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Population Year 2020

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A gridded cartogram shows considerable differences to the conventional cartograms on Worldmapper (and elsewhere). For example, in China the sparsely populated Himalayan regions can be distinguished from the densely populated eastern coastal regions. Internal variation within the United States and Mexico can also be recognized. Somewhat harder to identify (due to scale) but still evident are north-south differences in Great Britain and west-east differences in Germany. This map therefore shows the varying distributions of population on a subnational level and make them visible on a global view, regardless of administrative boundaries or other arbitrary units.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the land surface resized by its population. Each transformed grid cell in the map is proportional to the total number of people living in that area.

Data sources
This map uses population estimates for the year 2020 based on data from the Gridded Population of the World (GPW), v4 at 0.25 degree resolution, released by SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) (accessed March 2018).

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