Actually, it would be more accurate to say that somebody knows where everybody lives, and has a fascinating way of showing how we’re all arranged.
That somebody is Max Galka, who blogs at Metrocosm, and who does interesting work in data visualization. In this map, the areas in yellow hold half the population of the planet, and the areas in black hold the other half. How’s that for a mind stretch?
We all have a sense that we’re not evenly spread, but perhaps we weren’t aware of the extent of that unevenness. As the map indicates, there are lots of places in the world where people are few and far between, and a few places where people are many and very snug.
Are you living in the black spaces on this map, or in the yellow ones? To learn more about how the map was made, and see other interesting maps on the topic, here’s the Metrocosm link.