Metropolitan might

Dencity map


As Americans we place a lot of value on our wide open spaces and tend to ascribe values such as liberty and freedom to our ability to move around throughout this great country of ours.  We also marvel at our cities as centers of commerce, culture, and wealth – viewing them as icons of progress.  However, when you compare our largest metropolises – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, etc. – to those on the world stage we look a bit, well, puny.

The map above is from the Dencity project by Fathom Information Design and it was created to celebrate the 7 billion global population milestone.

“Dencity maps population density using circles of various size and hue. Larger, darker circles show areas with fewer people, while smaller, brighter circles highlight crowded cities. Representing denser areas with smaller circles results in additional geographic detail where there are more people, while sparsely populated areas are more vaguely defined.”

It also highlights the 20 most populous cities in the world, only one of which – New York City at #19 – is in the United States.

You can view a larger version of the map here.

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