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.) is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

3 Responses to Map Monday: Global Internet Usage Cartogram

  1. Stuart July 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    I help to give you as much traffic from Europe, Asia, and South America whenever I get the chance.

  2. Keith July 14, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Always interesting to see (or not see, in this case) North Korea on maps like this.

  3. David Markle July 14, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    Very nicely conceived presentation.

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