What % of Earth is urbanized?

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Urban areas hold over 50% of the world’s population despite covering only 1.5% of the earth’s surface. With 8 billion acres of arable land, there is enough land for each person to have 4 acres if the population reaches 9 billion by 2050.

Although urban areas represent only 1.5% of the earth’s surface, they contain over 50% of the world’s population. Much of the growth in the Earth’s population also occurs in urban areas: 54% in 2014, which is up from 34% in 1960. The Earth has approximately 37 billion acres of land, of which nearly 8 billion acres are arable ( usable land to grow crops). If the world’s population reaches the projected 9 billion by 2050, there would be enough land on Earth for each individual to have 4 acres for themselves.

More information on land use:

Queen Elizabeth II of England owns the most land on Earth at approximately 6.6 billion acres.
In 2009, over 50% of people lived in urban rather than rural areas.
Non-arable land can be converted to arable land through various techniques such as creating new irrigation ditches, planting trees, adding fertilizers and greenhouses.

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