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Two of the most frequently asked questions you’ll hear throughout your life will be, “What do you do?” and “Where are you from?” According to Stack Overflow's most recent Developer Survey, 21 million people worldwide can answer the first question with the same answer: software developer. Depending on where you’re from, those numbers jump around quite a bit.
Stack Overflow also reported that there are 5.5 million software developers in Europe and 4.6 million in the USA. If you’re good at math, then you’ve already figured out that Europeans make up 26% of the world’s software developers, while 22.23% are American. Topping the list, Asia has 7.59 million software developers, or roughly 33%; more than any other region in the world.
Some key results this year are Python became the second most loved language, China has the most optimistic developers, and Stack Overflow saves a developer 30 to 90 minutes of time per week.
But these are worldwide statistics. What about statistics from a smaller sample size? We decided it would be fun to take a look at our own company, Salsita Software, and see how it differs from the global software developer community as a whole.
Here’s how Salsita Software stacked up against the rest of the world:
Since we are based in Prague, Czech Republic, the majority of Czechs shouldn't come as that much of a surprise. Slovakia was part of the same country until about 25 years ago, so their overrepresentation in our team is also to be expected.
Our Central European headquarters is far from the US and India, explaining their lower numbers. And with such a small sample size, some statistical unevenness is to be expected. For example, though we are literally on the opposite side of the world, we are lucky enough to have a lone New Zealander on staff. His presence alone is enough to push us above the worldwide average for Kiwi developers.