Average Building Height of cities

OK, so I did get an answer to one of my Statistical queries (see post under “Tech and other geeky stuff”). What is the average building height of different cities ?. I have retained only “key cities of the world” in the list below.

Rank City Population Number of buildings Avg floors/building
1 Busan 36,55,349 257 38.1
4 Panama City 7,08,738 206 31.9
6 Dubai 19,54,000 604 28.1
11 Las Vegas 5,83,756 139 19.0
12 Abu Dhabi 6,05,000 153 18.3
13 Chicago 26,95,598 1,130 17.3
14 Hong Kong 69,43,600 7,692 16.7
15 Bangkok 75,87,882 893 16.5
18 Shanghai 91,45,711 999 15.7
20 Doha 4,38,230 159 14.8
22 Jakarta 93,41,400 392 12.9
23 Kuala Lumpur 18,00,674 553 12.3
32 Seattle 6,08,660 223 8.8
38 Boston 6,17,594 239 7.5
39 Beijing 77,46,519 902 7.4
41 New York City 81,75,133 5,970 6.8
42 Seoul 1,03,31,244 2,894 6.2
45 Los Angeles 37,92,621 505 5.9
48 Tokyo 86,53,000 2,704 5.0
49 Mumbai 1,24,78,447 1,226 4.7

Surprisingly, NY City is 41st ranked – largely because of the sheer number of buildings there. HK turns out to be the most prodigal of all cities in terms of number of buildings (7700) and is pretty well-ranked on avg floors/building at No. 14 (16.7 floors).

Busan in Korea is the tallest city with avg floors/building at 38, but obviously much fewer buildings (257) cities than the larger cities. Dubai is 6th with 604 buildings and 28 floors no avg. Chicago – 1130 and 17.3.

Shanghai should grow itself out in the next decade, into the top 10 from rank 18 today – 999 buildings at 15.7 floors avg. Other Asian tiger cities Jakarta and KL are also in top 25.

NY City has 6000 buildings and 6.8 floors avg.

Bringing up the “rear” are Tokyo and Mumbai at Nos 48 and 49 respectively. The Japanese capital has more buildings at 2700 compared to Mumbai’s 1225, both have an avg building height of 5.

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