Fact Question 2

This question was asked to the public in 14 countries in the Gapminder Misconception Study 2017 »


The question

Where does the majority of the world population live?

  • A: Low-income countries
  • B: Middle-income countries
  • C: High-income countries



Correct answer is B. The majority of people live in middle-income countries. The World Bank[2] divides countries into income groups based on gross national income per capita in current US $. According to the World Bank[4], the low-income countries represent 9 percent of the world population, the middle-income countries, 76 percent of the world population, and the high-income countries, 16 percent of the world population.


The question comes from Gapminder Test 2017, that 12 000 people in 14 countries took. Read more about the test here. See the results from audiences at our lectures here. Take the test – available in several languages – here.


This page is under construction. We are working on it (and a lot of other pages too). If you need this particular page urgently, you can always drop us a line, and we might be able to squeeze it to the top of our prio list…

Contact us at [email protected].


Japanese: このページを含め、多くの出典ページは現在改稿中です。このページの情報がいますぐ知りたいという方は [email protected] までご連絡ください。