Number of Races in the World


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.

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13 Responses

  1. Sean O'Connell

    May 18, 2010 3:01 am

    To Whom it may concern:

    Do you know of another credible website that I can visit to corroborate my argument to a friend about the number of major races in the world?

    I do agree somewhat with the above explanation however, I am of the thought that we all can be traced back to one of each of the major races.

    There are no “pure” races left but there a few close exceptions such as Australian Aboriginees, African Pygmies, and the Laps of Finland and Scandinavia.

    I also agree that there are microraces or “etnic groups” as you mention above but the differences in our appearances and traits are genetic mutations that occur within in each group.

    Ultimately, we are all Homo Sapien Sapiens and the mutations within our own genus and species are adaptive in nature and do not necessarily make “new races” but rather enhance our own existance as human beings.


    Sean O’Connell

    • Anonymous

      February 2, 2011 12:14 am

      Thank you, Sean, for that information. I have been having an argument (discussion?) with my husband about the number of different races in the world. I remember the children’s song we sang in church when I was growing up, “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” and remember tghe line, “red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight,” and was trying to compare the ethnic groups or races with the distinct groups. You have explained it well.

  2. jsmail204

    July 6, 2013 5:53 pm

    For the room-temp-IQ’s: there are not four races. The descriptions are very simple words and does anyone under 40 know what they are? There must be at least two people that count above four.

    • creative mind

      July 26, 2014 2:33 pm

      You can’t understand why because adam and eve are merely archetypes, not actual people who ever existed in the flesh.

    • Beverly

      February 26, 2015 1:35 pm

      Get your King James Bible out and read the first chapter. In verse 26 God said let us make man after our image in verse 27The Bible says so God created man in his own image in the image of God created he him male and female created he them. That was on the sixth day. This was the day God created the races.
      In chapter2verse5The Bible says there was not a man to till the ground. In the seventh verse God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils The breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Adam.) . In the 15 verse of the second chapter of Genesis the Bible says the Lord God took (the man )and put them in the garden of Eden to dress it in to keep it.
      In verses 21,22,23, God created Eve. The eighth day. Adam and Eve where created.

      • pearler

        September 10, 2017 12:32 pm

        You might want to look up the hebrew meaning of “adam” ;). Adam was also “created” to replenish the earth .Adam was obviously white . According to the translation . The Bible does not say there were other people . It says adam was created to replenish the earth . Not red,black,yellow or brown . They were apart of the ones adam named ;).

    • khaled

      July 28, 2016 8:28 pm

      According to a religious point of view I heard one time, God created Adam from dirt ( dust) that was collected from different parts of the ground with different colors. So people came in different colors from Adam.

  3. Selena

    April 17, 2015 4:59 pm

    That however is your personal opinion which is in no way scientific or arguable. To others Adam and ever were very real and existed just as much as you exist. Do not push your opinion into science on something that is correlated with religion.

  4. Robert Burns

    July 9, 2019 8:30 pm

    Religion had nothing to do with creation and was created itself by man; to hold power over other men.


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