Touchstone Figures: Population

To visualize public policy it is sometimes nice to have an idea of what millions of people or thousands of people means in practical terms. This list helps you interpret numbers (50 million unisured!) that you have thrown at you by the media.


20 billion: Number of chickens in world
7 billion: Population of World (humans)
4 billion: Population of Asia (2010)
3 billion: Population of the World, 1960
1 billion: Population of China, Population of the world in 1800, Population of Africa, number of cattle in world (2010)

600 million: Population of Europe
500 million: Population of North America
400 million: Population of South America
300 million: Population of United States
200 million: Americans between ages of 16-65
100 million: Number of Americans 16 or older *not* working (2011)

50 million: Population of England; Number of deaths, worldwide, per year,
40 million: Population of California
30 million: Number of people without insurance currently, who will be insured under “Obamacare”
20 million: Number of Americans who work in the food industry, Reported population of Beijing, Number of American college students (part and full time)
10 million: Number of undocumented immigrants in U.S., Number of restaurant workers in U.S.

8 million: Population of New York City
4 million: Number of Americans born per year, Number of Americans in first census (1790), Number of K-12 teachers (U.S).
3 million: Population of Chicago
2 million: Number of Americans that die per year, Number of college professors (U.S.)
1 million: Population of New Hampshire

500,000: Number of people attending Woodstock Music Festival
100,000: Population of Manchester, NH
20,000: Population of Keene, NH


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