Dec

27

2012

Joe Carter|9:59 PM CT

The Year in Numbers: 2012

World population (est.): 7,061,314,509

Resident population of the United States (est.): 315,067,051

In America there is:
-- One birth every: 8 seconds
-- One death every: 12 seconds
-- One abortion every: 26 seconds
-- One international migrant (net) every: 40 seconds
-- Net gain of one person every: 17 seconds

America's outstanding public debt (est.): $16,348,868,007,556.33

America's outstanding consumer debt (est.): $11,380,000,000,000

Average credit card debt per U.S. household: $15,418

Average mortgage debt per U.S. household: $149,782

Average student loan debt per U.S. household: $34,703

Median household income: $50,054

Number of Americans with income below the official poverty rate: 46,200,000

Number of abortions in America (est.): 1,200,000

Number of adoptions in America (est.): 136,000

Number of states that allow physician-assisted suicide: 3

Number of states that have legalized same-sex marriage: 9

Number of Christians that were persecuted for their faith around the world (est.): 200,000,000

Percentage of Americans who identify as Christian: 78.4

Percentage of Americans who identify as Evangelical: 26.3

Percent of American adults that self-identify as very or moderately religious: 69

Median salary of a megachurch pastor: $120,000

Percent of churchgoers that have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months: 61

Percent of churchgoers that say they rarely or never pray for the spiritual status of others: 21

Number of evangelical organizations that are challenging the Obama administration's contraceptive-abortifacient mandate: 8

Percentage of American adults who purchased one or more books: 71

Number of pornographic titles on Amazon's top-ten best selling book list: 4

Number of spiritual/religious titles on Amazon's top-ten best selling book list: 0

Number of languages spoken in the world (est.): 6,800

Number of languages without any of the Bible translated: under 2,000

Number of people living in an indigenous community without adequate numbers of Christians and resources to evangelize the group: 2,886,148,000

Number of predictions about the apocalypse that came true this year: 0

Disclaimer: This list is meant to be suggestive, not exhaustive. If you're wondering why I didn't include a particular statistic/number the answer is either (a) I didn't think of it (though I probably should have) or (b) I couldn't find a reliable figure. Since some data from 2012 is not yet available, I used numbers from prior years that are likely still relevant. While I tried to include only reliable sources, I can't vouch for the accuracy of any particular number.

Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.