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The Harvest Fields • Statistics 2014

Compiled by Stephen Ross
Bible and globe
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
45%+ Under 15 Years Old  
Lowest Life Expectancy
Muslim Countries
Roman Catholic Countries
Major Religions    Languages References

Population Statistics
World Population Estimate

7,176,284,086

As of July 17, 2014. For most up-to-date estimate, see U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base.

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; and to 6 billion in 1999. The Census Bureau put the world population in mid-2013 at about 7.1 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/Region

Asia 4,284,000,000
Africa 1,100,000,000
Europe (incl. Russia) 740,000,000
Latin America* 604,200,000
North America** 352,000,000
Oceania (incl. Australia)   37,355,000
Antarctica no indigenous inhabitants

Sources: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet 2013 and The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014.
*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 (2013 est.)1

Birth Rate:   Death Rate:
19 births/1,000 population   8 deaths/1,000 population
131.4 million births per year   55.3 million people die each year
360,000 births per day   151,600 people die each day
15,000 births each hour   6316 people die each hour
250 births each minute   105 people die each minute
4 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

1.8 billion people under age 15 years (26%)
4.4 billion people age 15-64 years (66%)
579 million people are 65 years and over (8%)

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Country Statistics
Ten Largest Countries in Population (2014)

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 1,355,693,000
India 1,236,345,000
United States      318,892,000
Indonesia 253,610,000
Brazil 202,657,000
Pakistan 196,174,000
Nigeria 177,156,000
Bangladesh 166,281,000
Russia 142,470,000
Japan 127,103,000

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 (%)
Population
15-64 Years
of Age (%)
Afghanistan 43 55
Angola 44 54
Benin 44 53
Burkina Faso 46 52
Burundi 46 52
Cameroon 40 57
Central African Republic 41 56
Chad 45 52
Comoros 42 54
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 44 54
Congo, Republic of the 45 52
Equatorial Guinea 41 55
Eritrea 41 55
Ethiopia 45 53
Gabon 42 54
Gaza Strip 44 54
Guinea 42 54
Guinea-Bissau 40 57
Kenya 42 55
Liberia 44 53
Madagascar 41 56
Malawi 45 53
Mali 48 49
Mauritania 40 56
Mozambique 46 52
Niger 50 47
Nigeria 44 53
Rwanda 42 55
Sao Tome and Principe 44 53
Senegal 43 54
Sierra Leone 42 54
Somalia 44 53
South Sudan 46 52
Sudan 41 55
Tanzania 45 52
Timor-Leste 43 54
Togo 41 56
Uganda 49 49
Yemen 42 55
Zambia 46 51
Zimbabwe 41 56

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Countries With Lowest Life Expectancy1
(under 55 yrs.)

Country Life Expectancy (yrs.)
Afghanistan 50.1
Angola 54.9
Burkina Faso 54.5
Botswana 54.5
Central African Republic 50.9
Chad 49.1
Gabon 52.2
Guinea-Bissau 49.5
Lesotho 52.3
Malawi 52.8
Mali 54.6
Mozambique 52.3
Namibia 52.0
Niger 54.3
Nigeria 52.5
Somalia 51.1
South Africa 49.5
Swaziland 50.4
Uganda 53.9
Zambia 51.5
Zimbabwe 53.9

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Major Muslim Countries of the World1
(% of population)

Country Muslim (%)
Afghanistan 99
Albania 70
Algeria 99
Azerbaijan 93
Bahrain 81
Bangladesh 90
Brunei 67
Burkina Faso 61
Chad 53
Comoros 98
Djibouti 94
Egypt 90
Gambia, The 90
Gaza Strip 99
Guinea 85
Guinea-Bissau 50
Indonesia 86
Iran 98
Iraq 97
Jordan 92
Kazakhstan 70
Kuwait 85
Kyrgyzstan 75
Lebanon 60
Libya 97
Malaysia 60
Maldives Sunni Muslim 
Mali 95
Mauritania 100
Morocco 99
Niger 80
Nigeria 50
Oman 75
Pakistan 96
Qatar 78
Saudi Arabia 100
Senegal 94
Sierra Leone 60
Somalia Sunni Muslim
Sudan Sunni Muslim
Syria 90
Tajikistan 90
Tunisia 98
Turkey 99.8
Turkmenistan 89
United Arab Emirates         96
Uzbekistan 88
West Bank 75
Yemen Muslim

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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 74 (nominal)
Burundi 61
Chile 70
Colombia 90
Congo, Democratic Republic of the   50
Costa Rica 76
Croatia 88
Cuba 85 (nominal)
Dominican Republic   95
Ecuador 95
El Salvador 57
France 83-88
Grenada 53
Guam 85
Haiti 80
Honduras 97
Hungary 52
Ireland 87
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 85
Puerto Rico 85
Rwanda 57
Sao Tome and Principe 70
Slovakia 69
Slovenia 58
Spain 94
Timor-Leste 98
Venezuela 96 (nominal)

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Major Religions of the World (mid-2013)2

Christians 2,319,839,000
   Roman Catholics 1,200,850,000
   Protestants 430,625,000
   Independents* 356,733,000
   Orthodox 277,605,000
   Anglicans 89,303,000
Muslims 1,609,201,300
Hindus 967,164,000
Buddhists 504,784,000
Chinese folk religionists  437,133,000
Sikhs 24,793,000
Jews 14,993,000

*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 7,105 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.  http://www.ethnologue.com

References

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

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