The Population Map


The Population Map shows the world in an entirely new light! See where the human beings of the world live, and how many are where. The map image is startling, provocative and BEAUTIFUL. Each country is shown proportional to its population. The map presents people, not territory. Each square of the grid on the map represents a million people. From the perspective of population, China is the biggest country in the world! India is not far behind. For a real shock, compare Indonesia with the United States. This map shows how the USA is only a small part of the whole, 4.5% or less than one-twentieth of the Earth's humans. The main map is enhanced by a series of startling and informative images at the bottom: Population, by continent, throughout human history. This series of "snapshot" images shows the people, and where they were at (1) 100,000 years ago, (2) at the time of the birth of Christ, (3) at 1650 AD, (4) at 1900 AD, and includes (5) population projections for the year 2150. There is also a map of population density showing where there are more than 30 people per square mile. In contrast to the usual continents of land, this density image shows the continents and islands of humankind!

HOW THE POPULATION MAP was created:
This unique view of the world's people was created by an editorial team which included cartographers, population experts, graphic designers, GIS specialists, as well as human rights, human resources, and political activists. This is map that shows Tibet as a distinct and disputed territory, despite the lack of UN recognition. Tibet was a separate independent and sovereign nation prior to its invasion and subsequent occupation by the People's Republic of China. This map also recognizes the existence of the three million people now living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It allows the reader to compare the land (using the Hobo-Dyer equal area projection), with the people (and where they live), along with tracking trends over the course of human history (from 100,000 BC to projections for the year 2150).

BEHIND THE SCENES…
THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE MAP