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Good map URL for getting DC rally size. Rough estimate 250,000 people. (english)
20 Jan 2003
Modified: 22 Jan 2003
The big rally in DC filled a 1/3 by 1/4 mile rectangle. I think there was about 1 person per square yard, if you average out the crowd density.
That's 250,000 people. I'd like comments from others who counted sample regions in the crowd, etc, to get a more accurate estimate.
http://www.nasm.si.edu/apollo30th/maps/nps_dcmap.pdf

That's a good map for estimating DC rally sizes. There's a scale of miles in the upper left corner. It's free, I found it
by searching on Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Ellipse, and PDF.
Assume most of the marchers showed up at the rally
first, so how many were at the rally?

Looks like Madison to Jefferson Drive including the streets and sidewalks, and from 3rd Street halfway to 7th Street. The crowd rectangle seemed to slightly overlap the National Aeronautics and Space Museum but it didn't extend to the middle of the museum.

So it's about 1/3 mile by 1/4 mile. I think about 1 square yard per person, if you average the dense with the thin zones of the crowd.

That works out to a rough estimate of 250,000 people.

I'd like comments from folks who have a more accurate estimate of the rally size. I don't think the density was 4 or 5 square feet per person, though. That would mean the whole area was really packed solid,
and it wasn't.
See also:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/apollo30th/maps/nps_dcmap.pdf
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nope (english)
22 Jan 2003
that's not a crowd rectangle!
those lines are tour routes. that's a map that's been there for years