16th century Paris: Size vs. Population

In our today's world Manila leads the way in population density with 107,561 people per square mile. I was looking for something unrelated and came up on the population of the city of Paris in the 16th century. Wikipedia states: Paris was the largest city in Europe, with a population of about 350,000 in 1550. That same very article stated that the size of Paris in the 16th century was 439 hectares within the city walls. You can look at the map below, there was not much on the outside of the walls in 1572.

It appears that we had 350,000 people living on 439 hectares of land. 439 hectares is 1.69 square miles.

The Munser map of Paris from 1572
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350,000 people in 1.69 sq mi

16th century
  • #1 - Paris: 205,882 people per square mile
21st century
  • #1 - Manila: 107,561 people per square mile
  • #25 - Paris: 55,673 people per square mile
Note: If we use Manila density to calculate the population of Paris in the 16th century, we end up with 181,778 people.

2017: List of cities by population density

Sad Manila fact: A photographer took aerial photos of Manila and they’re utterly suffocating


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Question: Is there anything wrong with the information provided to us by the official sources?

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