Sunday, 03 December, 2000

Trip to Newark, NJ

I flew to Newark, NJ so I could visit a client near Trenton on Monday.  I never even got close to New York City, but I still thought there were way too many people crammed into too small a space.  There are over 20 million people in the New York metropolitan area.  Another 10 million or so live within 100 miles.  That's 10 percent of the country's total population living in an area of about 31,500 square miles, or about .8 percent of the country's total area.  The population density of the metropolitan area is about 2,000 people per square mile.  Austin's population density is about 250 people per square mile, and I thought we were densely packed.  I'm not surprised that there's so much violence in the city.  That many people would really get on my nerves.  I'm glad I leave tomorrow.