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Wonderful graph on global population by latitude and longitude

HT (i.e. stolen from) Chris Blattman

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8 Comments

  1. Jeff Hixon wrote:

    It would be cool to see an overlay of both on one map

    Posted August 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Iggy wrote:

    Are there similar graphs of land mass by latitude and longitude?

    Posted August 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  3. Carl Pham wrote:

    From the first, we learn that the Earth is a sphere — has a smaller area along lines of latitude as they approach the poles — and from the second that people tend to live more on land masses than on oceans. w00t!

    Had the author only thought to graph population density, at least the top graph would’ve had nontrivial significance.

    Posted August 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  4. So what? Population matters only in terms of density, education, health, opportunity, and that difficult term–happiness. What am I missing? Can we learn anything of importance from these graphs of where most people live?

    Posted August 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink
  5. Vincent wrote:

    Reminds me of this old map by William Bunge of areas with more than 30 people per square miles: http://indiemaps.com/images/williamBunge/islandsAndContinentsOfMankind.png

    A bio with many other cool maps here:
    http://indiemaps.com/blog/page/2/

    Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink
  6. Robert Tulip wrote:

    Thanks, what would make these population maps really informative is comparison to similar graphs of GDP and GDP per capita by latitude and longitude.

    Posted August 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
  7. Pam DeLargy wrote:

    Eye catching, for sure. But one of those graphics which just highlights the obvious in an imaginative way. Yes, people live where there is land. And yes, people live where it is not too cold for them to survive. So is there any new or surprising information in these maps? No. Just a catchy way to show the obvious.

    Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
  8. Mozza wrote:

    I am surprised at the criticism of this map. I find it very telling.

    First, people do not live where there’s land mass, or the center (Africa) would be the fullest. The peak around 80E is certainly not due to Siberia, which is where the said “land mass” is mostly located. The drops at 20E and 95E also contradict this false finding.

    Second, the absolute number of people, as opposed to density, is very interesting to understand what view of the world is prevalent for instance (North and East). Where are people most likely to come from. It is an indicator of influence, much like money and education would be (if W Kauffman draws a map of education, I’ll go complain on his blog that it doesn’t show population). I find it more interesting than density, which brings up Monaco and Singapore – who cares?

    Third, I find the progression from America, to Europe/Africa, to Asia really interesting. I didn’t know that.

    By the way, it would have been nice to quote the author of this map from 2008, Bill Rankin, not the blogger who reposted it. http://www.radicalcartography.net/index.html?histpop

    Posted August 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

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