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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 30 years (1960), 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 (2017) growing at a rate of around 1.12% per year (down from 1.14% in 2016). The current average population increase is estimated at 83 million people per year.

Annual growth rate reached its peak in the late 1960s, when it was at around 2%. The rate of increase has nearly halved since then, and will continue to decline in the coming years. It is estimated to reach 1% by 2023, less than 0.5% by 2052, and 0.25% in 2076 (a yearly addition of 27 million people to a population of 10.7 billion). In 2100, it should be only 0.09%, or an addition of only 10 million people to a total population of 11.2 billion.

World population will therefore continue to grow in the 21st century, but at a much 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 another nearly 40 years to increase by another 50% to become 9 billion by 2037.

The latest world population projections indicate that world population will reach 10 billion persons in the year 2055 and 11 billion in the year 2088.

World Population (2017/2018 and historical)

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Year
(July 1)
PopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
2018 7,632,819,325 1.09 % 82,557,224 29.9 2.51 76 54.9 % 4,186,975,665
2017 7,550,262,101 1.12 % 83,297,821 29.9 2.51 76 54.4 % 4,110,778,369
2016 7,466,964,280 1.14 % 83,955,460 29.9 2.51 75 54.0 % 4,034,193,153
2015 7,383,008,820 1.19 % 84,967,932 30 2.52 74 53.6 % 3,957,285,013
2010 6,958,169,159 1.24 % 83,201,955 29 2.57 70 51.3 % 3,571,272,167
2005 6,542,159,383 1.26 % 79,430,479 27 2.63 65 48.9 % 3,199,013,076
2000 6,145,006,989 1.33 % 78,706,515 26 2.75 61 46.5 % 2,856,131,072
1995 5,751,474,416 1.53 % 84,106,191 25 3.02 58 44.7 % 2,568,062,984
1990 5,330,943,460 1.81 % 91,432,333 24 3.44 53 42.9 % 2,285,030,904
1985 4,873,781,796 1.80 % 83,074,052 233.60 49 41.1 % 2,003,049,795
1980 4,458,411,534 1.79 % 75,864,867 23 3.87 45 39.2 % 1,749,539,272
1975 4,079,087,198 1.97 % 75,701,910 22 4.46 41 37.6 % 1,534,721,238
1970 3,700,577,650 2.07 % 72,196,992 224.92 37 36.5 % 1,350,280,789
1965 3,339,592,688 1.94 % 61,276,032 23 4.96 33 N.A. N.A.
1960 3,033,212,527 1.82 % 52,193,998 23 4.89 30 33.6 % 1,019,494,911
1955 2,772,242,535 1.80 % 47,193,563 23 4.96 28 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 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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World Population Forecast (2020-2050)

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Year
(July 1)
PopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
2020 7,795,482,309 1.09 % 82,494,698 31 2.47 78 55.6 % 4,338,014,924
2025 8,185,613,757 0.98 % 78,026,290 32 2.43 82 57.5 % 4,705,773,576
2030 8,551,198,644 0.88 % 73,116,977 33 2.39 86 59.2 % 5,058,158,460
2035 8,892,701,940 0.79 % 68,300,659 34 2.35 89 60.7 % 5,394,234,712
2040 9,210,337,004 0.70 % 63,527,013 35 2.31 92 62.1 % 5,715,413,029
2045 9,504,209,572 0.63 % 58,774,514 35 2.27 95 63.5 % 6,030,924,065
2050 9,771,822,753 0.56 % 53,522,636 36 2.24 98 64.9 % 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 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

World Population Milestones

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10 Billion (2055)

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

8 Billion (2023)

World population is expected to reach 8 billion people in 2023 according to the United Nations (in 2026 according to the U.S. Census Bureau).

7.6 Billion (2017)

The current world population is 7.6 billion as of October 2017 [1] according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers. The term "World Population" refers to the human population (the total number of humans currently living) of the world.

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: 1930
  • 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
1930
1950
1960
1974
1980
1987
1999
2011
2020
2023
2030
2037
2045
2055
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
7.8
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
11.2

World Population by Region

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#RegionPopulation
(2017)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 Asia 4,504,428,373 0.94 % 41,751,642 145 31,033,131 -1,096,905 2.2 30 49 % 59.7 %
2 Africa 1,256,268,025 2.55 % 31,187,515 42 29,648,481 -655,581 4.7 19 40.2 % 16.6 %
3 Europe 742,073,853 0.08 % 626,695 34 22,134,900 810,747 1.6 42 74.2 % 9.8 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 645,593,253 1.02 % 6,544,614 32 20,139,378 -368,531 2.1 29 80 % 8.6 %
5 Northern America 361,207,811 0.73 % 2,614,001 19 18,651,660 1,128,272 1.9 38 83.3 % 4.8 %
6 Oceania 40,690,786 1.43 % 573,354 5 8,486,460 181,999 2.4 33 70.4 % 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
(2017)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 China 1,409,517,397 0.43 % 6,017,032 150 9,388,211 -339,690 1.6 37 58.2 % 18.7 %
2 India 1,339,180,127 1.13 % 15,008,773 450 2,973,190 -515,643 2.4383 27 32.8 % 17.7 %
3 U.S. 324,459,463 0.71 % 2,279,858 35 9,147,420 900,000 1.8765 38 83.4 % 4.3 %
4 Indonesia 263,991,379 1.1 % 2,875,923 146 1,811,570 -167,000 2.45 28 54.6 % 3.5 %
5 Brazil 209,288,278 0.79 % 1,635,413 25 8,358,140 3,185 1.78 31 85.1 % 2.8 %
6 Pakistan 197,015,955 1.97 % 3,812,479 256 770,880 -236,384 3.72 22 39.1 % 2.6 %
7 Nigeria 190,886,311 2.63 % 4,896,671 210 910,770 -60,000 5.74 18 50.2 % 2.5 %
8 Bangladesh 164,669,751 1.05 % 1,718,191 1,265 130,170 -505,297 2.2208 26 35.7 % 2.2 %
9 Russia 143,989,754 0.02 % 25,241 9 16,376,870 203,577 1.6977 39 72.8 % 1.9 %
10 Mexico 129,163,276 1.27 % 1,622,853 66 1,943,950 -60,000 2.29 28 79.1 % 1.7 %
11 Japan 127,484,450 -0.21 % -264,063 350 364,555 71,627 1.4087 46 93.5 % 1.7 %
12 Ethiopia 104,957,438 2.49 % 2,554,242 105 1,000,000 -12,000 4.63 19 20.2 % 1.4 %
13 Philippines 104,918,090 1.55 % 1,597,868 352 298,170 -130,000 3.05 24 44.4 % 1.4 %
14 Egypt 97,553,151 1.95 % 1,864,470 98 995,450 -55,005 3.381 25 38.8 % 1.3 %
15 Viet Nam 95,540,800 1.03 % 971,728 308 310,070 -40,000 1.9624 30 34.7 % 1.3 %
16 Germany 82,114,224 0.24 % 199,552 236 348,560 355,425 1.427 46 75.9 % 1.1 %
17 DR Congo 81,339,988 3.31 % 2,603,835 36 2,267,050 3,012 6.4 17 40.2 % 1.1 %
18 Iran 81,162,788 1.1 % 885,360 50 1,628,550 -80,000 1.7453 30 74.6 % 1.1 %
19 Turkey 80,745,020 1.55 % 1,232,594 105 769,630 325,434 2.121 30 72 % 1.1 %
20 Thailand 69,037,513 0.25 % 173,999 135 510,890 33,463 1.5346 38 51.6 % 0.9 %
21 U.K. 66,181,585 0.6 % 393,011 274 241,930 198,000 1.8781 40 81 % 0.9 %
22 France 64,979,548 0.4 % 258,858 119 547,557 72,344 1.9821 41 80.8 % 0.9 %
23 Italy 59,359,900 -0.12 % -70,038 202 294,140 52,829 1.4275 46 71.5 % 0.8 %
24 Tanzania 57,310,019 3.13 % 1,737,818 65 885,800 -40,000 5.2395 17 31.9 % 0.8 %
25 South Africa 56,717,156 1.25 % 701,683 47 1,213,090 161,300 2.55 26 62.8 % 0.8 %
26 Myanmar 53,370,609 0.92 % 485,386 82 653,290 -94,856 2.3 28 36.3 % 0.7 %
27 South Korea 50,982,212 0.37 % 190,293 524 97,230 33,927 1.2331 41 81.4 % 0.7 %
28 Kenya 49,699,862 2.56 % 1,238,295 87 569,140 -10,000 4.1 19 26.2 % 0.7 %
29 Colombia 49,065,615 0.85 % 412,196 44 1,109,500 -29,000 1.9339 30 79.5 % 0.6 %
30 Spain 46,354,321 0.01 % 6,745 93 498,800 -114,000 1.3291 43 81.9 % 0.6 %
31 Argentina 44,271,041 0.97 % 423,611 16 2,736,690 6,000 2.345 31 89.1 % 0.6 %
32 Ukraine 44,222,947 -0.49 % -215,678 76 579,320 -40,000 1.4889 40 69.9 % 0.6 %
33 Uganda 42,862,958 3.31 % 1,374,993 215 199,810 -30,000 5.9126 16 16.8 % 0.6 %
34 Algeria 41,318,142 1.75 % 712,090 17 2,381,740 -28,654 2.96 28 73 % 0.5 %
35 Sudan 40,533,330 2.41 % 954,502 23 1,765,048 -117,877 4.75 19 35 % 0.5 %
36 Iraq 38,274,618 2.88 % 1,072,046 88 434,320 92,733 4.55 19 68.7 % 0.5 %
37 Poland 38,170,712 -0.14 % -53,698 125 306,230 -14,799 1.3338 40 60.6 % 0.5 %
38 Canada 36,624,199 0.92 % 334,377 4 9,093,510 229,144 1.61 41 82.1 % 0.5 %
39 Morocco 35,739,580 1.31 % 462,794 80 446,300 -61,422 2.6 28 59.6 % 0.5 %
40 Afghanistan 35,530,081 2.52 % 874,049 54 652,860 89,601 5.2552 17 26 % 0.5 %
41 Saudi Arabia 32,938,213 2.05 % 662,526 15 2,149,690 318,000 2.725 30 78.4 % 0.4 %
42 Peru 32,165,485 1.23 % 391,646 25 1,280,000 -48,000 2.5 27 78.7 % 0.4 %
43 Venezuela 31,977,065 1.3 % 408,886 36 882,050 -13,824 2.4047 27 89.6 % 0.4 %
44 Uzbekistan 31,910,641 1.48 % 463,846 75 425,400 -13,294 2.38 26 34.9 % 0.4 %
45 Malaysia 31,624,264 1.4 % 436,999 96 328,550 156,330 2.1059 28 75.8 % 0.4 %
46 Angola 29,784,193 3.37 % 970,730 24 1,246,700 17,464 5.95 16 37.1 % 0.4 %
47 Mozambique 29,668,834 2.91 % 839,358 38 786,380 -5,000 5.45 17 31.5 % 0.4 %
48 Nepal 29,304,998 1.11 % 322,227 204 143,350 -74,474 2.3178 23 19.2 % 0.4 %
49 Ghana 28,833,629 2.22 % 626,901 127 227,540 -10,000 4.1803 20 53.9 % 0.4 %
50 Yemen 28,250,420 2.42 % 666,207 54 527,970 -15,002 4.4 19 33.8 % 0.4 %
51 Madagascar 25,570,895 2.72 % 676,344 44 581,795 -1,500 4.4 19 36.4 % 0.3 %
52 North Korea 25,490,965 0.48 % 122,345 212 120,410 -5,403 1.95 34 61 % 0.3 %
53 Australia 24,450,561 1.35 % 324,713 3 7,682,300 182,621 1.885 37 90 % 0.3 %
54 Côte d'Ivoire 24,294,750 2.53 % 598,831 76 318,000 12,000 5.1357 18 50.9 % 0.3 %
55 Cameroon 24,053,727 2.62 % 614,538 51 472,710 -7,200 4.95 18 56.7 % 0.3 %
56 Taiwan 23,626,456 0.3 % 69,750 667 35,410 34,000 1.1058 40 77.3 % 0.3 %
57 Niger 21,477,348 3.89 % 804,361 17 1,266,700 -5,699 7.4 15 18.7 % 0.3 %
58 Sri Lanka 20,876,917 0.38 % 78,425 333 62,710 -96,954 2.1113 32 19.4 % 0.3 %
59 Romania 19,679,306 -0.5 % -98,777 85 230,170 -59,999 1.484 41 59.9 % 0.3 %
60 Burkina Faso 19,193,382 2.93 % 546,949 70 273,600 -25,000 5.6462 17 31.1 % 0.3 %
61 Malawi 18,622,104 2.93 % 530,529 198 94,280 -6,000 4.875 17 16.4 % 0.2 %
62 Mali 18,541,980 3.04 % 547,143 15 1,220,190 -60,490 6.35 16 38.7 % 0.2 %
63 Syria 18,269,868 -0.87 % -160,585 99 183,630 -831,579 3.1 20 75.1 % 0.2 %
64 Kazakhstan 18,204,499 1.21 % 216,763 7 2,699,700 31,961 2.7 29 50 % 0.2 %
65 Chile 18,054,726 0.81 % 144,972 24 743,532 16,164 1.8199 34 90.7 % 0.2 %
66 Zambia 17,094,130 3.03 % 502,740 23 743,390 -6,898 5.2 17 40.5 % 0.2 %
67 Netherlands 17,035,938 0.29 % 48,608 505 33,720 12,537 1.732 42 90.9 % 0.2 %
68 Guatemala 16,913,503 2 % 331,034 158 107,160 -10,026 3.1923 21 52.9 % 0.2 %
69 Ecuador 16,624,858 1.46 % 239,790 67 248,360 -7,600 2.5863 27 64.5 % 0.2 %
70 Zimbabwe 16,529,904 2.35 % 379,542 43 386,850 -50,000 4 19 31 % 0.2 %
71 Cambodia 16,005,373 1.54 % 243,003 91 176,520 -30,000 2.7 24 21.4 % 0.2 %
72 Senegal 15,850,567 2.85 % 438,953 82 192,530 -19,999 5 18 44.3 % 0.2 %
73 Chad 14,899,994 3.1 % 447,451 12 1,259,200 20,000 6.31 16 22.1 % 0.2 %
74 Somalia 14,742,523 2.96 % 424,527 24 627,340 -45,374 6.6098 17 32.4 % 0.2 %
75 Guinea 12,717,176 2.59 % 321,252 52 245,720 -50,000 5.1345 18 38.9 % 0.2 %
76 South Sudan 12,575,714 2.82 % 344,984 21 610,952 85,000 5.15 19 19.7 % 0.2 %
77 Rwanda 12,208,407 2.44 % 290,899 495 24,670 -15,820 4.2 19 33 % 0.2 %
78 Tunisia 11,532,127 1.13 % 128,879 74 155,360 -13,193 2.2521 31 66.9 % 0.2 %
79 Cuba 11,484,636 0.08 % 8,654 108 106,440 -14,654 1.7057 41 75.5 % 0.2 %
80 Belgium 11,429,336 0.62 % 70,957 377 30,280 51,734 1.7807 41 96.5 % 0.2 %
81 Benin 11,175,692 2.79 % 303,394 99 112,760 -8,454 5.2202 18 46 % 0.1 %
82 Greece 11,159,773 -0.21 % -23,943 87 128,900 -32,360 1.3434 43 78.3 % 0.1 %
83 Bolivia 11,051,600 1.5 % 163,718 10 1,083,300 -12,359 3.0424 24 71.4 % 0.1 %
84 Haiti 10,981,229 1.23 % 133,895 398 27,560 -30,000 3.1299 23 60.3 % 0.1 %
85 Burundi 10,864,245 3.23 % 340,128 423 25,680 -14,000 6 18 13.4 % 0.1 %
86 Dominican Republic 10,766,998 1.11 % 118,207 223 48,320 -30,602 2.5262 26 81.6 % 0.1 %
87 Czech Republic 10,618,303 0.07 % 7,356 137 77,240 11,999 1.4789 41 74.5 % 0.1 %
88 Portugal 10,329,506 -0.41 % -42,121 113 91,590 -28,000 1.2831 44 66.3 % 0.1 %
89 Sweden 9,910,701 0.74 % 73,168 24 410,340 50,792 1.902 41 85.4 % 0.1 %
90 Azerbaijan 9,827,589 1.05 % 102,213 119 82,658 0 2.1 30 55 % 0.1 %
91 Hungary 9,721,559 -0.33 % -31,722 107 90,530 6,000 1.3318 42 73.2 % 0.1 %
92 Jordan 9,702,353 2.61 % 246,551 109 88,780 195,057 3.6 22 68.5 % 0.1 %
93 Belarus 9,468,338 -0.12 % -11,704 47 202,910 15,160 1.64 40 75 % 0.1 %
94 United Arab Emirates 9,400,145 1.41 % 130,533 112 83,600 96,000 1.82 33 91.2 % 0.1 %
95 Honduras 9,265,067 1.67 % 152,200 83 111,890 -3,000 2.65 23 52.8 % 0.1 %
96 Tajikistan 8,921,343 2.13 % 186,392 64 139,960 -20,000 3.5 22 27.3 % 0.1 %
97 Serbia 8,790,574 -0.33 % -29,509 101 87,460 -20,000 1.5915 40 59.2 % 0.1 %
98 Austria 8,735,453 0.27 % 23,316 106 82,409 53,434 1.4488 43 65.2 % 0.1 %
99 Switzerland 8,476,005 0.88 % 74,266 214 39,516 79,453 1.5258 42 73.4 % 0.1 %
100 Israel 8,321,570 1.58 % 129,742 385 21,640 3,899 3.044 30 90.3 % 0.1 %
101 Papua New Guinea 8,251,162 2.06 % 166,171 18 452,860 -200 3.8376 22 12.6 % 0.1 %
102 Togo 7,797,694 2.52 % 191,320 143 54,390 -1,999 4.6895 19 39.6 % 0.1 %
103 Sierra Leone 7,557,212 2.18 % 161,022 105 72,180 -4,200 4.8418 18 35.3 % 0.1 %
104 Hong Kong 7,364,883 0.85 % 62,040 7,014 1,050 14,978 1.2045 43 N.A. 0.1 %
105 Bulgaria 7,084,571 -0.66 % -46,923 65 108,560 -4,894 1.506 43 73.7 % 0.1 %
106 Laos 6,858,160 1.48 % 99,807 30 230,800 -35,498 2.93 23 43.1 % 0.1 %
107 Paraguay 6,811,297 1.28 % 85,989 17 397,300 -17,340 2.5988 25 64.2 % 0.1 %
108 El Salvador 6,377,853 0.52 % 33,131 308 20,720 -48,083 2.17 26 69 % 0.1 %
109 Libya 6,374,616 1.29 % 81,363 4 1,759,540 -86,681 2.4 27 80.3 % 0.1 %
110 Nicaragua 6,217,581 1.1 % 67,653 52 120,340 -27,000 2.3183 25 61.4 % 0.1 %
111 Lebanon 6,082,357 1.26 % 75,689 595 10,230 250,000 1.7168 29 73 % 0.1 %
112 Kyrgyzstan 6,045,117 1.5 % 89,383 32 191,800 -27,580 3.1167 25 35.1 % 0.1 %
113 Turkmenistan 5,758,075 1.69 % 95,531 12 469,930 -10,000 3 26 48.5 % 0.1 %
114 Denmark 5,733,551 0.38 % 21,681 135 42,430 21,368 1.73 42 87.6 % 0.1 %
115 Singapore 5,708,844 1.54 % 86,389 8,155 700 67,586 1.233 40 N.A. 0.1 %
116 Finland 5,523,231 0.37 % 20,099 18 303,890 16,283 1.77 42 84.1 % 0.1 %
117 Slovakia 5,447,662 0.06 % 3,444 113 48,088 2,269 1.39 39 53.5 % 0.1 %
118 Norway 5,305,383 0.96 % 50,689 15 365,268 44,363 1.8191 39 80.1 % 0.1 %
119 Congo 5,260,750 2.63 % 134,929 15 341,500 -12,000 4.86 19 61.7 % 0.1 %
120 Eritrea 5,068,831 2.3 % 114,186 50 101,000 -32,000 4.4 19 33.2 % 0.1 %
121 State of Palestine 4,920,724 2.71 % 130,019 817 6,020 -8,750 4.25 19 73.5 % 0.1 %
122 Costa Rica 4,905,769 1 % 48,495 96 51,060 3,932 1.8507 31 82 % 0.1 %
123 Ireland 4,761,657 0.75 % 35,579 69 68,890 -27,999 1.996 37 64.7 % 0.1 %
124 Liberia 4,731,906 2.56 % 118,083 49 96,320 -4,000 4.8323 19 50.5 % 0.1 %
125 New Zealand 4,705,818 0.97 % 44,985 18 263,310 18,179 2.0363 37 86 % 0.1 %
126 Central African Republic 4,659,080 1.4 % 64,459 7 622,980 -79,226 5.1 18 43.6 % 0.1 %
127 Oman 4,636,262 4.78 % 211,500 15 309,500 163,500 2.9 29 74.6 % 0.1 %
128 Mauritania 4,420,184 2.77 % 119,166 4 1,030,700 8,000 4.8816 20 59 % 0.1 %
129 Croatia 4,189,353 -0.57 % -23,912 75 55,960 -6,554 1.488 43 60.1 % 0.1 %
130 Kuwait 4,136,528 2.07 % 83,944 232 17,820 134,000 2.05 33 89.6 % 0.1 %
131 Panama 4,098,587 1.6 % 64,468 55 74,340 5,621 2.6002 28 67.4 % 0.1 %
132 Moldova 4,051,212 -0.21 % -8,396 123 32,850 -1,906 1.2693 36 37.8 % 0.1 %
133 Georgia 3,912,061 -0.34 % -13,344 56 69,490 -61,054 2 38 58.9 % 0.1 %
134 Puerto Rico 3,663,131 -0.13 % -4,772 413 8,870 -20,706 1.52 36 93.9 % 0 %
135 Bosnia & Herzegovina 3,507,017 -0.28 % -9,799 69 51,000 -32,274 1.314 41 43.6 % 0 %
136 Uruguay 3,456,750 0.37 % 12,744 20 175,020 -6,000 2.04 35 95.4 % 0 %
137 Mongolia 3,075,647 1.59 % 48,249 2 1,553,560 -3,000 2.8325 27 71.8 % 0 %
138 Armenia 2,930,450 0.19 % 5,634 103 28,470 -6,107 1.65 34 63.8 % 0 %
139 Albania 2,930,187 0.13 % 3,839 107 27,400 -18,685 1.7135 36 65.1 % 0 %
140 Jamaica 2,890,299 0.31 % 8,944 267 10,830 -18,619 2.08 29 54.3 % 0 %
141 Lithuania 2,890,297 -0.62 % -17,952 46 62,674 -29,243 1.594 43 68.5 % 0 %
142 Qatar 2,639,211 2.7 % 69,407 227 11,610 120,400 2 31 92.7 % 0 %
143 Namibia 2,533,794 2.18 % 54,081 3 823,290 -274 3.6 21 47.5 % 0 %
144 Botswana 2,291,661 1.84 % 41,401 4 566,730 3,000 2.875 24 53 % 0 %
145 Lesotho 2,233,339 1.34 % 29,518 74 30,360 -5,000 3.26 21 27.5 % 0 %
146 Gambia 2,100,568 3.04 % 62,067 208 10,120 -2,695 5.6226 17 60.7 % 0 %
147 TFYR Macedonia 2,083,160 0.09 % 1,954 83 25,220 -1,771 1.5033 37 58.1 % 0 %
148 Slovenia 2,079,976 0.1 % 2,114 103 20,140 3,314 1.575 43 49.8 % 0 %
149 Gabon 2,025,137 2.29 % 45,351 8 257,670 17,088 4 23 79.2 % 0 %
150 Latvia 1,949,670 -1.06 % -20,860 31 62,200 -16,665 1.4972 43 69.4 % 0 %
151 Guinea-Bissau 1,861,283 2.51 % 45,585 66 28,120 -2,001 4.9 19 51.1 % 0 %
152 Bahrain 1,492,584 4.73 % 67,413 1,964 760 8,400 2.12 31 83.7 % 0 %
153 Trinidad and Tobago 1,369,125 0.3 % 4,163 267 5,130 -1,000 1.7959 34 8.2 % 0 %
154 Swaziland 1,367,254 1.8 % 24,156 79 17,200 -1,200 3.3 20 20.6 % 0 %
155 Estonia 1,309,632 -0.21 % -2,810 31 42,390 -2,103 1.5908 42 65.5 % 0 %
156 Timor-Leste 1,296,311 2.18 % 27,640 87 14,870 -10,001 5.9124 17 31.9 % 0 %
157 Equatorial Guinea 1,267,689 3.78 % 46,199 45 28,050 18,000 4.9942 22 26.8 % 0 %
158 Mauritius 1,265,138 0.24 % 3,006 623 2,030 -2,416 1.4859 36 39.3 % 0 %
159 Cyprus 1,179,551 0.81 % 9,426 128 9,240 4,502 1.38 35 67.2 % 0 %
160 Djibouti 956,985 1.55 % 14,652 41 23,180 1,200 3.1 24 75 % 0 %
161 Fiji 905,502 0.75 % 6,742 50 18,270 -5,744 2.605 28 54.3 % 0 %
162 Réunion 876,562 0.76 % 6,637 351 2,500 -2,828 2.4 35 99.4 % 0 %
163 Comoros 813,912 2.3 % 18,311 437 1,861 -2,000 4.6 20 28.2 % 0 %
164 Bhutan 807,610 1.23 % 9,845 21 38,117 2,000 2.2 26 39.5 % 0 %
165 Guyana 777,859 0.59 % 4,556 4 196,850 -5,456 2.5988 25 30.2 % 0 %
166 Montenegro 628,960 0.05 % 345 47 13,450 -622 1.7103 38 63.6 % 0 %
167 Macao 622,567 1.7 % 10,400 20,752 30 8,470 1.1923 38 96.7 % 0 %
168 Solomon Islands 611,343 1.99 % 11,924 22 27,990 -2,374 4.0577 20 23.1 % 0 %
169 Luxembourg 583,455 1.34 % 7,708 225 2,590 9,741 1.5462 39 86.5 % 0 %
170 Suriname 563,402 0.9 % 5,034 4 156,000 -1,000 2.4598 28 65.3 % 0 %
171 Western Sahara 552,628 2.58 % 13,873 2 266,000 572 2.6 27 94.3 % 0 %
172 Cabo Verde 546,388 1.27 % 6,828 136 4,030 -2,210 2.497 24 63.3 % 0 %
173 Guadeloupe 449,568 -0.09 % -407 266 1,690 -2,001 1.9964 42 N.A. 0 %
174 Maldives 436,330 2 % 8,574 1,454 300 4,383 2.2228 28 40.3 % 0 %
175 Malta 430,835 0.34 % 1,473 1,346 320 1,889 1.4143 41 96.2 % 0 %
176 Brunei 428,697 1.3 % 5,501 81 5,270 406 1.9 30 79.7 % 0 %
177 Bahamas 395,361 1.06 % 4,129 39 10,010 1,934 1.81 33 83.3 % 0 %
178 Martinique 384,896 -0.05 % -207 363 1,060 -3,354 1.9525 44 94.1 % 0 %
179 Belize 374,681 2.11 % 7,727 16 22,810 1,519 2.64 23 42.4 % 0 %
180 Iceland 335,025 0.77 % 2,551 3 100,250 -433 1.9838 36 96.8 % 0 %
181 Barbados 285,719 0.25 % 723 664 430 436 1.79 39 31.9 % 0 %
182 French Polynesia 283,007 1 % 2,799 77 3,660 -1,000 2.0708 31 56.8 % 0 %
183 French Guiana 282,731 2.55 % 7,018 3 82,200 1,200 3.4543 24 82.4 % 0 %
184 New Caledonia 276,255 1.31 % 3,578 15 18,280 1,132 2.24 33 69.6 % 0 %
185 Vanuatu 276,244 2.16 % 5,842 23 12,190 121 3.4113 22 26.7 % 0 %
186 Mayotte 253,045 2.66 % 6,556 675 375 -300 4.1 19 45 % 0 %
187 Sao Tome & Principe 204,327 2.21 % 4,417 213 960 -1,120 4.6677 18 68.8 % 0 %
188 Samoa 196,440 0.67 % 1,315 69 2,830 -2,538 4.1643 21 18.8 % 0 %
189 Saint Lucia 178,844 0.47 % 829 293 610 8 1.5073 33 19.5 % 0 %
190 Channel Islands 165,314 0.47 % 773 870 190 731 1.4564 43 31.6 % 0 %
191 Guam 164,229 0.82 % 1,333 304 540 -1,519 2.4192 30 N.A. 0 %
192 Curaçao 160,539 0.73 % 1,168 362 444 1,363 2.0655 41 93.4 % 0 %
193 Kiribati 116,398 1.75 % 2,003 144 810 -426 3.7875 22 41.7 % 0 %
194 St. Vincent & Grenadines 109,897 0.23 % 254 282 390 -1,000 2.0084 30 51 % 0 %
195 Tonga 108,020 0.84 % 898 150 720 -1,616 3.7886 21 23.9 % 0 %
196 Grenada 107,825 0.47 % 508 317 340 -855 2.1826 27 35.5 % 0 %
197 Micronesia 105,544 0.58 % 607 151 700 -1,638 3.3255 22 22.7 % 0 %
198 Aruba 105,264 0.42 % 442 585 180 251 1.8 40 40.9 % 0 %
199 U.S. Virgin Islands 104,901 -0.01 % -12 300 350 -900 2.3 41 97.4 % 0 %
200 Antigua and Barbuda 102,012 1.04 % 1,049 232 440 -11 2.0963 31 21.2 % 0 %
201 Seychelles 94,737 0.54 % 509 206 460 -440 2.38 35 54.5 % 0 %
202 Isle of Man 84,287 0.66 % 550 148 570 N.A. N.A. 54.8 % 0 %
203 Andorra 76,965 -0.41 % -316 164 470 N.A. N.A. 89.8 % 0 %
204 Dominica 73,925 0.52 % 382 99 750 N.A. N.A. 69.6 % 0 %
205 Cayman Islands 61,559 1.31 % 794 256 240 N.A. N.A. 99.6 % 0 %
206 Bermuda 61,349 -0.51 % -317 1,227 50 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
207 Greenland 56,480 0.12 % 68 0 410,450 N.A. N.A. 88.4 % 0 %
208 American Samoa 55,641 0.08 % 42 278 200 N.A. N.A. 87.9 % 0 %
209 Saint Kitts & Nevis 55,345 0.96 % 524 213 260 N.A. N.A. 33 % 0 %
210 Northern Mariana Islands 55,144 0.22 % 121 120 460 N.A. N.A. 89.9 % 0 %
211 Marshall Islands 53,127 0.11 % 61 295 180 N.A. N.A. 74 % 0 %
212 Faeroe Islands 49,290 0.35 % 173 35 1,396 N.A. N.A. 42.8 % 0 %
213 Sint Maarten 40,120 1.47 % 583 1,180 34 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
214 Monaco 38,695 0.51 % 196 25,970 1 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
215 Liechtenstein 37,922 0.68 % 256 237 160 N.A. N.A. 14.3 % 0 %
216 Turks and Caicos 35,446 1.56 % 546 37 950 N.A. N.A. 92.8 % 0 %
217 Gibraltar 34,571 0.47 % 163 3,457 10 N.A. N.A. 85 % 0 %
218 San Marino 33,400 0.59 % 197 557 60 N.A. N.A. 90.5 % 0 %
219 British Virgin Islands 31,196 1.74 % 535 208 150 N.A. N.A. 44.1 % 0 %
220 Caribbean Netherlands 25,398 1.51 % 379 77 328 N.A. N.A. 60.6 % 0 %
221 Palau 21,729 1.05 % 226 47 460 N.A. N.A. 88.1 % 0 %
222 Cook Islands 17,380 0.01 % 1 72 240 N.A. N.A. 90.8 % 0 %
223 Anguilla 14,909 0.98 % 145 166 90 N.A. N.A. 100 % 0 %
224 Wallis & Futuna 11,773 -1.06 % -126 84 140 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
225 Nauru 11,359 0.11 % 12 568 20 N.A. N.A. 90.1 % 0 %
226 Tuvalu 11,192 0.86 % 95 373 30 N.A. N.A. 54.8 % 0 %
227 Saint Pierre & Miquelon 6,320 0.24 % 15 27 230 N.A. N.A. 86.7 % 0 %
228 Montserrat 5,177 0.49 % 25 52 100 N.A. N.A. 9.2 % 0 %
229 Saint Helena 4,049 0.35 % 14 10 390 N.A. N.A. 40.7 % 0 %
230 Falkland Islands 2,910 0 % 0 0 12,170 N.A. N.A. 81.3 % 0 %
231 Niue 1,618 -0.37 % -6 6 260 N.A. N.A. 33.1 % 0 %
232 Tokelau 1,300 1.4 % 18 130 10 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
233 Holy See 792 -1.12 % -9 1,980 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 2017 Revision provides the most recent data available (released on June 21, 2017). 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 slightly increased the near term increases and adjusted some past data. The previous revision, in 2015, had already 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 June 21, 2017 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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