21 June 2010

If we could

The Global Village


Balu, Engelken & Grosso (original often wrongly attributed to Phillip Harter, Stanford)


If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, there would be:


60 Asians
12 Europeans
15 from the Western Hemisphere (9 Latin Americans, 5 North Americans, and 1 Oceanian)
13 Africans


Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division World Population Prospects: [The 2000 Revision]


50 would be female
50 would be male


Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base [Table 094: Midyear Population by Age and Sex 2001]


80 would be non-white
20 would be white


Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base [Table 001: Total Midyear Population 2001] (assuming the populations of South America, Asia, and Africa are 'non-white' and those of North America, Europe, and Oceania are 'white.')


67 would be non-Christian
33 would be Christian


Source: Britannica Book of the Year 1999 - Religious Population of the World, 1998
(reprinted at infoplease.com, using numbers from the 'Christians' heading only for the Christian percentage)


20 people would earn 89% of the entire world's wealth


Source: The International Herald Tribune - February 5, 1999
(cited in the World Income Inequality table)


25 would live in substandard housing


Source: Habitat for Humanity International [Why Habitat is Needed]


17 would be unable to read


Source: UNICEF [The State of the World's Children 1999]


13 would suffer from malnutrition


Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization report
(cited at OBGYN.net)


1 would die within the year
2 would give birth within the year


Source: U.S. Census Bureau [World Vital Events Per Time Unit 2001]


2 would have a college education


Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, World Education Indicators [Gross Enrollment Ratio by Sex]


4 would own a computer


Source: UN Human Development Indicators [Access to Information and Communications 1995]

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