Wednesday, September 17, 2008


If the World Were a Village of 100 People

If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific

51 would be male, 49 would be female

82 would be non-white; 18 white

67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian

80 would live in substandard housing

67 would be unable to read

50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation

33 would be without access to a safe water supply

39 would lack access to improved sanitation

24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do
have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)

7 people would have access to the Internet

1 would have a college education

1 would have HIV

2 would be near birth; 1 near death

5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens

33 would be receiving --and attempting to live on-- only 3% of the income of “the village”


MickisMorsels said...

Who knew? I'm an elitist in the grand scheme of things. Rich beyond comparison. I actually have always considered myself quite blessed, but these numbers made me feel flat out unappreciative...and guilty. Thanks.

Pentad said...

Wow...that puts things into perspective doesn't it? What a thought. And, in that small village, we still probably wouldn't be able to get along!

Greg and Sheryl said...

It looks like our world isn't as sophisticated as we usually think it is.

Carlos said...

Stark reality. It's a sad world and we go around hear no evil see no evil.

Roger Owen Green said...

Expect the number without water to grow in the coming decade.

Fish Whisperer said...

Very interesting. I am an American living in the South Pacific. Somehow I think I would be left out.

Sandra said...

so sad...Thanks for the reminder. Would like to use it on my blog. I agreed with Carlos also.


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