25 Depressing Statistics About The World We Live In

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2024

Look out your window. Isn’t a beautiful day? You’re probably brimming with optimism as you prepare what in your mind is going to be a perfect, glorious day of positivity. But just in case you were feeling really good about yourself today, allow us to hit you with a strong dose of depressing reality (because who doesn’t like reality…actually there’s a lot of people who don’t like reality). These are 25 depressing statistics about the world we live in.



There are nearly 210 million orphans in the world

orphanageSource: projectonefourtythree.org

Nearly 15% of them will commit suicide before turning 18

gunSource: projectonefourtythree.org

75% of the total deaths during World War II were civilians (nearly 50 million people)

World War IISource: necrometrics.com

22,000 kids die every day because of poverty

poor childrenSource: UNICEF

A typical cow in the European Union receives a government subsidy of $2.20 a day. The cow earns more than 1.2 billion of the world's poorest people.

cowSource: Mark Vaile, Australian trade minister in 2005

The United States now spends some $200 billion on the correctional system each year, a sum that exceeds the gross domestic product of twenty-five US states and 140 foreign countries.

jailSource: nytimes,com

At least 10 times as many girls are now trafficked into brothels annually as African slaves were transported to the New World in the peak years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

slave tradeSource: nytimes.com

Your brain starts to deteriorate when you are 27

brainSource: dailymail.co.uk

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan is $20.2 billion. That's more than NASA's budget.

iraqSource: npr.org

Both in rich countries and poor, a staggering 30-50% of all food produced rots away uneaten.

foodSource: economist.com

80% of the world population lives on less than $10 per day

dollarsSource: dosomething.org

Studies at the University of Kent have shown that the majority of people donate to charity to feel good about themselves

donation jarSource: University of Kent

According to a study by NASA engineers, it was found that 60 out of 1000 drivers would go out of their way to hit animals on the road (don't worry, they were fake, and yes, NASA engineers actually performed this study)

highwaySource: Mark Rober/NASA

2 million children die of preventable diseases every year (diarrhea, pneumonia) because they are too poor to afford treatment

poor childrenSource: UNICEF

One fourth of humanity lives without electricity

electricitySource: dosomething.org

1.2 billion people live in places without an adequate supply of water

waterSource: businessinsider.com

1.6 billion live in places where they do have access to water, but they simply cannot afford it

water wellSource: businessinsider.com

Cargo ships and cruise liners dump 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean every year

cargo shipSource: National Academy of Sciences

34% of the homeless population in the United States is young people under 24.

homelessSource: U.S. Department for Housing and Development

250 million children between the ages of 5 and 15 are working under forced labor conditions

child laborSource: International Labor Organization

There are 300,000 child soldiers around the world

child soldiersSource: Youth For Human Rights

Although most of the world has abolished the death penalty, 1591 people were executed in 2006. 91% of these took place in the US, China, Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, and Iraq

death penaltySource: Amnesty International

315,000 women die in childbirth every year because they were malnourished and lacked basic nutrients

mother and childSource: Maternal and child undernutrition: global and regional exposures and health consequences

805 million people go hungry every day, 98% of them live in underdeveloped countries, and the vast majority are children.

poor childrenSource: dosomething.org

And since this list is about depressing statistics, we'll end with the fact that 350 million people around the world are struggling with depression right now.

depressionSource: World Health Organization