The modern world is facing a host of different problems. One of the gravest problems faced by our generation and civilization is space crisis. Most of the cities and towns are overcrowded these days. The price of living space has spiraled upwards putting the middle class people in lots of trouble. It has become difficult for them to get sufficient space for dwelling and unfortunately, many families have to spend a chunk of their lives in cramped apartments. We generally associate an island with the images of lovely beaches, palm trees and a piece of land surrounded by Blue Ocean.
However, unfortunately the reality is very different. Not all the islands are as idyllic and picturesque as our imagination. Some of them are overpopulated and congested. The yearly growth of human population has forced people to live even in the islands. Maybe soon some of the most beautiful islands will lose their charm due to the increasing number of inhabitants and their dwellings. In the following, you will find out which are some of the most crowded islands of the world.
The population of Manhattan at present is an approximate one and half million. Around 27 thousand people live here per square kilometers. Manhattan is only 59.47 square kilometers vast but many people live here. Space value in Manhattan is very high and often newcomers share cramped apartments with more than two people. It is funny to think that the Lenape Indians sold the entire island of Manhattan only for $24 worth knick-knacks, clothes, kettles, axes and other essentials to the Dutch people in 1626. $24 of those days will be no more than $1000 in the present times. Such an amount will not even get you a nice apartment in Manhattan, New York today.
The Salsette Island is full of contradictions and the heart of controversies. Located in the western coast of India, the famous and wealthy city of Mumbai resides on this island. Some parts of this city is ultra posh and in the other parts there are congested slums. The Dharavi slum is considered one of the most populated and largest slums of the world. The total population of the Salsette Island, spreading in 436 square kilometers, is 13,175,000. More than 30,127 people reside in every square kilometer.
The total population of this island is only 15,000 but when you consider its small size then you will understand why it has made a place in this list of overpopulated islands. The island is only 36 square kilometers vast. An approximate 41 thousand people dwell here per square kilometers. For testing nuclear weapons, the US officials uprooted the dwellers from the atolls of the Marshal Islands and made them reside in the Ebeye Island. The relocated families had to suffer a lot due to space crisis and housing shortage.
The tiny Migingo island of Kenya is only 4 square kilometers vast but still it has managed to make it to this list. The population of this island is 400. There is a dispute between Uganda and Kenya regarding this islands ownership and sovereignty issues.
Santa Cruz Del Islote:
This island belongs to Colombia and it is only one square kilometer vast. The entire population of 1,247 people lives in the one square kilometer space. It is nothing but a micro-slum though the surrounding is beautiful. The Colombian Navy Ships transport fresh drinking water for the poor and middle class people who live here.
The overpopulated islands do not match our conception of idyllic islands. They have been turned into crowded cities or slums full of contradictions.