Will Resource Spawn Only Areas Populated?

My question is if resources will spawn anywhere on the map, so long there is someone populating the area.

As it stands right now there is a lot of empty space people do not attempt to go to. It seems like a waste of the map if resources just dont spawn in those areas.

If everyone on a server left all the surrounding rad town popular build spots, would the server not spawn resources there?

I have been playing for a month, and as far as I can tell whether or not there are more people in a certain area or not, it has no effect on the amount of resources. There can be places with loads of resources with you being the only person there.

Yay, i would be interested in the spreading of the ressources in general. Its not only random, is it?