Sunday, September 2, 2007

World Population Density

This is a prime example of how seeing the data visually is better than reading numbers. Here is a population density map from Wikipedia.

We have heard that China and India have most of the human population in the world, but here you can really see and understand how much. Reading that China's population is four times that of the U.S. is much harder than really seeing it on a map.

The Wikipedia page on World Population has some other great information too.


  1. The map above was developed by Mark Newman and his colleagues, and can be seen at -- Another fascinating version is at
    and was developed in 2005. There are also postcard versions ( )
    and a magnet version ( ).

    not: The map above
    but: An additional population map...