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The Harvest Fields • Statistics 2015

Compiled by Stephen Ross
Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20a

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15b

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 1 John 4:14

Harvest Fields Index
Population Statistics:
World's Total
Continent/Region
Birth Rate
Death Rate
Average Life Expectancy
Age Structure
Country Statistics:
Largest Countries
Largest Urban Centers
40%+ Under 15 Years Old  
Lowest Life Expectancy
Muslim Countries
Roman Catholic Countries
Major Religions    Languages References

Population Statistics
World Population Estimate

7,230,951,665

As of April 1, 2015. For most up-to-date estimate, see U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base, World Population Summary.

It is estimated that in 1 AD, there were 300 million people in the world; in 1250, 400 million; in 1500, 500 million. According to UN estimates, the world population reached 1 billion in 1804; rose to 2 billion 123 years later, in 1927; to 3 billion 33 years after that, in 1960; to 4 billion in 1974; to 5 billion in 1987; to 6 billion in 1999; and to 7 billion in 2011. The U. S. Census Bureau put the world population in mid-2014 at about 7.2 billion.2

"To give a point of reference for the magnitude of one billion, it would require forty thousand trips around the world to equal one billion miles."4

Population by Continent/Region2

Asia 4,307,000,000
Africa 1,125,000,000
Europe (incl. Russia) 743,000,000
Latin America* 611,000,000
North America** 354,000,000
Oceania (incl. Australia)   37,000,000
Antarctica no indigenous inhabitants

*Includes South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
**Includes the United States and Canada.
Note: Asia is home to 60 percent of global population. China and India account for more than half of Asia's total population.

World Birth/Death Rates (2014 est.)1

Birth Rate:   Death Rate:
19 births/1,000 population   8 deaths/1,000 population
134 million births per year   56.2 million people die each year
367,200 births per day   154,000 people die each day
15,300 births each hour   6420 people die each hour
255 births each minute   107 people die each minute
4.3 births each second of every day   almost 2 people die each second 

Average Life Expectancy at Birth is 68 years1

Age Structure of World's Population1

1.85 billion people age 0-14 years (26%)
1.20 billion people age 15-24 years (17%)
2.93 billion people age 25-54 years (41%)
610 million people age 55-64 years (9%)
597 million people are 65 years and over (8%)

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Country Statistics
Ten Largest Countries in Population (2015 est.)

There are approximately 226 inhabited countries and territories in the world. China is the most populous nation with 1/5 of the world's people. About half the world's people live in the first six largest countries listed below.

China 1,361,513,000
India 1,251,696,000
United States      321,363,000
Indonesia 255,994,000
Brazil 204,260,000
Pakistan 199,086,000
Nigeria 181,562,000
Bangladesh 168,958,000
Russia 142,424,000
Japan 126,920,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base


The 20 Largest Urban Areas in the World3

Urban Center Population*
1. Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan 37,555,000
2. Jakarta, Indonesia 29,959,000
3. Delhi, India 24,134,000
4. Seoul-Incheon, South Korea   22 992 000
5. Manila, Philippines 22,710,000
6. Shanghai, China 22,650,000
7. Karachi, Pakistan 21,585,000
8. New York City, U.S. 20,661,000
9. Mexico City, Mexico 20,300,000
10. São Paulo, Brazil 20 273 000
11. Beijing (Peking), China 19,277,000
12. Guangzhou-Foshan, China 18,316,000
13. Mumbai (Bombay), India 17,672,000
14. Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan 17,234,000
15. Moscow, Russia 15,885,000
16. Los Angeles, United States 15,250,000
17 Cairo, Egypt 15,206,000
18. Bangkok, Thailand 14,910,000
19. Kolkata (Calcutta), India 14,896,000
20. Dhaka, Bangladesh 14,816,000

*2014 estimates by Demographia.com which defines an urban area (urbanized area agglomeration or urban centre) as a continuously built up landmass of urban development containing a high population density, without regard for administrative boundaries (i.e. municipality, city or commune) or a labor market (i.e. metropolitan area). Population figures for the world's largest cities differ from one source to another because of the different concepts used (i.e. urban areas, urban agglomerations, metropolitan areas, etc.)

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Countries With 40% or More of the Population
0-14 Years of Age1

Country Population  
0-14 Years of Age (%)
Afghanistan 42
Angola 43
Benin 44
Burkina Faso 45
Burundi 46
Cameroon 43
Central African Republic 41
Chad 45
Comoros 42
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 43
Congo, Republic of the 41
Equatorial Guinea 41
Eritrea 41
Ethiopia 44
Gabon 42
Gaza Strip 43
Guinea 42
Guinea-Bissau 40
Kenya 42
Liberia 43
Madagascar 41
Malawi 47
Mali 48
Mauritania 40
Mozambique 45
Niger 50
Nigeria 43
Rwanda 42
Sao Tome and Principe 44
Senegal 43
Sierra Leone 42
Somalia 44
South Sudan 46
Sudan 41
Tanzania 45
Timor-Leste 42
Togo 41
Uganda 49
Yemen 42
Zambia 46

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Countries With Lowest Life Expectancy1
(under 56 yrs.)

Country Life Expectancy (yrs.)
Afghanistan 50.0
Angola 55.3
Botswana 54.1
Burkina Faso 54.8
Central African Republic 51.4
Chad 49.4
Gabon 52.0
Guinea-Bissau 49.9
Lesotho 52.7
Mali 54.9
Mozambique 52.6
Namibia 51.9
Niger 54.7
Nigeria 52.6
Somalia 51.6
South Africa 49.6
Swaziland 50.5
Uganda 54.5
Zambia 51.8
Zimbabwe 53.9

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Major Muslim Countries of the World1
(% of population)

Country Muslim (%)
Afghanistan 99
Albania 57
Algeria 99 (predominantly Sunni)
Azerbaijan 93
Bahrain 70
Bangladesh 90
Brunei 79
Burkina Faso 61
Chad 53
Comoros 98 (Sunni)
Djibouti 94
Egypt 90 (predominantly Sunni)
Gambia, The 90
Guinea 85
Guinea-Bissau 50
Indonesia 87
Iran 99
Iraq 97
Jordan 97 (predominantly Sunni)
Kazakhstan 70
Kuwait 77
Kyrgyzstan 75
Lebanon 54
Libya 97
Malaysia 61
Maldives Sunni Muslim 
Mali 95
Mauritania 100
Morocco 99
Niger 80
Nigeria 50
Oman 86
Pakistan 96
Qatar 78
Saudi Arabia 100
Senegal 94
Sierra Leone 60
Somalia Sunni Muslim
Sudan Sunni Muslim
Syria 87
Tajikistan 90
Tunisia 99
Turkey 99.8
Turkmenistan 89
United Arab Emirates         76
Uzbekistan 88
Yemen 99

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Major Roman Catholic Countries of the World1
(% of population)

Country Roman Catholic (%)
Argentina 92% (less than 20% practicing)
Austria 74
Belgium 75
Bolivia 95
Brazil 65
Burundi 62
Chile 68
Colombia 90
Congo, Democratic Republic of the   50
Costa Rica 76
Croatia 86
Cuba 85 (nominally)
Dominican Republic   95
Ecuador 95
El Salvador 57
France 83-88
Grenada 53
Guam 85
Haiti 80
Honduras 97
Ireland 85
Italy 80
Lithuania 77
Luxembourg 87
Malta 98
Mexico 83
Nicaragua 59
Panama 85
Paraguay 90
Peru 81
Philippines 83
Poland 90 (about 75% practicing)
Portugal 81
Puerto Rico 85
Rwanda 50
Sao Tome and Principe 58
Slovakia 62
Slovenia 58
Spain 94
Timor-Leste 97
Venezuela 96 (nominally)

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Major Religions of the World (2013)2

Christians 2,347,171,000
   Roman Catholics 1,206,990,000
   Protestants 526,020,000
   Independents* 399,793,000
   Orthodox 278,807,000
Muslims 1,633,173,000
Hindus 987,513,000
Buddhists 509,046,000
Chinese folk religionists  436,179,000
Sikhs 25,150,000
Jews 13,862,000

*This term denotes members of Christian churches and networks that regard themselves as postdenominationalist and neo-apostolic and thus independent of historic, mainstream, organized, institutionalized, confessional, denominationalist Christianity.

Languages of the World

There are 7,106 known living languages in the world today. 389 (or approximately 6%) of the world's languages have at least one million speakers and account for 94% of the world's population. By contrast, the remaining 94% of languages are spoken by only 6% of the world's people. Languages spoken by the most people ("first language" speakers) are Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Javanese.
Source: Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 17th ed. www.ethnologue.com

Notes from The World Factbook:
1. All told, there are an estimated 7,100 languages spoken in the world; aproximately 80% of these languages are spoken by less than 100,000 people; about 50 languages are spoken by only 1 person; communities that are isolated from each other in mountainous regions often develop multiple languages; Papua New Guinea, for example, boasts about 836 separate languages.
2. Approximately 2,300 languages are spoken in Asia, 2,150 in Africa, 1,300 in the Pacific, 1,060 in the Americas, and 280 in Europe.

References

1. The World Factbook (CIA).
2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015, ©2015.
3. Demographia World Urban Areas. 10th Annual edition. May, 2014 Revision. www.demographia.com
4. Biblical Missions: History, Principles, Practice by Roy F. Dearmore. Garland, Tex.: Rodgers Baptist Church, ©1997.

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