The Red and Blue Areas of This Map House the Same Number of People

The mind blowing map shows just how disproportionate human population is in regard to the area it occupies. It may seem hard to believe, but the blue area and the red area actually have just as much population: 5%, to be more exact.

The map was created by self-proclaimed data-cruncher Max Galka, and from the data I found, it’s quite accurate. The blue area, which includes Canada, Australia, 9 US states, much of South America, most of Russia and Scandinavia has 5 percent of the world’s population. The red area, which has only Bangladesh and and three eastern Indian states: Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.

The map was created using open-source mapping tool QGIS, and used data from the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook. Galka said that he tried to include full countries in the blue area as often as possible, but sometimes it was difficult to round the numbers out that way. You can see all data yourself over at Galka’s website.

“What I find most interesting is that such a dense population centre can be in a area that has so little global prominence,” Galka said in an interview for io9. “Bangladesh is the seventh most populous country in the world, but how many people could even locate it on a map?”

What do you think about this map? All that landmass has just as much population as Bangladesh as a bit of India – something which most people wouldn’t even be able to locate on a map. Galka said he thinks it’s a good thing, because crowded societies tend to be more efficient – what do you think?

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3 thoughts on “The Red and Blue Areas of This Map House the Same Number of People

  1. Tricia Bell

    I’ll elaborate a bit. I feel it’s disgusting that a culture of people can’t control their multiplying. They end up working in sweat shops, which of course, we (western societies) get blamed for. They can’t have a good quality of life, being cramped in the streets, in their homes and generally speaking, everywhere… I’ll just bet 95% of the rest of the world population feels this way as well. They are just filling up every square foot of living space and it doesn’t change much generation after generation. I bet they have a hard time feeding themselves.. Rather than trying to find balance, they are as gluttonous as the rest of the world in a different manner. Most “western” societies are disgusting in the way they consume everything and are so money hungry and greedy…these people just breed non stop. Are they even receiving a quality education? Even K-12? Do they have such a thing or is it ONLY MEN? I know India is a hell hole for girls and women….

  2. Jamshed Chy

    It is the Greater Bengal area where land is fertile. Every seasons (6) have a few kind of delicious fruits. It is a land of milk, fishes, rice, fruits, songs, rivers and festivals. Wonderful that the area is densely populated but people are so joyful and simple. They have become poor due to colonization of Mughals and British which lasted about 700 years from the year 1300.

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