It’s a scary thought, but in a world of 7 billion plus people, tens of thousands are dying and being born every single day. There is no way to get an exact number, but we can estimate how many people die every day. We can also provide a fairly accurate estimation of how many kids die every day, how many people die from cancer and gunshots, what the average age of death is, and much more.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a morbid turn as we look at death every day.
How Many People Die Every Day?
It is estimated that just over 150,000 people die every day. That’s a staggering number and it means that every hour more than 6,000 people die. These numbers include death, violence, disease and famine, as well as many other causes of death. These numbers are not greatly inflated by war, because as terrible and pointless as it is, the lives it takes don’t come close to the number of people that die from disease and hunger.
The Iraq war, for instance, took over half a million lives between the years 2003 and 2013. This is still a tragic loss of life, but that amount deaths occur all over the world in just 4 days. There are exceptions, of course. The Battle of the Somme in the First World War is a notable one. More than 60,000 soldiers died in this battle on the first day alone, a figure that were are barely able to comprehend.
Big wars aside though, conflict is not the biggest killer. In fact, it doesn’t even come close and even when you factor in major conflicts such as the First and Second World Wars, both of which took a huge number of human lives on both sides, that remains to be the case. See our guide to How Many People Have Died in the History of War to learn more.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Death?
We have previously discussed the Most Common Causes of Death around the world, breaking them down in separate illnesses and diseases. If we lump all illnesses together and do the same for violence, famine, etc., then the biggest killer by far is heart-disease and respiratory disease caused by genetic predispositions as well as lifestyle.
These deaths account for a huge percentage of the number of people that die every day and the top causes continue to relate to illness right on through the top seven causes. After that we start seeing diseases like HIV and Tuberculosis, as well as accidents, the most common of which are road accidents, as well as diarrhea, which is often caused by dirty drinking water.
Rather worryingly, a huge number of people all over the world die at birth and many women still die giving birth as well. Which brings us to the next horrifying statistic.
How Many Children Die a Day?
All over the world, 21 children under the age of 5 die every single minute. That means that close to 30,000 are dying every day, a rather sizable percentage of that 150,000+ figure we discussed above. The issue here is that these children are being born into poverty and disease stricken regions. They are unable to get the care and nutrition they need and because they are at an important growing stage of their life, that lack of care results in malnutrition and death.
If that doesn’t inspire you to give money to needy children around the world then nothing will. Dig deep, because that’s a statistic that should not exist in the 21st century.
What is the Most Common Age of Death?
In our “Age of Death” article we looked at the average life expectancy of many countries around the world and won’t get into that again here. Needless to say, and as we’re sure you already know, the richer the country, the higher your chance of living a long and full life. There are exceptions, of course, because while wealth leads to good healthcare, excessive wealth can also lead to overindulgence.
But spare a thought for the millions who die every year before even getting a chance to see their 50th birthday. The average life expectancy around the world is just over 70 years. This is actually about 6 years more than the average life expectancy in the 1990s, which suggests (as we all assumed) that healthcare and nutrition is improving worldwide.
The ages that are at the most risk worldwide are those above the age of 60 and those below the age of 5. But in truth it all depends on where you live, as the quality of life from one country to the next can differ greatly.
How Many People Are Born Every Day?
Now that we have the depressing stuff out of the way, let’s look at the bight side. Every hour, 15,000 new lives are brought into the world. This means that for every 1 person that dies, 2.5 people are born. There are over 130 million births every year and this number is growing, as you would expect.
Of course, this can lead to other problems, such as overpopulation, which in turn can cause famine, hunger and general suffering for many of the less fortunate ones. It also causes economic strife for third-world countries, which can lead to civil war, dictatorships and other major human disasters that only serve to trigger more death and destruction.
As a species, we have a close connection with suffering. We are so big that we have lost the altruism that helped us to get to the top of the food chain, but the good news is that we will continue to thrive as a species because those births are outnumbering deaths. Although some would argue that that’s not really a good thing.
And after looking at all of the horrors of the human race, from war to famine, torture and more, it’s easy to see where they are coming from.