Why Sprawling LA Could Be Denser Than NYC in a Decade

By 2025, the biggest cities in the world will not only be bigger, but exceptionally denser. According to a new study, Hong Kong will be the densest megacity on the planet, almost twice as crowded as the runner up. And here in the U.S.—and this might be a real shocker—Los Angeles may be more dense than New York City. » 9/24/14 7:30pm 9/24/14 7:30pm

More than half of the US population lives in this thin border line

Reddit user metricmapsore made this great visualization showing how our country is divided and found that more than half of the entire US population—54% that is—live on the edges of the map. It makes sense, that's where the biggest cities are and thus, that's where the people are. Why would anyone live anywhere else! » 5/09/14 8:20pm 5/09/14 8:20pm

The map of the world if every country had a population of 100 million

Imagine a world with countries re-shaped to have an equal population with each other. Some little countries get absorbed to create one large country while other populous countries get their boundaries re-drawn and are split up into a bunch of difference pieces (I'm looking at you China and India). This is what that… » 2/20/14 10:59pm 2/20/14 10:59pm

Here's a map of the US if every state's population matched its size

It's a little unfair that giant states with tiny populations get so much room for such few people. I mean, especially since states on the east coast are living on top of each other in cramped borders. So let's change that with a fun little thought exercise and a spin on how to look at the map of United States: what if… » 2/05/14 9:02pm 2/05/14 9:02pm

The World's Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed In a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population density by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. » 1/09/14 1:40pm 1/09/14 1:40pm

The map of the world if every country's population matched its size

Here's a fun way to look at the world. What if every country's population actually matched its size? So more populous places like Japan and Vietnam that are cramped in tiny specks of land now get to stretch their feet a bit while uselessly big countries like Canada and Australia get their population booted to smaller… » 12/20/13 8:05pm 12/20/13 8:05pm

Here's a Map of the World Adjusted for the Population Size of Countries

If you were to re-draw the map of the world according to each country's population, you would get a warped world that looked like this. Some giant countries like Canada and Australia become tiny strips and dots while other giant countries like China and India predictably inflate and take over the map. You can also… » 8/21/13 11:01pm 8/21/13 11:01pm

This Crazy Map Has One Dot for Every Person in the United States

The amount of people in the whole world is pretty wildly unfathomable. For that matter, even a subset like just the 300,000,000 or so that live in the United States can be hard to wrap your head around. This interactive map by Brandon M-Anderson helps by showing one dot for each of them. It's pretty wild. » 12/29/12 11:00am 12/29/12 11:00am

The World's Population Density, Visualized

It's difficult to get a handle on the population density around the world. Fortunately, this visualization makes it a little easier to get your head round. » 4/16/12 6:13am 4/16/12 6:13am

It gets more interesting as you crank the population density slider up, though. A ten-fold increase wipes out much of the land mass, sure, but the area of the…

Mobile Phone Subscriptions to Reach 4 Billion by Year's End

The UN's International Telecommunications Union announced Friday that mobile phone subscriptions will reach 4 billion by the end of 2008, far more than half of the estimated 6.7 billion total world population. Of course, there are some, like John Mayer, who throw off that number by having more than one cell phone » 9/27/08 4:45pm 9/27/08 4:45pm