This post is by Pallavi Rao from Visual Capitalist

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A chart ranking the 25 most populated islands on Earth, along with their area to scale.

What are the World’s Most Populated Islands?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. The word “island” tends to bring up images of remote paradise—a brisk sea breeze, waving palms, and inviting beaches, all ingredients for an idyllic life. However, they can also be hubs for human activity, home to 730 million people, or about 9% of the world’s population. This chart, by creator Perrin Remonté, ranks the 25 most populated islands in the world, colored by their population density patterns, along with an overview of their size relative to each other. Data for this graphic comes from a variety of sources listed at the end of this article.

Ranked: Top 25 Islands by Population

At the top of the list sits Java, Indonesia’s most populous island and the most populous island on Earth. Over 150 million residents inhabit the 130,000 km² landmass, resulting in a density of nearly 1,200 people/km². Its capital, Jakarta—also the capital of Indonesia—is a vibrant metropolis teeming with skyscrapers, bustling streets, and a rich tapestry of traditions. Even historically, the island has been the political and economic center of the region: the seat of empires and also the heart of the Indonesian independence movement.
RankIslandPopulationAreaAverage Density
1🇮🇩 Java, Indonesia153M130K km21,177/km2
2🇯🇵 Honshu, Japan103M228K (Read more…)