You may have heard that the majority of the world’s population actually lives within a relatively small circle that covers China, India, Japan, and other parts of Southeast Asia.
That’s a pretty extreme example of population density – but here’s one that is even more impressive.
It’s quite simple actually: it compares parts of the most expansive regions (Canada, Russia, non-coastal USA, Greenland, Australia, and others) with a tiny chunk of land that holds close to 400 million people.
An Extreme Comparison of Population Density
Bangladesh and three provinces in India, which are highlighted in red, take up just 160,000 sq. mi (415,000 sq. km) – that’s smaller than California. Together they hold more population than all of the blue territories on the map.
That’s right, the blue area contains the entirety of many significant countries, such as Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia. The blue even includes parts of China, the United States, and most of Russia.
Getting More Extreme
Here’s the kicker – the disparity is only getting more intense. Take a look at the following map of the fastest growing cities, showing the rate of new citizens per hour:
Dhaka, the largest city in Bangladesh, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a growth rate of 74 people per hour. Kolkata (India) is also up there, adding 32 citizens every hour.
Meanwhile, the cities within the blue area of the original map do not have the same kind of growth happening at all.
For the Numbers Geeks
Here are the original calculations, from Metrocosm, for the blue and red areas of the original map in case you are interested. It’s worth noting that the data was retrieved in 2015, so it is slightly out of date.
The “Blue” Regions
|Russia||Siberian Federal District||19,254,300|
|Russia||Northwestern Federal District||13,583,800|
|Russia||Ural Federal District||12,082,700|
|Papua New Guinea||All||7,440,000|
|Russia||Far Eastern Federal District||6,291,900|
|Libyan Arab Jamahiriya||All||5,918,217|
|Central African Republic||All||4,191,429|
|Republic of the Congo||All||3,609,851|
|Brazil||Mato Grosso do Sul||2,619,657|
|Argentina||Santiago del Estero||896,461|
|United States||South Dakota||853,175|
|United States||North Dakota||739,482|
|Chile||Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena||159,152|
|Argentina||Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur||126,190|
|Chile||Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo||98,413|
|Northern Mariana Islands||All||53,855|
|Falkland Islands (Malvinas)||All||3,000|
|French Southern and Antarctic Lands||All||0|
|South Georgia South Sandwich Islands||All||0|
The “Red” Regions
Charted: U.S. Egg Prices More Than Double in 2022
This chart shows the increase in the national average price of a dozen Grade A eggs in the U.S. in 2022.
Charted: U.S. Egg Prices Double in 2022
Eggs are a staple food for many countries around the world, and the U.S. is no exception. Americans eat between 250‒280 eggs a year on average.
Eggs are also easy to cook, protein-dense and supply many daily vitamins needed for healthy living, making them a popular meal or ingredient. So when egg prices rise, people notice.
MetalytIQ charted the rapid rise of egg prices in the U.S. during 2022, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS).
Over the course of 12 months, the national average price for a dozen large Grade A eggs more than doubled, to $4.25 in December from $1.93 in January.
|Egg Prices Per Month (2022)||Price per dozen|
The biggest culprit has been an avian flu outbreak that resulted in 43 million chickens culled to prevent the spread of the disease.
This led to a severe shortfall in egg supply. Egg inventories in December had fallen by one-third compared to January. Combined with increasing demand during the holiday season, prices skyrocketed and empty shelves became apparent in some states.
This is not the first time avian flu has disrupted the industry.. In 2015, a similar outbreak pushed egg prices up 40% in nine months, reaching a high of $2.97 per dozen eggs in September 2015.
Will Egg Prices Drop in 2023?
Avian flu isn’t the only storm the egg industry has been facing in 2022.
In the near-term, egg prices are expected to remain high. Containing the avian flu outbreak will remain the biggest factor in determining the prices, but as suppliers increase production, prices may cool off a little in 2023.
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