In statistics, a population is the total group from which a sample is taken.


A survey found that vanilla was the favorite ice-cream flavor for a sample of people in one state. The sample was selected from the ice-cream-eating population in that state.

Population also refers to the number of people who live in a specific location.


The states with the largest and smallest populations are:

Largest: California, with a population of aoubt 40,000,000.

Smallest: Wyoming, with a population of about 600,000