Report Reveals Startling Statistics

New statistics on resource use & inequality provides data on languages, housing, literacy, malnutrition, access to drinking water & use of electricity.

Amherst, MA, December 24, 2014 --( A revealing resource has been updated by ODTmaps (Amherst MA) and Population Education (Washington DC), and distributed on a copyright-free basis. It provides an intriguing and insightful view of how we fit into the world’s larger community.

Europeans, Americans and Canadians comprise only 15% of the world population.

Only 5% of the world population have English as their first language.
17% speak different Chinese languages, 12 of them distinct dialects of Mandarin.

Other interesting facts:
If the world were a village of 100 people:
51 would live in cities.
23 would live in substandard housing.
74 would be adults (age 15+); & 16 of them illiterate.
14 would suffer from malnutrition.
11 would not have access to clean, safe drinking water.
20 people would not have any electricity.
Of the 80 that do have electricity, most would use it only for light at night.

The complete statistics are posted at:

And the sources for the compiled data are at: which also includes links to previous reports compiled in 1990 and 2005.

ODTmaps and Population Education prepared the report to accompany their newly released World Population Map – available at

Population Education also prepared a color 43-page downloadable Activity Guide which is emailed at no charge to all customers who purchase the World Population Map. It includes numerous activities for the classroom.

A review of the 2014 State of the Village Report will quickly reveal how fortunate those of us are who have food, electricity, and clean water to drink.
Bob Abramms
Fax: 413-549-3503