These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate World Population Review Least Biased based on providing data with minimal bias. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2011 by Shane Fulmer, World Population Review is a website dedicated to global population data and trends. According to their about page, they state “Most demographic data is hidden in spreadsheets, behind complex APIs, or inside cumbersome tools. World Population Review’s goal is to make this data more accessible through graphs, charts, analysis, and visualizations.” They further report, “World Population Review is an independent organization without any political affiliations.”
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Shane Fulmer, with revenue derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, World Population Review monitors world population with real census and UN data, as well as real-time estimates based on birth and death rates. The amount of data found on this website is overwhelming as you can click on individual countries, states, and counties to dig deeper into the data. For example, clicking on China will pull up a profile page with a wealth of data such as World Population Rank, World Percentage, Growth Rate, Density, and much more. The profile also features a lengthy written report about China and population trends. Some of the sources used for this report are the World Bank, Columbia University, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Another feature is the ability to search by Zip Code, in which you can learn detailed information about the demographics of the zone.
Editorially, we cannot find evidence of any overt political opinions being offered. This is a straight-up data-driven website with minimal bias. However, they sometimes utilize controversial sources such as data from Richard Lynn who calculated IQ by country. His study has been accused of being racially biased.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate World Population Review Least Biased based on providing data with minimal bias. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources. (D. Van Zandt 11/5/2019) Updated (7/17/2020)