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|
For most up-to-date estimate, see U.S. and World Population Clock, United States Census Bureau.
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 UN put the world population in mid-2017 at about 7.6 billion. It projects that the population will reach 8 billion by 2023.2
"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
|Europe (incl. Russia)||747,364,000|
|Oceania (incl. Australia)||41,240,000|
|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.
|Birth Rate:||Death Rate:|
|19 births/1,000 population||8 deaths/1,000 population|
|135 million births each year||56.8 million people die each year|
|368,600 births each day||155,500 people die each day|
|15,360 births each hour||6480 people die each hour|
|258 births each minute||108 people die each minute|
|4.3 births each second||1.8 people die each second|
|Average Life Expectancy at Birth is 69 years1|
|1.86 billion people age 0-14 years (25%)|
|1.18 billion people age 15-24 years (16%)|
|3.01 billion people age 25-54 years (41%)|
|630 million people age 55-64 years (9%)|
|636 million people are 65 years and over (9%)|
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.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base
|1. Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan||37,900,000|
|2. Jakarta, Indonesia||31,760,000|
|3. Delhi, India||26,495,000|
|4. Manila, Philippines||24,245,000|
|5. Seoul-Incheon, South Korea||24,105,000|
|6. Karachi, Pakistan||23,545,000|
|7. Shanghai, China||23,390,000|
|8. Mumbai (Bombay), India||22,885,000|
|9. New York City, U.S.||21,445,000|
|10. São Paulo, Brazil||20,850,000|
|11. Beijing (Peking), China||20,415,000|
|12. Mexico City, Mexico||20,400,000|
|13. Guangzhou-Foshan, China||19,075,000|
|14. Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan||17,075,000|
|15. Dhaka, Bangladesh||16,820,000|
|16. Moscow, Russia||16,710,000|
|17. Cairo, Egypt||16,225,000|
|18. Bangkok, Thailand||15,645,000|
|19. Los Angeles, United States||15,500,000|
|20. Buenos Aires, Argentina||15,355,000|
*2017 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.)
0-14 Years of Age (%)
|Central African Republic||40|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||42|
|Congo, Republic of the||42|
|Sao Tome and Principe||42|
|Country||Life Expectancy (yrs.)|
|Central African Republic||52.8|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||57.7|
|Algeria||99 (official; predominantly Sunni)|
|Azerbaijan||97 (predominantly Shia)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovinia||51|
|Egypt||90 (predominantly Sunni)|
|Jordan||97 (official; predominantly Sunni)|
|Libya||97 (official; Sunni)|
|Maldives||Sunni Muslim (official)|
|Morocco||99 (official; Sunni)|
|Saudi Arabia||100 (official)|
|Somalia||Sunni Muslim (official)|
|United Arab Emirates||76 (official)|
|Country||Roman Catholic (%)|
|Argentina||92% (less than 20% practicing)|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||50|
|Malta||90 (more than)|
|Sao Tome and Principe||56|
|Chinese folk religionists||441,145,000|
*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.
1. There are an estimated 7,099 living languages spoken in the world.
2. About 40% of the world's people speak one of the eight most common languages: Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian.
3. "Approximately 80% of the languages are spoken by less than 100,000 people; about 130 languages are spoken by less then 10 people; communities that are isolated from each other in mountainous regions often develop multiple languages; Papua New Guinea, for example, boasts about 840 separate languages."
4. Approximately 2,300 languages are spoken in Asia, 2,140 in Africa, 1,310 in the Pacific, 1,060 in the Americas, and 290 in Europe.
5. "Nearly 2/3 of the languages are from Africa and Asia."
Sources: The World Factbook (CIA); Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 20th ed.; The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 2018.
World Factbook (CIA).
2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018, ©2018.
3. Demographia World Urban Areas. 13th edition. April, 2017. www.demographia.com
4. Biblical Missions: History, Principles, Practice by Roy F. Dearmore. Garland, Tex.: Rodgers Baptist Church, ©1997.
5. U.S. and World Population Clock, United States Census Bureau.