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Dot map displays entire Canadian, U.S. populations


Everyone living in Canada and the U.S. in 2010.2011 is represented on the map (courtesy: Brandon Martin-Anderson)
Everyone living in Canada and the U.S. in 2010.2011 is represented on the map (courtesy: Brandon Martin-Anderson)

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

January 19, 2013 — A Massachusetts-based software engineer has used census data to create an interactive map.

It may be the largest game of Where's Waldo on the Internet.

Brandon Martin-Anderson has taken every single person living in Canada and the U.S. - all 341,817,095 of us - and plunked us on an interactive map.

Users are welcome to zoom in and out of the map which, upon careful inspection, appears to be almost completely covered with dots.

Even sparsely-populated areas like Alaska have a visible human representation.

The Massachusetts-based software engineer used census data from 2010 and 2011 to create an "image of human settlement patterns" that was unrestricted by borders, roads and boundaries.

The end result is a fascinating bird's eye view of population patterns -- and a reminder of just how small we really are.

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