Special Report

The Least Densely Populated Countries in the World

There are 57.3 million square miles of land on Earth, yet 95% of the planet’s human population inhabits only 10% of that land, according to the World Bank. 

To identify the least densely populated countries on Earth, 24/7 Tempo reviewed population density data from the World Bank for about 270 countries. Information on land area came from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Climate and geography play a significant role in population density. The most sparsely populated areas on Earth tend to be those with limited access to fresh water, including deserts and arctic zones, as well as those with dense impassable rain forest, rugged mountains, or those  isolated from continental zones by miles of ocean.

The United States is among the largest countries in the world by land area as well as among the most populous. But because of its size, it’s in the top 55 least densely populated countries. Population density varies greatly nationwide, with higher density along the East and West Coasts and lower density in rural areas in the middle of the country.  Here is how every state’s population has changed since 2010

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