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Is California overpopulated?

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Started: 2/15/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Aplikowski

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Personally I think California is overpopulated because it has more people than Canada, the cities and metropolitan areas are large like for example the Los Angeles-San Bernardino area has approximately 18 million people, the San Francisco Bay has 8 million people, San Diego has 3 million, and Sacramento has 2.5 million people. Plus, with the World population growing, it's gaining even more people. Because of its growing population, taxes are higher, pollution and traffic is more prevalent, the government has to spend more to maintain its population, and the cities have to sprawl out in order to house everyone.
henryajevans

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Let's compare California's statistics with some European countries for clarity.

California

Area - 423,970 km²
Population - 38.04 million

Spain

Area - 505,992 km²
Population - 47.27 million

France

Area - 674,843 km²
Population - 65.7 million

UK

Area - 243,610 km²
Population - 63.23 million


Germany

Area - 357,021 km²
Population - 81.89 million

So California is not really overpopulated in comparison to other developed countries.
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Posted by henryajevans 3 years ago
henryajevans
Also California is home to less than 10% of US population and produces half of its fruits and vegetables.
Posted by Seeginomikata 3 years ago
Seeginomikata
Malthus did not anticipate the industrial revolution and did not account for technological advancement.
Better tech = more food
more food = higher carrying capacity
when (carrying capacity >= population) --> no overpopulation
Posted by Seeginomikata 3 years ago
Seeginomikata
Malthus did not anticipate the industrial revolution and did not account for technological advancement.
Better tech = more food
more food = higher carrying capacity
when (carrying capacity >= population) --> no overpopulation
Posted by henryajevans 3 years ago
henryajevans
Europe laughs at your notion of overpopulation.
Posted by colelevine 3 years ago
colelevine
Thomas Malthus proposed that societies need population controls in order to maintain a stable state. He explained that positive effects reduced the population, such as war and famine. He said that more people were being born than dying. He also said that if that continued, there would not be enough food and living space in the world for the people.
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