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We’re All Minorities Compared To These Manhattan Residents

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Everyone would agree that a million is a lot and a billion is even more, but these types of numbers are hard to intuitively understand. So while you may nod and say, “wow” approvingly when told that there are more than a billion ants living in Manhattan, I bet you have a slightly more visceral reaction when you see how that number dwarfs the number of human residents:

Human vs. Ant Residents of NYC

Human vs. Ant Residents of NYC by Neil McCoy at

Powerful, eh?

If you’re intrigued, check out the original blog post at “How Many Ants Live In NYC?”

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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  1. 1. rshoff 1:11 pm 08/22/2013

    Hmmm. Post apocalyptic Food source?!

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  2. 2. TTLG 2:22 pm 08/22/2013

    On the other hand, a person weighs about 20 million times more than an ant, so the total mass of people is quite a bit more than that of ants, at least in Manhattan.

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