Population vs. Community

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Main Difference

The main difference between Population and Community is that the human population that live together in the same place and Community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment; a social unit of human organisms who share common values.

  • Population

    In biology, a population is all the organisms of the same group or species, which live in a particular geographical area, and have the capability of interbreeding. The area of a sexual population is the area where inter-breeding is potentially possible between any pair within the area, and where the probability of interbreeding is greater than the probability of cross-breeding with individuals from other areas.In sociology, population refers to a collection of humans. Demography is a social science which entails the statistical study of human populations.

    Population in simpler terms is the number of people in a city or town, region, country or world; population is usually determined by a process called census (a process of collecting, analyzing, compiling and publishing data)

    This article refers mainly to human population.

  • Community

    A community is a small or large social unit (a group of living things) who have something in common, such as norms, religion, values, or identity. Communities often share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighborhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large. Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.

    The word “community” derives from the Old French comunetĂ©, which comes from the Latin communitas “community”, “public spirit” (from Latin communis, “shared in common”).

    Human communities may share intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, and risks in common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

  • Population (noun)

    The people living within a political or geographical boundary.

    “The population of New Jersey will not stand for this!”

  • Population (noun)

    By extension, the people with a given characteristic.

    “India has the third-largest population of English-speakers in the world.”

  • Population (noun)

    A residents within a political or geographical boundary such as a town, a nation or the world.

    “The town’s population is only 243.”

    “population explosion;”

    “population growth”

  • Population (noun)

    A collection of organisms of a particular species, sharing a particular characteristic of interest, most often that of living in a given area.

    “A seasonal migration annually changes the populations in two or more biotopes drastically, many twice in opposite senses.”

  • Population (noun)

    A group of units (persons, objects, or other items) enumerated in a census or from which a sample is drawn.

  • Population (noun)

    The act of initially empty items in a collection.

    “John clicked the Search button and waited for the population of the list to complete.”

  • Community (noun)

    A group sharing a common understanding, and often the same language, law, manners, and/or tradition.

  • Community (noun)

    A residential or religious collective; a commune.

  • Community (noun)

    A group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other.

  • Community (noun)

    A group of people interacting by professional, social, or other purposes; a virtual community.

  • Community (noun)

    The condition of having certain interests in common.

  • Community (noun)

    Common enjoyment or possession; participation.

    “a community of goods”

  • Community (noun)

    Common character; likeness.

  • Community (noun)

    Commonness; frequency.

  • Population (noun)

    all the inhabitants of a particular place

    “the island has a population of about 78,000”

  • Population (noun)

    a particular group or type of people living in a place

    “a city with a large student population”

  • Population (noun)

    the extent to which an area is or has been populated

    “areas of sparse population”

  • Population (noun)

    the action of populating a place.

  • Population (noun)

    a community of animals, plants, or humans among whose members interbreeding occurs

    “fluctuations in populations of voles and lemmings”

  • Population (noun)

    a finite or infinite collection of items under consideration.

  • Population (noun)

    each of three groups (designated I, II, and III) into which stars can be approximately divided on the basis of their manner of formation

    “the motions of Population II objects”

Oxford Dictionary

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