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At NYC’s Density, the World’s Population Could Live in Texas

At NYC’s Density, the World’s Population Could Live in Texas


Written by Alex Davies, a Treehugger blogger

It turns out that if you wanted every person in the world to move to Texas, finding room for everyone wouldn’t be your biggest problem. A series of maps produced by density blog Per Square Mile shows that if the entire world’s population — 6.9 billion people — lived at the same density level as New York City, we could all fit within the borders of the Lone Star State.

At Paris levels, we would need Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. If the world lived like Houston, we would take up most of the continental United States: 1,769,085 square miles.

This doesn’t mean that the whole world could actually live in Texas, considering the need for farmland, industrial space, and energy production. (Although what if all the roofs generated solar power?) And there’s a lot to be said for the benefits of living in the country.

But Per Square Mile’s density statistics are thought-provoking. Density is more sustainable than sprawl, and while it might be hard to convince every person on Earth to move to Texas, we could all afford to live a little closer together. (Though we don’t have to live like New Yorkers.)

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

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1:44PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011


2:38PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

That's pretty interesting.

7:38PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

funny idea... It's totally abstracted from reality

2:37PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

We can certainly squeeze in many more people on this earth (though I wouldn't want to live in a world more populated than now) - but simply squeezing in more folks in smaller spaces doesn't create more resources to support all those extra people.

10:25AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

It doesn't appeal!

8:54AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I live in New York, and based on what I've seen, there's a lot to be said for the efficiencies of density. It makes transportation more efficient by enhancing mass transit, it consolidates public utilities, and it allows diversification by bringing together members of many niches into one concentrated location, allowing people to find what they need or want.

8:25AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Interesting and by the way Texas is a great place to live.

8:00AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Great thought, but wouldn't want to live in THAT Texas!

6:30AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

thought of this years ago,yes,should solve a major problem with due consideration,that is.

4:48AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

but who would want to ??

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