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The Harvest Fields • Statistics 2016

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

Population Statistics
World Population Estimate
7,341,375,075

As of August 1, 2016. For most up-to-date estimate, see U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. and World Populaton Clock.

The United Nations Population Division estimates 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-2015 at about 7.3 billion. It projects that the population will reach 8 billon by 2025.2

"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 (mid-2015)2
Asia 4,343,451,000
Africa 1,156,434,000
Europe (incl. Russia) 745,616,000
Latin America* 617,244,000
North America** 356,602,000
Oceania (incl. Australia) 37,143,000
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 (2015 est.)1
Birth Rate: Death Rate:
19 births/1,000 population 8 deaths/1,000 population
135 million births per year 56.8 million people die each year
368,600 births per day 155,500 people die each day
15,360 births each hour 6480 people die each hour
256 births each minute 108 people die each minute
4.3 births each second of every day 1.8 people die each second
Average Life Expectancy at Birth is 69 years1

Age Structure of World's Population1
1.86 billion people age 0-14 years (26%)
1.19 billion people age 15-24 years (17%)
2.97 billion people age 25-54 years (41%)
621 million people age 55-64 years (9%)
616 million people are 65 years and over (8%)

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Country Statistics
Ten Largest Countries in Population (2016 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 1,373,541,278
India 1,266,883,598
United States 323,995,528
Indonesia 258,316,051
Brazil 205,823,665
Pakistan 201,995,540
Nigeria 186,053,386
Bangladesh 171,696,855
Russia 142,355,415
Japan 126,702,133

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

The 20 Largest Urban Areas in the World3
Urban Center Population*
1. Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan 37,750,000
2. Jakarta, Indonesia 31,320,000
3. Delhi, India 25,735,000
4. Seoul-Incheon, South Korea 23,575,000
5. Manila, Philippines 22,930,000
6. Mumbai (Bombay), India 22,885,000
7. Karachi, Pakistan 22,825,000
8. Shanghai, China 22,685,000
9. New York City, U.S. 20,685,000
10. São Paulo, Brazil 20,605,000
11. Beijing (Peking), China 20,390,000
12. Mexico City, Mexico 20,230,000
13. Guangzhou-Foshan, China 18,760,000
14. Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan 16,985,000
15. Moscow, Russia 16,570,000
16. Dhaka, Bangladesh 16,235,000
17. Cairo, Egypt 15,910,000
18. Bangkok, Thailand 15,315,000
19. Los Angeles, United States 15,135,000
20. Kolkata (Calcutta), India 14,810,000

*2016 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 41
Angola 43
Benin 43
Burkina Faso 45
Burundi 46
Cameroon 43
Central African Republic 40
Chad 44
Comoros 42
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 43
Congo, Republic of the 41
Equatorial Guinea 40
Eritrea 40
Ethiopia 44
Gabon 42
Gaza Strip 43
Guinea 42
Guinea-Bissau 40
Iraq 40
Kenya 42
Liberia 43
Madagascar 41
Malawi 47
Mali 48
Mozambique 45
Niger 50
Nigeria 43
Rwanda 42
Sao Tome and Principe 43
Senegal 43
Sierra Leone 42
Somalia 44
South Sudan 45
Sudan 40
Tanzania 45
Timor-Leste 42
Togo 41
Uganda 49
Yemen 41
Zambia 46

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Countries With Lowest Life Expectancy1
(under 56 yrs.)
Country Life Expectancy (yrs.)
Afghanistan 50.9
Angola 55.6
Botswana 54.2
Burkina Faso 55.1
Central African Republic 51.8
Chad 49.8
Gabon 52.0
Guinea-Bissau 50.2
Lesotho 52.9
Mali 55.3
Mozambique 52.9
Namibia 51.6
Niger 55.1
Nigeria 53.0
Somalia 51.9
South Africa 49.6
Swaziland 51.1
Uganda 54.9
Zambia 52.2

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Major Muslim Countries of the World1
(% of population)
Country Muslim (%)
Afghanistan 99.7
Albania 57
Algeria 99 (predominantly Sunni)
Azerbaijan 97 (predominantly Shia)
Bahrain 70
Bangladesh 90
Brunei 79
Burkina Faso 62
Chad 53
Comoros 98 (Sunni)
Djibouti 94
Egypt 90 (predominantly Sunni)
Gambia, The 96
Gaza Strip 98-99
Guinea 87
Indonesia 87
Iran 99
Iraq 99
Jordan 97 (predominantly Sunni)
Kazakhstan 70
Kosovo 96
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
Western Sahara Muslim
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 77
Brazil 65
Burundi 62
Chile 67
Colombia 90
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 50
Costa Rica 76
Croatia 86
Cuba 85 (nominally)
Dominican Republic 95
Ecuador 74
El Salvador 57
France 63-66
Grenada 53
Guam 85
Haiti 55
Honduras 97
Ireland 85
Italy 80
Lithuania 77
Luxembourg 87
Malta 90 (more than)
Mexico 83
Nicaragua 59
Panama 85
Paraguay 81
Peru 81
Philippines 83
Poland 87
Portugal 81
Puerto Rico 85
Rwanda 50
Sao Tome and Principe 56
Slovakia 62
Slovenia 58
Spain 94
Timor-Leste 97
Venezuela 96 (nominally)

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Major Religions of the World (2014)2
Christians 2,389,939,000
   Roman Catholics 1,226,022,000
   Protestants 535,249,000
   Independents* 410,250,000
   Orthodox 283,034,000
Muslims 1,673,590,000
Hindus 974,597,000
Buddhists 515,951,000
Chinese folk religionists  451,292,000
Sikhs 24,918,000
Jews 14,142,000

*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

1. There are an estimated 7,102 living languages spoken in the world.
2. More than 40% of the world's people speak one of the eight most common languages (Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian) as their native tongue, and more than 75% speak one of the top 85 languages.
3. Some 3,700 languages have fewer than 10,000 native speakers, and about 700 languages have fewer than 100.
4. Approximately 2,300 languages are spoken in Asia, 2,140 in Africa, 1,310 in the Pacific, 1,060 in the Americas, and 280 in Europe.
Sources: The World Factbook; Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 18th ed.; The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 2016.

References

1. The World Factbook (CIA).
2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016, ©2016.
3. Demographia World Urban Areas. 12th edition. April, 2016. www.demographia.com
4. Biblical Missions: History, Principles, Practice by Roy F. Dearmore. Garland, Tex.: Rodgers Baptist Church, ©1997.

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