Wednesday, April 10, 2013

If the world lived in a single city

The world population is estimated to be 6.9 billion people, and while that is a lot of people, it suddenly doesn't seem like that much in these maps by Tim De Chant of Per Square Mile. Imagine that the world lived with the same density of a real city, and see how much area they take up. If we all lived like they do in San Francisco (space-wise), we'd take up just under 398k square miles, or rather, only four states. Same density as New York? We'd all fit in Texas.

What a great visual! I love it. It makes the world seem so much smaller, especially since  we are all connected through the internet.

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