Visualizing The World's Extreme Population Density

Tyler Durden's picture

You may have heard that the majority of the world’s population actually lives within a relatively small circle that covers China, India, Japan, and other parts of Southeast Asia. That’s a pretty extreme example of population density – but, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins points out, here’s one that is even more impressive.

It’s quite simple actually: it compares parts of the most expansive regions (Canada, Russia, non-coastal USA, Greenland, Australia, and others) with a tiny chunk of land that holds close to 400 million people.


The following image comes to us from Metrocosm, the website of data visualization expert Max Galka.

Bangladesh and three provinces in India, which are highlighted in red, take up just 160,000 sq. mi (415,000 sq. km) – that’s smaller than California. Together they hold more population than all of the blue territories on the map.

Source: Visual Capitalist

That’s right, the blue area contains the entirety of many significant countries, such as Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia. The blue even includes parts of China, the United States, and most of Russia.


Here’s the kicker – the disparity is only getting more intense. Take a look at the following map of the fastest growing cities, showing the rate of new citizens per hour:

Source: Visual Capitalist

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Gorgeous's picture

If you kept the Artic and Antartic on this Mercator projection map, the low pop areas would have looked even Yuuuuger.

Tom Servo's picture

because the blue areas are desert, dense jungle, or really damn cold.... 

philipat's picture

I don't get the point of randomly selected parts of the world to prove what we already know. Incidentally, the article/map would have even allowed Europe to be blue (or more appropriately green the way the demographics are going) if Indonesia had (correctly) been included as a Red area. This is complete and utter BS for no real purpose. The only good thing is that it was short!!

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) philipat Mar 20, 2017 9:32 PM

Looks like a place in need of a Rothschilds central bank.

The Merovingian's picture

You say that like it's a bad thing.


cue in cue's picture
cue in cue (not verified) The Merovingian Mar 21, 2017 7:15 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Erek's picture

Berlin only +1 per hour? I guess that is excluding the influx of rapfugees.

PacOps's picture

Concur with "good & short" but Indonesia had correctly not been included as a red area. Once outside of Jakarta population density is quite sparce especially once off Java. There are over 10,000 islands in Indonesia, most with very small populations if inhabited at all.

halcyon's picture

How about visualizing locations of US troops and bringing them home from places where there isnt even war and has not been for decades.

I mean Germany and Japan, WTF?

Useless expenditure.


are we there yet's picture

Big Mac franchise opportunities to make crowded places into crowded fat places.

HRClinton's picture

Long depopulation schemes for Bangladesh and densely populated cities.

Croesus's picture

I'm sure Bill Gates will dispatch his vaccination-pimps there, pronto! Because "philanthropy" is all about giving...

Nexus789's picture

More like Killanthropy

AlaricBalth's picture

Call David Rockefeller. He is the go to guy for depopulation.
What's that? He's dead? Ok. Never mind...

Urban Redneck's picture

War between China and India that conveniently overruns Bangledesh would seem to fit the bill... and reduce the need for "other" and "broader" depopulation measures...

Erek's picture

Call mama Merkel or the Swedes, they will know where to send them.

MuffDiver69's picture

Could someone who has taken the time to figure out why so many people are clustered in that area explain it. What's the historical roots of this. I like to screw my wife with the best of em, but what gives.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) XqWretch Mar 20, 2017 9:48 PM

Stupid fuckers.


HRClinton's picture

Cause?  Try man's efforts to allow Mother Nature to keep the population in check.

Man's efforts?  Foreign Aid, Modern Medicine and antibiotics, vaccines... lack of wars.

fbazzrea's picture

 lack of wars.

give me a break. wars are not a solution for ANYTHING.

canisdirus's picture

Poverty. The areas with high growth are extremely impoverished. It's a well known and extensively documented effect.

TeaClipper's picture

Low lying fertile flood plain, good for growing food.

XqWretch's picture

And I'm imagining families basically reproduce in order to have a labor force to run the farms they live on. Unless they get that lucky ticket to work in a call center. Just a guess?

Snaffew's picture

that one gave me a good chuckle---

DaNuts's picture

It is because the land is so fertile, It is the main distributary channel of the Brahmaputra River as it flows from India to Bangladesh. The Jamuna flows south and joins the Padma River (Pôdda), near Goalundo Ghat, before meeting the Meghna River near Chandpur. It then flows into the Bay of Bengal as the Meghna River. This brings nutrients to feed an expanding population who, being Muslim, have no interest in birth control.

delmar Jackson's picture

Immigration. Moratorium. Now.

Snaffew's picture

mandatory sterilization more like it...people don't understand or believe in birth control and most women on this planet feel like having  children is a necessity and not a choice.  At this point, it is a selfish choice and more than one child is just plain greedy---humans have become a plague.

Croesus's picture

We should have hunting season for humans, like we do for other animals.

It'd make things interesting.

Imagine the admiration & respect you'd get from friends, if they saw your wall of Bankster trophy mounts, or your collection of Thuggus Americanus skulls.

Is-Be's picture

Hunting season on humans? Let it be known that Identify with the Neanderthal side of my family.

(Hominids that blundered out of Africa were considered an easily gathered delicacy.)

red1chief's picture

You first, the troll herd needs culling anyway.

stacking12321's picture

it is pure ego to assume that you, or anyone else for that matter, knows the "correct" amount of humans that ought to be on the planet, or that you or anyone else has the right to use violence to enforce that opinion on others.

yes, the planet's resources are getting depleted. yes, pollution is rising. yes, life gets crappier as more people are added to the planet each year.

but i have faith in nature, and in the fact that things out of balance will return to equilibrium, including human population.

government, and people who want to impose their wills on others, are a *much* bigger problem, than the extra people on the planet.

equilibrium will return of its own accord.

froze25's picture

There are plenty of resources and plenty of land, artificial scarcity is being used via selective regulations to keep prices up and competition down. We all suspect that energy production technology is being suppressed.  We free up energy we free up the world, can't have that now can we.

Trial and Error's picture

Uh, how about we start with education on contraception first. Oh right, it's tough for certain countries to get funding to teach that stuff. Because of the whole women are property, their religion says it's forbidden, certain people can't get elected if they vote for it, etc., etc.. But enough about the U.S....

CRM114's picture


Complete removal of benefits will have the same effect.

philipat's picture

And you point is?

fbazzrea's picture

wow... that's def not going to work long in a global depression. no way to redistribute resources sufficiently to avoid massive casualties in an ever-growing number of possible circumstances.

logicalman's picture

Glad I live in the blue.

TeaClipper's picture

Not a sentiment shared by the people of Ireland and Cyprus, both blue on the map, both with economies totally fucked up by the EU

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Not a sentiment shared by the people of Ireland and Cyprus"

I disagree, despite the failed states they live in, i doubt anyone there would like to live in Bangladesh. Give me a messed up place with less people any day.

serotonindumptruck's picture

There is a finite "carrying capacity" for any ecosystem. Humans tend to consume far more resources from their environments than is ecologically sustainable.

The elites know this, and we have all reached that point.

The only question that remains is how do the so-called "elites" kill the rest of us without killing themselves?

red1chief's picture

People have been making your argument for hundreds of years, yet there's always room for more.

canisdirus's picture

They just keep exploiting new finite sources of energy. If it wasn't for oil, there would have been massive famines and ecological collapse in many areas over the last century. We're on very borrowed time - oil transports us, transports our food, and is even turned into fertilizer that makes the nutrient-depleted substrate most industrial farms are made of capable of supporting life.

Oil brought us out of the collapse in farm productivity that started in the late 1920s due to intensive farming to support the excessive population. If the oil went away we wouldn't even be able to support the size of population we had when it started, let alone today's.

red1chief's picture

People have been making your argument for hundreds of years, yet there's always room for more.

logicalman's picture

Infinite growth on a finite planet??

Were you born stupid, or did you have to take special lessons?

CRM114's picture

Sadly, those 'special lessons' are now standard education policy in most Western countries.

Ilmarinen's picture

Our Earth is steadily supplied with energy/matter from an external source in quantities that dwarf our current consumption.  Similarly, the vast vast majority of its surface area, not to mention subterranean/submarine volume, remains uninhabited by humans.

Not infinite, sure, but red1chief probably didn't intend "always" to mean literally eternity.

samsara's picture

Well they were hoping. For a gene specific virus.....

Remember those 15-20 microbiologists dying 'bout 10 years ago?