What if we took every person in America and spread them out evenly throughout the country? How about if we did that throughout the entire planet?
“The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.” – Thomas Robert Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population, 1789
“As our population grows, we have to recognize that our consumption of the planet’s resources is unsustainable. We need a global transformation of attitude and practice.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “message for International Mother Earth Day,” April 2014
With these quotes in mind, consider the following:
The most densely populated state is California, which has approximately 100 million acres of land (or about 156,250 square miles). There are 640 acres in one square mile. There are 39,250,017 residents according to the 2016 census. That means, if spread out evenly throughout the state, each individual – in the most densely populated state in America – would have his or her very own 2.5 acres.
In July of 2015 New York City boasted 8,550,405 people. With approximately 205,000 acres (or about 320 square miles), each individual would have approximately .03 acres of land to him or herself if spread out equally – on the ground level. To put that in perspective, each person in New York City could have about 1306.8 square feet, not in a high rise apartment building, which obviously adds much more space. According to Naked Apartment, the average 1 bed apartment in New York City is about 750 square feet.
The least densely populated state is Wyoming, with 62,147,200 acres (or 97,105 square miles). According to the 2016 census, there are 585,501 people currently living in Wyoming. That means, if spread out evenly throughout the state, each individual living in Wyoming would have a whopping 106.1 acres to his or herself.
What if we took every person in America and spread them out equally?
If we take all of America – which has 2.3 billion acres of land (or 3.797 million square miles) – and divide that by the number of people – 326,625,791 – currently in America according to the Census, each man, woman and child would have approximately 7 acres. Cut all of the land in America in half for crop production and uninhabitable land, and the amount of land per person – if evenly spread – is still 3.5 acres.
Another interesting statistic: According to author and ecologist George Wuerthner, a paltry 3 percent of the land area in the U.S. houses 75 percent of the population – or approx 244,969,343 people – in America. If Wuerthner’s calculations are correct, each of those people would have 1.6 acres, if spread equally on the 66 million acres which account for 3 percent of America’s land mass.
According to the World Population Clock, there are approximately 7.5 billion people on the planet. If we took those people and tried to squeeze them ALL into America and spread them out on equal parts of land, each individual on the planet could have .3 acres of land – or 13,068 square feet – in America alone.
Of course, this article is not taking into account areas that are not livable and/or desirable. So let’s be generous and say that a full half of America’s surface land is not livable. That would STILL allow every single person on the planet – every man, woman, and child – individually – to have a roomy 0.15 acres, or 6,534 square feet if spread out equally.
Finally, imagine if every single person on the entire planet was spread out equally.
That would be approximately 7.5 billion people spread out equally on the land surface of the entire earth, or 36.48 billion acres of land, allowing each and every individual on the planet to his or her very own 4.8 acres. Cutting it in half to allow for non-livable land and farmland, each and every person would still have well over 2 acres of land.
Since Thomas Malthus lamented that the “power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man” in 1789, socialist eugenicists such as Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw have schemed about what can be done to eliminate the undesirable masses. After the atrocities of the Nazis were laid bare, the once-popular eugenics movement morphed into “family planning.”
The population-obsessed fanatics have imposed their devastating social engineering programs all over the planet ever since, focusing particularly on the most vulnerable populations.