If the World Were 100 People…

When the global population reached 7 billion in 2011, 100people.org repeated pioneering American environmental scientist Donella Meadows’ (1941–2001) study conducted in 1990,56 modelling the characteristics of the world’s population on a 100-member group, and presenting the distribution of the world’s population by gender, age and cultural and ethnic attributes (Figure 21).

Figure 21 If the World Really Were 100 People…

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Business Insider took an interesting approach to the same question: What if the world’s population was shrunk to 100 people?

  • 50 would be female and 50 would be male, 26 would be children, 74 would be adults, only 8 of whom would be 65 and older.
  • There would be 60 Asians, 15 Africans, 14 people from the Americas, and 11 Europeans.
  • There would be 33 Christians, 22 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 7 Buddhists, 12 people who practice other religions and 12 people who would not be aligned with a religion.
  • Out of 100, 48 would subsist on less than 2 dollars a day, while one in two children would live in poverty.
  • 77 people would have a home, but 23 would be homeless.
  • Only 7 people would have a college degree.
  • 22 would own or share a computer.
  • 77 would use a mobile telephone.
  • 30 would be active Internet users.