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100 People: A World Portrait

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100 People: A World Portrait

The world population has now reached 7 billion people. This milestone inspired us to conduct research to update our statistics, and the changes over the past 5 years are remarkable. In 2006, only 1 person out of 100 would have had a college education-- today that number has jumped to 7 thanks in part to advances in higher education in Asia. 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

26 would be children
There would be 66 adults,
8 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
60 Asians
11 Europeans
15 Africans
14 people from the Western Hemisphere

33 Christians
22 Muslims
14 Hindus
7 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
12 people who would not be aligned with a religion

12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
62 would speak other languages

83 would be able to read and write; 17 would not

7 would have a college degree
22 would own or share a computer

77 people would have a place to shelter them
from the wind and the rain, but 23 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
15 would be undernourished
21 would be overweight

87 would have access to safe drinking water
13 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

Sources: 2012 - 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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Re: 100 People: A World Portrait

That's some amazing work.

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Re: 100 People: A World Portrait

23% of the World's population is homeless??

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Re: 100 People: A World Portrait

While I think this is yet another case where reductionism produces an erroneous picture, here's the detailed version:

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:

Gender
50 would be female
50 would be male

Age
26 would be 0-14
66 would be 15-64
8 would be 65 and older

Geography
5 would be from North America
9 would be from Latin America & the Caribbean
11 would be from Europe
60 would be from Asia
15 would be from Africa

Religion
33 would be Christian
22 would be Muslim
14 would be Hindu
7 would be Buddhist
12 would believe in other religions
12 would not be religious or identify themselves
as being aligned with a particular faith

First Language
12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
62 would speak other languages

Overall Literacy
83 would be able to read and write
17 would not

Literacy by Gender
88 males would be able to read and write
12 males would not be able to read and write
79 females would be able to read and write
21 females would not be able to read and write

Education
76 eligible males would have a primary school education
72 eligible females would have a primary school education

66 eligible males would have a secondary school education
63 eligible females would have a secondary school education

7 would have a college degree

Urban/Rural
51 would be urban dwellers
49 would be rural dwellers

Drinking Water
87 would have access to safe drinking water
13 would use unimproved water

Food
15 would be undernourished

Infectious Disease
<1% would have HIV/AIDS
<1%would have tuberculosis

Poverty
48 would live on less than $2 USD per day
1 out of 2 children would live in poverty

Electricity
78 would have electricity
22 would not

Technology
75 would be cell phone users
30 would be active internet users
22 would own or share a computer

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Bottom line - the world isn't 100 people and I see little to be gained from using that model.

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I'm kind of surprised the male:female ratio is somehow equal (thought male would be slightly higher) and also the ratio of people having access to safe drinking water.
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I'm kind of surprised the male:female ratio is somehow equal (thought male would be slightly higher) and also the ratio of people having access to safe drinking water.
Aren't there more females? Been hearing this my whole life.

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I'm kind of surprised the male:female ratio is somehow equal (thought male would be slightly higher) and also the ratio of people having access to safe drinking water.
I thought females would be higher because of the wars.

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intriguing subject
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48 would live on less than $2 USD per day
75 would be cell phone users


cell phone companies will always have problems collecting ...

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Aren't there more females? Been hearing this my whole life.
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I thought females would be higher because of the wars.
Hm..I guess I was wrong then. I was thinking of some other reasons but yeah if that's the case, then it's right.
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