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Timelapse Maps: An Overview of Our Changing Planet

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The dramatic growth of Dubai, UAE (1984–2018)

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Humankind’s impact on the world is obvious, but our spatial patterns are sometimes difficult to recognize from the ground.

Publicly accessible, high-quality satellite imagery has been a game changer in terms of understanding the scope of forces such as urbanization and land use patterns.

Google Timelapse Maps

Google Earth’s timelapsed satellite maps capture the drastic changes the planet’s surface has undergone over the past 34 years. Each timelapse comprises 35 cloud-free pictures, which have been made interactive by the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.

Three different satellites acquired 15 million images over the past three decades. The majority of the images come from Landsat, a joint USGS/NASA Earth observation program. For the years 2015 to 2018, Google combined imagery from Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2A. Sentinel is part of the European Commission and European Space Agency’s Copernicus Earth observation program.

Deforestation, urban growth, and natural resource extraction are just some of the human patterns and impacts that can be visualized.

Editor’s note: to view the following timelapses, press the play button on any map. You can also view individual years in the time periods as well. On slower internet connections you may need to have patience, as the series of images can take some time to load or display.

Cities and Infrastructure

Urban Growth: Pearl River Delta, China

Up to 1979, China’s Pearl River Delta had seen little urbanization. However in 1980, the People’s Republic of China established a special economic zone, Shenzhen, to attract foreign investment. In the following years, buildings and paved surfaces rapidly replaced the rural settings around the river delta. This is the Lunjiao area just south of Guangzhou.

Urban Growth: Cairo, Egypt

The present-day location of Cairo has been a city for more than 1,000 years, and its constrained urban footprint is now bursting at the seams thanks to Egypt’s population growth. A new city is being built in the nearby stretch of desert land (agricultural land is scarce) that will one day replace ancient Cairo as Egypt’s capital. If the government’s ambitious plans are realized, this desert boomtown could have a population of over 6 million people.

The Egyptian state needed this kind of project a long time ago. Cairo [is] a capital that is full of traffic jams, very crowded. The infrastructure cannot absorb more people.

– Khaled el-Husseiny Soliman

Urban Growth: Phoenix, Arizona

According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Phoenix is the fastest-growing city in the United States. Over the past two decades, the suburb of Chandler evolved from agricultural uses to sprawling residential developments. This pattern was repeated in a number of cities in the Southern U.S., most notably Las Vegas.

Construction: The Brandenburg Airport, Germany

Berlin’s long overdue Brandenburg Airport began construction in 2006, with the airport initially expected to open in 2011. However, the airport has been subject to numerous delays and the airport now has a new opening date. Berlin Brandenburg Airport is now expected to open on Oct. 31, 2020.

Megaproject: Yangshan Port

The Port of Shanghai became one of the most important transportation hubs in the world after the completion of its offshore expansion – the Yangshan Port.

Building this massive port was a gargantuan engineering feat. First, land reclamation was used to connect two islands 20 miles southeast of Shanghai. Next, the port was connected to the mainland via the Donghai Bridge, which opened in 2005 as the world’s longest sea crossing. The six-lane bridge took 6,000 workers two and half years to construct.

In 2016, the Port of Shanghai was the largest shipping port in the world, handling 37.1 million twenty-foot container equivalents.

Resource Extraction

Mining: Chuquicamata, Chile

Chuquicamata is the largest open pit copper mine by volume in the world, located 800 miles north of the Chilean capital, Santiago. In 2019, Chile’s national mining company Codelco initiated underground mining at Chuquicamata.

Deforestation: Ñuflo de Chávez, Bolivia

Ñuflo de Chávez is one of the 15 provinces of the Bolivian Santa Cruz Department. Satellite images of southern Ñuflo de Chávez illustrate deforestation from agrarian expansion in the jungles of the Amazon. From the air, the deforestation takes on a unique grid pattern with circular clearings. Developed as part of an organized resettlement scheme, each circle is anchored by community amenities and housing, and surrounded by fields of soybeans cultivated for export.

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, 8.4 million soccer fields of land have been deforested in the Amazon over the past decade.

Shale Gas Boom: Odessa, Texas

The small town of Odessa sits in the middle of one of the most productive shale gas regions in the world, the Permian Basin. The region is expected to generate an average of 3.9 million barrels per day, roughly a third of total U.S. oil production. While the gas may come from underground, the pursuit of this source of energy has drastically altered the landscape, marking the terrain with roads, wells, and housing for workers.

Changing Environment

Drying of the Aral Sea: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

It took almost 30 years to make a sea disappear. When the Soviet Union diverted the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers to irrigate cotton and rice fields in the 1960s, it turned the Aral Sea into a desert. Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the region is struggling to restore water levels and aquatic habitats.

Glacier Retreat: Columbia Glacier, Alaska, USA

The Columbia Glacier is a tidewater glacier that flows through the valleys of the Chugach Mountains and into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Increased temperatures initiated a retreat in the length of the glacier over three decades ago. Once in motion, a glacier’s retreat accelerates due to glacial mechanics. It is one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world.

Changing Rivers: Iquitos, Peru

Not all change is from humans. There are natural physical processes that continue to shape the Earth’s surface. For example, rivers that experience heavy water flows can be altered through erosion, changing the bends.

Better Perspectives, Better Decisions?

Often, the greatest impacts that occur are out of sight and mind. However, with the increasing availability of satellite technology and improved distribution of images through platforms such as Google Timelapse, the impact of human activity is impossible to ignore.

The bulk of visible changes come from human economic activity, because it is more easily observable on a smaller time scale. However, it’s also worth remembering that there are still many natural processes that take generations, if not thousands of years to affect change.

It is one thing to hear the facts and figures of humankind’s impact on the environment, but to see the change is a whole other story.

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Here’s What Happens Every Minute on the Internet in 2020

A lot can happen in an internet minute. This graphic looks at the enormous numbers behind the online services billions use every day.

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What Happens Every Minute on the Internet in 2020

In 2020, an unfathomable amount of digital activity is occurring at any given moment. This ongoing explosion in activity is the aggregate output of 4.5 billion internet users today, a number that’s projected to increase even further in coming years.

This powerful visual from Domo helps capture what happens each minute in today’s hyper-connected internet era, and it’s actually the eighth edition produced since the year 2012.

What can we learn from the evolution of what happens in an internet minute?

How Times Have Changed

Over its relatively short history, the internet has been a catalyst for both the rise and demise of new companies and platforms.

By looking at which brands have appeared in the graphic in earlier years, we can roughly chart the prominence of certain tech segments, as well as observe brands with the most staying power.

data never sleeps wheel over time

As you can see above, platforms like Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare showed some promise, but eventually got omitted from the graphic as they dropped off in relevance.

Meanwhile, tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google have had impressive staying power, evolving to become some of the biggest companies in the world. In the process, they’ve caught up to longer-standing titans like Apple and Microsoft at the top of the food chain.

The New “New Thing”

Not surprisingly, much of the internet landscape looks different in 2020. Here are a few of the digital hot spots today.

Cash Transfers
Nearly $240,000 worth of transactions occur on Venmo per minute. This has served as a catalyst for parent company PayPal, which evolved along successfully with fintech trends. PayPal’s stock now trades at near all-time highs.

E-Commerce
Even before COVID-19 resulted in shuttered storefronts and surging online orders, e-commerce was a booming industry. It’s now estimated that $1 million is now spent per minute online. Amazon ships an astounding 6,659 packages every minute to keep up with this demand.

Collaboration Tools
In a predominantly remote-working environment, tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams host 208,333 and 52,083 users each minute respectively. Particularly in the pandemic era, it seems that this trend is here to stay.

Accelerated Turnover

The accelerated world we are in today means that many companies do not sustain a competitive advantage for as long. Social media companies have dwindled as observed above, and this is similarly reflected in the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company.

A typical company’s tenure on the S&P 500 is expected to shrink rapidly in the next few years:

  • 1964: 33 years
  • 2016: 24 years
  • 2027E: 12 years

Companies are shaving anywhere between 15-20 years off those highs, with estimates of further declines. This metric symbolizes the rapid evolution of the business landscape.

What Lies Ahead

It’s seemingly easy to forget mankind is still very early in the developments when it comes to the internet. But in this short period, its rise to prominence and the broad digitization of the world has left us with a very eventful timeline.

If the last decade serves as a reference point, one can expect further and intensifying competition among tech companies. After all, the reward—winning in today’s digital economy—reaps much greater value.

All signs point to internet activity advancing to further heights, if not because of 5G and its associated breakthroughs, then perhaps due to the steady rise in people gaining internet access.

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Who’s the Most Popular YouTuber in Every Country?

This interesting graphic gives an overview of the world’s most popular—and the highest paid—YouTubers in 187 different countries.

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Who’s the Most Popular YouTuber in Every Country?

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Forgot about becoming an astronaut—these days, kids are three times more likely to dream of becoming a professional YouTuber.

And who can blame them? With a big enough fan base, vlogging can be a lucrative business. Who exactly are these professional content creators, and how do they make their money?

This graphic by Accredited Debt Relief shows the most popular YouTuber in nearly every country. The list only considers individual YouTubers, so brands, bands, or shows didn’t make the cut.

How Do YouTubers Make Money?

Before diving into the list, it’s important to understand the basics of the business. How do these content creators generate revenue?

  • Advertisements
    If a YouTuber reaches 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours within a year, they can start to monetize their account with advertisements. YouTubers only get paid when a viewer watches the full ad, or clicks on it.
  • YouTube Premium
    This is a monthly subscription service that allows fans to watch their favourite content without ads. YouTubers get a cut of subscription profits, based on how many views their channel attracts.
  • Corporate Sponsorships
    Also known as influencer marketing, this is when brands pay content creators to promote their product. A vlogger typically needs a large following before brands are willing to work with them, but expectations from brands vary based on the company and their marketing objectives.
  • Merchandise Sales
    If an influencer has a loyal fan base, they can make a pretty penny selling branded swag. It’s estimated that PewDiePie, the world’s most popular YouTuber, makes over $6 million a month from merch sales.

While there are several options for making money on YouTube, it’s nearly impossible to make a living without a large following.

The Full Breakdown

With over 50 million content creators on YouTube, getting noticed is no easy feat. Here’s a look at the most popular YouTubers in 187 different countries, based on their total subscribers:

CountryYouTuberCategorySubscribersEst. Monthly Earnings (USD$)
🇮🇸 IcelandSorelle AmoreEntertainment965,000$3,300
🇧🇸 BahamasCrypto BeadlesTech92,600$2,400
🇨🇾 CyprusTumkaGames / Тумка:3Gaming900,000$7,900
🇲🇿 MozambiqueArte e VidaEntertainment86,800$655
🇹🇿 TanzaniaYoung TubersKids828,000$63,100
🇱🇾 LibyaKing GTAGaming812,000$69,900
🇪🇹 EthiopiaAmharic CookingHow To81,700$872
🇧🇼 BotswanaShree craft placeHow To80,800$11,000
🇳🇷 NauruJerseySurvivorEntertainment80,700$2,800
🇹🇴 TongaTasteoftheSouthPacificHow To8,700$281
🇯🇵 Japanはじめしゃちょー(hajime)Entertainment8,710,000$238,800
🇻🇳 VietnamNTN VlogsEntertainment8,610,000$19,600
🇸🇪 SwedenNarins BeautyBeauty & Style8,310,000$203,300
🇷🇸 SerbiaLife Hacks & ExperimentsHow To8,040,000$318,400
🇫🇲 Micronesia, Federated States ofdxd101Entertainment79,300$2,700
🇯🇲 JamaicaYanriqueGaming785,000$50,300
🇬🇾 GuyanaPro MarathiTech77,000$29
🇵🇸 PalestineFozi MoziKids7,700,000$723,900
🇮🇹 ItalyMarziaEntertainment7,660,000$1,800
🇩🇿 AlgeriaOum WalidHow To7,470,000$217,700
🇹🇱 Timor Lesteking_vieira OFFICIALMusic7,300$221
🇮🇶 Iraqقناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيهPeople & Blogs7,260,000$593,000
🇦🇿 AzerbaijanResul Abbasov OfficialEntertainment668,000$33,400
🇲🇪 MontenegroAdnanBroGaming626,000$18,000
🇸🇨 SeychellesRosa GrunerGaming60,900$7,100
🇬🇼 Guinea-BissauEditing ki DukanHow To60,500$635
🇷🇴 RomaniaBe InspiredEducation6,690,000$86,500
🇳🇬 NigeriaMarkAngelComedyComedy6,340,000$326,800
🇵🇦 PanamaMimonona StoriesKids6,230,000$7,900
🇱🇦 LaosBigyai SeehaladEntertainment582,000$114,300
🇧🇧 BarbadosBrilliant NewsEntertainment580,000$158,500
🇧🇹 BhutanCigano RamiresPeople & Blogs56,900$7,200
🇺🇸 United States of AmericaLike NastyaKids56,900,000$7,730,000
🇧🇿 Belizengashigi kangleipakPeople & Blogs56,300$806
🇩🇯 DjiboutiEman LotfiEntertainment55,700$1,400
🇨🇺 CubaLifeplesEntertainment538,000$70,700
🇧🇳 BruneiBernardo WerneckEntertainment52,800n/a
🇸🇲 San MarinoBlackJack997Autos51,500$222
🇲🇳 MongoliaMesmerism OfficialComedy504,000$16,300
🇫🇮 FinlandTheRelaxingEndGaming5,800,000$128,600
🇦🇩 AndorraTri-lineEntertainment5,700,000$127,900
🇺🇾 UruguayDosogasEntertainment5,600,000$55,800
🇪🇬 EgyptAhmed Hassan FamilyEntertainment5,450,000$218,200
🇸🇬 Singaporeমায়াজালEntertainment5,320,000$19,000
🇳🇿 New ZealandRainbow LearningKids5,250,000$5,100
🇬🇪 GeorgiaGuka Family ShowKids5,210,000$339,800
🇰🇼 KuwaitAboFlahGaming5,130,000$786,800
🇵🇹 PortugalSirKazzioEntertainment5,060,000$11,600
🇦🇹 AustriaFabio WibmerSports5,020,000$317,000
🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesThe Motivator 2Sports48,100$60
🇲🇬 MadagascarPhilippe MARRONESports47,700$3,800
🇸🇧 Solomon IslandsCaroline ElizabethEntertainment45,400$54
🇬🇭 GhanaRakGhanaComedy448,000$12,600
🇲🇼 MalawiDj Àmit ÁligarhMusic44,100$468
🇲🇽 MexicoBadabunEntertainment43,000,000$299,100
🇧🇯 BeninMa ChaîneHow To42,000$611
🇨🇱 ChileHolaSoyGermanEntertainment41,100,000$208,400
🇮🇱 IsraelJamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسيNature4,730,000$89,100
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 WalesBen PhillipsEntertainment4,610,000$53,600
🇲🇾 MalaysiaPlataBushGaming4,590,000$70,000
🇧🇩 BangladeshFarjana Drawing AcademyHow To4,580,000$225,300
🇵🇱 PolandBlowekEntertainment4,530,000$87,700
🇲🇦 MoroccoYassPlaysGaming4,460,000$322,900
🇸🇮 SloveniaTimKo KidKids4,450,000$58,200
🇻🇪 VenezuelaKeiferMCGaming4,310,000$210,000
🇩🇴 Dominican RepublicElFlacoWTFEntertainment4,270,000$54,000
🇧🇪 BelgiumAkosi DogieEntertainment4,210,000$415,400
🇸🇩 Sudanالمنهج السلفي بالسودانPeople & Blogs398,000$20,400
🇧🇷 BrazilwhinderssonnunesComedy39,800,000$62,400
🇸🇴 SomaliaBalanbaalis StudioMusic384,000$1,500
🇳🇦 NamibiaNamiban gospel musicEntertainment38,800$1,200
🇧🇫 Burkina FasoJackson OliveiraEntertainment38,700$333
🇪🇸 SpainelrubiusOMGEntertainment38,000,000$204,400
🇸🇱 Sierra LeoneBlackPearlHow To36,800$327
🇸🇻 El SalvadorFernanflooGaming36,600,000$730,900
🇿🇼 ZimbabweKing GryphGaming334,000$639
🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and NevisDr.MungliEducation33,500$873
🇰🇪 KenyaHenry DeSaguEntertainment328,000$8,800
🇹🇬 TogoFortnite FantasyGaming310,000$2,900
🇹🇻 TuvaluGuruKidHDGaming31,800$9
🇹🇲 TurkmenistanNed TocinoEntertainment31,200n/a
🇲🇴 Macau籽岷Gaming300,000$1,200
🇬🇳 GuineaFaits - Divers GUINEENews30,600$11
🇩🇰 DenmarkSYBO TVGaming3,750,000$76,400
🇹🇳 TunisiaBorn2KillGaming3,690,000$232,300
🇧🇭 Bahrainعمر فاروق Omar FarooqEntertainment3,500,000$23,800
🇦🇱 AlbaniaCo VinesEntertainment3,440,000$81,700
🇵🇰 PakistanKitchen with AmnaHow To3,420,000$101,700
🇵🇼 PalauAnanda KellyHow To3,300$26
🇹🇼 TaiwanTGOP (This Group Of People)Entertainment3,260,000$15,300
🇯🇴 JordanRozzahEntertainment3,210,000$38,200
🇪🇪 EstoniaLife of BorisEntertainment3,040,000$56,200
🇨🇭 SwitzerlandLE GRAND JDEntertainment3,020,000$65,300
🇨🇲 CameroonBYSNESS Comédie ClubComedy292,000$7,300
🇱🇨 Saint LuciaThe Dating GuruHow To28,000$32
🇱🇮 Liechtensteincaracol3000News27,200$818
🇰🇵 North KoreaMaking ASMRHow To260,000$15
🇸🇹 Sao Tome and PrincipeAnrita MelchizedekEducation25,300$95
🇨🇦 CanadaVanossGamingGaming25,100,000$429,000
🇹🇹 Trinidad and TobagoCertified sampsonComedy241,000$19,400
🇮🇪 Ireland (Republic of)jacksepticeyeGaming24,300,000$991,700
🇮🇩 IndonesiaAtta HalilintarEntertainment24,100,000$218,900
🇨🇬 Congo (Republic of the)ASTUCES NATURELLES - DR KOLOEducation230,000$1,300
🇩🇲 DominicaChanel Raphael.People & Blogs23,500$1,900
🇬🇩 GrenadaLaura FordeHow To23,200$611
🇺🇿 UzbekistanJasur HamroyevPeople & Blogs220,000$2,000
🇮🇳 IndiaCarryMinatiComedy22,700,000$66,100
🇦🇪 United Arab EmiratesshfaKids22,200,000$287,200
🇹🇯 TajikistanShava TuBePeople & Blogs215,000$674
🇱🇺 LuxembourgLuxGamerGaming215,000$269
🇦🇫 AfghanistanTech ZaadaTech206,000$8,100
🇨🇻 Cape VerdeFred walkthroughGaming203,000$1,800
🇹🇩 ChadtwifacetubeEntertainment20,100$130
🇧🇾 BelarusA4Entertainment20,000,000$2,210,000
🇬🇧 Ireland (Northern)Adam BPeople & Blogs2,930,0000$47,600
🇾🇪 Yemenصدام العزيEntertainment2,890,0000$92,000
🇨🇿 Czech RepublicViralBrothersEntertainment2,780,000$7,800
🇱🇷 Liberiaمهووس عضلات/كمال الاجسامHow To2,770,000$136,900
🇸🇰 SlovakiaPeter PlutaXHow To2,700,000$169,000
🇲🇹 MaltaGrandayyEntertainment2,690,000$133,300
🇳🇮 NicaraguaJR INNComedy2,670,000$65,200
🇭🇰 Hong KongEmi WongPeople & Blogs2,540,000$42,700
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ScotlandMike BoydEntertainment2,440,000$31,500
🇲🇩 MoldovaGurinelTVKids2,410,000$460,700
🇬🇷 GreeceKM MusicEntertainment2,260,000$317,100
🇵🇾 ParaguayTÍO RICZEREntertainment2,200,000$15,600
🇱🇹 LithuaniaMaria OMGEntertainment2,160,000$128,100
🇴🇲 Omanقرية العجائبEntertainment2,150,000$13,000
🇱🇧 LebanonLaila MouradEntertainment2,140,000$7,200
🇧🇬 BulgariaBodil40Gaming2,030,000$14,800
🇰🇲 ComorosVallenatos En Vivo OficialEntertainment199,000$152
🇭🇹 HaitiKomedyen Lakay OfficialComedy197,000$4,300
🇦🇴 AngolaShiryuAmigo龍Comedy196,000$316
🇲🇱 MaliMS2A FUNNYComedy195,000$5,600
🇨🇫 Central African RepublicTHE TRUE ROYAL FAMILYEducation19,700$311
🇦🇷 ArgentinaDrossRotzankEntertainment19,600,000$131,100
🇩🇪 GermanyHaerteTestEntertainment18,900,000$25,600
🇲🇺 MauritiusIkhlaas MJEntertainment170,000$34,900
🇸🇦 Saudi ArabiammoshayaEntertainment17,300,000$913,300
🇺🇦 UkraineSlivkiShowEntertainment16,900,000$620,200
🇧🇮 BurundiGasore Ismael ComedienComedy16,400$429
🇦🇺 AustraliaCKN ToysKids15,400,000$838,700
🇸🇷 SurinameSRJ MusikMusic146,000$820
🇫🇷 FranceSQUEEZIEEntertainment14,700,000$325,200
🇮🇷 IranKhanAga Alireza Alibabaei JabbariEntertainment138,000$63
🇷🇺 RussiaTheBrianMapsEntertainment13,900,000$126,900
🇰🇷 South KoreaBoram Tube ToysReview [보람튜브 토이리뷰]Kids13,800,000$13,400
🇹🇭 ThailandKaykai SalaiderEntertainment13,600,000$194,600
🇳🇱 NetherlandsNikkieTutorialsBeauty & Style13,400,000$90,500
🇵🇪 PeruShidory DrawblogsEntertainment13,300,000$195,900
🇹🇷 TurkeyEnes BaturEntertainment13,100,000$1,120,000
🇵🇭 PhilippinesRanz KyleEntertainment12,000,000$52,400
🇲🇲 MyanmarkhunThinmg paoComedy119,000$4,800
🇬🇦 GabonXavier HUBERT-BRIERRENature113,000$7,000
🇨🇴 ColombiaAmi RodriguezEntertainment11,700,000$244,000
🇬🇲 The GambiaebrohaughPeople & Blogs11,400$159
🇨🇳 China李子柒 LiziqiHow To11,100,000$810,000
🇷🇼 RwandaShangazi Emma-ClaudinePeople & Blogs108,000$2,900
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 EnglandPewDiePieEntertainment105,000,000$1,160,000
🇲🇷 MauritaniaINFOS AABDTech102,000$236
🇳🇴 NorwaySaraBeautyCorner - DIY, Comedy, Makeup, Nail ArtBeauty & Style10,600,000$100,900
🇪🇨 EcuadorDoc TopsEntertainment10,500,000$307,500
🇰🇮 KiribatiTV WULKAN - లొఽథటలలొప్రఠఽరగల్వEntertainment10,200$2
🇱🇸 LesothoOmnia StarsHow To1,900$2
🇭🇺 HungaryR3D 1Entertainment1,990,000$56,200
🇰🇭 CambodiafanKIDEntertainment1,940,000$38,000
🇱🇻 LatviaLittle Movies Games & FunGaming1,940,000$19,800
🇳🇵 NepalTattato KhabarNews1,850,000$69,800
🇬🇹 GuatemalaJexsComedy1,810,000$102,000
🇿🇦 South AfricamorecasparEntertainment1,750,000$205
🇨🇮 Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)video whatsapptubeEntertainment1,700,000$5,100
🇨🇷 Costa RicaGermán RodezelEntertainment1,690,000$13,600
🇧🇴 BoliviaEdson FDBGaming1,640,000$48,800
🇶🇦 QatarKareemtime OfficialComedy1,530,000$40,000
🇧🇦 Bosnia and HerzegovinaOmcoComedy1,480,000$227,000
🇲🇨 MonacoJon OlssonPeople & Blogs1,470,000$24,900
🇿🇲 ZambiaCartoon ClubKids1,440,000$3,400
🇱🇰 Sri LankaApé AmmaPeople & Blogs1,430,000$94,500
🇦🇲 ArmeniaArin أرينEntertainment1,410,000$145,500
🇰🇿 KazakhstanEkaterina SaibelPeople & Blogs1,310,000$20,600
🇭🇳 Hondurasmúsicos Cínicos 鯉Music1,270,000$139,600
🇭🇷 CroatiaDoctor DSAutos1,260,000$86,400
🇸🇳 SenegalHussein and Zeinab.Kids1,230,000$184,700
🇺🇬 UgandaMasaka Kids AfrikanaKids1,140,000$103,600
🇰🇬 KyrgyzstanСань ЯньKids1,140,000$475
🇸🇾 SyriaOtakuGamer - أوتاكو قيمرGaming1,130,000$114,900
🇸🇿 Swaziland (Eswatini)OuSSama MiZaniEntertainment779n/a

*Note: Estimated earnings were calculated via NoxInfluencer. Actual earnings may vary.

As mentioned earlier, the world’s most popular YouTuber is Swedish-born vlogger PewDiePie. He’s well known for his “Let’s Play” videos, which document him playing various video games. PewDiePie joined YouTube in 2010, and has now amassed 105 million subscribers. While he’s based in England, his channel is registered under the United States.

It’s worth noting the vast discrepancies between certain countries. For example, while the U.S.’s most popular YouTuber, Like Nastya boasts 57 million subscribers, Eswatini’s top vlogger, OuSSama MiZani has less than 800. Clearly, some markets are more saturated than others.

Categories, Ranked by Popularity

Geography isn’t the only factor that impacts popularity—the type of content is important as well. Which 10 categories do the top earning YouTubers fall into?

RankCategoryNumber of Top Earning YouTubers
1Entertainment72
2Gaming25
3How To18
4Comedy16
5Kids15
6People & Blogs14
7Education5
8Music5
9Tech4
10Beauty & Style3

Not surprisingly, the most popular category is entertainment, which has 72 of the top earning YouTubers. Some of the biggest YouTube personalities fall under this category, such as PewDiePie and Chilean YouTuber HolaSoyGerman, who has 41 million subscribers.

The second most popular category is gaming, which has 25 of YouTube’s top earners. Some big names in this category include Ireland’s jacksepticeye with 24.7 million subscribers, and Canada’s VanossGaming, who has 25.2 million.

In third place are “How To” videos—18 of the 187 top earners fall into this category. Life Hacks & Experiments is the most popular YouTuber in this group, with 8.3 million subscribers.

Categories, Ranked by Earnings

Here’s the highest earning YouTuber on this list for each category.

RankCategoryTop Earner in CategoryEst. Monthly Earnings   
1KidsLike Nastya$7.73M
2EntertainmentA4$2.21M
3Gamingjacksepticeye$991.7K
4How To李子柒 Liziqi$810.0K
5People & Blogsقناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيه$593.0K
6ComedyMarkAngelComedy$326.8K
7SportsFabio Wibmer$317.0K
8Beauty & StyleNarins Beauty$203.3K
9NatureJamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسي$89.1K
10EducationBe Inspired$86.5K
11AutoDoctor DS$86.4K
12NewsTattato Khabar$69.8K
13TechTech Zaada$8.1K
14MusicBalanbaalis Studio$1.5K

When ranked by monthly earnings, the kids category comes in at first place. Six-year-old Like Nastya makes an estimated $7.73 million per month—that’s over 5 million more than the second ranking category, which is entertainment. The third most lucrative category is gaming, with the highest earner, jacksepticeye grossing an estimated $990,000 a month.

It’s important to note that figures are estimates of each YouTuber’s ad revenue, so it doesn’t account for corporate sponsorships, merchandise sales, or any fan donations.

So for all we know, these influencers could be making even more money. If that doesn’t inspire you to start posting amateur videos on YouTube, we don’t know what will.

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