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# If the whole population of the world, 6.5 to 6.7 billion, were in one huge crowd, how much land would they take up?

Question #79907. Asked by Younghappy. (May 04 07 12:33 PM)

zbeckabee

If you assume that everyone is standing, and takes up 2 square feet, based on a population of 6.7 billion...they would take up 481.06 square miles. The area would expand 10 acres every day.

 May 04 07, 5:49 PM
satguru

I'm sure I remember the answer would be the Isle of Wight, which is about 12X8 miles. It's often mentioned in those weird fact books and columns.

12X8 is 96 sq miles which is a lot less than the first estimate.

The official answer is here and apparently depends on the tide being out to fit everyone on, but they use metric so I'm not sure which of us is closer till a nice person converts it for me.

http://www.ampneycrucis.f9.co.uk/PARK/Population.htm

 May 04 07, 7:32 PM
zbeckabee

Your link uses the world population figure of 6,204,850,174 which is a bit low from the actual population of 6,446,131,400 while mine is too high by about that same amount. If you factor that in along with the difference in space occupied by each person...we are coming up with similar figures.

 May 04 07, 9:28 PM
Younghappy

Thanks alot guys. I just wanted to prove to my friends at school that it was alot smaller than they claimed. Some of them where claiming really absurd stuff like the USA. The smallest area one of them claimed was Ireland. I thought it was still a bit big.

TY

 May 05 07, 4:06 AM

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