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Demographic Dimensions: Describing Populations
Demographic dimensions: Describing populations

Most of us have grown up hearing, from time to time, that the earth's population has reached a new milestone: 6 billion in 1999 and, soon, 7 billion. Many of us, if asked, would also be able to name the most populous countries in the world: China has more than 1.3 billion inhabitants and India more than 1 billion. The United States has many fewer inhabitants, estimated in 2010 to be 310 million people. What do these numbers really tell us, though, beyond how many people live within a country's borders? At a minimum, it would be helpful to relate the number of people to the size of the country—or a country's population density. A population of 1.3 ...

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