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World Population Estimate Maps are changing...

As technology changes and improvements are implemented, Esri uses its Product Lifecycle Support Policy to articulate the deprecation of maps and services. Several World Population Estimate maps and services will move into Mature Status immediately (Q1 2022) and will be Retired and removed from service in December 2022. Customers who use these maps and services should consider moving to the alternatives below.

What is the recommended alternative solution?

WorldPop and Esri have partnered to publish annual gridded population datasets covering 249 countries, territories, and dependencies for the 2000-2020 period. These multidimensional layers represent a 1-km grid-cell level spatial distribution of total population, sex and age cohorts, and population density providing a consistent and comparable framework for data integration and analysis.

The layers support exploring the entire twenty-one-year history of population changes for any group, including births and five-year age cohorts. The results of these queries can be spatiotemporally analyzed to find patterns. Since this data can now be accessed directly from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, it eliminates the need to download or pre-assemble the data prior to use, resulting in substantial time and cost savings for any organization needing to understand recent population changes.

Explore the web maps in this portfolio to see how recently added display effects in ArcGIS Online can be applied to WorldPop’s population density layer. Or access the WorldPop imagery layers in Living Atlas.

Esri and WorldPop will also publish corresponding 100-m resolution services later in 2022.

To learn more about the new gridded population datasets, check out A First Glimpse into the Future of Population Data – Part 1.


About the author

Lucy Guerra has over 20 years of experience as a product manager, working with organizations to understand their business challenges and shaping products to address those challenges. She focuses on enhancing the user experience with quality data, and leads a team focused on bringing to market, and driving awareness of, Esri's data and location services.

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