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GENERAL WORLD POPULATION INFORMATION

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Population: 6,928,198,253 (July 2011 est.) 

Age structure: 
0-14 years: 26.3% (male 944,987,919/female 884,268,378)
15-64 years: 65.9% (male 2,234,860,865/female 2,187,838,153)
65 years and over: 7.9% (male 227,164,176/female 289,048,221) (2011 est.) 

Median age: 
total: 28.4 years
male: 27.7 years
female: 29 years (2009 est.)

Population growth rate: 1.092% (2011 est.) 

Urbanization: 
urban population: 50.5% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanization: 1.85% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
ten largest urban agglomerations: Tokyo (Japan) - 36,669,000; Delhi (India) - 22,157,000; Sao Paulo (Brazil) - 20,262,000; Mumbai (India) - 20,041,000; Mexico City (Mexico) - 19,460,000; New York-Newark (US) - 19,425,000; Shanghai (China) - 16,575,000; Kolkata (India) - 15,552,000; Dhaka (Bangladesh) - 14,648,000; Karachi (Pakistan) - 13,125,000 (2009) 

Life expectancy at birth: 
total population: 67.07 years
male: 65.21 years
female: 69.05 years (2011 est.) 

Religions: 
Christians 33.32% (of which Roman Catholics 16.99%, Protestants 5.78%, Orthodox 3.53%, Anglicans 1.25%), Muslims 21.01%, Hindus 13.26%, Buddhists 5.84%, Sikhs 0.35%, Jews 0.23%, Baha'is 0.12%, other religions 11.78%, non-religious 11.77%, atheists 2.32% (2007 est.) 

Languages: 
Mandarin Chinese 12.65%, Spanish 4.93%, English 4.91%, Arabic 3.31%, Hindi 2.73%, Bengali 2.71%, Portuguese 2.67%, Russian 2.16%, Japanese 1.83%, Standard German 1.35%, Javanese 1.27% (2008 est.)
note: percents are for "first language" speakers only 

Literacy: 
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82%
male: 87%
female: 77%
Note: over two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, the Arab states, South and West Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate (2005 est.) 

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
Total: 11 years
Male: 11 years
Female: 11 years (2008) 

Phone & Internet 
Telephones - main lines in use: 1.268 billion (2008)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 5.3 billion (2010)
Internet users: 2.1 billion (2010)

(All above from Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, 2011) 

Population Comparisons

World Diagram(Geohive, 2002)

Rank Country or area Population
1 China 1,323,591,583
2 India 1,156,897,766
3 United States 307,212,123
4 Indonesia 240,271,522
5 Brazil 198,739,269
6 Pakistan 174,578,558
7 Bangladesh 156,050,883
8 Nigeria 149,229,090
9 Russia 140,041,247
10 Japan 127,078,679
(U.S. Census Bureau, 2011)

World population with country selectors: http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=sp_pop_totl&tdim=true&dl=en&hl=en&q=global+population

INTERNET USERS

Compare countries and their internet use: Global Internet Usage by Google 

World Users

World Penetration

TOP 20 COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF INTERNET USERS
# Country or Region Population, Internet Users Internet Users Penetration World
2011 Est Year 2000 Latest Data (% Population) % Users
1 China 1,336,718,015 22,500,000 513,100,000 38.40% 22.50%
2 United States 313,232,044 95,354,000 245,203,319 78.30% 10.80%
3 India 1,189,172,906 5,000,000 121,000,000 10.20% 5.30%
4 Japan 126,475,664 47,080,000 101,228,736 80.00% 4.40%
5 Brazil 194,037,075 5,000,000 81,798,000 42.20% 3.60%
6 Germany 81,471,834 24,000,000 67,364,898 82.70% 3.00%
7 Russia 138,739,892 3,100,000 61,472,011 44.30% 2.70%
8 Indonesia 245,613,043 2,000,000 55,000,000 22.40% 2.40%
9 United Kingdom 62,698,362 15,400,000 52,731,209 84.10% 2.30%
10 France 65,102,719 8,500,000 50,290,226 77.20% 2.20%
11 Nigeria 170,123,740 200,000 45,039,711 26.50% 2.00%
12 Mexico 115,017,631 2,712,400 42,000,000 36.50% 1.80%
13 Korea 48,754,657 19,040,000 40,329,660 82.70% 1.80%
14 Iran 77,891,220 250,000 36,500,000 46.90% 1.60%
15 Turkey 78,785,548 2,000,000 36,455,000 46.30% 1.60%
16 Italy 61,016,804 13,200,000 35,800,000 58.70% 1.60%
17 Philippines 101,833,938 2,000,000 33,600,000 33.00% 1.50%
18 Vietnam 90,549,390 200,000 30,858,742 34.10% 1.40%
19 Spain 46,754,784 5,387,800 30,654,678 65.60% 1.30%
20 Pakistan 187,342,721 133,900 29,128,970 15.50% 1.30%
TOP 20 Countries 4,731,331,987 273,058,100 1,709,555,160 36.10% 75.00%
Rest of the World 2,235,794,808 87,927,392 570,154,469 25.50% 25.00%

(Internet World Stats. 2012b; Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book, 2009)

TOP LANGUAGES ON THE INTERNET

Languages

TOP SOCIAL MEDIA WORLDWIDE

Top 15 Social Technology sites for June 2012 (EBiz MBA)

Italian blogger Vincenzo Cosenza has for the second time, published a visual map that portrays the most popular social networks around the world based on the most recent traffic data (December 2009) as measured by Alexa & Google Trends for Websites:

Global social media

Original at  http://vincos.it/world-map-of-social-networks/

View the Top 500 Sites Used Globally on the Web

MOBILE PHONES

Mobile Cellular Phone Subscriptions per 100 people (Google Public Data)

View Global Cell Users (CIA World Factbook)

See also: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.CEL.SETS.P2