More than half the people in the world live in the circle in the infographic below
This highlights the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia.
Of course this is great for Australia as according to Visual Capitalist there are now at least 3.8 billion people living inside the highlighted circle.
The circle holds 22 of the world’s 37 megacities – massive cities that hold at least 10 million inhabitants.
It also includes the five most populous cities on the planet: Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul, Karachi, and Shanghai, which alone combine to hold 144.5 million people.
This geographical region also holds many of the emerging markets of the future, countries that the World Economic Forum expects will lead global growth in years to come.
Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, and Bangladesh are in the area highlighted, and Pakistan is partially there as well.
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As a website called BrilliantMaps explains, there are some other subtleties to the circle that are worth detailing:
The circle contains a lot of people, but it also has:
- The highest mountain (Everest)
- The deepest ocean trench (Mariana)
- More Muslims than outside of it.
- More Hindus than outside of it.
- More Buddhists than outside of it.
- More communists than outside of it.
- The least sparsely populated country on earth (Mongolia)
What a fascinating world we live in.
Source: Visual Capitalist