What is population?

  • (noun): The act of populating (causing to live in a place).
    Example: "He deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A population is all the organisms that both belong to the same group or species and live in the same geographical area. In ecology the population of a certain species in a certain area is estimated using the Lincoln Index. The area that is used to define a sexual population is such that inter-breeding is possible between any pair within the area and more probable than cross-breeding with individuals from other areas. Normally breeding is substantially more common within the area than across the border.

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Some articles on population:

Upper Peninsula Of Michigan - Demographics
... As of the 2010 census, the region had a population of 299,184 ... Cities and Villages of the Upper Peninsula City Population Area (sq mi) Area (km²) Marquette 19,661 11.4 30 Sault Ste. 2,085 8.0 21 TOTAL 114,544 123.7 320 Upper Peninsula Land Area and Population Density by County County Population Land Area (sq mi) Land Area (km²) Population Density (per sq mi ...
World Human Population - Control
... Human population control is the practice of artificially altering the rate of growth of a human population ... Historically, human population control has been implemented by limiting the population's birth rate, usually by government mandate, and has been undertaken as a response to ... While population control can involve measures that improve people's lives by giving them greater control of their reproduction, some programs have exposed them to exploitation ...
Cornwall - Demographics
... Cornwall's population was 535,300 at the last count (2010), and population density 144 people per square kilometre, ranking it 40th and 41st respectively compared with the other 47 counties of England ... Cornwall is 99.0% White British and has a relatively high level of population growth. 5.3% in the 1990s, it has the fifth highest population growth of the English counties ...
... Its population was estimated to be around 6.5 million in 2012 ... the politically and culturally dominant Lao people making up approximately sixty percent of the population, mostly in the lowlands ... Hmong, and other indigenous hill tribes, accounting for forty percent of the population, live in the foothills and mountains ...

More definitions of "population":

  • (noun): The number of inhabitants (either the total number or the number of a particular race or class) in a given place (country or city etc.).
    Example: "People come and go, but the population of this town has remained approximately constant for the past decade"; "the African-American population of Salt Lake City has been increasing"
  • (noun): The people who inhabit a territory or state.
    Example: "The population seemed to be well fed and clothed"
  • (noun): A group of organisms of the same species populating a given area.
    Example: "They hired hunters to keep down the deer population"
  • (noun): (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn.
    Example: "It is an estimate of the mean of the population"
    Synonyms: universe

Famous quotes containing the word population:

    I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.
    Roland Barthes (1915–1980)

    The population question is the real riddle of the sphinx, to which no political Oedipus has as yet found the answer. In view of the ravages of the terrible monster over-multiplication, all other riddle sink into insignificance.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)