We all know that some places are a lot more populated than others. But this map helps you see visually, in a very clear way, that the world’s population isn’t evenly distributed at all!
I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that we love traveling, but we love maps. All kinds of maps. They help visualize and understand the world we live in.
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So let’s look at this map of the world’s population.
Population density maps
We already shared this map of Canada divided into 4 evenly-populated sections and it was very popular (the same map is also available for the United States, California, Australia and Chile in the post).
So I wanted to share this map with you, which is pretty much the same thing, but for the entire world.
And instead of being divided into 4 equal sections, the total world population is rather divided into 10 equal sections.
Here it is:
Well, what is clear is that we here in the green part live in the largest section (by far), and therefore the least densely populated (unless you’re reading this from Atlantic Canada?… where I happen to be right now writing this).
Surprisingly, the purple section at the other end (actually the one immediately to our left I should say) that contains Japan (and the most populous city in the world) is also quite big. The one that has France, England, the Iberian Peninsula and a piece of Africa is big too, but there is a whole ocean in there too.
But it’s when you compare those to the 3 slimmest sections that the difference is the most striking. The orange section that contains the center of India, the green that contains a good chunk of Southeast Asia and finally the yellow that contains China’s east coast… they’re really very small areas.
Especially that in all 3 cases, almost all of the bottom half is water … and the top quarter (almost a third) is mostly uninhabited. That’s a lot of people in the little area that remains!
And yet, each of these thin sections contains as many people as nearly all of North America and South America combined (excluding roughly our Atlantic provinces, Brazil and a part of Argentina).
So as much as the maps of the world distort our perception by giving us an impression that our country is much larger than it really is in terms of area, we must also remember that those maps show just that, the area… and that humans are far from being equally distributed!
This is an impressive map that shows how there’s not a lot of us on this side of the world! What do you think?
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