The area of Kowloon City District is about 1000 hectares, with a population of about 362 500 note. It is divided into four sub-districts – Hunghom, Tokwawan, Lung Tong (comprising Kowloon City and Kowloon Tong) and Homantin. The district is mainly a residential area. The majority of the residents reside in private sector housing, including old tenement buildings, private residential developments and low-rise villas; while the rest of them reside in public rental housing and Home Ownership Scheme estates.
Although predominantly residential in nature, the district has a fair share of commercial and industrial activities. Commercial activities abound in the bustling streets in Kowloon City as well as in the shopping malls of Whampoa Garden and public housing estates within the district, while industrial activities are mainly confined to the Tokwawan and Hunghom sub-districts.
With over 200 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, the Kowloon City District has the highest concentration of schools in the territory. The Hong Kong Baptist University and the Open University of Hong Kong are also located in the district. There is also a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities in the district, such as the Ko Shan Theatre, the Kowloon Central Library, the Kowloon Tsai Park-cum-Swimming Pool and the Ho Man Tin Leisure Centre, to cater for recreational needs of the local residents.
Kowloon City District is a very distinctive place. Its Kowloon Walled City was one of the earliest developments in the territory. In 1993, the Kowloon Walled City was reconstructed as the Walled City Park where many relics of historical value have been preserved. After years of development, there are now a 5-star hotel and large private housing estates within the district. The removal of the Kai Tak airport has also spared a vast piece of land at the northern shore of the Victoria Harbour with high potential for redevelopment. Infrastructural projects in the redevelopment area are underway and the Kowloon City District will surely experience another drastic change in the near future.
(Note: Figure obtained from the 2006 Population By-census of the Census and Statistics Department)