#citydata: Ten Facts About Cities (Part 5)


We’ve been so busy looking into the numbers behind cities in recent weeks that our calculator has nearly broken. Thankfully it’s just about held out, and we’ve been able to pull together another ten entries in our #citydata series. From driving to cycling to affordable housing, this latest summary includes data covering a broad range of urban issues. And if you want more #citydata, check out parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 in this series.

That’s up from 21% ten years earlier.

And the global urban population is forecast to reach 55.8% of the total global population by 2020.

Though they aren’t sending out real tickets for these violation. If they were, they would be worth over $13 million to the city.

Project delays and budget overruns have led many to wonder whether Rio will end up seeing long term returns on billions in public funds.

And 31% of children get to school by biking or walking, as compared to a US nationwide average of just 13%.

That’s compared to around 200 million today.

Facing a shortage of affordable housing units, many Brazilians have taken to occupying abandoned buildings in urban areas.

And – perhaps unsurprisingly – the neighborhood with the longer life expectancy is the rich one.

Despite being famous for its curvy addition to London’s skyline, there’s actually only one piece of curved glass in the Gherkin – the cap on the top.