One village of a hundred people

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World evangelism statistics: What would our world look like?

Raw population statistics overwhelm you. Here’s one way of visualizing the world and its economic, housing, health, religious and educational needs: Shrink the earth’s population to one village of exactly 100 people. Apply the earth’s racial, economic and other ratios to these 100 people. Here’s how this village would look:


  • 60 would be from Asia
  • 12 would be European in origin
  • 15 would have come from the Western Hemisphere (9 Latin Americans, 5 North Americans, and 1 from Oceania)
  • 13 would be from Africa

Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, “World Population Prospects: The 2000 Revision.”

Sex / Gender:

  • 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.

Skin color:

  • 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 label themselves as “Christian”

Source: Britannica Book of the Year 1999, “Religious Population of the World, 1998,” reprinted at , using numbers from the “Christians” heading only for the Christian percentage.


  • 20 people would be receiving almost 90% of the village’s total income

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 not be able to read at all

Source: UNICEF, “The State of the World’s Children 1999.”


  • 13 would be malnourished

Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, cited at

Life and death:

  • 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.”

Research by Rekha Balu, Christine Engelken, and Jennifer Grosso (

This list is not presented to cause guilt; it is simply the picture of reality.

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