One village of a hundred people

World evangelism statistics: What would our world look like?

Raw population statistics can overwhelm us. 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 what that village would looklike:

  • Origins:
    • 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
  • Sex / Gender:
    • 50 would be female
    • 50 would be male
  • Skin color
    • 80 would be non-white
    • 20 would be white
  • Religion:
    • 67 would be non-Christian
    • 33 would label themselves as "Christian"
  • Economics
    • 20 people would be receiving almost 90% of the village's total income
  • Housing:
    • 25 would live in substandard housing
  • Literacy
    • 17 would not be able to read at all
  • Nutrition
    • 13 would be malnourished
  • Life and death
    • 1 would die within the year
    • 2 would give birth within the year
  • Education
    • 2 would have a college education
  • Technology
    • 4 would own a computer
  • Data compiled from documents published by Britannica Book of the Year, Habitat for Humanity, International Herald Tribune, the U.S. Census Bureau, the United Nations, UNESCO, and UNICEF.


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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