Data lovers rejoice: Harper’s Magazine recently posted the first 25 years of its Index online. The Index compiles unusual statistics and offbeat figures into a snapshot of modern life.
Beijing-based journalist, Tim Johnson, filtered the Sino-statistics from the archive.
12/07 — Number of the world’s five most valuable companies last year that were Chinese: 0 (Bloomberg News, NYC)
Number this year: 3 (Bloomberg News)
12/07 — Percentage change since 2000 in the value of China’s private security and surveillance industry: +265 (China Public Security Association, Shenzhen)
12/07 — Estimated percentage of the world’s male smokers who live in the United States and China, respectively: 3, 31 (American Cancer Society, Atlanta)
Estimated percentage of the world’s female smokers: 8, 7 (American Cancer Society)