The World of Seven Billion
The map shows population density; the brightest points are the highest densities. Each country is colored according to its average annual gross national income per capita, using categories established by the World Bank (see key below). Some nations— like economic powerhouses China and India—have an especially wide range of incomes. But as the two most populous countries, both are lower middle class when income is averaged per capita.
DESIGN: DAVID WHITMORE; GRAPHICS: JOHN GRIMWADE GRAPHICS; RESEARCH: KAITLIN M. YARNALL; TEXT: JANE VESSELS; EDITORIAL RESEARCH: MAUREEN J. FLYNN, JULIE A. IBINSON, DAVID A. LANDE; PRODUCTION: LAWSON PARKER; GRAPHICS SOURCES: POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU, UNITED NATIONS, WORLD BANK; CONSULTANTS: CARL HAUB (POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU), HANS ROSLING (GAPMINDER); MAP DATA: OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY LANDSCAN 2009 (POPULATION DENSITY)