I'm looking for a data source that would allow me to generate a lat/long that is "probable location of a human's home". I'd hope that if I ran it ~8 billion times, it'd give me something 'similar' to the distributions of humans on the planet at any given time.

I'm comfortable with the data being very rough — it'd be ideal if I could get single digit number of different lat/long 'bins' for a major metropolis for example (eg. the east side of NYC has an X% chance of hosting a human, the west side Y%), but not a requirement — whole city level 'bins' would be fine too.

I live in the UK, so I'm reasonably familiar with the ONS, which I'm sure has data I can use for my country, but is there anything global I could lean on?

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    Do you mean a population density map like this one? luminocity3d.org/WorldPopDen/
    – mcsoini
    Nov 13, 2022 at 9:17
  • Exactly like that @mcsoini! And it has a link to the data right there too 😊 Thank you! (Feel free to make a proper answer, if you like!)
    – JP.
    Nov 14, 2022 at 6:52

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As determined in the comments, what you are looking for is a "population density map", a search term which gives plenty of results. You could start from here: luminocity3d.org/WorldPopDen/ and the data sources of that map.

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