Tuesday, December 05, 2006
All the world's population could fit in a Texas County
I was talking this morning with a friend at work and he mentioned some of the shrill prophets of overpopulation. What most people don't know is that the entire 6 billion members of this race we call human, could all fit in an average sized Texas county.
The math: Shackelford county is roughly 20 miles by 30 miles square so the area in square feet is
(20 miles * 5280 feet/mile) * (30 miles * 5280 feet/mile) = 16,727,040,000 feet^2, or almost 17 billion square feet. With 6 billion people on our lovely planet that works out to about 2.7 square/feet per person just in this one county. It would be crowded, but Texas has 253 counties to go.