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Research determines healthiest city density

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Knowing the optimal density of buildings helps governments to improve building regulations. Image source: Shutterstock (#468420812) pictures Birmingham.

Research by Oxford University and the University of Honk Kong has found that people living in cities are, counterintuitively healthier and happier than those living in suburbs.

The study, analyzing the impact of density on about half a million people in 22 British cities, has figured out the optimal density at more than 32 homes per hectare, or 13 homes per acre.

“As cities get more and more compact, they become more walkable. In denser residential areas they are better designed and more attractive destinations. We are less dependent on our cars and use public transport more,” explains co-author Chinmoy Sarkar.

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