Here's What Happens If You Split A World Map According To Population


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

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Ever wondered what the world’s population would look like if you split a map up into segments? Well, wonder no more, my friend.

In a post on Reddit, user AppleBiryani highlighted an awesome map of the world where each section contains 10 percent of the world’s population. The image originally comes from


As you can see, the Americas command a pretty huge segment, not least because they’re coupled with the Pacific Ocean. As you move east, however, things get super interesting.

The two smallest segments cut straight through eastern parts of China, which – with 1.4 billion people – contains a pretty big chunk of the world’s population.

India too, with a whopping 1.3 billion people, is mostly located in a rather small segment. The UK, parts of western Europe and Africa, and South America are so sparse in comparison that they’re all lumped together.

Australia meanwhile, despite being almost as big as China, commands its own vast segment, along with the rest of the Pacific Ocean and a large part of Russia.


It’s a pretty neat way to look at the world’s population, and highlights just how highly concentrated humans are in some parts of the world – and less so in others. Check it out below.



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