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OPINION: A peek at what our world looks like

A community is a collection of people with a common interest. The smallest community might be a family, then a neighborhood, then a larger identifiable area. Although we relate well to small communities, sometimes it’s hard to relate to the world as a whole. Other countries seem so far away; other cultures seem so foreign.

But what if the population of Planet Earth was represented by a town of only 100 people? What would it be like? Well, no need to imagine anymore. Someone has done the research.

According to the Family Care Foundation, if we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, eight Latin Americans, five from the U.S.A. and Canada and one from the South Pacific.

51 would be male, 49 would be female.

82 would be non-white; 18 white.

67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian.

80 would live in substandard housing.

67 would be unable to read.

50 would be malnourished and one dying of starvation.

33 would be without access to a safe water supply.

39 would lack access to improved sanitation.

24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.).

Seven people would have access to the Internet.

One would have a college education

Five would control 32 percent of the entire world’s wealth; all five would be U.S. citizens.

And, that’s what the world would be like if it was a village of 100 people. Now, let’s apply some of those same statistics and see what Mississippi would be like if it were a village of 100 people. The source of this date is the Census Bureau, except for Internet access statistic.

48 would be male, 52 would be female.

40 would be non-white, 60 would be white.

29 Non- Christian, 71 would be Christian.

7 would live in substandard housing.

12 would be over 65 years of age, seven would be under five years of age.

72 would have been born in Mississippi, two would have been born in a foreign country.

Three would speak a language other than English at home.

60 would be employed.

21 would live in poverty .

46 would live in a household with Internet access.

Two would live on a farm.

19 would not have health insurance.

Phil Hardwick is Coordinator of Capacity Development at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government.

Contact MBJ contributing writer Phil Hardwick at phil@philhardwick.com .


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