Earth  ID: 2912

Population Density of the World, 1990-2015 (WMS)

This animation shows the population density of the world in the years 1990, 1995, 2000, as well as a population density estimated for the year 2015. These figures have been adjusted to match United Nations totals. The most dramatic differences in population are not readily visible in this animation because they are located in cities. The maximum population density in 1990 was about 79,000 people per square kilometer, while the estimated maximum population density in 2015 will be about 236,000 people per square kilometer. Developing areas in Africa, Latin America, and Asia change the most visibly.

Visualization Credits

Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Lead Animator
David Rogers (Oxford University): Scientist
Bob Venezia (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, Gridded Population of the World (GPW), Version 3: 1990, 1995, 2000. Gridded Population of the World: Future Estimates, 2015. Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University; Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); and Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), 2005. Available at (

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Data Used:
Gridded Population of the World (Version 3 Beta)
Data Compilation - SEDAC
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version