Conspiracy theorists and doomsday preppers will tell you at a drop of a hat how earth’s human population is unsustainable, and there are too many of us draining the earth’s resources. When looking at a population map of the planet though, it paints a different picture. Humans are spread out over a massive area of the earth and there are in fact vast swathes of land completely free of people.
Let’s look at a few of these, the most sparsely populated places we can find.
Motua County In China
While still home to more than 11 0000 people, Motua County in the Tibetan Administrative Zone under China still qualifies as one of the most mysterious places on earth.
Its inaccessibility has become the stuff of legend with various planned infrastructure projects becoming completely untenable due to landslides, rainstorms and much more.
This land is one of Buddhism’s most holy sites and with good reason. Its remoteness has left it a pristine, untouched area of natural beauty…
McMurdo Station Antarctica
Easily one of the most isolated places you will find, McMurdo Station in Antarctica houses about 1200 very cold and probably very cabin fevered scientists. It is situated on Ross Island, the northernmost tip of the Arctic.
With the aid of its three airstrips though, the inhabitants here have access to many modern amenities. There is even a Frisbee golf course set up on the site along with a gym, yoga studio and cinema. It was featured in the Werner Herzog documentary, Encounters at the End of the World.
A must for this list simply due to the challenge of spelling its name, Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland is a small fishing village, just north of Iceland.
Its population of 500 can claim about 150 miles of personal space each making this an ideal holiday destination for loners.
The Indian Ocean archipelago known as the Kergeulen Islands are also known as the Desolation Islands. The only sensible way to reach this isolated area is by a 6 day boat ride from the Reunion islands off the coast of Madagascar.
There is no native population here other than French research scientists who call the islands a temporary home for a few lonesome months of the year.
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Alert In Nunavut, Canada
With 62 residents, only 5 of which remain year round, Alert is the northern most inhabited place in the world.
It has 24 hour days and nights during summer and winter respectively, and the closest neighbouring town is a fishing village 1300 miles away.
There are a few noteworthy completely uninhabited places on earth that I feel should be mentioned as they definitely qualify for this list and they are my personal favourites. First up is Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, or as it is also known, Pig Beach.
This uninhabited island has become a home for farm pigs that are assumed to have been abandoned by sailors passing through these islands. Definitely worth a Google image search if you want to start off your day right in the morning.
The Marion and Prince Edward Islands are also noteworthy as they are populated by about 50 researchers. These islands administrated by South Africa. Before this, whalers and sealers used the islands as a hunting station.
Would you brave the middle of nowhere just for some peace and quiet?