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Entire World Population Could Fit in Texas

Robert Kunzig of National Geographic is on Krys Boyd’s Think right now discussing his article, “Population Seven Billion.” He said he did the calculations, and the entire world could fit in Texas if each person were alloted the same average square feet of living space as in New York City. I lived in New York City, and the sqaure footage wasn’t that bad. Give up a private screening room and a wine cellar and a couple of extra bedrooms — and most of your kitchen space — and you’d be surprised.

I’m all for it. Imagine all the room left over for farming, flyfishing, and horseback riding. When it comes to picking neighborhoods, I’d want to move to wherever the Italians settle. (The North Koreans can have Odessa.)

15 comments on “Entire World Population Could Fit in Texas

  1. A square foot is the same size in New York City as it is here. Otherwise, their heads would look all funny. I mean, I guess that’s a cubic foot, actually, but really it’s the same damn thing.

    Also, could we find a way to keep Turkish people out? It’s nothing personal, I just loathe Turkish people is all. Who would I write to about that? And when are they talking about “pulling the trigger” on this experiment? By that, I’m not advocating violence, I think I’m a normal way to talk. It’s just that I want to know when to expect this and can we somehow stop Turkish people. And hopefully a square foot will stay the same, at least for those of us who were here already. Which by the way wasn’t the Turks!


  2. Reminds me of a great SF book from the 1960s: “Stand on Zanzibar.” Set in 2010 when the author, John Brunner, figured the whole world’s population could stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the island of Zanzibar. Which would be a bit more exotic location than Texas…

  3. “Give up a private screening room and a wine cellar and a couple of extra bedrooms – and most of your kitchen space …” and you’d have how most people live every single day. How DO they manage it, Wick?

  4. Speaking of Tom Delay, we will probably need some extra exterminators with all the bed bugs to come.

  5. Sign me up for some property along the Rio Grande, preferably in the Big Bend. I want to be able to look across the border and see something other than a New York style skyline. Fresh air will be the new commodity.

    Just looking at the figures:
    New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities (29,000 acres of land – 14 percent of New York City) for 8.008 million people. Dallas has 1.330 million people with 1,610 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities (23,018 acres of land – 9 percent of Dallas). That means 58 people per acre of Dallas parkland vs 276 people per acre of New York City parkland. Everybody says NYC has a vibrant park scene, but when you have that much density, it’s like saying the Cotton Bowl has a vibrant restroom scene… I’ll take Dallas any day!

  6. The difference is that most parks in New York are community meeting areas. Typical people don’t have backyards. They spend their leisure time walking in their neighborhoods and spending time at their local parks socializing with their neighbors. People in Dallas hang out in their backyards. Nothing wrong with that, I guess. It’s a different lifestyle–the kind of lifestyle that thinks more people in the local park is a bad thing and not a good thing.

    I wouldn’t ever compare the vibrance and importance of a typical NYC park to its Dallas counterpart.

  7. El Rey, I don’t know about you but, living in NYC, I like having parks that people actually go to and spend time outside at, rather than just drive by in their cars on the way to NorthPark.

  8. Quote:

    Maybe the Italians could bring us a couple of good Italian restaurants.
    Cate @ 12:55 pm on January 10, 2011
    Ummm, Cate, Olive Garden?
    Fawcett @ 1:14 pm

    She said ITALIAN restaurants! Olive Garden’s corporate version of pseudo-Italian food do not qualify!