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World Population 2016

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Population in the world is currently (2016) growing at a rate of around 1.13% per year. The current average population change is estimated at around 80 million per year.

Annual growth rate reached its peak in the late 1960s, when it was at 2% and above. The rate of increase has therefore almost halved since its peak of 2.19 percent, which was reached in 1963.

The annual growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years. Currently, it is estimated that it will become less than 1% by 2020 and less than 0.5% by 2050.

This means that world population will continue to grow in the 21st century, but at a slower rate compared to the recent past. World population has doubled (100% increase) in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion). It is now estimated that it will take a further 39 years to increase by another 50%, to become 9 billion by 2038.

The latest United Nations projections indicate that world population will reach 10 billion persons in the year 2056 (six years earlier than previously estimated).




World Population (2016 and historical)

View the population data for all years

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
20167,432,663,2751.13 %83,191,17629.92.55754.3 %4,034,193,153
20157,349,472,0991.18 %83,949,411302.515753.8 %3,957,285,013
20106,929,725,0431.23 %82,017,839292.565351.5 %3,571,272,167
20056,519,635,8501.25 %78,602,746272.625049.1 %3,199,013,076
20006,126,622,1211.33 %78,299,807262.744746.6 %2,856,131,072
19955,735,123,0841.55 %85,091,077253.044444.8 %2,568,062,984
19905,309,667,6991.82 %91,425,426243.454143 %2,285,030,904
19854,852,540,5691.79 %82,581,621233.593741.3 %2,003,049,795
19804,439,632,4651.8 %75,646,647233.873439.4 %1,749,539,272
19754,061,399,2281.98 %75,782,307224.483137.8 %1,534,721,238
19703,682,487,6912.08 %71,998,514224.922836.7 %1,350,280,789
19653,322,495,1211.94 %60,830,259234.9621N.A.N.A.
19603,018,343,8281.82 %52,005,861234.92333.8 %1,019,494,911
19552,758,314,5251.78 %46,633,043234.9621N.A.N.A.

Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)

Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

World Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
20207,758,156,7921.09 %81,736,939312.476055.9 %4,338,014,924
20258,141,661,0070.97 %76,700,843322.436357.8 %4,705,773,576
20308,500,766,0520.87 %71,821,009332.386559.5 %5,058,158,460
20358,838,907,8770.78 %67,628,365342.356861 %5,394,234,712
20409,157,233,9760.71 %63,665,220352.317062.4 %5,715,413,029
20459,453,891,7800.64 %59,331,561352.287363.8 %6,030,924,065
20509,725,147,9940.57 %54,251,243362.257565.2 %6,338,611,492

Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)

Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

World Population Milestones

10 Billion (2056)

The United Nations projects world population to reach 10 billion in the year 2056.

8 Billion (2024)

According to the most recent United Nations estimates, the human population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion people in the spring of 2024.

CURRENT: 7.5 Billion (2016)

The current world population (the total number of humans currently living) is estimated at 7.5 billion as of October 2016 [1].

7 Billion (2011)

According to the United Nations, world population reached 7 Billion on October 31, 2011.
The US Census Bureau made a lower estimate, for which the 7 billion mark was only reached on March 12, 2012.

6 Billion (1999)

According to the United Nations, the 6 billion figure was reached on October 12, 1999 (celebrated as the Day of 6 Billion). According to the U.S. Census Bureau instead, the six billion milestone was reached on July 22, 1999, at about 3:49 AM GMT. Yet, according to theU.S. Census web site, the date and time of when 6 billion was reached will probably change because the already uncertain estimates are constantly being updated.

Previous Milestones

  • 5 Billion: 1987
  • 4 Billion: 1974
  • 3 Billion: 1960
  • 2 Billion: 1927
  • 1 Billion: 1804

Summary Table

1 – 1804 (1803 years): 0.2 to 1 bil.
1804 – 2011 (207 years): from 1 billion to 7 billion
Year
1
1000
1500
1650
1750
1804
1850
1900
1927
1950
1960
1974
1980
1987
1999
2011
2020
2024
2030
2038
2050
2056
2100
Population
0.2
0.275
0.45
0.5
0.7
1
1.2
1.6
2
2.55
3
4
4.5
5
6
7
7.7
8
8.4
9
9.5
10
11.2

World Population by Region

 

#RegionPopulation
(2016)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1Asia4,436,224,4730.98 %42,928,45914331,022,549-1,256,1332.23048.7 %59.7 %
2Africa1,216,129,8152.53 %29,951,5334129,661,703-579,9594.711940.2 %16.4 %
3Europe738,849,0020.06 %406,9323322,121,228824,6441.64274.3 %9.9 %
4Latin America and the Caribbean641,029,3061.05 %6,642,7393220,158,154-414,7672.152979.5 %8.6 %
5Northern America360,529,3240.75 %2,691,2881918,680,2761,235,8781.863882.6 %4.9 %
6Oceania39,901,3551.45 %570,22558,489,650190,3372.423370.8 %0.5 %

World Population Density (people/km2)

Population density map of the world showing not only countries but also many subdivisions (regions, states, provinces). See also:World Map

World Population 2016
Courtesy of Junuxx at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

World Population by Religion

According to a recent study (based on the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion) by The Pew Forum, there are:

  • 2,173,180,000 Christians (31% of world population), of which 50% are Catholic, 37% Protestant, 12% Orthodox, and 1% other.
  • 1,598,510,000 Muslims (23%), of which 87-90% are Sunnis, 10-13% Shia.
  • 1,126,500,000 No Religion affiliation (16%): atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion. One-in-five people (20%) in the United States are religiously unaffiliated.
  • 1,033,080,000 Hindus (15%), the overwhelming majority (94%) of which live in India.
  •    487,540,000 Buddhists (7%), of which half live in China.
  •    405,120,000 Folk Religionists (6%): faiths that are closely associated with a particular group of people, ethnicity or tribe.
  •       58,110,000 Other Religions (1%): Baha’i faith, Taoism, Jainism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Tenrikyo, Wicca, Zoroastrianism and many others.
  •       13,850,000 Jews (0.2%), four-fifths of which live in two countries: United States (41%) and Israel (41%).

World Population 2016

World Population by Country

How many people have ever lived on earth?

It was written during the 1970s that 75% of the people who had ever been born were alive at that moment. This was grossly false.

Assuming that we start counting from about 50,000 B.C., the time when modern Homo sapiens appeared on the earth (and not from 700,000 B.C. when the ancestors of Homo sapiens appeared, or several million years ago when hominids were present), taking into account that all population data are a rough estimate, and assuming a constant growth rate applied to each period up to modern times, it has been estimated that a total of approximately 106 billion people have been born since the dawn of the human species, making the population currently alive roughly 6% of all people who have ever lived on planet Earth.

Others have estimated the number of human beings who have ever lived to be anywhere from 45 billion to 125 billion, with most estimates falling into the range of 90 to 110 billion humans.

World Population clock: sources and methodology

country wise populationThe world population counter displayed on Worldometers takes into consideration data from two major sources: the United Nationsand the U.S. Census Bureau.
  1. The United Nations Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs every two years calculates, updates, and publishes estimates of total population in its World Population Prospects series. These population estimates and projections provide the standard and consistent set of population figures that are used throughout the United Nations system.The World Population Prospect: the 2015 Revision provides the most recent data available (released on July 29, 2015). Estimates and projected world population and country specific populations are given from 1950 through 2100 and are released every two years. The latest revision has revised upwards the world population projections. Worldometers, as it is common practice, utilizes the medium fertility estimates.Data underlying the population estimates are national and sub national census data and data on births, deaths, and migrants available from national sources and publications, as well as from questionnaires. For all countries, census and registration data are evaluated and, if necessary, adjusted for incompleteness by the Population Division as part of its preparations of the official United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. The International Programs Center at the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division also develops estimates and projections based on analysis of available data (based on census, survey, and administrative information) on population, fertility, mortality, and migration for each country or area of the world. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, world population reached 7 billion on March 12, 2012.For most countries adjustment of the data is necessary to correct for errors, omissions, and inconsistencies in the data. Finally, since most recent data for a single country is often at least two years old, the current world population figure is necessarily a projection of past data based on assumed trends. As new data become available, assumptions and data are reevaluated and past conclusions and current figures may be modified.For information about how these estimates and projections are made by the U.S. Census Bureau, see the Population Estimates and Projections Methodology.

Why Worldometers clocks are the most accurate

The above world population clock is based on the latest estimates released on July 29, 2015 by the United Nations and will show the same number wherever you are in the world and whatever time you set on your PC. Worldometers is the only website to show live counters that are based on U.N. data and that do not follow the user’s PC clock.

Visitors around the world visiting a PC clock based counter, see different numbers depending on where they are located, and in the past have seen other world population clocks – such as the one hosted on a United Nations website and on National Geographic – reaching 7 billion whenever their locally set PC clocks reached 4:21:10 AM on October 31, 2011.

Obviously, the UN data is based on estimates and can’t be 100% accurate, so in all honesty nobody can possibly say with any degree of certainty on which day world population reached 7 billion (or any other exact number), let alone at what time. But once an estimate is made (based on the best data and analysis available), the world population clock should be showing the same number at any given time anywhere around the world.

Countries in the world by population (2016)

This list includes both countries and dependent territories. Data based on the latest United Nations Population Division estimates.
Click on the name of the country or dependency for current estimates (live population clock), historical data, and projected figures.




Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
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