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Gridded Population of the World, Version 3: Population Count Grid Future Estimates 2005, 2010, 2015


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2005 - 12/2015
Data type
  • GPS coordinates (GIS)

The Gridded Population of the World (GPW) collection delineates the international distribution of human population on a gridded base. The ten datasets include population numbers, population density, future estimates, and sub-national administrative boundary maps at country, continental, and global levels. Population data estimates are provided for 1990, 1995, and 2000, with projections for 2005, 2010, and 2015. Population counts are population per cell and the raster data are available in resolutions of up to 2.5 arc minutes, leading to a population grid of 8,640 x 3,432 pixels.

The projected population grids were produced in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Program of the United Nations. The population counts come from subnational growth rates from census dates and national growth rates from United Nations statistics.