Tuesday, July 04, 2006

5%, 25%, 50% Revisited

I had written earlier that when I think of the United States' place in the world, I like to keep 3 percentages in mind: 5%, 25%, and 50%. I have since found a couple more, so here is the updated list.

5% numbers
4.6% of world population (298 million of 6.5 billion)
6.2% of land on earth (9.63 of 148.94 million sq km)

20% of world GDP ($12.3 of $60.7 trillion)
23% of world prisoners (2.09 of 9 million)
23% of world carbon emissions (5.8 of 25.2 billion tons)
25% of world oil consumption (20 of 80.1 million bbl/day)
30% of all foreign college students study in the US (583,000 of 1.9 million)

45% of world automotive CO2 emissions
48% of world health care spending ($1.6 of $3.3 trillion)
48% of world advertising spending ($286.4 of $602.4 billion)
49% of world military defense spending ($518 billion of $1.07 trillion)
51% of the top 100 universities in the world
55% of the Nobel prizes in science from 1950-2003 (185 of 334)

And one bonus percentage:

66% of world spending on legal services


Buffy said...

The US spends way too much on military, but you've gotta admit that a lot of other countries save a whole lot of military expenditure because the US spends it for them. Europe, Japan, Australia/NZ, among others, can divert spending to social services because of Pax Americana.

I'd be interested in some other percentages that might flesh out the tale. Percent medical research, percent scientific research, percent contribution to the world-changing internet technology, percent contribution among all world militaries to natural disasters, percent world class universities, per cent multi-regionality /multi-ethnicity, percent technical innovation, percent political prisoners used as organ donors, percent immigrants, and so on.

crush41 said...

The last stat is the scariest one!

Sorry I missed a comment you made awhile back. I calculated the correlations on my own using the data I linked to in the post. If you'd like, I'll send it to you (in excel) with the regression results and the raw data.

mping said...


Good point on the military spending. I do agree with it. But, what I don't get is why the "small government" Republicans aren't trying to get other countries to contribute more so that the US can spend less. Instead they seem to want to make the US military stronger by having us spend more.

As for your other percentages, I agree those would be interesting. If I find them, I will add them. If you know of any, let me know.

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