In December of last year, National Geographic released a fantastic teaser for 7 Billion, their ambitious series on overpopulation, delivering some jaw-dropping statistics in brilliantly animated typography. They came back with their second installment, which examines the same issue through a highly unusual lens: In a world of 7 billion people, who is the most “typical” person? The answer might surprise you.
“The world’s most typical person is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 a year, has a cell phone but not a bank account. [...] Based on these traits, the world’s most typical person is a 28-year-old Chinese man. [...] But he won’t be typical for long. By 2030, that person will come from India, and typical is always relative.”