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If The World Were A Village of 1,000 in The Year 2005

Population Language
East Asia & Pacific 293 Chinese, Mandarin 136

South Asia

228 Spanish 50

Sub-Saharan Africa

115 English 48
Latin America & Caribbean 86 Hindi 28
Europe & Central Asia 74 Portuguese 28

Middle East & North Africa

47 Bengali 27
Age & Gender Religion
Men 503 Christian 326
Women 497 Islam 202
0-14 years old 281 Secular/Nonreligious 171
15-64 years old 645 Hinduism 140
65 and older 74 Chinese Traditional Religion 61

Life expectancy


Buddhism 58
Health & Education Wealth & Work
Access to clean water 830 Living in low income nations 366
Access to sanitation 570 Living in high income nations 157
Undernourished population 140 Men in workforce 271
HIV infected 6 Women in workforce 199
Illiterate women 91 Children in workforce 14
Illiterate men 52 Per Capita Income $7,011
Land (acres)* Infrastructure
Total 5,1379 Electricity (kWh/person/year) 2,606
Per person 5.14 Motor vehicles 141
Arable Land 545 Telephones, fixed (land lines) 180
Forest Area 1,513 Telephones, mobile 342
Annual deforestation 2 Computers 130
Protected natural land 578 Broadband subscribers 42


In the year 2005:
Nearly ten percent of the population is over 60, six nations account for more than 50 percent of total world population (China - 20%; India - 17%; United States - 5 %; Indonesia and Brazil - 3% each; and Pakistan - 2%), and 51 people live in North America. Fewer than five people live in each of 180 nations.

More than half of the population are followers of Christianity or Islam, 147 people speak Chinese (Mandarin or Wu), 50 speak Spanish and 48 speak English as their primary language -- one quarter of the world population speaks one of these languages.

There are 702 miles of roads over the 5,137 acres of land; 2,091 acres of is protected land or forested, of which .01 percent is permanently lost every year, and another 167 acres are protected marine areas.

People make, on average, $7,000 per year, and spend $3.67 for a gallon of premium gasoline and $11.70 per month for mobile phone service. There are 143 illiterate people in the world, with 99 living in Asia, 36 in Africa, 7 in the Americas, and 1 in Europe.

Since 2000:
There are slightly more women in the population, and more women in the work force. Unfortunately, there are also more children under the age of 15 who work. Access to clean water and sanitation facilities has increased in five years and this is reflected in an increase of one year in life expectancy. People are getting older, or the number of people in the older age groups reported is larger.

Per capita income has increased significantly, as has the number of people living in middle income nations. The number of computers has nearly doubled and mobile phones outnumber land lines by almost two-to-one.


This is copyrighted material, portions of which appear in International Marketing by Vern Terpstra, Ravi Sarathy and Lloyd Russow, 9th edition. When using data from here, kindly cite it:

Lloyd Russow, Village of 1,000 in the Year 2005, Thank you.

This is an updated and adapted version of the Village of 1,000 in the Year 2000 and Dr. Donella Meadows' 1990 State of the Village Report.

If you would like additional statistics , you may download a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel format <click here> (be sure to look at the charts and additional data on the other worksheets in the file)  or in an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file <click here>. The data is quite detailed. For example, five-year age categories are available for over 200 countries, gender-specific literacy rates by nation, as well as data on over 20 languages and religious sects are reported. Specific data sources are also provided.

For a copy of a PDF file of population charts <click here>, or for a file of the religion and language charts <click here>.

For additional information on Dr. Meadows <click here>. You might also care to visit the Sustainability Institute version (Ms. Diana Wright is the researcher who gathered and synthesized the data for the original).


"There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed"
(attributed alternatively to Mahatma Gandhi; 1869 1948 or Frank Buchman; 1878-1961*)

* Remaking the World, by Frank Nathan Daniel Buchman, New York, R.M. McBride, 1949.


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Graduate Dean
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Philadelphia University
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