I admit it, I love statistics. When I took the Educational Research (stats) class in grad school I hated stats. I didn’t get it. I didn’t think I would ever use it. Of course, it was presented to me kind of in a vacuum, and with little in the way of explaining why it was important or how it would be useful.
I have really grown to love stats. Testing data. Student progress. And more importantly, demographic data. This site from the World Factbook is a really neat one. You start with a color-coded map of the world. The default map has population statistics. Along the top right are a number of choices for different types of statistics, such as population growth, infant mortality, gross domestic product and inflation. You can choose to look at the entire world, or you can click on a particular country and only look at that one.
Which countries have the lowest population growth rates? Which have the highest? Why do you think that is?