If we could shrink
the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the
existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like this:
15 from the Western Hemisphere (9 Latin Americans,
5 North Americans, and 1 Oceanian)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, "World
Population Prospects: The 2000 Revision."
50 would be male
Bureau of the Census International Data Base, Table 094: Midyear Population
by Age and Sex 2001.
20 would be white
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
33 would be Christian
Book of the Year 1999, "Religious Population of the World,
1998," reprinted at infoplease.com, using numbers from the "Christians"
heading only for the Christian percentage.
would earn 89% of the entire world's wealth
Herald Tribune, February 5, 1999, cited in the World Income Inequality
live in substandard housing
Habitat for Humanity International, "Why Habitat is Needed."
be unable to read
UNICEF, "The State of the World's Children 1999."
suffer from malnutrition
Source: UN Food
and Agriculture Organization report, cited at OBGYN.net.
die within the year
2 would give birth within the year
Census Bureau, World Vital Events Per Time Unit 2001.
have a college education
UNESCO Institute for Statistics, World Education Indicators, Gross Enrollment
Ratio by Sex.
own a computer
Human Development Indicators, "Access to Information and Communications
In our research, we were unable to find a consensus on the ratio of
hetersexual to homosexual people in the world and subsequently omitted that
by Rekha Balu, Christine Engelken, and Jennifer Grosso.