Welcome to Urbanistika

A collection of the most interesting and amazing facts about some of the world’s cities and urban places.

Welcome to Urbanistika

A collection of the most interesting and amazing facts about some of the world’s cities and urban places.

london facts

Facts about London

  • According to information provided by Transport for London (TFL) the following items were mislaid on the Tube in December 2016: 3081 debit & credit cards, 2530 travelcard wallets, 1473 mobile phones, 1356 backpacks, 1176 hats, 827 scarves, 821 pairs of gloves, 760 sunglasses, 681 sets of keys.

London facts

London population

– Greater London: 8,673,713 (2015)
– Urban: 9,787,426
– Metro: 13,879,757

How big is London

– Greater London: 1,572 km2 (607 sq mi)
– Urban: 1,737.9 km2 (671.0 sq mi)
– Metro: 8,382 km2 (3,236 sq mi)

London coordinates

– 51°30′26″N 0°7′39″W

singapore facts

Facts about Singapore

Fun facts about Singapore

Singapore facts

Singapore population

– Total: 5,610,000 (2015)

How big is Singapore

– Total: 719.1 km2 (278 sq mi)

Singapore coordinates

– 1°17′N 103°50′E

barcelona facts

Facts about Barcelona

Fun facts about Barcelona

Barcelona facts

Barcelona population

– City: 1,604,555 (2015)
– Urban: 4,740,000
– Metro: 5,375,800

How big is Barcelona

– City: 101.4 km2 (39.2 sq mi)

Barcelona coordinates

– 41°23′N 2°11′E

new york facts
paris facts

Facts about Paris

  • Did you know that all the trees in Paris are referenced and measured? And they are a lot, there are more than 470,000 in the capital.
  • There are more than 9,000 open terraces (of a bar, cafe or restaurant) in Paris. Imagine you would visit a different one each day. It would take you more than 24 years to complete this challenge.
  • There are a little more than 6,100 streets in Paris.
  • The shortest street in Paris is just 5.75 metres long. In fact this street is only a staircase, used by pedestrians. Its name is Rue des Degres and you’ll find it in the 2nd arondissement.
  • There are 1,784 bakeries in Paris but only 1124 bars in the city.

Fun facts about Paris

  • Did you know there is only one Stop sign in Paris? You can find it in the 16th arrondissement. There is a reason for missing stop signs: the traffic system in Paris is mainly based on giving way to vehicles coming from the right.

Paris facts

Paris population

– City: 2,229,621 (Jan 2013)
– Urban: 10,601,122
– Metro: 12,405,426

How big is Paris

– City: 105.4 km2 (40.7 sq mi)
– Urban: 2,844.8 km2 (1,098.4 sq mi)
– Metro: 17,174.4 km2 (6,631.1 sq mi)

Paris coordinates

– 48°51′24″N 2°21′03″E

athens facts

Facts about Athens

Fun facts about Athens

Athens facts

Athens population

– Municipality: 664,000 (2011)
– Urban: 3,090,000
– Metro: 3,753,800

How big is Athens

– Municipality: 38.9 km2 (15.04 sq mi)
– Urban: 412 km2 (159 sq mi)
– Metro: 2,928.7 km2 (1,130.8 sq mi)

Athens coordinates

– 37°58′N 23°43′E

dubai facts

Facts about Dubai

Fun facts about Dubai

Dubai facts

Dubai population

– Metropolis: 2,643,410 (2016)

How big is Dubai

– Metropolis: 4,114 km2 (1,588 sq mi)

Dubai coordinates

– 24°57′N 55°20′E

las vegas facts

Facts about Las Vegas

  • Did you know more than 41 million people visit Las Vegas each year?
  • The nowadays price for an acre of prime land on The Strip is about $3-6 million.
  • Did you know the famous Las Vegas Strip is not located within the city limits of Las Vegas? The Strip actually comes under the jurisdiction of Clark County.
  • The Bronze lion you can see outside of the MGM Grand Hotel weighs 50 tons. This makes it the largest bronze sculpture in the USA.
  • The white circles around the letters of the word “welcome on the Las Vegas sign come from the silver dollars. The Nevada state is known as The Silver State.
  • When it first opened in 2005, the Wynn Las Vegas was the most expensive hotel and casino in the world.
  • With its 5,044 rooms, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is the largest hotel in the USA and the 2nd largest in the world, by number of rooms.
  • Downtown’s Golden Gate is the oldest continuously operating hotel and casino in Las Vegas; it opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada.
  • With over 300 weddings per day, Las Vegas stands as the top wedding destination in the USA.
  • 71% of people coming to Las Vegas gamble during their visit.
  • The tallest freestanding observation tower in USA is located in Las Vegas: the Stratosphere at 1,149 feet height.
  • Las Vegas does have a “Black Book”, containing the list of people who are banned from setting foot in any casino in the city.
  • Did you knwo there are about 15,000 miles of neon tubing in The Strip and downtown Las Vegas?
  • Music legend Elvis Presley performed 837 consecutive sold out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton (now known as LVH–Las Vegas Hotel and Casino).
  • Some of the fountains and man-made lakes in Las Vegas are filled with recycled water, as fresh water is so precious in this city located in the middle of a desert.
  • The electric bill for the Luxor pyramid’s shining light is $51 per hour.
  • The Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas has more rooms (3,950) than the population of the Bellagio municipality in Lombardy, Italia (3,820 according to 2013 census).
  • You probably remember Martin Scorcese’s film “Casino”. The Tangiers Casino never existed but the action took place in a real casino – Stardust.
  • The Silver Slipper was the first casino to hire female card dealers on The Strip.
  • There are more than 150 casinos and at least 150,000 hotel/motel rooms in the Las Vegas valley area.
  • More than 22,000 conventions are held in Las Vegas every year.
  • There are so many Hawaiians living in Las Vegas some call Vegas as Hawaii’s 9th island.

Fun facts about Las Vegas

  • The biggest win in Las Vegas jackpots was $39 million. It happened in 2003 when a 25 years old software engineer from Los Angeles won this amount after putting in $100 in the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur.
  • The Flamingo casino got its name after the nickname of Bugsy Siegel’s girlfriend Virginia Hill – Flamingo – due to her long, skinny legs.
  • If you get tired of gambling, you can have some fun outside, on a heavy equipment playground where you can drive bulldozers.
  • In Las Vegas the daily shrimp consumption of 60,000 pounds is higher than the rest of the nation combined.
  • You’ll never find rounded corners dice in Las Vegas casinos.
  • Only 30 min away from Las Vegas is Boulder City where gambling is prohibited.

Las Vegas facts

Las Vegas population

– City: 583,756 (2010)
– Urban: 1,314,356
– Metro: 1,951,269

How big is Las Vegas

– City: 352 km2 (135.8 sq mi)

Las Vegas coordinates

– 36°10′30″N 115°08′11″W

tokyo facts

Facts about Tokyo

Fun facts about Tokyo

Tokyo facts

Tokyo population

– Metropolis: 13,617,445 (Jul 2016)
– Metro: 37,800,000

How big is Tokyo

– Metropolis: 2,187.66 km2 (844.66 sq mi)
– Metro: 13,572 km2 (5,240 sq mi)

Tokyo coordinates

– 35°41′N 139°41′E

madrid facts

Facts about Madrid

Fun facts about Madrid

Madrid facts

Madrid population

– Municipality: 3,141,991 (2014)
– Urban: 6,183,000
– Metro: 6,489,162

How big is Madrid

– Municipality: 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi)

Madrid coordinates

– 40°23′N 3°43′W

rome facts

Facts about Rome

Fun facts about Rome

Rome facts

Rome population

– City: 4,321,244 (2014)

How big is Rome

– City: 1,285 km2 (496.3 sq mi)

Rome coordinates

– 41°54′N 12°30′E

sydney facts