One Thousand Representatives of Humanity in 2020
I used to wonder about what if there were a film documenting the lives of 12 people representing all of humanity. But doing the math seemed hard. I couldn’t tell whether one person should be American or African to best represent humanity mathematically statistically whatever. So I expanded it to one thousand. Maybe it could be a podcast. Maybe I could’ve expanded it to 25 so it could be like a normal class size. But it’s too late. I’ve done too much math and decisions to not care. Also I set it in 2020 because projections are hard to tell if they’re accurate or not.
Also I realized something. 8 of these people would be expected to die per year and 18 more would be expected to be born (and survive infant mortality, I think, or maybe not, I’m not sure how the statistics work) but that would mean it would take 125 years for everyone to surely die which is true but most people do not survive to that age so as the years increase more people die and as this is a study on one in 7.8 million people every time the death count per year of the world increases by 7.8 million so would the expected death count of the people in this study.
I realized another thing. I can round up certain qualities in one country so I don’t have to count them in others. Like if less than .1% of the world is afghani Shias but they’re rounded up to be .1%, then I can undercount Shias throughout the muddle East who were added to Afghanistan’s count to be more representative of the whole world even if it’s less representative of a specific country
558 people aged 0–34
350 people from 35–64
92 people at or over the age of 65 years
Either 502 male sex to 498 female sex people (though the sex ratio is more like 502.48:497.52) or 492 each and then 18 intersex people. I don’t know at all
Regarding religion, I’m not certain of the exact numbers, but something like 311 Christians (about 160 Catholics 31 orthodox 120 Protestants and others), 250 Muslims (about 223 Sunni less than 25 Shia maybe about 2 ahmadi), about 140 Hindus (estimates are often a full percent higher, 15%, but a significant proportion of people who say they are Hindu on India’s census are atheists or other non religious people, and Hindus are probably slightly overcounted for no reason in data anyway), about 66 Buddhists, something like 140 non religious people (about 100 of which are convinced atheists, mostly in China, and 40 noncommittal people mostly in western countries who say they are nothing in particular or spiritual but not religious, or agnostics, which I guess is a specific term at least), something like 70 Chinese folk religion people (maybe more or maybe exactly the same counting overlap with syncretic folk Buddhists), 5 Shinto (10 if you overlap with Buddhists) 3 Sikhs, 2 Jews, 1 Jain, and about 12 others I guess, at least 1 of which would be a not particularly syncretic African religionist. Technically this might not be true because I suspect the numbers includes people who are too young to have an ideology but are raised by parents who assume their children will take their religion.
As for importance of religion, probably around 16–20–25% of the world would say it is unimportant in their lives.
I feel like the best way to count what religion people are is to ask them to self identify what religion they follow, but it would be good to ask follow up questions to see what form of that religion they follow, to see if they are orthodox and adherent to its guidelines or not, to see if they are syncretic or not, etc.
Look up the age gap of religion around the world, published by pew research. Basically it shows that almost everywhere in the world (except for subsaharan Africa) young people are at least a little more likely than their elders to be non-religious
IMPORTANT: idk this looks like an ok source I’m just gonna drop it here globalreligiousfutures.org/countries
Ok Asian folk religion and Buddhism are pretty syncretic idk it makes statistics hard
I don’t know how to do economic indicators. Money and exchange rates are fake. It tells you nothing. And material conditions are statistically catalogued in a manner that is unhelpful because for example either 1/3 or 2/3 of people didn’t have toilets in 2018 depending on what report you believe. Allegedly 10.5% of the world is chronically malnourished.
About 87% worldwide
IQ? Sounds like a nerd thing
Even racist people probably think theories relating to IQ are wrong (let alone what non- and anti-racist people think), but if they were right, you’d need 25 people with IQ under 70 and 25 people with IQ over 130
Lifestyle & personality
Idk dawg. Some people follow sports and/or play sports and some don’t. Some go to parties and/or hang out with people and some don’t. Basically there are sad introverts and happy extroverts
Apparently there were approximately 187 people out of 1000 who were international tourists in 2019 but I think a lot of them were probably Europeans going to each other’s countries
Idk look that up yourself
Apparently half of marriages around the world are arranged
like over a third of the world’s working adult population is farmers and so over a third of children are in farming families. Look other stuff up idc
Idk look it up
Like 45% of people have it
Look it up
Number of family members
Look it up
Number of friends
Look it up
Most people worldwide are probably pretty conservative. Also though most people worldwide get to vote, of countries that do let people vote, usually only about 75% of those eligible do vote.
I remember seeing one study from like the 1940s that showed that 30% or so of men had engaged in homosexual encounters but that one statistic thrown around a lot is that 5% of people are gay even though one study found that like a much greater proportion of young people in the US considered themselves lgbt+ in some way which was closer to the 1940s study
Idk. About 5 out of 1000 people are blind and something like 30 more having low vision apparently
How many more will be born/die per year?
8 people are expected to die per year for many decades until perhaps 9 or even 10 die per year. 18 people are expected to be born per year, also increasing slightly for a few decades maybe, but then stabilizing or even dropping.
This is mostly sourced through Wikipedia or whatever first comes up when you google stuff
Slightly more specific data by world regions or countries
2 millionaires in North America, 2 millionaire in Europe, 1 millionaire in china, 1 millionaire somewhere else in East Asia
4+ Shia in Iran (they are surprisingly less religious than you would expect), 4 Shia in India, 3 in Iraq, 2 in Pakistan, 2 in Yemen, 1 in Azerbaijan, 1 in Africa, idk if alevis count to the total but 1 Alevi from turkey, 1 Shia about from Afghanistan
2 international noncitizen migrants in the gulf
20 people over age 65
90 atheists, 39 folk religion followers, 33 Buddhists (2 of whom are initiated), 4 to 9 Christians, 4 Muslims. That doesn’t quite add up. Maybe add 2 Christians, 4 atheists, 2 folk religion people, 2 Buddhists
3 in Beijing municipality, 3 in shanghai, 4 in Chongqing, 2 in Tianjin. 15 Guangdong, 13 Shandong, 12 Henan, 11 Sichuan, 10 jiangsu, (61 so far) 10 Hebei, 9 Hunan, 8 Anhui, 7 to 8 Hubei, 7 Zhejiang, 6 Guangxi, 6 Yunnan, (114–115 so far), 6 Jiangxi, 5 to 6 Liaoning, 5 Fujian, 5 Shaanxi, 5 Heilongjiang, 5 Shanxi, 5 Guizhou, (151 so far) 4 Chongqing, 4 Jilin, 3 to 4 Gansu, 3 Inner Mongolia, 3 shanghai, 3 xinjiang, 3 Beijing, 2 Tianjin, 1 Hainan, 1 ningxia, maybe 1 Qinghai, about half a Tibet. 180 not including Hong Kong.
Estimate 32 people agriculture workers/farmers, 32 people in industry, 56 working in service about.
11 people over age 65
133 Hindus (or slightly fewer for unaffiliated non religious people)
27 Muslims (about 23 Sunni 4 Shia)
3 or 4 Sikhs
1 other (perhaps a believer of sarnai)
Allegedly 16 people living in slums
2 in Delhi capital territory, 1 in Mumbai districts, . Estimates: 30 in Uttar Pradesh, 16 in bihar, 16 Maharashtra, 13 West Bengal, 11 Madhya Pradesh, 10 Rajasthan, 10 Tamil Nadu, 9 Karnataka, 8 Gujarat, 7 Andhra pradesh, (130 so far) 6 Odisha, 5 Telangana, 5 jharkhand, 4 or 5 keralans, 4 or 5 Assam, 4 Punjab, 4 Chhattisgarh, 3 or 4 Haryana, 3 or 4 delhi(? Didn’t know it increased that much also of course closer to 3.5), 2 in Jammu Kashmir, 1 or 2 uttarakhand, 1 Himachal Pradesh, (174–175 so far) 2 more in other East Indian states, (177 so far) umm idk where the other 3 are teehee
42 people, or maybe 43 due to undocumented illegal immigrants
10 to 11 Catholics, 1 Jew, 1 Mormon
27 in incorporated areas/cities, 15 in unincorporated areas. 1 in New York City
About 30 Muslims, 3 Christians, maybe about 1 Hindu.
1 person in Jakarta, about 3 more immediately outside. 18 people in java
about 27 Muslims, maybe 1 Christian
14 in Punjab, 6 in sindh, 5 in khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2 in Balochistan, 1 in azad Jammu and Kashmir
About 18 Catholics, 6 Protestants (3 Pentecostals, 2 of whom are Assemblies of God) 2 irreligious people, 1 other, maybe an eastern religion.
1 living in city of São Paulo, about 1 living immediately outside city of São Paulo, about 1 living in city of Rio de Janeiro
Allegedly 2 living in favelas
13 Christians (10 Protestants, 3 Catholics), 13 Muslims
Allegedly at least 1 person living in a Lagos slum
About 20 Muslims, 2 hindus
1 in dhaka, 1 more in Dhaka district, about 4 more in Dhaka district
About 16 christians, 2 Muslims, 1 atheist/unaffiliated
1 in moscow, about 2 in Moscow oblast
13 Catholics, 2 Protestants about (more like 1.5), 1 irreligious/atheist
1 in Mexico city
16 people. 4 over age 65.
About 2 in Tokyo prefecture
About 12 Catholics Almost 2 Protestants
About 2 in National Capital region, 1 immediately outside the region. About 8 in Luzon island group, 3 in Visayas, 3 in Mindanao.
1 in tehran county (idk about city), about 1 more in Tehran Province
About 2 in Istanbul province
1 to 2 people in ile de France
7 Buddhists, 1 Muslim
6 Buddhists, maybe 1 Christian (in reality closer to half a Christian half a Muslim)
2 Muslims (closer to 2.5 but swapping out half to Thailand so Thailand can give Malaysia half a Buddhist), 1 Buddhist, 1 other, perhaps Christian.
3 Hindus, 1 other, perhaps Buddhist.
889 total so far
United Arab Emirates
Papua New Guinea
949 so far
Subsaharan Africa (aka countries in Africa that don’t border the Mediterranean Sea)
4 people over age 65
Total 136 people or maybe 137 because of undocumented illegal immigrants. Northern America 47/48 Carribean 5 rest of America mostly Latin America 74? (Allegedly closer to 83 but I see some discrepancies in the data admittedly from 10 years ago to data closer to today.)
48 people, or maybe 49 because of undocumented immigrants. 8 over age 65, 2 millionaires, 32 white people, 7 or maybe 8 Latino people, 5 black people, 3 Asians, about 1 Native American, but also about 1 mixed race person. About 38 Christians (12 catholic, 26 Protestant/other), 8 unaffiliated, 1 Jew, 1 other, perhaps a Hindu or a Buddhist.
5 people. About half a person over 65, so maybe none. mostly catholic
Rest of America
74/83 people. About 8 over 65 years old. If 74 total, 57 catholics, 11 protestants, 6 unaffiliated
99 people, about 17 over age 65 years. 34 catholic 28 orthodox 12 Protestant. Maybe 5 or 6 Muslims.
81 people, about 7 people over age 65
27 people. About 26 Muslims
32. About 30 muslims