Author Options:

What number are you? Answered

With almost seven billion people alive on the planet, the BBC have produced a fascinating little widget for working out what number person you are.  All you have to do is input your date of birth.

As you can see from the chart below, I was the three and a half billionth person on the planet when I was born.

The set-up will also tell you how fast your home country's population is growing.

What's scarier, though, is the data you get for today (27th October, 2011): as I type, almost 8.5% of all the humans to have ever lived are alive right now.  To put that in perspective, if the human population was stable, and not rising, then all 83 billion of humanity's historical population would have been born in the last 1200 years.



I am not a number, I am a free man. :D
its a quote from old TV series called the prisoner.

I was thinking the same thing, plus this too:

I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered!  My life is my own!

...which some of us remember.

And are trying desperately to forget...

George Orwell + LSD = 70's televison programs (or programmes in the UK)

I would have posted the same comment (as far as "man")


this is interesting . but i just wondering how the statistics come out.

I am the 5,943,615,634th born on the earth
person alive on the earth

person alive on Earth



For males in the US my estimated time of expiration is 75 years.

Ha! In the UK there are apparently

85 Births

66 Deaths

23 Immigrants

per hour.

When you were born, you were the:
person alive on Earth
person to have lived since history began

person alive on Earth,

person to have lived since history began.

UK population:

Life expectancy;
Worldwide: 77.4,
UK: 79.6

Population grew by 1,867 people while I was on the site.

Of course, there's nothing on the BBC's site to specify your TIME of birth (the UN Population Fund's detailed calculator; http://www.7billionandme.org/ might have something, though), so who knows how many others share your result..?

Still, an intriguing 'little' widget, that will at least give us lottery players food for thought..;-)

person alive on Earth

person to have lived since history began

person alive on Earth
person to have lived since history began

Thank makes us almost the same age!

would have been born in the last 1200 years.

But the world is 6000 years old... so who was around for the first 4800?

Neanderthals and Sir Bruce Forsyth...

and (so if feels like sometimes) me.....

5,490,174,981st person alive,
80,671,644,011th person since history began.

When you were born, you were the:
2,950,107,462nd person alive on Earth

person to have lived since history began

Good to see that they handled both the different and integrated distributions properly. As for Cameron's question -- the world population was relatively stable for a very long time, so you can use a flat assumption to go back as far as the Neolithic (using a typical ~40 year lifespan), and then maybe a linear growth assumption with a much shorter lifespan, back to say a few 10kya.

i'm 5,810,248,212th.