For the most part, there are two types of people that reside in Antartica, those working in research stations and tourists. It has no long-term residents, commercial business, towns, or cities. The population fluctuates between 1,000 and 4,000 people, depending on the time of the year.
It’s home to approximately 70 research stations. Each station has around 50 people there in the summer months, and 20 in the winter months. Summer lasts from October to April, and the rest of the year is considered winter.
The closest place there is to a town is the US research base, Mcmurdo Station. About 1000 people reside there during the busiest parts of the year.
If you had hopes of visiting Antarctica, you have two options: Work at one of the research stations or visit as a tourist. The process for visiting as a tourist appears to be pretty intense. You’ll need to get permission from the government of the country you reside in.
- Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.
- The coldest place on the earth is a ridge in Antarctica where temperatures can dip below -133 degrees F.
- Antarctica is the only continent without any time zones.