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# What is clumped in population distributions?

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Population distributions can clump people together based on a particular area that they live in, as well as other characteristics such as race, sex or age. These distributions are often tracked in a census.

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Population distribution is used by the government to make investment decisions. It helps them determine how much funding is needed to amplify industrial development, tourism and training, among other things.

In addition, population distribution can help drive public policy. In areas where there are more people moving, population distribution might drive to a policies and laws that better suit their lifestyle, such as improving roads to limit traffic issues and spurring business development.

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The formula for calculating population density requires dividing the area occupied, typically in square miles or square kilometers, by the number of people living there. Though population density usually refers to people, the term also applies to animals in a particular habitat.

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Arithmetic density of population is the number of all people that live in a "per unit area" throughout a country, and it can be referred to as the "crude density" or "regular density." An example of an arithmetic population density that is much higher than normal can be found in Japan, where there are areas with more than 1,400 people per square mile.