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The Year in Numbers: 2012

Posted By Joe Carter On December 27, 2012 @ 9:59 PM In Uncategorized | 21 Comments

World population (est.): 7,061,314,509 [1]

Resident population of the United States (est.): 315,067,051 [2]

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 [3]

America's outstanding consumer debt (est.): $11,380,000,000,000 [4]

Average credit card debt per U.S. household: $15,418 [4]

Average mortgage debt per U.S. household: $149,782 [4]

Average student loan debt per U.S. household: $34,703 [4]

Median household income: $50,054 [5]

Number of Americans with income below the official poverty rate: 46,200,000 [5]

Number of abortions in America (est.): 1,200,000 [6]

Number of adoptions in America (est.): 136,000 [7]

Number of states that allow physician-assisted suicide: 3 [8]

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

Number of Christians that were persecuted for their faith around the world (est.): 200,000,000 [10]

Percentage of Americans who identify as Christian: 78.4 [11]

Percentage of Americans who identify as Evangelical: 26.3 [11]

Percent of American adults that self-identify as very or moderately religious: 69 [12]

Median salary of a megachurch pastor: $120,000 [13]

Percent of churchgoers that have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months: 61 [14]

Percent of churchgoers that say they rarely or never pray for the spiritual status of others: 21 [14]

Number of evangelical organizations that are challenging the Obama administration's contraceptive-abortifacient mandate: 8 [15]

Percentage of American adults who purchased one or more books: 71 [16]

Number of pornographic titles on Amazon's top-ten best selling book list: 4 [17]

Number of spiritual/religious titles on Amazon's top-ten best selling book list: 0 [17]

Number of languages spoken in the world (est.): 6,800 [18]

Number of languages without any of the Bible translated: under 2,000 [18]

Number of people living in an indigenous community without adequate numbers of Christians and resources to evangelize the group: 2,886,148,000 [19]

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.


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[1] 7,061,314,509: http://www.census.gov/population/popclockworld.html

[2] 315,067,051: http://www.census.gov/population/www/popclockus.html

[3] $16,348,868,007,556.33: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

[4] $11,380,000,000,000: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/credit-card-data/average-credit-card-debt-household/

[5] $50,054: http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-243.pdf

[6] 1,200,000: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/12/17/cdcs-report-severely-undercounts-number-of-abortions-nationwide/

[7] 136,000: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/adopted0708.pdf#Page=4&view=Fit

[8] 3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisted_suicide_in_the_United_States

[9] 9: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States

[10] 200,000,000: http://www.releaseinternational.org/pages/find-out-more/christian-persecution-faqs.php

[11] 78.4: http://religions.pewforum.org/reports

[12] 69: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/12/12/survey-7-in-10-americans-are-very-or-moderately-religious/

[13] $120,000: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/09/05/how-much-money-do-megachurch-pastors-make/

[14] 61: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/08/31/study-most-churchgoers-never-share-the-gospel/

[15] 8: http://www.becketfund.org/faq/#f7

[16] 71: http://www.statista.com/statistics/220818/number-of-books-purchased-per-year-by-us-adults/

[17] 4: http://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-of-2012-for-books

[18] 6,800: http://www.wycliffe.org/about/statistics.aspx

[19] 2,886,148,000: http://www.joshuaproject.net/great-commission-statistics.php

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