Densely Populated

An interesting infographic that shows how big a city would be need to be to house the world’s population, if that city was as densely populated as NYC, San Francisco, Paris, etc. According to the infographic, Paris is a more densely populated city than NYC, which kind of surprised me.

On a more practical note, managing the logistics of transportation and traffic for 6.9 billion people in one city is probably a challenge that would explode a few minds.

Source: Swiss Miss

Where No One Lives

Really interesting map based on 2010 census that details areas of the United States where there are no people living.

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Source: Maps By Nik

Escape From Detroit

Over the past 10 years, 25% of the population from the city of Detroit have left the city. To put that in perspective, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, 29% of that city’s population left but that was a one time natural disaster catastrophe. The situation in Detroit is hardly a natural disaster, but more of a social and economic disaster.

Detroit is the only city in the United States where the population has climbed above one million but also fallen below one million, Mr. Beveridge said. And because of the magnitude of Detroit’s population drain, Michigan is the only state to register a net population loss since 2000. Michigan’s population fell by 0.6 percent while the nation’s as a whole grew by 9.7 percent.

The sad thing is that some of the buildings and architecture of the city of Detroit was, at one point during the city’s “heyday”, some of the most glorious you would ever set eyes on. Today, those amazing structures are in complete shambles. Let’s hope that current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has the will to make some progress here and bring this city even a quarter of the way back to former self.

via NY Times

Redhead Population Falling

Saw this article today that talks about how the population of natural redheads is dwindling and may become extinct by the year 2100, based on research conducted by the Oxford Hair Foundation (whoever they are). According to Oxford, only 4% of the World’s population has red hair (known fact) and since the gene is recessive, it is diluted if carriers produce children with people who have the brown hair dominant gene.

As a redheaded male, I think the position taken by this research group is a bit extreme but not outside the realm of possibility. For my part, I have contributed to the redhead population by bringing my daughter Rebecca and her beautiful red hair into the world.