Donald Trump's crowd not so big, compared to Obama's

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Mr Trump's 2017 inauguration (left) shows far fewer people than Mr Obama's 2009 inauguration (right) (Reuters)

The turnout for the inauguration of US President Donald Trump has appeared to be significantly smaller than that of Barack Obama in 2009.

While comparing crowd sizes is difficult, an image of 2017's inauguration next to 2009's shows a noticeably smaller crowd.

A lot of empty ground is visible in 2017 image, which was taken during Mr Trump's speech before the National Mall in Washington DC.

A lack of crowds was also noticed along Pennsylvania Ave, where the inauguration parade passed through on Friday afternoon (local time).

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Public transport data for the city also showed a difference in numbers for Mr Trump's inauguration, compared to Mr Obama's.

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Washington's Metro transit company tweeted the numbers of people on its system on the day. As of 11am on Jan 20, 2017, 193,000 trips had been taken. At the same time in 2009, 513,000 trips had been taken.

The new President has a reputation for boasting about the size of his audiences. Leading up to the inauguration, Mr Trump promised an "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout".

A few blocks away from the celebration, at least 1000 people protested the divisive leader's inauguration.