Where Do Most Americans Live?

Washington Post: “Most of us are jammed together in a few densely populated areas, while vast and empty ocean, forests, fields and deserts cover the rest of the Earth.”

In fact, “fifty percent of the U.S. population lives in the country’s 144 largest counties, while the other 50 percent lives in 2,998 counties.”


  1. In fact, about the top 300 counties contain about two-thirds of the population and the other 2,800 counties have a third of the population.

  2. The concentration is even more striking than the map shows, because of a few geographically large counties in California. Kern, San Bernadino, and Riverside. Almost all of their populations are shoved into the western parts of those counties.

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