Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area

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Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area
Greater Taipei
From top: Taipei skyline, Ximending at night
From top: Taipei skyline, Ximending at night
Location of Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan AreaGreater Taipei
Location of Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan AreaGreater Taipei
Coordinates: 25°2′N 121°38′E / 25.033°N 121.633°E / 25.033; 121.633Coordinates: 25°2′N 121°38′E / 25.033°N 121.633°E / 25.033; 121.633
Country

Taiwan


Major Cities Taipei
New Taipei
Keelung
Area
 • Metro 2,457.13 km2 (874.59 sq mi)
Population (End of November 2017)
 • Metro 7,041,172
 • Metro density 2,865.6/km2 (8,050.8/sq mi)

The Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area ((in Taiwanese Mandarin)) or Greater Taipei area / region ((in Taiwanese Mandarin)) is the largest metropolitan area in Taiwan. It was recognized officially until 2010, and included Taipei, Taipei County (now New Taipei), and Keelung.

Definition

The official definition of the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area by the government until 2010 was Taipei, Taipei County and Keelung.

Division name Population
(30 November 2017)[1]
Area
(km²)
Density
(per km²)
Taipei City 2,683,321 271.80 9,872.4
New Taipei City 3,986,291 2,052.57 1,942.1
Keelung City 371,560 132.76 2,798.7
Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area 7,041,172 2,457.13 2,865.6
Taoyuan City 2,184,655 1,220.95 1,789.3
Taipei–Keelung–Taoyuan metropolitan area 9,225,827 3,678.08 2,508.3

Some international reports consider Taipei–Keelung–Taoyuan (臺北基隆桃園都會區; Táiběi–Jīlóng–Táoyuán Dūhùiqū) as a real complete metropolitan area.[1][2][3]

Geography

Due to the geographical characteristics of the area, the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area roughly corresponds to areas located within the Taipei Basin. Taipei City serves as the core of the metropolitan area where the government of Taiwan and major commercial districts are located.

Geographical Subdivision

The metropolitan area contains Taipei City, Keelung City, and New Taipei City (surrounding the two previous cities). The geographical subdivision listed as followed.

New Taipei City Hall
Northwest

in New Taipei City:

North

in New Taipei City:

in Taipei City:

East

in Keelung City:

in Taipei City:

in New Taipei City:

Center

in Taipei City:

Southwest

in New Taipei City:

South

in New Taipei City:

Transportation

Rail

Platform of the Taipei City Hall Station on the Taipei Metro system.

The Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area is served by routes of the Taiwan Railway Administration (Western Line) and Taiwan High Speed Rail which connect the area with all parts of the island. For rapid transit, Taipei and New Taipei are served by the Taipei Metro with daily trips of over 2.0 million passengers.

Air

The area is served by Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for international flights while Songshan Airport is primarily for domestic flights, international flights to Tokyo and Seoul; and also cross-strait flights.

Bus

An extensive bus system serves the metropolitan area.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 鄉鎮市區人口及按都會區統計. Taiwan Ministry of Interior. 2013. 
  2. ^ World: metropolitan areas World Gazetteer, 2010
  3. ^ Taipei: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population World Gazetteer, 2010
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