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2016 World Population Estimate Services are now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of an update to the World Population Estimate layers.

This update was produced during 2017, using the most current data sources for population and land cover. The significant improvements are highlighted below, and for more detailed information see the 2016 Methodology White Paper:

Within Europe and North Africa, confidence in population estimate varies tremendously. This is based on age of census or estimate, size of available enumeration units, the quality of the census, etc.


We are also pleased to include that Esri participates in the POPGRID Data Collaborative, which is a consortium of those who produce global and national gridded population estimates and redistributions. POPGRID seeks to facilitate collaboration among data producers and inform users about the differences in purpose and utility of existing gridded population datasets.

The 2016 World Population Estimate layers are found in the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Supporting Content:

    1. 2016 Methodology White Paper that provides detailed documentation describing the nature of the WPE, how it is produced, and recommendations for successful use.
    2. World Population Estimate 2016 Sources Web Map
This example shows the kind of information available for every country.
  1. We are Everywhere story map that introduces the WPE and possibilities for gridded population data.

About the author

I am Chief Cartographer at Esri, and manage the Cartographic Projects Group on the Content Team. I have been with Esri in Software Products since 1994. I am currently the author of Esri's Ecological Land Unit services, global ecological content, and the World Population Estimate Services. Contact me at with questions or feedback.


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