Map Of The Day: This Startling Image Will Remind The West That We’re Not Nearly As Big As We Think

Population Density Map

John Kuroski for All That Is Interesting

Sure, you know that China is home to a billion people — 1.4 billion people, to be exact. And maybe you know that India is just behind with 1.3 billion (and will very soon pass China).

But did you know that Bangladesh — smaller than Illinois, not to mention half of the states in the U.S. — contains 162 million people, more than half of the United States’ 323 million? Or that Indonesia — just a little bigger than Texas — houses 259 million?

The pattern continues throughout southeast Asia, a region about which your average American doesn’t tend to know much. And even if he or she did know these countries’ massive populations and comparatively tiny physical size, they’d have no way to truly relate to that reality. The amount of people per square mile in the U.S.? 85. Bangladesh? 2,497.

Over the last 50 years, while the U.S. population growth rate has gone from stagnating to declining, many parts of the world that are hardly even on the average American’s radar have seen a population boom — as the population density map above reveals. And southeast Asia isn’t even the leader in that department. That’s all Africa, by a long shot.

As last year’s U.N. population projections demonstrated, the world will indeed look drastically different by 2100. But the thing is, it already is drastically different, at least when compared to our already-held understandings about the world. It’s just hard to visualize it.


Enjoy this population density map? Check out this map that reveals population densities across the entire world, and take a look at this animated map that presents world population growth in GIF form. Then, see a photographic representation of just how much things have changed in the world’s most densely populated city.

Graph Of The Day: See Your State’s Economy Compared To That Of A Foreign Country

Countries Gdp To States

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Among the world’s 196 countries, the United States has the largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, most U.S. states’ own economies are comparable to those of other countries.

For example, California’s economic output is equivalent to that of Brazil, which has the eighth largest economy in the world. Texas’ economic output is equivalent to Canada’s, the tenth largest in the world. Each of these large (both in population and land mass) states have multiple cities with astounding GDPs of their own, but they aren’t the only ones who can stand toe-to-toe with entire countries. Even the smaller states, like North Dakota and Vermont, have economies equivalent in size to well-established countries around the world.

This map of the United States uses national GDP data from the International Monetary Fund and state data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to visually convey just how large each state’s GDP is compared to the nations of the world.

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Graph Of The Day: How Much The Biggest Cities Contribute To America’s GDP

Where The Money Is

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Economic contribution as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) across major U.S. cities is about as lopsided as the country’s distribution of wealth overall. According to 2014 statistics released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the top 20 metropolitan areas represented more than 52 percent of the total country’s GDP.

GDP is a broad quantitative measure of a nation’s total economic activity. The number represents the total monetary value of all the new goods and services produced in an area, but it does have its faults: Since GDP only measures money flowing through the economy, money saving measures or secondhand, off-the-books purchases aren’t recorded. The number also doesn’t reflect equity among people within the measured area, only the total amount of money.

Despite those flaws, GDP is one of the most useful tools a country has to gauge how healthy its economy is. Going by the above map, showing that the majority of America’s economic activity skews towards just a handful of large cities (whose own wealth distribution is equally lopsided amongst their residents), maybe “healthy” isn’t the right word.

25 Ancient Maps That Make Modern Ones Look Very Boring

Ancient Maps Heart Earth

Maps weren’t always sourced from the likes of Google or Apple. In fact, maps weren’t even always printed on paper. Whether etched into brass, carved into tomb ceilings, or drawn onto deerskins, ancient maps show us not merely how different our ancestors’ technology and knowledge were, but how differently they saw the world.

Sure, the ancients knew little or nothing of the New World and thought there was a massive southern continent there to balance out the lands of the north. And sure, even if the ancients were aware of the whole globe, they didn’t have the tools to accurately survey it. But the differences between modern maps and ancient maps are far deeper than that.

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