Gaza’s Density–why does media get this wrong so often?

Gaza is often described as the “most densely populated place on earth”. TIME made this error recently.

Actually, it’s not:

According to the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005, the population per sq. mile for 2003 in the Gaza Strip is 8,666. Gaza is less densely populated than numerous places around the world, including Monaco (41,608), Singapore (17,751), Gibraltar (11,990), Hong Kong (17,833), and especially
Macau, which is nearly ten times more densely populated than the Gaza Strip (71,466).

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