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World Population: Past, Present, and Future

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The chart above illustrates how world population has changed throughout history. View the full tabulated data.

At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million (some estimate 300 million or even 600, suggesting how imprecise population estimates of early historical periods can be), with a growth rate of under 0.05% per year.

A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987).

  • During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
  • In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.
  • Because of declining growth rates, it will now take over 200 years to double again.

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Growth Rate

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Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

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)

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YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
2016 7,432,663,275 1.13 % 83,191,176 29.9 2.5 57 54.3 % 4,034,193,153
2015 7,349,472,099 1.18 % 83,949,411 30 2.51 57 53.8 % 3,957,285,013
2010 6,929,725,043 1.23 % 82,017,839 29 2.56 53 51.5 % 3,571,272,167
2005 6,519,635,850 1.25 % 78,602,746 27 2.62 50 49.1 % 3,199,013,076
2000 6,126,622,121 1.33 % 78,299,807 26 2.74 47 46.6 % 2,856,131,072
1995 5,735,123,084 1.55 % 85,091,077 25 3.04 44 44.8 % 2,568,062,984
1990 5,309,667,699 1.82 % 91,425,426 24 3.45 41 43 % 2,285,030,904
1985 4,852,540,569 1.79 % 82,581,621 23 3.59 37 41.3 % 2,003,049,795
1980 4,439,632,465 1.8 % 75,646,647 23 3.87 34 39.4 % 1,749,539,272
1975 4,061,399,228 1.98 % 75,782,307 22 4.48 31 37.8 % 1,534,721,238
1970 3,682,487,691 2.08 % 71,998,514 22 4.92 28 36.7 % 1,350,280,789
1965 3,322,495,121 1.94 % 60,830,259 23 4.96 21 N.A. N.A.
1960 3,018,343,828 1.82 % 52,005,861 23 4.9 23 33.8 % 1,019,494,911
1955 2,758,314,525 1.78 % 46,633,043 23 4.96 21 N.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).
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World Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
2020 7,758,156,792 1.09 % 81,736,939 31 2.47 60 55.9 % 4,338,014,924
2025 8,141,661,007 0.97 % 76,700,843 32 2.43 63 57.8 % 4,705,773,576
2030 8,500,766,052 0.87 % 71,821,009 33 2.38 65 59.5 % 5,058,158,460
2035 8,838,907,877 0.78 % 67,628,365 34 2.35 68 61 % 5,394,234,712
2040 9,157,233,976 0.71 % 63,665,220 35 2.31 70 62.4 % 5,715,413,029
2045 9,453,891,780 0.64 % 59,331,561 35 2.28 73 63.8 % 6,030,924,065
2050 9,725,147,994 0.57 % 54,251,243 36 2.25 75 65.2 % 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

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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 September 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 the U.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

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#RegionPopulation
(2016)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 Asia 4,436,224,473 0.98 % 42,928,459 143 31,022,549 -1,256,133 2.2 30 48.7 % 59.7 %
2 Africa 1,216,129,815 2.53 % 29,951,533 41 29,661,703 -579,959 4.71 19 40.2 % 16.4 %
3 Europe 738,849,002 0.06 % 406,932 33 22,121,228 824,644 1.6 42 74.3 % 9.9 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 641,029,306 1.05 % 6,642,739 32 20,158,154 -414,767 2.15 29 79.5 % 8.6 %
5 Northern America 360,529,324 0.75 % 2,691,288 19 18,680,276 1,235,878 1.86 38 82.6 % 4.9 %
6 Oceania 39,901,355 1.45 % 570,225 5 8,489,650 190,337 2.42 33 70.8 % 0.5 %

World Population Density (people/km2)

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


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


World Population by Religion

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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 by Country

#Country (or dependency)Population
(2016)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 China 1,382,323,332 0.46 % 6,274,389 147 9,390,784 -360,000 1.55 37 57.9 % 18.6 %
2 India 1,326,801,576 1.2 % 15,751,049 446 2,972,892 -519,644 2.48 27 32.4 % 17.9 %
3 U.S. 324,118,787 0.73 % 2,345,156 35 9,155,898 1,001,577 1.89 38 82.7 % 4.4 %
4 Indonesia 260,581,100 1.17 % 3,017,285 144 1,812,108 -140,000 2.5 28 54 % 3.5 %
5 Brazil 209,567,920 0.83 % 1,720,392 25 8,349,320 3,185 1.82 31 84.2 % 2.8 %
6 Pakistan 192,826,502 2.07 % 3,901,628 250 770,998 -216,384 3.72 23 38.9 % 2.6 %
7 Nigeria 186,987,563 2.63 % 4,785,601 205 910,802 -60,000 5.74 18 49 % 2.5 %
8 Bangladesh 162,910,864 1.19 % 1,915,222 1,252 130,172 -445,296 2.23 26 34.9 % 2.2 %
9 Russia 143,439,832 -0.01 % -17,086 9 16,299,981 223,577 1.66 39 73.2 % 1.9 %
10 Mexico 128,632,004 1.27 % 1,614,780 66 1,943,082 -104,717 2.29 27 78.3 % 1.7 %
11 Japan 126,323,715 -0.2 % -249,766 347 364,571 70,000 1.4 47 94.1 % 1.7 %
12 Philippines 102,250,133 1.54 % 1,550,738 343 298,192 -140,000 3.04 24 44.8 % 1.4 %
13 Ethiopia 101,853,268 2.48 % 2,462,518 102 999,541 -12,000 4.59 19 19.8 % 1.4 %
14 Viet Nam 94,444,200 1.07 % 996,599 305 310,060 -40,000 1.96 30 34.1 % 1.3 %
15 Egypt 93,383,574 2.05 % 1,875,490 94 995,560 -43,136 3.38 25 39.8 % 1.3 %
16 Germany 80,682,351 -0.01 % -6,194 232 348,520 250,000 1.39 46 77.2 % 1.1 %
17 Iran 80,043,146 1.18 % 933,874 49 1,630,207 -60,000 1.75 30 74.3 % 1.1 %
18 DR Congo 79,722,624 3.18 % 2,455,810 35 2,264,847 -19,184 6.15 17 39.5 % 1.1 %
19 Turkey 79,622,062 1.22 % 956,232 104 769,295 400,001 2.1 30 71.9 % 1.1 %
20 Thailand 68,146,609 0.28 % 187,250 133 510,844 20,000 1.53 38 51.1 % 0.9 %
21 U.K. 65,111,143 0.61 % 395,333 269 241,959 180,000 1.92 40 81.7 % 0.9 %
22 France 64,668,129 0.42 % 272,784 118 547,571 66,311 2 41 80.5 % 0.9 %
23 Italy 59,801,004 0.01 % 3,319 203 294,152 105,654 1.43 46 70.7 % 0.8 %
24 Tanzania 55,155,473 3.15 % 1,685,053 62 885,321 -40,000 5.24 17 31.6 % 0.7 %
25 South Africa 54,978,907 0.9 % 488,501 45 1,213,662 120,000 2.4 26 63.9 % 0.7 %
26 Myanmar 54,363,426 0.87 % 466,272 83 653,407 -94,856 2.25 28 34.8 % 0.7 %
27 South Korea 50,503,933 0.42 % 210,494 519 97,235 60,000 1.26 41 81.7 % 0.7 %
28 Colombia 48,654,392 0.88 % 425,688 44 1,108,301 -29,000 1.93 30 79 % 0.7 %
29 Kenya 47,251,449 2.61 % 1,201,147 83 569,295 -10,000 4.44 19 26.4 % 0.6 %
30 Spain 46,064,604 -0.12 % -57,095 92 498,535 -118,614 1.32 43 82 % 0.6 %
31 Ukraine 44,624,373 -0.44 % -199,392 77 579,537 39,000 1.49 40 69.5 % 0.6 %
32 Argentina 43,847,277 0.99 % 430,522 16 2,740,455 6,000 2.35 31 89.1 % 0.6 %
33 Sudan 41,175,541 2.34 % 940,659 23 1,767,191 -160,000 4.46 19 33.5 % 0.6 %
34 Algeria 40,375,954 1.79 % 709,435 17 2,375,056 -28,654 2.93 28 73 % 0.5 %
35 Uganda 40,322,768 3.31 % 1,290,385 202 199,816 -30,000 5.91 16 16.9 % 0.5 %
36 Poland 38,593,161 -0.05 % -18,633 126 306,295 -14,762 1.37 40 59.9 % 0.5 %
37 Iraq 37,547,686 3.09 % 1,124,291 87 434,077 109,733 4.64 19 68.1 % 0.5 %
38 Canada 36,286,378 0.96 % 346,451 4 9,071,595 235,173 1.61 41 81.9 % 0.5 %
39 Morocco 34,817,065 1.28 % 439,554 78 446,373 -62,125 2.56 28 59.9 % 0.5 %
40 Afghanistan 33,369,945 2.59 % 843,383 51 653,032 94,601 5.13 18 26.6 % 0.4 %
41 Saudi Arabia 32,157,974 1.96 % 617,602 15 2,143,865 170,000 2.85 28 78.8 % 0.4 %
42 Peru 31,774,225 1.27 % 397,555 25 1,281,219 -48,000 2.5 28 78.4 % 0.4 %
43 Venezuela 31,518,855 1.32 % 410,772 36 882,881 -13,824 2.4 27 89.6 % 0.4 %
44 Malaysia 30,751,602 1.39 % 420,595 94 328,543 90,000 1.97 29 76.2 % 0.4 %
45 Uzbekistan 30,300,446 1.36 % 406,958 71 425,568 -39,000 2.48 26 36.2 % 0.4 %
46 Nepal 28,850,717 1.18 % 337,017 201 143,322 -74,474 2.32 23 18.9 % 0.4 %
47 Mozambique 28,751,362 2.76 % 773,499 37 785,556 -5,000 5.45 17 31.4 % 0.4 %
48 Ghana 28,033,375 2.27 % 623,482 123 227,544 -10,000 4.25 21 53.7 % 0.4 %
49 Yemen 27,477,600 2.41 % 645,385 52 528,415 -10,000 4.35 19 33.4 % 0.4 %
50 Angola 25,830,958 3.23 % 808,984 21 1,247,872 20,464 6.2 16 40.8 % 0.3 %
51 North Korea 25,281,327 0.5 % 126,010 210 120,387 0 2 34 61 % 0.3 %
52 Madagascar 24,915,822 2.81 % 680,432 43 582,145 -1,000 4.5 19 35.7 % 0.3 %
53 Australia 24,309,330 1.42 % 340,357 3 7,596,666 204,621 1.92 38 89.2 % 0.3 %
54 Cameroon 23,924,407 2.49 % 580,228 51 472,814 -12,000 4.81 19 55.1 % 0.3 %
55 Taiwan 23,395,600 0.06 % 14,562 661 35,410 0 1.07 40 77.5 % 0.3 %
56 Côte d'Ivoire 23,254,184 2.43 % 552,628 73 318,115 10,000 5.1 18 51.4 % 0.3 %
57 Sri Lanka 20,810,816 0.46 % 95,806 332 62,702 -96,954 2.11 32 19.3 % 0.3 %
58 Niger 20,715,285 4.1 % 816,165 16 1,263,127 -5,699 7.63 15 18.4 % 0.3 %
59 Romania 19,372,734 -0.71 % -138,590 84 230,080 -87,440 1.48 42 60.8 % 0.3 %
60 Burkina Faso 18,633,725 2.92 % 528,155 68 273,623 -25,000 5.65 17 30.3 % 0.3 %
61 Syria 18,563,595 0.33 % 61,182 101 183,616 -805,999 3.03 21 71.2 % 0.2 %
62 Mali 18,134,835 3.04 % 535,141 15 1,217,103 -60,490 6.35 16 37.6 % 0.2 %
63 Chile 18,131,850 1.02 % 183,709 24 743,109 40,258 1.78 34 89.4 % 0.2 %
64 Kazakhstan 17,855,384 1.31 % 230,158 7 2,705,361 31,961 2.64 29 50.5 % 0.2 %
65 Malawi 17,749,826 3.11 % 534,594 188 94,264 -6,000 5.25 17 16.5 % 0.2 %
66 Netherlands 16,979,729 0.32 % 54,800 504 33,717 22,001 1.75 43 90.5 % 0.2 %
67 Zambia 16,717,332 3.12 % 505,565 23 742,993 -6,898 5.45 17 39.7 % 0.2 %
68 Guatemala 16,672,956 2.02 % 330,059 156 107,153 -24,000 3.3 21 52 % 0.2 %
69 Ecuador 16,385,450 1.49 % 241,087 66 248,264 -7,600 2.59 27 64.3 % 0.2 %
70 Zimbabwe 15,966,810 2.33 % 364,059 41 386,606 -43,984 4.02 19 31.3 % 0.2 %
71 Cambodia 15,827,241 1.6 % 249,342 90 176,446 -30,000 2.7 24 21.1 % 0.2 %
72 Senegal 15,589,485 3.04 % 460,212 81 192,463 -19,999 5.18 18 43.5 % 0.2 %
73 Chad 14,496,739 3.27 % 459,267 12 1,260,586 20,000 6.31 16 21.9 % 0.2 %
74 Guinea 12,947,122 2.68 % 338,532 53 245,676 -2,000 5.13 19 36.8 % 0.2 %
75 South Sudan 12,733,427 3.19 % 393,615 21 612,184 173,000 5.15 19 18.7 % 0.2 %
76 Rwanda 11,882,766 2.35 % 273,100 482 24,668 -15,000 4.05 19 32 % 0.2 %
77 Burundi 11,552,561 3.34 % 373,640 450 25,678 8,000 6.08 18 11.9 % 0.2 %
78 Cuba 11,392,889 0.03 % 3,327 107 106,476 -16,000 1.63 41 76.1 % 0.2 %
79 Tunisia 11,375,220 1.08 % 121,666 73 155,399 -6,588 2.16 31 66.9 % 0.2 %
80 Belgium 11,371,928 0.64 % 72,736 376 30,277 54,000 1.82 42 96.6 % 0.2 %
81 Benin 11,166,658 2.64 % 286,829 99 112,795 -2,000 4.89 19 44.4 % 0.2 %
82 Somalia 11,079,013 2.71 % 291,909 18 625,933 -80,000 6.61 17 41.4 % 0.1 %
83 Greece 10,919,459 -0.32 % -35,158 85 128,919 -27,260 1.34 44 79.8 % 0.1 %
84 Bolivia 10,888,402 1.53 % 163,697 10 1,078,060 -12,359 3.04 24 70.9 % 0.1 %
85 Haiti 10,848,175 1.28 % 137,108 394 27,561 -30,000 3.13 23 59.2 % 0.1 %
86 Dominican Republic 10,648,613 1.14 % 120,222 220 48,315 -30,602 2.53 26 80.8 % 0.1 %
87 Czech Republic 10,548,058 0.05 % 4,872 137 77,219 6,000 1.45 42 74.8 % 0.1 %
88 Portugal 10,304,434 -0.44 % -45,369 113 91,595 -28,000 1.28 44 65.9 % 0.1 %
89 Azerbaijan 9,868,447 1.17 % 114,479 119 82,650 -3,225 2.3 31 54 % 0.1 %
90 Sweden 9,851,852 0.74 % 72,426 24 410,494 54,525 1.92 41 85.2 % 0.1 %
91 Hungary 9,821,318 -0.34 % -33,705 109 90,519 6,000 1.34 41 72.2 % 0.1 %
92 Belarus 9,481,521 -0.15 % -14,305 47 203,030 24,107 1.58 40 74.9 % 0.1 %
93 United Arab Emirates 9,266,971 1.2 % 110,008 111 83,637 81,000 1.82 33 90.3 % 0.1 %
94 Serbia 8,812,705 -0.43 % -38,270 101 87,428 -20,000 1.56 41 59.2 % 0.1 %
95 Tajikistan 8,669,464 2.21 % 187,609 62 140,056 -23,476 3.55 23 27.3 % 0.1 %
96 Austria 8,569,633 0.29 % 25,047 104 82,400 29,418 1.47 43 66.2 % 0.1 %
97 Switzerland 8,379,477 0.97 % 80,814 212 39,507 76,453 1.52 42 73.5 % 0.1 %
98 Israel 8,192,463 1.59 % 128,427 379 21,639 3,899 3.05 30 90.4 % 0.1 %
99 Honduras 8,189,501 1.42 % 114,441 73 111,878 -16,000 2.47 23 58 % 0.1 %
100 Papua New Guinea 7,776,115 2.06 % 156,794 17 452,100 0 3.84 21 13.1 % 0.1 %
101 Jordan 7,747,800 2.02 % 153,253 87 88,749 45,923 3.51 23 84.7 % 0.1 %
102 Togo 7,496,833 2.63 % 192,255 138 54,404 -1,999 4.69 19 39.7 % 0.1 %
103 Hong Kong 7,346,248 0.8 % 58,265 6,996 1,050 30,000 1.2 43 N.A. 0.1 %
104 Bulgaria 7,097,796 -0.73 % -51,991 65 108,529 -10,000 1.52 44 73.8 % 0.1 %
105 Laos 6,918,367 1.71 % 116,344 30 230,612 -23,540 3.1 22 41 % 0.1 %
106 Paraguay 6,725,430 1.3 % 86,307 17 397,954 -17,340 2.6 25 63.7 % 0.1 %
107 Sierra Leone 6,592,102 2.15 % 138,918 91 72,203 -4,200 4.79 19 39.3 % 0.1 %
108 Libya 6,330,159 0.82 % 51,721 4 1,758,378 -100,338 2.53 28 79.6 % 0.1 %
109 Nicaragua 6,150,035 1.12 % 68,003 51 120,353 -27,000 2.32 25 60.9 % 0.1 %
110 El Salvador 6,146,419 0.32 % 19,836 297 20,723 -48,083 1.97 27 70.7 % 0.1 %
111 Kyrgyzstan 6,033,769 1.58 % 93,807 32 191,548 -22,793 3.12 25 34.4 % 0.1 %
112 Lebanon 5,988,153 2.35 % 137,410 585 10,229 250,000 1.72 29 74.5 % 0.1 %
113 Singapore 5,696,506 1.66 % 92,766 8,138 700 79,587 1.23 40 N.A. 0.1 %
114 Denmark 5,690,750 0.38 % 21,669 134 42,437 19,368 1.73 42 87.7 % 0.1 %
115 Finland 5,523,904 0.37 % 20,447 18 303,511 21,482 1.75 43 83.7 % 0.1 %
116 Turkmenistan 5,438,670 1.21 % 65,168 12 468,851 -5,000 2.34 26 50.4 % 0.1 %
117 Slovakia 5,429,418 0.06 % 3,160 113 48,091 240 1.37 39 53.8 % 0.1 %
118 Eritrea 5,351,680 2.37 % 123,889 53 100,975 -32,000 4.4 19 29.9 % 0.1 %
119 Norway 5,271,958 1.17 % 60,991 14 366,108 47,133 1.8 39 79.6 % 0.1 %
120 Central African Republic 4,998,493 2 % 98,219 8 624,812 2,000 4.41 20 39.5 % 0.1 %
121 Costa Rica 4,857,218 1.03 % 49,368 95 51,075 3,932 1.85 31 81 % 0.1 %
122 State of Palestine 4,797,239 2.76 % 128,773 797 6,020 -8,750 4.28 19 73.4 % 0.1 %
123 Congo 4,740,992 2.61 % 120,662 14 341,079 -12,000 4.95 19 66.4 % 0.1 %
124 Ireland 4,713,993 0.54 % 25,528 68 68,918 -28,000 2.01 37 64.4 % 0.1 %
125 Oman 4,654,471 3.65 % 163,930 15 310,298 242,200 2.88 29 72.3 % 0.1 %
126 Liberia 4,615,222 2.48 % 111,784 48 96,351 -4,000 4.83 19 50.1 % 0.1 %
127 New Zealand 4,565,185 0.81 % 36,659 17 263,884 1,453 2.05 38 87.8 % 0.1 %
128 Croatia 4,225,001 -0.36 % -15,316 76 55,960 -4,000 1.52 43 59.5 % 0.1 %
129 Mauritania 4,166,463 2.43 % 98,899 4 1,041,616 -4,000 4.69 20 60.6 % 0.1 %
130 Moldova 4,062,862 -0.15 % -6,035 124 32,844 -1,906 1.27 36 37.9 % 0.1 %
131 Kuwait 4,007,146 2.96 % 115,031 225 17,817 103,500 2.15 31 90.3 % 0.1 %
132 Panama 3,990,406 1.56 % 61,265 54 74,309 5,621 2.48 29 67.9 % 0.1 %
133 Georgia 3,979,781 -0.5 % -20,031 57 69,455 -59,265 1.81 38 58 % 0.1 %
134 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,802,134 -0.22 % -8,282 75 50,967 -501 1.28 42 40.1 % 0.1 %
135 Puerto Rico 3,680,772 -0.07 % -2,466 415 8,869 -20,707 1.64 36 93.5 % 0 %
136 Uruguay 3,444,071 0.36 % 12,516 20 174,826 -6,000 2.04 35 95.4 % 0 %
137 Armenia 3,026,048 0.28 % 8,336 106 28,467 -1,975 1.55 35 61.9 % 0 %
138 Mongolia 3,006,444 1.6 % 47,310 2 1,582,339 -3,000 2.68 27 71.8 % 0 %
139 Albania 2,903,700 0.24 % 7,021 106 27,393 -18,350 1.78 34 64.5 % 0 %
140 Lithuania 2,850,030 -0.99 % -28,375 46 62,638 -33,906 1.57 43 69.7 % 0 %
141 Jamaica 2,803,362 0.36 % 10,027 259 10,828 -19,400 2.08 29 55.5 % 0 %
142 Namibia 2,513,981 2.24 % 55,151 3 810,962 -274 3.6 21 46.1 % 0 %
143 Botswana 2,303,820 1.83 % 41,335 4 561,907 4,000 2.9 24 52 % 0 %
144 Qatar 2,291,368 2.51 % 56,013 197 11,608 72,700 2.08 31 N.A. 0 %
145 Lesotho 2,160,309 1.18 % 25,287 71 30,341 -4,000 3.26 21 27.6 % 0 %
146 TFYR Macedonia 2,081,012 0.12 % 2,559 83 25,224 -1,000 1.51 38 58 % 0 %
147 Slovenia 2,069,362 0.09 % 1,836 103 20,150 865 1.58 43 49.9 % 0 %
148 Gambia 2,054,986 3.22 % 64,062 203 10,118 -2,695 5.78 17 59.6 % 0 %
149 Latvia 1,955,742 -0.75 % -14,761 31 62,285 -14,688 1.48 43 69.6 % 0 %
150 Guinea-Bissau 1,888,429 2.39 % 44,104 67 28,102 -2,000 4.95 19 48.5 % 0 %
151 Gabon 1,763,142 2.19 % 37,850 7 259,286 1,000 4 21 88.8 % 0 %
152 Bahrain 1,396,829 1.42 % 19,592 1,838 760 5,983 2.1 30 87.8 % 0 %
153 Trinidad and Tobago 1,364,973 0.36 % 4,885 266 5,130 -1,000 1.8 34 8.3 % 0 %
154 Estonia 1,309,104 -0.26 % -3,454 31 42,366 -2,370 1.59 42 65.8 % 0 %
155 Swaziland 1,304,063 1.33 % 17,093 76 17,204 -1,200 3.36 21 21.3 % 0 %
156 Mauritius 1,277,459 0.33 % 4,247 629 2,030 0 1.5 35 38.9 % 0 %
157 Timor-Leste 1,211,245 2.24 % 26,480 82 14,862 -10,001 5.91 19 32.9 % 0 %
158 Cyprus 1,176,598 0.97 % 11,298 127 9,243 7,000 1.46 36 66.8 % 0 %
159 Djibouti 899,598 1.32 % 11,737 39 23,186 -3,199 3.3 24 78.6 % 0 %
160 Fiji 897,537 0.6 % 5,392 49 18,280 -5,744 2.61 28 54.1 % 0 %
161 Equatorial Guinea 869,587 2.9 % 24,527 31 28,051 4,000 4.97 21 37.9 % 0 %
162 Réunion 867,214 0.7 % 6,060 347 2,500 -2,512 2.24 34 99.3 % 0 %
163 Comoros 807,118 2.36 % 18,644 434 1,861 -2,000 4.6 20 27.7 % 0 %
164 Bhutan 784,103 1.2 % 9,273 21 38,063 2,000 2.1 27 39.5 % 0 %
165 Guyana 770,610 0.46 % 3,525 4 197,592 -5,456 2.6 25 30.2 % 0 %
166 Montenegro 626,101 0.05 % 320 47 13,436 -482 1.71 38 63.7 % 0 %
167 Macao 597,126 1.62 % 9,520 19,971 30 7,000 1.19 38 99.3 % 0 %
168 Solomon Islands 594,934 1.94 % 11,343 21 27,931 -2,374 4.06 20 22.8 % 0 %
169 Western Sahara 584,206 2.04 % 11,666 2 265,548 4,752 2.2 29 86.4 % 0 %
170 Luxembourg 576,243 1.61 % 9,133 223 2,590 9,741 1.57 39 86.3 % 0 %
171 Suriname 547,610 0.85 % 4,635 4 156,460 -1,000 2.4 29 66.6 % 0 %
172 Cabo Verde 526,993 1.25 % 6,491 131 4,029 -2,210 2.37 25 64.4 % 0 %
173 Guadeloupe 470,547 0.45 % 2,097 278 1,690 -749 2.17 39 98.8 % 0 %
174 Brunei 428,874 1.34 % 5,686 81 5,269 420 1.9 31 78.4 % 0 %
175 Malta 419,615 0.23 % 945 1,311 320 1,250 1.43 42 98.4 % 0 %
176 Martinique 396,364 -0.02 % -61 374 1,060 -1,137 1.95 46 91.2 % 0 %
177 Bahamas 392,718 1.21 % 4,699 39 10,018 1,934 1.89 32 82.9 % 0 %
178 Maldives 369,812 1.69 % 6,155 1,233 300 -11 2.18 26 45.8 % 0 %
179 Belize 366,942 2.13 % 7,655 16 22,791 1,519 2.64 24 42.5 % 0 %
180 Iceland 331,778 0.71 % 2,353 3 100,539 -76 1.96 36 96.7 % 0 %
181 French Polynesia 285,735 1.05 % 2,971 78 3,659 -100 2.07 32 55.8 % 0 %
182 Barbados 285,006 0.28 % 791 663 430 436 1.79 39 31.8 % 0 %
183 French Guiana 275,688 2.64 % 7,082 3 81,085 1,200 3.48 25 82.3 % 0 %
184 Vanuatu 270,470 2.2 % 5,818 22 12,183 121 3.41 22 26.3 % 0 %
185 New Caledonia 266,431 1.26 % 3,313 15 18,249 1,132 2.13 33 70.7 % 0 %
186 Mayotte 246,496 2.7 % 6,481 657 375 -300 4.1 19 45.4 % 0 %
187 Samoa 194,523 0.67 % 1,295 69 2,831 -2,538 4.16 21 19 % 0 %
188 Sao Tome and Principe 194,390 2.13 % 4,046 203 960 -1,120 4.67 19 70.1 % 0 %
189 Saint Lucia 186,383 0.75 % 1,384 306 610 8 1.92 31 18.5 % 0 %
190 Guam 172,094 1.3 % 2,209 319 540 0 2.42 30 94.6 % 0 %
191 Channel Islands 164,466 0.47 % 774 866 190 731 1.46 43 31.5 % 0 %
192 Curaçao 158,635 0.91 % 1,432 357 444 1,142 2.1 41 93.7 % 0 %
193 Kiribati 114,405 1.76 % 1,982 141 810 -426 3.79 22 41.6 % 0 %
194 St. Vincent & Grenadines 109,644 0.17 % 182 281 390 -1,000 2.01 30 50.8 % 0 %
195 Grenada 107,327 0.47 % 502 316 340 -855 2.18 27 35.5 % 0 %
196 Tonga 106,915 0.7 % 745 149 720 -1,616 3.79 21 23.8 % 0 %
197 United States Virgin Islands 106,415 0.12 % 124 304 350 -721 2.3 41 95.9 % 0 %
198 Micronesia 104,966 0.48 % 506 150 700 -1,638 3.33 22 22.5 % 0 %
199 Aruba 104,263 0.36 % 374 579 180 251 1.68 40 41.3 % 0 %
200 Seychelles 97,026 0.58 % 555 211 460 -310 2.33 33 52.6 % 0 %
201 Antigua and Barbuda 92,738 1 % 920 211 440 -11 2.1 31 23.4 % 0 %
202 Isle of Man 88,421 0.73 % 641 155 570 N.A. N.A. 51.8 % 0 %
203 Dominica 73,016 0.46 % 336 97 750 N.A. N.A. 69.8 % 0 %
204 Andorra 69,165 -1.86 % -1,308 147 470 N.A. N.A. 99.8 % 0 %
205 Bermuda 61,662 -0.55 % -342 1,233 50 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
206 Cayman Islands 60,764 1.33 % 797 253 240 N.A. N.A. 99.8 % 0 %
207 Greenland 56,196 0.02 % 10 0 561,960 N.A. N.A. 88.5 % 0 %
208 Saint Kitts and Nevis 56,183 1.1 % 611 216 260 N.A. N.A. 32 % 0 %
209 American Samoa 55,602 0.12 % 64 278 200 N.A. N.A. 87.5 % 0 %
210 Northern Mariana Islands 55,389 0.58 % 319 120 460 N.A. N.A. 89.2 % 0 %
211 Marshall Islands 53,069 0.14 % 76 295 180 N.A. N.A. 73.3 % 0 %
212 Faeroe Islands 48,239 0.08 % 40 35 1,394 N.A. N.A. 43.4 % 0 %
213 Sint Maarten 39,538 2.05 % 793 1,163 34 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
214 Monaco 37,863 0.35 % 132 25,411 1 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
215 Liechtenstein 37,776 0.65 % 245 236 160 N.A. N.A. 14.3 % 0 %
216 Turks and Caicos Islands 34,904 1.65 % 565 37 951 N.A. N.A. 92.5 % 0 %
217 Gibraltar 32,373 0.48 % 156 3,237 10 N.A. N.A. 90.7 % 0 %
218 San Marino 31,950 0.53 % 169 533 60 N.A. N.A. 94.2 % 0 %
219 British Virgin Islands 30,659 1.8 % 542 204 150 N.A. N.A. 44.1 % 0 %
220 Caribbean Netherlands 25,328 1.88 % 467 77 328 N.A. N.A. 59.8 % 0 %
221 Palau 21,501 0.99 % 210 47 460 N.A. N.A. 87.6 % 0 %
222 Cook Islands 20,948 0.55 % 115 87 240 N.A. N.A. 74.7 % 0 %
223 Anguilla 14,763 1.02 % 149 164 90 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
224 Wallis and Futuna 13,112 -0.3 % -39 94 140 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
225 Nauru 10,263 0.4 % 41 513 20 N.A. N.A. 99.1 % 0 %
226 Tuvalu 9,943 0.27 % 27 331 30 N.A. N.A. 60.6 % 0 %
227 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 6,301 0.21 % 13 27 230 N.A. N.A. 86.9 % 0 %
228 Montserrat 5,154 0.57 % 29 52 100 N.A. N.A. 9.1 % 0 %
229 Saint Helena 3,956 -0.13 % -5 10 392 N.A. N.A. 41.3 % 0 %
230 Falkland Islands 2,912 0.31 % 9 0 14,560 N.A. N.A. 80.7 % 0 %
231 Niue 1,612 0.12 % 2 6 260 N.A. N.A. 33.4 % 0 %
232 Tokelau 1,276 2.08 % 26 128 10 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
233 Holy See 801 0.12 % 1 1,821 0 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %

How many people have ever lived on earth?

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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

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The world population counter displayed on Worldometers takes into consideration data from two major sources: the United Nations and 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

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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.


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