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08-29-2017, 11:25 AM
 Location: Baltimore, MD 3,512 posts, read 2,981,003 times Reputation: 2746

We all love to talk about population density and sprawl on here. A few years ago, demographers at National Geographic determined that the entire population of the planet could fit shoulder to shoulder in Los Angeles' 500 sq miles (they included its water area for some reason). There's been quite a few more births since then, so LA is no longer big enough.

Quiz: Population 7 Billion?Could We All Fit in One City?

But the math is still good. 1 person uses two square feet standing shoulder-to-shoulder. There are around 27,888,888 sq feet in a square mile. So take 13,944,444 and multiple that by your city's land area in sq miles to determine a theoretical maximum population (not including vertical buildings and the like) of the amount of people who could fit into your city.

Wilmington, Delaware, with a land area of 10.90 square miles, could fit 151,994,439 people at shoulder to shoulder density. How many people could your city theoretically hold?

08-29-2017, 11:46 AM
 Location: Oklahoma City 746 posts, read 723,650 times Reputation: 799
8,382,144,732 for OKC.

08-29-2017, 12:25 PM
 Location: Albuquerque, NM 706 posts, read 515,263 times Reputation: 407
2,642,472,138 for Albuquerque.

1,696,997,001,468 for the state of New Mexico.

08-29-2017, 12:43 PM
 Location: Baltimore, MD 3,512 posts, read 2,981,003 times Reputation: 2746
So there are 27,878,400 square feet in a square mile. Not 27,888,888. So 13,939,200 times your city's land area in square miles. My bad.

Wilmington is at 151,937,280.

08-29-2017, 01:09 PM
 Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1,387 posts, read 1,697,241 times Reputation: 1729
Albuquerque, with 187.7 square miles of land area, could fit 2,616,387,840 people within its city limits.

08-29-2017, 07:45 PM
 Location: Baltimore, MD 3,512 posts, read 2,981,003 times Reputation: 2746
Quote:
 Originally Posted by KayneMo 8,382,144,732 for OKC.
So the entire planet can fit within OKC? Nice.

08-29-2017, 08:05 PM
 Location: Albuquerque, NM 706 posts, read 515,263 times Reputation: 407
Quote:
 Originally Posted by kehkou 2,642,472,138 for Albuquerque.
Quote:
 Originally Posted by ABQalex Albuquerque, with 187.7 square miles of land area, could fit 2,616,387,840 people within its city limits.
Guess I didn't account for not being able to stand in the river.
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