Rethinking Density Puts World Population In Perspective : The Two-Way A National Geographic writer says if we constrained ourselves to New York City type density, the whole world would fit in Texas.
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Rethinking Density Puts World Population In Perspective

Robert Kunzig has a remarkable piece in National Geographic about the explosion of the world's population. By 2050, he writes, the world's population could reach 10.5 billion. But, perhaps the more interesting thing to come of the piece is an interview reported by D. Magazine in which Kunzig gives us a stunning and very visual analysis of what our current 6.7 billion population looks like:

He said he did the calculations, and the entire world could fit in Texas if each person were alloted the same average square feet of living space as in New York City.