Beautiful and bustling downtown New London, CT
I'm from New England, a land of small states packed with plenty of people. Here are some comparisons:
Connecticut (where I'm from originally): Area: 5,543 square miles. Seems like a lot of space, doesn't it?
Massachusetts (my current legal residence): Area: 10, 555 square miles. Even bigger.
Louisiana (where I'm moving to): Area: 51,885 square miles. Whoa, Nellie!
Population (as of 2008):
Connecticut: 3.518,288 or 703 per square mile.
Massachusetts: 6, 593,587. It's got twice the space, after all. That's 809 per square mile.
Louisiana: 4,410,796 or 102 people per square mile. That leaves a lot of elbow room.
Let's look at the cities I've called home since I find this interesting.... The area is for land only.
New London, CT: 5.5 square miles, 26,174 people which comes to 4,725 people/square mile.
Boston, MA: 48.43 square miles, 620,535 people which comes to 12,813 people/square mile.
New Orleans, LA: 180.6 square miles, 336,644 people which comes to 2,518 people/square mile.
I don't want to say New Orleans seems like a ghost town, because it doesn't. You'll excuse me though if I don't find it particularly crowded. There are plenty of people and there's plenty of activity so it doesn't seem as empty as these statistics suggest. Once I take a tour of the rest of the Louisiana though, I don't know. I imagine it will seem like the Moon compared to the quiet corners of Connecticut.
Of course, the New Orleans numbers don't include all the tourists and conventioneers that visit the city on a regular basis. Boston also has its share of visitors. They tend to come in the summer when all the college students (which these figures include, about a quarter of the total) vacate the city. Few people stop in New London unless they are lost, so it's numbers are pretty stable.