Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Demographics: What Would the World's Population Look Like with Only 100 People? #AtoZChallenge Letter D #SOL16

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I recently saw a video from GOOD Magazine offering an analysis of the world's demographic makeup if there were only 100 people on earth. The video is only 2:27 minutes and a fascinating view of demographics based on gender, age, wealth, nationality, race, language, education, access to technology, and other information relevant to quality of life. 

It's an noteworthy way to contemplate and see the world because by reducing the numbers from a seven billion, roughly the current population of earth, to 100, we can begin understanding our abundance and how the rest of the earth's population may view us in Western cultures.

Back in the 1970s, Dan Smith, author of The State of the World Atlas, addressed this challenge of demographics:

As we encounter each other, we see our diversity--of background, race, ethnicity, belief--and how we handle that diversity will have much to say about whether we will in the end be able to rise successfully to the great challenges we face today. 

The infographic below, which the creator has made available for sharing, offers another layer of information addressing the same idea: 

The World as 100 People

From Visually.


  1. Oh wow, I love the circular infographic! Thanks :) The most interesting part to me is languages, with the 62% "other."

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  2. This graphic is fascinating. I love your phrasing "we can begin to understand our abundance" - so true. Very sorry to hear about your thyroid issues. Kudos on your latest blogging challenge!!