Map Monday: Global Internet Usage Cartogram

Via The Guardian, here’s a cartogram showing the population of the online world, as well as the saturation levels of different countries:

online percentage cartogram

As you can see, geographic area is replaced by # of users. Here’s the methodology:

Each hexagon represents 470,000 internet users and the countries are shaded by the proportion of their respective populations that are online. The little white dot you can see at the top of China, for example, is Mongolia.

The map partially reflects population density but it also flags up countries such as India, which is home to 190 million internet users but still has a long way to go in getting all its citizens online.

So that’s why South Korea is larger than Australia, for example.

(For the record, most traffic comes from North America for some reason.)



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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.