Factors influencing global population distribution

Population distribution is the spread of people across the world, ie where people live.

Population density is the number of people living in a particular area – usually 1 square kilometre – and can be written as total population/land area.

Global Population Density Global population density

The population of the world is now over seven billion people, the vast majority of whom live in the developing world. The world’s population is spread unevenly across the globe with large numbers of people living in the same area.

The world as a whole has more ‘empty’ areas than ‘crowded’ areas. There are several physical and human factors to explain this.

The video below discusses the meaning of population density and some of the reasons for the uneven distribution of people across the world.

Where in the world do people live?