If The World Population Were 100 People…

Disclaimer: the following data comes from the website below. It put things into perspective and was too good not to share. Enjoy and please share your thoughts!


The world population has now reached 7.5 billion people. This milestone inspired us to conduct research to update our statistics in 2016, and the changes over the past 10 years are remarkable. In 2006, only 1 person out of 100 would have had a college education– today that number has jumped to 7. The detailed research and source information can be found here and the statistics provided by Donella Meadows in 1990 that originally inspired our project can be viewed here.

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:

50 would be female

50 would be male

25 would be children

There would be 75 adults,

9 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:

60 Asians

16 Africans

14 people from the Americas

10 Europeans

31 Christians

23 Muslims

16 people who would not be aligned with a religion

15 Hindus

7 Buddhists

8 people who practice other religions

12 would speak Chinese

6 would speak Spanish

5 would speak English

4 would speak Hindi

3 would speak Arabic

3 would speak Bengali

3 would speak Portuguese

2 would speak Russian

2 would speak Japanese

60 would speak other languages

86 would be able to read and write; 14 would not

7 would have a college degree

40 would have an Internet connection

78 people would have a place to shelter them

from the wind and the rain, but 22 would not

1 would be dying of starvation

11 would be undernourished

22 would be overweight

91 would have access to safe drinking water

9 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

Sources:   2016 - Fritz Erickson, Provost and Vice President for Academic  Affairs, Ferris State University (Formerly Dean of Professional and  Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay) and John A. Vonk,  University of Northern Colorado, 2006; Returning Peace Corps Volunteers  of Madison Wisconsin, Unheard Voices: Celebrating Cultures from the Developing World, 1992; Donella H. Meadows, The Global Citizen, May 31, 1990. 

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