How many races are there in the world?
4 major races.
The world population can be divided into 4 major races, namely white/Caucasian, Mongoloid/Asian, Negroid/Black, and Australoid. This is based on a racial classification made by Carleton S. Coon in 1962 (in common usage the ‘ËœCapoid’â„¢ and ‘ËœCongoid’â„¢ groups classified by Coon is merged under ‘ËœNegroid’â„¢). There is no universally accepted classification for ‘Å“race’, however, and its use has been under fire over the last few decades. The United Nations, in a 1950 statement, opted to “drop the term ‘race’ altogether and speak of “ethnic groups”. In this case, there are more than 5,000 ethnic groups in the world, according to a 1998 study published in the Scientific American.