Population so any analysis should show this. Wales (about position 80), Northern Ireland (NI) (about 90) and Scotland (about 140), drop down the rankings.
- Some reports show: UK in the top 35; England top 15; Wales top 55; Northern Ireland (NI) top 60; Scotland top 110.
- Scotland is sometimes rated with a lower density figure than quoted here, probably due to the sq km figure being “adjusted” for the land area layout. Likewise, Wales is sometimes rated with a higher figure. England and Northern Ireland (NI) are fairly constant. This site uses ONS area figures so can be easily checked.
- Density reports usually compare the UK with Germany. However, when shown separately, England has about the same density as the Netherlands and Belgium (but both cover much less area), about double that of Germany (which has nearly three times the area), Italy (which has more than twice the area) and Luxembourg (which has much less area), and almost four times that of France (which has more than four times the area).
- Wales and Northern Ireland (NI) are slightly more densely populated than France, and about double that of Scotland. England is about three times that of Wales and Northern Ireland (NI), and about six times that of Scotland.
- If taken as an individual country, England is third in the EU population density table, behind Malta and the Netherlands (which is very similar to England).
- Also, some reports exclude places such as the Channel Islands. Guernsey and Jersey have almost equal population density, with Guernsey being slightly the higher of the two, with about 2,000 per sq ml/800 per sq km, putting them in the world top 10-15; again, depending on the report. This is about three times that of the UK, or about double that of England.
- Even Malta, which has about 3,500 per sq ml/1,400 per sq km, is sometimes excluded.
- World population is estimated at c7billion, with China at c1.3billion heading the list, and India at c1.2billion.
- For a quick estimate of density per sq mile multiply by 2.5.