Deceptively spacious?

  realist 12:45 14 Jul 2007

The economist Steven Landsburg recently pointed out that, if you "Take the State of Texas, divide it into lots of 5,000 sq ft, put a house on each lot and put a family of four in each house. You've just housed the entire world population".

How amazing is that!

  Stuartli 12:49 14 Jul 2007

Without even trying to work it out I would suggest a load of the proverbial.

  pj123 12:54 14 Jul 2007

Where do families of less than 4 go?

I believe it is still the case that in China they are not allowed a family of 4.

  Bingalau 14:38 14 Jul 2007

I'm sure I heard somewhere, that the Isle of Wight is capable of taking the population of the world, as long as they all remain standing.

  Kate B 14:43 14 Jul 2007

Bingalau - sometimes it feels as though population of the world is on the Tube, all standing.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:01 14 Jul 2007

He is not too far out...

Texas = 261,797 sq. miles.
1 sq. mile =640 acres = 167,550,080 acres in Texas.
1 acre = 43560 sq. feet, divided by 5000 = 9 plots (approx).
Multiply 9 by 167,550,080 gives you just more than 1.5 billion plots of land @ 5000 sq feet which, if each family of 4 has a plot of 5000sq ft, would mean that there would be enough accommodation for just under 7 billion people...he is right.

Texas is 773 x 790 miles...a tad larger than the UK.


  cycoze 16:09 14 Jul 2007

Well if everyone decides to move to Texas any chance i can claim Asia for myself?

  Si_L 16:12 14 Jul 2007

I was reliably informed (BBC) that the worlds population could fit inside Loch Ness - 3 times over.

  Bingalau 16:42 14 Jul 2007

Si_L... It depends how monstrous the monster is.

  Stuartli 16:42 14 Jul 2007

In China, familes who have more than one child have to meet all health, education etc expenses for any subsequent offspring.

  crosstrainer 17:46 14 Jul 2007

Since the human race has proved itself incapable of living in peace on the same planet, I doubt that moving the entire world population to an American state would be a practical undertaking.

Interesting exercise in math's though.

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