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There are too many people on planet Earth for long-term sustainability but if viewed from the right place there appear to be very few people. When viewed from space from directly above the Antipodes Islands (at -49.7, 178.8) or a bit better (at -53, -167) the Earth is almost totally covered with water with almost no people. That’s counting Antarctica as covered with water because most of it is deep with ice and there is very little solid soil showing and it’s populated with only a few scientists. The large land mass of Australia is nearly desert and has very few people except along the eastern coast. New Zealand isn’t very big by Earth standards and it’s only the sparsely inhabited tip of South America that is visible in this view. New Guinea is very mountainous and has a modest population. 

The Earth as viewed from above the Antipodes Islands

The Earth as viewed from above the Antipodes Islands.


The total number of humans visible from this view would be about 34 million people. (Australia 22. New Zealand 4. New Guinea 7. Southern Argentina/Chile 1.) The world population is presently about 6,800,000,000. That is, about one two hundredth of the people of Earth are living on this view of the Earth.  6,800 / 34 = 200. That is rather surprising because it means that 99.5% of people live on the other side. 

A place to live in the Antipodes.

A survival cabin in the Antipodes. (-49.6863,178.7713 ?)


There is this remote survival hut for someone who needs to survive for a while but it looks cold and forlorn even though it is closer to the equator than all of England. 

– – – – –  Update. In cruising over the South Pacific again with Google Earth it looks like anywhere along a 6,622 kilometer (4,115 mile) line drawn from -9, -171 to -67, 150 will give good results for maximizing distance away from most of humanity. Near the north end of that line is at the uninhabited tropical atol island Fakaofo. Along the line is Pago Pago on the main island of American Samoa has an international airport and a population of about 60 thousand. It is both very remote and accessible at the same time. There is also an island called Niue (at -19, -107) population about 600 and a small airport which has some very strange exposed coral reefs. Going south there is open water all the way to Antarctica.

View of Earth from outer space from above American Samoa

The Earth from above -9, -171 near American Samoa to -67, 150