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More than 80% of people live within one hour of a city

Adapted from “A global map of travel time to cities to assess inequalities in accessibility in 2015” (2018). Nature.; Map: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

This map shows the average travel time to the nearest city from nearly every place on Earth. Daniel Weiss at the University of Oxford and his colleagues used data from the Open Street Map Project and Google to map the globe and determine how long it takes to reach an urban area based on distance and access to roads, waterways, and railways.