There’s an Equal Number of People in the Blue and Red Areas

I once did a post on population density. In it, I showed how dense East Asia is with this map:

Half the World

This map, via Max Roser’s awesome Twitter, might be even more interesting. It shows how sparsely populated most of the land on Earth really is. The blue regions hold only 5% of the world’s population (around 350 million people). The same amount of people—5%—live in the tiny red region:


  • DeeDee Massey

    I just wanted to post the first comment. I’ll edit it when I have something profound to say. Check back in a few days.

  • Greg

    Those 2 reds are Bangladesh (156mill) + Nepal (28mil), but they only add up to 184million. Not 350 million.

    Bad information source?

    • Thiago Santiago

      The red area is Bangladesh(156m) + Bihar(99m) + West Bengal(90m) (not all of it). It adds up to 345 million.

    • Jove

      Wrong, greg. Tiago is (almost) right; it shows Bangladesh, West Bengal and current Bihar.

      Bad geography maybe, Greg?

    • Greg

      Thanks both. I made the mistake of assuming countries instead of regions. I couldn’t work out why Nepal was slightly off shape… should’ve looked more.
      Bad map reading.

  • Martin Stoehr

    Why not include Antarctica? I am pretty sure the population down there ranges from 1k to 4k ( That should not add much to the total people count and add a great deal to the land area count.

  • Chiel Wieringa

    Funny how you can recognize the Nile river.

  • DeeDee Massey

    The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only.
    There is no parking in the red zone.

    • Airplane

      Listen Betty, Don’t start up with your white zone sh*t again. There’s just no parking in the white zone.

      • Not Vernon

        Oh really, Vernon? Why pretend, we both know perfectly well what this is about. You want me to have an abortion.

        • Vernon

          It’s really the only sensible thing to do, if its done safely. Therapeutically there’s no danger involved.

  • Ikana Juana Leighere

    An article stated when we had 5 billion on earth said that they could fit all of them as 4 people family with an acre each in the state of Texas alone!! It just shows the mismanagement of this world’s resources by these governments.

    • DeeDee Massey

      Where would all the cows graze and how would we run the oil rigs with people on every acre?

      • Ikana Juana Leighere

        DeeDee – they would have plenty of room – this is only one state they’re talking about. They’re would be PLENTY of room.

        • DeeDee Massey

          Perhaps you haven’t seen the size of our oil rigs, longhorns, cotton fields, and Blue Bell plants. 🙂

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