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1 Population Distribution & Density

2 Population distribution Patterns of population distribution tend to be uneven. For example, in the UK there are more people living in the south- east of England and London than in Wales. It follows that populations are more or less sparse or dense in different locations, regions and countries.sparse dense The way in which people are spread across a given area is known as population distribution. Geographers study population distribution patterns at different scales: local, regional, national, and global.

3 Population density areas of high and low population density are unevenly spread across the world, but that the majority of places with high population densities are found in the northern hemisphere - that is, north of Equator. Population density Population density is the average number of people per square kilometre. It is a way of measuring population distribution. It shows whether an area is sparsely or densely populated. Like population distribution, population density can be calculated at a local, regional, national or global scale. The graphic shows patterns of population density on a global scale. Note that:

4 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors High density Low density Relief Relief (shape of the land) Areas that are high and steep experience a colder, wetter climate, making it more difficult to grow crops. The steepness makes it hard to build on or grow crops because the soil is easily washed to the bottom of the slope. These areas are also remote. Eg the Himalayas. Flat areas are easier to build homes, industry for jobs and communications on (roads and railways). The soil is usually deeper and more fertile so more food can be grown for the people living there. Eg Ganges valley, India.

5 Physical factors Relief factors constitutes: Accessibility Soil Slope Transport Aspect/Sunshine Availability of Oxygen

6 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors High density Low density Relief Relief (shape of the land) the Himalayas. Ganges valley, India.

7 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Climate High density Low density Some areas are too dry for soils to exist, so no food can be grown (deserts), or too wet so that a soil’s nutrients are washed out of it (rainforest). Extreme cold can also mean a permafrost layer limits what can be grown there, and also make transport and building difficult (tundra). Eg the Sahara or Alaska. These areas have a climate which is not too wet or dry, not too cold or too hot. The climate is moderate enough to allow food to be grown and and pleasant to live in. Eg the UK.

8 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Climate High density Low density Sahara or Alaska. UK.

9 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Soil fertility High density Low density Areas with poorer soils – either because there is too much rain, or too little or it is too cold – will have problems growing food and so much fewer people will be able to live there. Eg Amazonia. Areas that have soils with plenty of nutrients will be able to grow plenty of food and be able to support a high population. Eg the Netherlands.

10 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Soil fertility High density Low density Amazonia. Netherlands.

11 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Water supply High density Low density Much drier areas will have problems since soils are more easily blown away, and are left useless. Similarly, areas that have too much rain also have poor soils because the nutrients are washed out of them (leaching). Eg Arabian peninsula. Places with a moderate climate which receives good amounts of rainfall will have enough water for all the needs of humans – drinking, cleaning, cooking, transport. Eg East coast of China.

12 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Water supply High density Low density Arabian peninsula. East coast of China.

13 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Resources High density Low density Areas that don’t have resources will not attract so many people as there is less chance of making a living there, and consequently population density will remain low. If an area has plenty of natural resources eg coal or iron ore, then this will attract people to go to that place for work in industry.

14 Physical Factors Vegetation: Areas like grasslands which are easy to clear/farm are densely populated. E.g. Paris basin. Areas like forest, desert are sparsely populated. E.g Amazonia

15 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical factors Resources High density Low density Sahara Europe

16 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Human factors Political High density Low density Unstable countries tend to have lower population densities as people migrate, and this hinders further growth e.g. Afghanistan. Countries with stable governments tend to have a high population density and this encourages further growth e.g. Singapore

17 Political Factors Good government investment (New York, Tokyo) : Lack of government investment (Democratic Republic of Congo) New Towns (Satellite towns around Cairo) : Depopulation of rural and old industrial areas (North East Brazil, Belgian Coalfield) Reclamation of land (Hong Kong Islands): Loss of land e.g deforestation and soil erosion (Sahel)

18 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Human factors Political High density Low density Afghanistan Singapore

19 Economic Factors: Densely Populated Good job opportunities encourage high population densities, particularly in large cities in MEDCs and LEDCs around the world Ports (New York, Sydney); good roads, railways, airports (Germany); industrial areas (Pittsburgh); development of tourism (Jamaica); money available for new high tech industries (California, South of France)

20 Economic Factors: Sparsely Populated Limited job opportunities cause some areas to be sparsely populated e.g. Amazon Rainforest. Limited facilities for ports (Bangladesh) Poor transport links (Himalayas) Lack of industrial development (Sudan) Lack of tourist development (Iraq) Lack of money for new investments (Nepal, Gaza)

21 Social Factors Better housing opportunities, education, health facilities, entertainment (Arizona, Sydney, Milan) Poor housing opportunities, limited education, health facilities, entertainment (Afghanistan, Rwanda)

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23 Reasons for distribution The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:- Physical and Human Physical Human Industry - Manufacturing/Tourism Political Policies - Encourage/Discourage growth These factors can have a positive or a negative effect on population density.

24 People do not live evenly spread through the world. For example large parts of Australia are very sparsely populated (low population density), whereas areas in the south-east and around Perth are crowded (high population density). The spread of people around a country is known its population distribution The factors that tend to produce low population densities are The factors that can produce a high population density are Fertile farming land - many, small farms able to support a large population Mineral resources - mines produce jobs, and provide raw materials for other industries Wealthier areas - people will move to where the jobs and money are found

25 Factors affecting population density There are a number of different environmental and human factors which affect why people are not spread evenly across the world. The world is made up of a vast number of contrasting environments: Some areas have a temperate or mild climate, others are covered in ice. Some areas are fertile, others are desert. Some of these environments attract settlers,w hile other environments repel settlers - as shown in the diagram below.fertile repel High-population density is found around the Bangladesh Delta, while few people live in the Sahara Desert.

26 Physical FactorsHigh DensityLow Density Relief (shape and height of land) Low land which is flat e.g. Ganges Valley in IndiaHigh land that is mountainous e.g. Himalayas ResourcesAreas rich in resources (e.g. coal, oil, wood, fishing etc.) tend to densely populated e.g. Western Europe Areas with few resources tend to be sparsely populated e.g. The Sahel ClimateAreas with temperate climates tend to be densely populated as there is enough rain and heat to grow crops e.g. UK Areas with extreme climates of hot and cold tend to be sparsely populated e.g. the Sahara Desert

27 Human FactorsHigh DensityLow Density PoliticalCountries with stable governments tend to have a high population density e.g. Singapore Unstable countries tend to have lower population densities as people migrate e.g. Afghanistan. SocialGroups of people want to live close to each other for security e.g. USA Other groups of people prefer to be isolated e.g. Scandinavians EconomicGood job opportunities encourage high population densities, particularly in large cities in MEDCs and LEDCs around the world. Limited job opportunities cause some areas to be sparsely populated e.g. Amazon Rainforest

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29 Population distribution Patterns of population population distribution is

30 Population density Population density is Reasons for differences in density The reasons for the uneven distribution of population can be divided into two categories:-


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