Don’t tell my old Stats teacher, but…

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?


7 comments on “Don’t tell my old Stats teacher, but…

  1. Holly ashton says:

    I was looking at the “Don’t tell my old Stats teacher, but…” article review of the statistics website and decided to check the website out for my self. When I started looking at country population growth I realized that the European and Russian country’s such as England, Poland, Italy, Serbia, Russia, etc had little to no population growth growth. Now this surprised me at first because I thought that Europe and Russia would be more like us in the seance of how many children and immigrants they had, but then I relised that I was only looking at individual country’s in Europe and not looking at it as a whole. When I looked at the different country’s population growth as a whole I relised that the increase in population number was more piratical for the Europe continent.
    However I was not surprise to see that Africa has one of largest population growth in the world, because there are not many schools so children may not know about reproduction, and safe sex. However I did learn that Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman and other Indian country’s also have some of the highest population increase in the world.

    Now to sum up my comment I would like to say that I enjoyed this web site and thought it was helpful, but I would like to Know when it was last updated.
    thank you!! –Holly Ashton

  2. Madeline Fuchs says:

    I also enjoy stats a lot as well, so I had a bunch of fun clicking through the differnt countries and options that the website allowed! I found that the small European country of Latvia in the Baltic region has only a -1.39% growth rate! That means their population of 2,468,982 is decreasing! The United Arab Emirates, a small country found on the eastern tip on the Arabian Penninsula, had a growth rate of 4.33%! Their current population of 3,057,337 is increasing by a little more than 4%! That’s a lot! So in conclusion, Latvia had the lowest growth rate in the whole world and The United Arab Emrites has the highest growth rate in the world! The United States itself did not have a very high growth rate which actually did suprise me and I was also suprised to see that Russia, China and India didn’t have off the charts growth rates as well! My first guess would be that those countries would have the highest growth rates! This website definitely proved me wrong. As a whole, Africa avaraged the highest growth rates of any continent, which makes sense because of the poverty and unsafe sex. At first I was suprised to see that when I clicked “Population” button that the continent of Afria didn’t light up completely red. Then when I clicked the “Infant Mortality” button and most of central Africa light up red it explained the unmatching correlation between the population growth rate and population of Africa. This was very sad because not only was Africa basically the only part of the world that was red, but Central Africa is a very known poor and starving part of the world. I learned a lot from this website and actually enjoyed it! Great question!

  3. Ashley Druggan says:

    The area with the highest population growth rate is Africa while Western countries such as Europe and America have the lowest. I think the industrialized Western countries have a lower growth rate because women are more education and work. Birth control is also easy to find. Africa is not yet an industrialized area. I liked the site but think it should include information on language and literacy rates. Finally, I think it is helpful if a user looks at both the World Fact Book and Google Earth so that the student can actually see which countries are industrialized and which aren’t. This helps students understand the countries better.

  4. George Park says:

    Whenever I look at statistics, I always find myself surprised! When looking at the World Factbook Dashboard website’s population growth statistics, I was surprised once again. I expected that African countries would be suffering population loss because of the harsh living conditions and diseases that spread there. In fact, most of the African countries had a growth rate of around 3%. If you think about it, it does make sense since Africa is not yet industrialized. Also, children in Africa don’t receive good education like in the States and other industrialized nations, so they probably aren’t educated about safe sex. Other nations that had off the charts growth rates included the United Arab Emirates, which had a growth of 4.33%, and Afghanistan, which had a staggering growth of 4.78%. However, this is all balanced out by the fact that the countries with the highest growth rate, also have the highest child mortality rate. Afghanistan has a child mortality rate of 149.7%. One country that I expected to have a large growth rate was China. However, they only have a growth rate of 0.98%. This makes sense of you consider the fact that China now has a law that bans households from having more than one child. This results in an uneven balance of girls and boys as many families will only raise a son. Unlike the nonindustrial nations, industrialized nations not only have the lowest (but not negative) growth rates, but they also have the lowest, but child mortality rates. However, countries that have negative growth rates have high mortality rates. Such countries include Romania, which has a growth rate of -1.21%.

    This website helped me learn a lot. Statistics never fails to surprise me! Thanks for the website link! 🙂

    – George Park

  5. Ashley Druggan says:

    I explored Google Earth some more and found statistical information after clicking on the Earth Gallery button. The information is displayed graphically and is easy to navigate around the whole world to access information on specific places. In particular, the Earth Gallery had global population density and earth temperature for the United States. Many places also had Wikipedia links which has other scientific links to give you a deeper understanding of whatever you’re studying. I think Earth Gallery applications are going to become much more abundant in the near future due to the simplicity of creating them. I believe Google Earth will continue to become more advanced and help students in their studies.

  6. Chris Navarrete says:

    From looking at this cool statistical internet map i learned quite a lot of things. I learned that most countries in Africa had a high growth rate and also some Central American countries as well. I checked out ome stats in Afghanistan and this country had a high growth rate and a high infant mortality rate. This means that this country reproduces often and very fast. Although there is a war in their country its hard for me to find how they managed to have kids so rapidly. One thing i found interesting is that China has so many people and has been scritinized so bad about how they reproduce like bunnies and im happy to see that their growth rate is now at a normal pace. The countries that have low growth rate seem to be Eurpope, Russia, Parts of Asia, Australia, and North America. Some of the countries in Europe have decreasing population. This is probably a result due to migrating to othe rbig cities in Europe or ther’re practicing birth control and other methods to limit child birth.

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