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Canada’s population: Smaller than you think

We might have just passed the 35 million mark, but it's time to put that number in perspective.
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Jordan Hale and Greg J. Smith, October 8, 2013 7:32:48 PM

Given that Canada’s population recently passed the 35 million mark, now would be a good time to put that number into a bit of perspective. There are currently about 7.1 billion people living on the planet, and the easiest way to think about the distribution of people is in relation to China who—with 1.35 billion residents—is the world’s most populated country. When you stack that up against Canada’s minuscule population (which lives in such a large geographical area), it makes for some interesting findings:

When using China’s population as a unit of measure the world breaks into five regions. After China, the second region is India, which with approximately 1.2 billion inhabitants has roughly the same population as China. Amazingly, China and India account for 35% of the global population—and the density of each of these countries is obviously quite high.

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To find our next 1.3 billion people we have to combine a number of regions including Russia, Eastern Europe, and Pacific Asia except for Australia. Likewise we can aggregate all of Africa and the Middle East to find another ‘China’ worth of population—which further drives home the point of just how dense China and India are.

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Lastly (and this is where Canada comes in), we need to zoom way out to see the incredible number of countries we have to group together to find the remaining ‘China’ of population. It takes North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand combined to equal the population of China. There are many things that are not evenly distributed across the earth and population is definitely one of them. While Canada is the second largest country on the planet, our meagre 35 million population is less than half a percent of the global population—we definitely don’t have to worry about running out of space anytime soon.

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