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Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Tenerife is now more densely populated than Mallorca or Japan

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

In a study carried out by Rufino García Fernández, president of the Fundación Cultural Canaria de Ingeniería y Arquitectura Betancourt y Molina (Canarian Cultural Foundation for Engineering and Architecture Betancourt y Molina), the population data of Tenerife was collected from 1900 to the year 2020, as well as the number of tourists. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, the island had 137,469 inhabitants and in 2019 the figure reached 917,841, which, when adding tourists, exceeds one million (1,036,518). 

If we take the last 30 years, Tenerife has grown by an annual average of 10,000 inhabitants, "something like adding a municipality like El Sauzal every year", the engineer Rufino García points out. In addition, when the North and South highways were built in the 1970s, they had a horizon of 25 years, when only the half of today's population (500,381 inhabitants plus 8,000 tourists/day) was forecast. The average number of daily vehicles for the most congested sections (Laguna-Santa Cruz and Guaza-Adeje) was 20,000 cars per day in that decade, today it reaches 115,000 on these sections.

To get a comparative idea of ​​population growth in the islands, Rufino García cited the case of Mallorca, which, with a rate of 244 residents per square kilometre, has been debating this issue for some time, and recalled that Japan, considered one of the most populous countries in the world, has an average of 334. “If, in addition, we take into account that 49% of our territory is protected and, if we do these same calculations on 51% of usable land, the population density in Tenerife is close to 1,000 inhabitants per kilometre square," he said.