World population (est.): 7,061,314,509 Resident population of the United States (est.): 315,067,051
In America there is: -- One birth every: 8 seconds -- One death every: 12 seconds -- One abortion every: 26 seconds -- One international migrant (net) every: 40 seconds -- Net gain of one person every: 17 seconds America's outstanding public debt (est.): $16,348,868,007,556.33 America's outstanding consumer debt (est.): $11,380,000,000,000 Average credit card debt per U.S. household: $15,418 Average mortgage debt per U.S. household: $149,782 Average student loan debt per U.S. household: $34,703 Median household income: $50,054 Number of Americans with income below the official poverty rate: 46,200,000 Number of abortions in America (est.): 1,200,000 Number of adoptions in America (est.): 136,000 Number of states that allow physician-assisted suicide: 3 Number of states that have legalized same-sex marriage: 9 Number of Christians that were persecuted for their faith around the world (est.): 200,000,000 Percentage of Americans who identify as Christian: 78.4 Percentage of Americans who identify as Evangelical: 26.3 Percent of American adults that self-identify as very or moderately religious: 69 Median salary of a megachurch pastor: $120,000 Percent of churchgoers that have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months: 61 Percent of churchgoers that say they rarely or never pray for the spiritual status of others: 21 Number of evangelical organizations that are challenging the Obama administration's contraceptive-abortifacient mandate: 8 Percentage of American adults who purchased one or more books: 71 Number of pornographic titles on Amazon's top-ten best selling book list: 4 Number of spiritual/religious titles on Amazon's top-ten best selling book list: 0 Number of languages spoken in the world (est.): 6,800 Number of languages without any of the Bible translated: under 2,000 Number of people living in an indigenous community without adequate numbers of Christians and resources to evangelize the group: 2,886,148,000 Number of predictions about the apocalypse that came true this year: 0 Disclaimer: This list is meant to be suggestive, not exhaustive. If you're wondering why I didn't include a particular statistic/number the answer is either (a) I didn't think of it (though I probably should have) or (b) I couldn't find a reliable figure. Since some data from 2012 is not yet available, I used numbers from prior years that are likely still relevant. While I tried to include only reliable sources, I can't vouch for the accuracy of any particular number.

Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.

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