Our World in 2012

After some holiday visits and such, I’m back at my desk with some posts to round out the year. Today’s post is a neat encapsulation of the planet’s population and stats showing what our world would look like if we were reduced to 100 people representative of our current makeup. The site I’m referencing from, 100people.org, bills itself as a global educational toolbox and has a lot of neat info, pics, videos and stories of our planet’s now 7 billion human inhabitants. You can view the stats page here. The info has been updated and there are many surprising changes just in the last five years. Here’s what they’ve come up with:

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

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


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

So that’s what our world looks like as we head into 2012. It’s refreshing to note that 62 out of the 100 wouldn’t speak one of the world’s most popular 9 languages, although I find it hard to believe that only 1 person out of 100 is starving, given that 23/100 have no shelter. Some of the numbers are encouraging, though, and the site has a lot of neat info throughout it to check out.

And now that we’ve crossed the seven billion mark, I guess I’m going to have to let go of my goal to come up with more spontaneous bad puns over the course of my lifetime than there are people on the planet. With my spontaneous bad pun count at only 4.3 billion, it might be thyme to spice up my “to do” list ¬†with other things. Like continuing to get to know more of the other ’99’, as our world gets bigger and smaller at the same time. Maybe we’ll learn more about the core than the extraneous as we make our way along. Tat tvam asi; that thou art (“you’re it!”). Happy reading and safe travels as we round out the last weekend of the year.

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