Population Density

Population Density | NASA

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This map shows how many people live in different areas on Earth. The map is divided into numerous small boxes, called "grids." Each grid box is about 1 kilometer long by one kilometer wide, and it is color coded to show how many people live there. Lighter areas have fewer people. The red dots scattered across most countries show cities, where many people live in a small area.

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Related Websites

Gridded Population of the World (SEDAC)

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)

Further Reading

The Global Distribution of Population: Evaluating the gains in resolution refinement

Credits

Image by Robert Simmon, NASA's Earth Observatory, based on data provided by the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), Columbia University.

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