The Actual Stats of the Earth's population e-mail, as reported by Fast Company, May 2001

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:

60 Asians
12 Europeans
15 from the Western Hemisphere ( 9 Latin Americans, 5 North Americans, and 1 Oceanian )
13 Africans
Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, "World Population Prospects: The 2000 Revision."

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.

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 be 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 earn 89% of the entire world's wealth
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 be unable to read
Source: UNICEF, "The State of the World's Children 1999."

13 would suffer from malnutrition
Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, cited at

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."

and they would all be beautiful

Research conducted by Rekha Balu, Christine Engelken, and Jennifer Grosso.