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An Abbreviated World Census

by Dan Seagren

Posted: June 25, 2021

If there were 100 people in the world, there would be…

Any census can be complicated, lengthy and difficult to comprehend. However, someone has condensed the estimated 7.8 billion people in the world into 100 persons, and then into various percentage statistics. The resulting analysis is easier to comprehend so here we go.

Out of the above 100 individuals:

  • 11 are in Europe, 5 in North America, 9 in South America, 15 in Africa and 60 are in Asia.
  • 49 live in the countryside, 51 live in cities.
  • 12 speak Chinese, 5 speak Spanish and 5 speak English; 3 speak Arabic, 3 speak Hindi and 3 speak Bengali; 3 speak Portuguese and 2 speak Russian 2 speak Japanese but 62 speak their own language.
  • 77 have their own houses, 23 have no place to live.
  • 21 are over-nourished, 63 can eat full meals but 15 are under-nourished. 1 ate the last meal, but did not make it to the next meal.
  • The daily cost of living for 48 is less than US$2.
  • 87 have clean drinking water, 13 either lack clean drinking water or have access to a water source that is polluted.
  • 75 have mobile phones 25 do not. 30 have internet access 70 do not have conditions to go online.
  • 7 received university education while 93 did not attend college but 83 can read and 17 are illiterate.
  • 33 are Christians. 22 are Muslims. 14 are Hindus. 7 are Buddhists but 12 are other religions and 12 have no religious beliefs.
  • 26 live less than 14 years, 66 died between 15 - 64 years of age and 8 are over 65 years old.

If you have your own home, eat full meals & drink clean water, have a mobile phone, able to surf the internet, and have gone to college, you are in the minuscule privileged lot (the less than 7% category). Among the 100 persons in the world, only 8 exceed the age of 65.

For some people, this is a very clever piece but for others it is a remarkable way to better understand our civilization. We now share our thanks to those who made this translation possible and our gratitude for those of you who will find it both unique and useful.

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Dan Seagren is an active retiree whose writings reflect his life as a Pastor, author of several books, and service as a Chaplain in a Covenant Retirement Community.

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Posted: June 25, 2021

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