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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 (2018) growing at a rate of around 1.09% per year (down from 1.12% in 2017 and 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 (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 51 54.9 % 4,186,975,665
2017 7,550,262,101 1.12 % 83,297,821 29.9 2.51 51 54.4 % 4,110,778,369
2016 7,466,964,280 1.14 % 83,955,460 29.9 2.51 50 54.0 % 4,034,193,153
2015 7,383,008,820 1.19 % 84,967,932 30 2.52 50 53.6 % 3,957,285,013
2010 6,958,169,159 1.24 % 83,201,955 29 2.57 47 51.3 % 3,571,272,167
2005 6,542,159,383 1.26 % 79,430,479 27 2.63 44 48.9 % 3,199,013,076
2000 6,145,006,989 1.33 % 78,706,515 26 2.75 41 46.5 % 2,856,131,072
1995 5,751,474,416 1.53 % 84,106,191 25 3.02 39 44.7 % 2,568,062,984
1990 5,330,943,460 1.81 % 91,432,333 24 3.44 36 42.9 % 2,285,030,904
1985 4,873,781,796 1.80 % 83,074,052 233.60 33 41.1 % 2,003,049,795
1980 4,458,411,534 1.79 % 75,864,867 23 3.87 30 39.2 % 1,749,539,272
1975 4,079,087,198 1.97 % 75,701,910 22 4.46 27 37.6 % 1,534,721,238
1970 3,700,577,650 2.07 % 72,196,992 224.92 25 36.5 % 1,350,280,789
1965 3,339,592,688 1.94 % 61,276,032 23 4.96 22 N.A. N.A.
1960 3,033,212,527 1.82 % 52,193,998 23 4.89 20 33.6 % 1,019,494,911
1955 2,772,242,535 1.80 % 47,193,563 23 4.96 19 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 52 55.6 % 4,338,014,924
2025 8,185,613,757 0.98 % 78,026,290 32 2.43 55 57.5 % 4,705,773,576
2030 8,551,198,644 0.88 % 73,116,977 33 2.39 57 59.2 % 5,058,158,460
2035 8,892,701,940 0.79 % 68,300,659 34 2.35 60 60.7 % 5,394,234,712
2040 9,210,337,004 0.70 % 63,527,013 35 2.31 62 62.1 % 5,715,413,029
2045 9,504,209,572 0.63 % 58,774,514 35 2.27 64 63.5 % 6,030,924,065
2050 9,771,822,753 0.56 % 53,522,636 36 2.24 66 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 (2018)

The current world population is 7.6 billion as of August 2018 [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
(2018)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 Asia 4,545,133,094 0.9 % 40,704,721 146 31,033,131 -1,096,905 2.2 30 49.6 % 59.5 %
2 Africa 1,287,920,518 2.52 % 31,652,493 43 29,648,481 -655,581 4.7 19 40.6 % 16.9 %
3 Europe 742,648,010 0.08 % 574,157 34 22,134,900 810,747 1.6 42 74.3 % 9.7 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 652,012,001 0.99 % 6,418,748 32 20,139,378 -368,531 2.1 29 80.2 % 8.5 %
5 Northern America 363,844,490 0.73 % 2,636,679 20 18,651,660 1,128,272 1.9 38 83.5 % 4.8 %
6 Oceania 41,261,212 1.4 % 570,426 5 8,486,460 181,999 2.4 33 70.3 % 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
(2018)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 China 1,415,045,928 0.39 % 5,528,531 151 9,388,211 -339,690 1.6 37 59.3 % 18.5 %
2 India 1,354,051,854 1.11 % 14,871,727 455 2,973,190 -515,643 2.4383 27 33.2 % 17.7 %
3 U.S. 326,766,748 0.71 % 2,307,285 36 9,147,420 900,000 1.8765 38 83.7 % 4.3 %
4 Indonesia 266,794,980 1.06 % 2,803,601 147 1,811,570 -167,000 2.45 28 55.3 % 3.5 %
5 Brazil 210,867,954 0.75 % 1,579,676 25 8,358,140 3,185 1.78 31 85.3 % 2.8 %
6 Pakistan 200,813,818 1.93 % 3,797,863 260 770,880 -236,384 3.72 22 39.5 % 2.6 %
7 Nigeria 195,875,237 2.61 % 4,988,926 215 910,770 -60,000 5.74 18 51 % 2.6 %
8 Bangladesh 166,368,149 1.03 % 1,698,398 1,278 130,170 -505,297 2.2208 26 36.5 % 2.2 %
9 Russia 143,964,709 -0.02 % -25,045 9 16,376,870 203,577 1.6977 39 72.8 % 1.9 %
10 Mexico 130,759,074 1.24 % 1,595,798 67 1,943,950 -60,000 2.29 28 79.2 % 1.7 %
11 Japan 127,185,332 -0.23 % -299,118 349 364,555 71,627 1.4087 46 93.8 % 1.7 %
12 Ethiopia 107,534,882 2.46 % 2,577,444 108 1,000,000 -12,000 4.63 19 20.6 % 1.4 %
13 Philippines 106,512,074 1.52 % 1,593,984 357 298,170 -130,000 3.05 24 44.4 % 1.4 %
14 Egypt 99,375,741 1.87 % 1,822,590 100 995,450 -55,005 3.381 25 38.7 % 1.3 %
15 Viet Nam 96,491,146 0.99 % 950,346 311 310,070 -40,000 1.9624 30 35.2 % 1.3 %
16 DR Congo 84,004,989 3.28 % 2,665,001 37 2,267,050 3,012 6.4 17 40.5 % 1.1 %
17 Germany 82,293,457 0.22 % 179,233 236 348,560 355,425 1.427 46 75.8 % 1.1 %
18 Iran 82,011,735 1.05 % 848,947 50 1,628,550 -80,000 1.7453 30 75.2 % 1.1 %
19 Turkey 81,916,871 1.45 % 1,171,851 106 769,630 325,434 2.121 30 72.1 % 1.1 %
20 Thailand 69,183,173 0.21 % 145,660 135 510,890 33,463 1.5346 38 52.6 % 0.9 %
21 U.K. 66,573,504 0.59 % 391,919 275 241,930 198,000 1.8781 40 81.2 % 0.9 %
22 France 65,233,271 0.39 % 253,723 119 547,557 72,344 1.9821 41 81.1 % 0.9 %
23 Italy 59,290,969 -0.12 % -68,931 202 294,140 52,829 1.4275 46 71.8 % 0.8 %
24 Tanzania 59,091,392 3.11 % 1,781,373 67 885,800 -40,000 5.2395 17 32.6 % 0.8 %
25 South Africa 57,398,421 1.2 % 681,265 47 1,213,090 161,300 2.55 26 62.9 % 0.8 %
26 Myanmar 53,855,735 0.91 % 485,126 82 653,290 -94,856 2.3 28 36.8 % 0.7 %
27 South Korea 51,164,435 0.36 % 182,223 526 97,230 33,927 1.2331 41 81.6 % 0.7 %
28 Kenya 50,950,879 2.52 % 1,251,017 90 569,140 -10,000 4.1 19 26.7 % 0.7 %
29 Colombia 49,464,683 0.81 % 399,068 45 1,109,500 -29,000 1.9339 30 80.1 % 0.6 %
30 Spain 46,397,452 0.09 % 43,131 93 498,800 -114,000 1.3291 43 82.3 % 0.6 %
31 Argentina 44,688,864 0.94 % 417,823 16 2,736,690 6,000 2.345 31 89 % 0.6 %
32 Uganda 44,270,563 3.28 % 1,407,605 222 199,810 -30,000 5.9126 16 17.1 % 0.6 %
33 Ukraine 44,009,214 -0.48 % -213,733 76 579,320 -40,000 1.4889 40 70 % 0.6 %
34 Algeria 42,008,054 1.67 % 689,912 18 2,381,740 -28,654 2.96 28 73.4 % 0.6 %
35 Sudan 41,511,526 2.41 % 978,196 24 1,765,048 -117,877 4.75 19 35.3 % 0.5 %
36 Iraq 39,339,753 2.78 % 1,065,135 91 434,320 92,733 4.55 19 68.7 % 0.5 %
37 Poland 38,104,832 -0.17 % -65,880 124 306,230 -14,799 1.3338 40 60.7 % 0.5 %
38 Canada 36,953,765 0.9 % 329,566 4 9,093,510 229,144 1.61 41 82.3 % 0.5 %
39 Afghanistan 36,373,176 2.37 % 843,095 56 652,860 89,601 5.2552 17 26.3 % 0.5 %
40 Morocco 36,191,805 1.27 % 452,225 81 446,300 -61,422 2.6 28 59.9 % 0.5 %
41 Saudi Arabia 33,554,343 1.87 % 616,130 16 2,149,690 318,000 2.725 30 78.4 % 0.4 %
42 Peru 32,551,815 1.2 % 386,330 25 1,280,000 -48,000 2.5 27 79 % 0.4 %
43 Venezuela 32,381,221 1.26 % 404,156 37 882,050 -13,824 2.4047 27 89.7 % 0.4 %
44 Uzbekistan 32,364,996 1.42 % 454,355 76 425,400 -13,294 2.38 26 35 % 0.4 %
45 Malaysia 32,042,458 1.32 % 418,194 98 328,550 156,330 2.1059 28 76.5 % 0.4 %
46 Angola 30,774,205 3.32 % 990,012 25 1,246,700 17,464 5.95 16 37.6 % 0.4 %
47 Mozambique 30,528,673 2.9 % 859,839 39 786,380 -5,000 5.45 17 31.6 % 0.4 %
48 Nepal 29,624,035 1.09 % 319,037 207 143,350 -74,474 2.3178 23 19.6 % 0.4 %
49 Ghana 29,463,643 2.18 % 630,014 129 227,540 -10,000 4.1803 20 54.4 % 0.4 %
50 Yemen 28,915,284 2.35 % 664,864 55 527,970 -15,002 4.4 19 34.3 % 0.4 %
51 Madagascar 26,262,810 2.71 % 691,915 45 581,795 -1,500 4.4 19 37.1 % 0.3 %
52 North Korea 25,610,672 0.47 % 119,707 213 120,410 -5,403 1.95 34 61.2 % 0.3 %
53 Côte d'Ivoire 24,905,843 2.52 % 611,093 78 318,000 12,000 5.1357 18 51.4 % 0.3 %
54 Australia 24,772,247 1.32 % 321,686 3 7,682,300 182,621 1.885 37 90 % 0.3 %
55 Cameroon 24,678,234 2.6 % 624,507 52 472,710 -7,200 4.95 18 57.2 % 0.3 %
56 Taiwan 23,694,089 0.29 % 67,633 669 35,410 34,000 1.1058 40 77.5 % 0.3 %
57 Niger 22,311,375 3.88 % 834,027 18 1,266,700 -5,699 7.4 15 19 % 0.3 %
58 Sri Lanka 20,950,041 0.35 % 73,124 334 62,710 -96,954 2.1113 32 19.6 % 0.3 %
59 Burkina Faso 19,751,651 2.91 % 558,269 72 273,600 -25,000 5.6462 17 31.8 % 0.3 %
60 Romania 19,580,634 -0.5 % -98,672 85 230,170 -59,999 1.484 41 60.2 % 0.3 %
61 Malawi 19,164,728 2.91 % 542,624 203 94,280 -6,000 4.875 17 16.6 % 0.3 %
62 Mali 19,107,706 3.05 % 565,726 16 1,220,190 -60,490 6.35 16 39.5 % 0.3 %
63 Kazakhstan 18,403,860 1.1 % 199,361 7 2,699,700 31,961 2.7 29 49.9 % 0.2 %
64 Syria 18,284,407 0.08 % 14,539 100 183,630 -831,579 3.1 20 78.2 % 0.2 %
65 Chile 18,197,209 0.79 % 142,483 24 743,532 16,164 1.8199 34 90.8 % 0.2 %
66 Zambia 17,609,178 3.01 % 515,048 24 743,390 -6,898 5.2 17 41.1 % 0.2 %
67 Guatemala 17,245,346 1.96 % 331,843 161 107,160 -10,026 3.1923 21 53.6 % 0.2 %
68 Netherlands 17,084,459 0.28 % 48,521 507 33,720 12,537 1.732 42 91.3 % 0.2 %
69 Zimbabwe 16,913,261 2.32 % 383,357 44 386,850 -50,000 4 19 31.1 % 0.2 %
70 Ecuador 16,863,425 1.44 % 238,567 68 248,360 -7,600 2.5863 27 64.8 % 0.2 %
71 Senegal 16,294,270 2.8 % 443,703 85 192,530 -19,999 5 18 44.7 % 0.2 %
72 Cambodia 16,245,729 1.5 % 240,356 92 176,520 -30,000 2.7 24 21.7 % 0.2 %
73 Chad 15,353,184 3.04 % 453,190 12 1,259,200 20,000 6.31 16 22.2 % 0.2 %
74 Somalia 15,181,925 2.98 % 439,402 24 627,340 -45,374 6.6098 17 32.7 % 0.2 %
75 Guinea 13,052,608 2.64 % 335,432 53 245,720 -50,000 5.1345 18 39.3 % 0.2 %
76 South Sudan 12,919,053 2.73 % 343,339 21 610,952 85,000 5.15 19 20 % 0.2 %
77 Rwanda 12,501,156 2.4 % 292,749 507 24,670 -15,820 4.2 19 34 % 0.2 %
78 Tunisia 11,659,174 1.1 % 127,047 75 155,360 -13,193 2.2521 31 67 % 0.2 %
79 Belgium 11,498,519 0.61 % 69,183 380 30,280 51,734 1.7807 41 96.2 % 0.2 %
80 Cuba 11,489,082 0.04 % 4,446 108 106,440 -14,654 1.7057 41 75.5 % 0.2 %
81 Benin 11,485,674 2.77 % 309,982 102 112,760 -8,454 5.2202 18 46.3 % 0.2 %
82 Burundi 11,216,450 3.24 % 352,205 437 25,680 -14,000 6 18 13.7 % 0.1 %
83 Bolivia 11,215,674 1.48 % 164,074 10 1,083,300 -12,359 3.0424 24 71.8 % 0.1 %
84 Greece 11,142,161 -0.16 % -17,612 86 128,900 -32,360 1.3434 43 78.7 % 0.1 %
85 Haiti 11,112,945 1.2 % 131,716 403 27,560 -30,000 3.1299 23 61.4 % 0.1 %
86 Dominican Republic 10,882,996 1.08 % 115,998 225 48,320 -30,602 2.5262 26 82.3 % 0.1 %
87 Czech Republic 10,625,250 0.07 % 6,947 138 77,240 11,999 1.4789 41 74.7 % 0.1 %
88 Portugal 10,291,196 -0.37 % -38,310 112 91,590 -28,000 1.2831 44 67 % 0.1 %
89 Sweden 9,982,709 0.73 % 72,008 24 410,340 50,792 1.902 41 85.5 % 0.1 %
90 Azerbaijan 9,923,914 0.98 % 96,325 120 82,658 0 2.1 30 55.2 % 0.1 %
91 Jordan 9,903,802 2.08 % 201,449 112 88,780 195,057 3.6 22 67.8 % 0.1 %
92 Hungary 9,688,847 -0.34 % -32,712 107 90,530 6,000 1.3318 42 73.7 % 0.1 %
93 United Arab Emirates 9,541,615 1.5 % 141,470 114 83,600 96,000 1.82 33 92.1 % 0.1 %
94 Belarus 9,452,113 -0.17 % -16,225 47 202,910 15,160 1.64 40 75.1 % 0.1 %
95 Honduras 9,417,167 1.64 % 152,100 84 111,890 -3,000 2.65 23 53.4 % 0.1 %
96 Tajikistan 9,107,211 2.08 % 185,868 65 139,960 -20,000 3.5 22 27.5 % 0.1 %
97 Serbia 8,762,027 -0.32 % -28,547 100 87,460 -20,000 1.5915 40 59.2 % 0.1 %
98 Austria 8,751,820 0.19 % 16,367 106 82,409 53,434 1.4488 43 65.5 % 0.1 %
99 Switzerland 8,544,034 0.8 % 68,029 216 39,516 79,453 1.5258 42 73.6 % 0.1 %
100 Israel 8,452,841 1.58 % 131,271 391 21,640 3,899 3.044 30 90.3 % 0.1 %
101 Papua New Guinea 8,418,346 2.03 % 167,184 19 452,860 -200 3.8376 22 12.7 % 0.1 %
102 Togo 7,990,926 2.48 % 193,232 147 54,390 -1,999 4.6895 19 40 % 0.1 %
103 Sierra Leone 7,719,729 2.15 % 162,517 107 72,180 -4,200 4.8418 18 35.5 % 0.1 %
104 Hong Kong 7,428,887 0.87 % 64,004 7,075 1,050 14,978 1.2045 43 N.A. 0.1 %
105 Bulgaria 7,036,848 -0.67 % -47,723 65 108,560 -4,894 1.506 43 73.9 % 0.1 %
106 Laos 6,961,210 1.5 % 103,050 30 230,800 -35,498 2.93 23 44.3 % 0.1 %
107 Paraguay 6,896,908 1.26 % 85,611 17 397,300 -17,340 2.5988 25 64.7 % 0.1 %
108 Libya 6,470,956 1.51 % 96,340 4 1,759,540 -86,681 2.4 27 80.5 % 0.1 %
109 El Salvador 6,411,558 0.53 % 33,705 309 20,720 -48,083 2.17 26 69.5 % 0.1 %
110 Nicaragua 6,284,757 1.08 % 67,176 52 120,340 -27,000 2.3183 25 61.9 % 0.1 %
111 Kyrgyzstan 6,132,932 1.45 % 87,815 32 191,800 -27,580 3.1167 25 35.3 % 0.1 %
112 Lebanon 6,093,509 0.18 % 11,152 596 10,230 250,000 1.7168 29 72 % 0.1 %
113 Turkmenistan 5,851,466 1.62 % 93,391 12 469,930 -10,000 3 26 48.6 % 0.1 %
114 Singapore 5,791,901 1.45 % 83,057 8,274 700 67,586 1.233 40 N.A. 0.1 %
115 Denmark 5,754,356 0.36 % 20,805 136 42,430 21,368 1.73 42 87.8 % 0.1 %
116 Finland 5,542,517 0.35 % 19,286 18 303,890 16,283 1.77 42 84.1 % 0.1 %
117 Slovakia 5,449,816 0.04 % 2,154 113 48,088 2,269 1.39 39 53.5 % 0.1 %
118 Congo 5,399,895 2.64 % 139,145 16 341,500 -12,000 4.86 19 61.9 % 0.1 %
119 Norway 5,353,363 0.9 % 47,980 15 365,268 44,363 1.8191 39 80.5 % 0.1 %
120 Eritrea 5,187,948 2.35 % 119,117 51 101,000 -32,000 4.4 19 34 % 0.1 %
121 State of Palestine 5,052,776 2.68 % 132,052 839 6,020 -8,750 4.25 19 73.6 % 0.1 %
122 Costa Rica 4,953,199 0.97 % 47,430 97 51,060 3,932 1.8507 31 82.9 % 0.1 %
123 Liberia 4,853,516 2.57 % 121,610 50 96,320 -4,000 4.8323 19 50.8 % 0.1 %
124 Oman 4,829,946 4.18 % 193,684 16 309,500 163,500 2.9 29 72.7 % 0.1 %
125 Ireland 4,803,748 0.88 % 42,091 70 68,890 -27,999 1.996 37 65 % 0.1 %
126 New Zealand 4,749,598 0.93 % 43,780 18 263,310 18,179 2.0363 37 86 % 0.1 %
127 Central African Republic 4,737,423 1.68 % 78,343 8 622,980 -79,226 5.1 18 44 % 0.1 %
128 Mauritania 4,540,068 2.71 % 119,884 4 1,030,700 8,000 4.8816 20 59.3 % 0.1 %
129 Kuwait 4,197,128 1.46 % 60,600 236 17,820 134,000 2.05 33 90.3 % 0.1 %
130 Croatia 4,164,783 -0.59 % -24,570 74 55,960 -6,554 1.488 43 60.6 % 0.1 %
131 Panama 4,162,618 1.56 % 64,031 56 74,340 5,621 2.6002 28 67.7 % 0.1 %
132 Moldova 4,041,065 -0.25 % -10,147 123 32,850 -1,906 1.2693 36 37.8 % 0.1 %
133 Georgia 3,907,131 -0.13 % -4,930 56 69,490 -61,054 2 38 58.9 % 0.1 %
134 Puerto Rico 3,659,007 -0.11 % -4,124 413 8,870 -20,706 1.52 36 94 % 0 %
135 Bosnia & Herzegovina 3,503,554 -0.1 % -3,463 69 51,000 -32,274 1.314 41 43.8 % 0 %
136 Uruguay 3,469,551 0.37 % 12,801 20 175,020 -6,000 2.04 35 95.5 % 0 %
137 Mongolia 3,121,772 1.5 % 46,125 2 1,553,560 -3,000 2.8325 27 72.4 % 0 %
138 Albania 2,934,363 0.14 % 4,176 107 27,400 -18,685 1.7135 36 66.2 % 0 %
139 Armenia 2,934,152 0.13 % 3,702 103 28,470 -6,107 1.65 34 63.6 % 0 %
140 Jamaica 2,898,677 0.29 % 8,378 268 10,830 -18,619 2.08 29 54.7 % 0 %
141 Lithuania 2,876,475 -0.48 % -13,822 46 62,674 -29,243 1.594 43 68.6 % 0 %
142 Qatar 2,694,849 2.11 % 55,638 232 11,610 120,400 2 31 92 % 0 %
143 Namibia 2,587,801 2.13 % 54,007 3 823,290 -274 3.6 21 48.2 % 0 %
144 Botswana 2,333,201 1.81 % 41,540 4 566,730 3,000 2.875 24 52.8 % 0 %
145 Lesotho 2,263,010 1.33 % 29,671 75 30,360 -5,000 3.26 21 27.9 % 0 %
146 Gambia 2,163,765 3.01 % 63,197 214 10,120 -2,695 5.6226 17 61.3 % 0 %
147 TFYR Macedonia 2,085,051 0.09 % 1,891 83 25,220 -1,771 1.5033 37 58.1 % 0 %
148 Slovenia 2,081,260 0.06 % 1,284 103 20,140 3,314 1.575 43 49.8 % 0 %
149 Gabon 2,067,561 2.09 % 42,424 8 257,670 17,088 4 23 79.4 % 0 %
150 Latvia 1,929,938 -1.01 % -19,732 31 62,200 -16,665 1.4972 43 69.7 % 0 %
151 Guinea-Bissau 1,907,268 2.47 % 45,985 68 28,120 -2,001 4.9 19 51.8 % 0 %
152 Bahrain 1,566,993 4.99 % 74,409 2,062 760 8,400 2.12 31 81.3 % 0 %
153 Swaziland 1,391,385 1.76 % 24,131 81 17,200 -1,200 3.3 20 20.5 % 0 %
154 Trinidad and Tobago 1,372,598 0.25 % 3,473 268 5,130 -1,000 1.7959 34 8.1 % 0 %
155 Timor-Leste 1,324,094 2.14 % 27,783 89 14,870 -10,001 5.9124 17 32.4 % 0 %
156 Equatorial Guinea 1,313,894 3.64 % 46,205 47 28,050 18,000 4.9942 22 26.7 % 0 %
157 Estonia 1,306,788 -0.22 % -2,844 31 42,390 -2,103 1.5908 42 65.4 % 0 %
158 Mauritius 1,268,315 0.25 % 3,177 625 2,030 -2,416 1.4859 36 39.3 % 0 %
159 Cyprus 1,189,085 0.81 % 9,534 129 9,240 4,502 1.38 35 67.2 % 0 %
160 Djibouti 971,408 1.51 % 14,423 42 23,180 1,200 3.1 24 75 % 0 %
161 Fiji 912,241 0.74 % 6,739 50 18,270 -5,744 2.605 28 54.6 % 0 %
162 Réunion 883,247 0.76 % 6,685 353 2,500 -2,828 2.4 35 99.7 % 0 %
163 Comoros 832,347 2.26 % 18,435 447 1,861 -2,000 4.6 20 28.4 % 0 %
164 Bhutan 817,054 1.17 % 9,444 21 38,117 2,000 2.2 26 40.2 % 0 %
165 Guyana 782,225 0.56 % 4,366 4 196,850 -5,456 2.5988 25 30.3 % 0 %
166 Macao 632,418 1.58 % 9,851 21,081 30 8,470 1.1923 38 96.5 % 0 %
167 Montenegro 629,219 0.04 % 259 47 13,450 -622 1.7103 38 63.8 % 0 %
168 Solomon Islands 623,281 1.95 % 11,938 22 27,990 -2,374 4.0577 20 23.5 % 0 %
169 Luxembourg 590,321 1.18 % 6,866 228 2,590 9,741 1.5462 39 86.8 % 0 %
170 Suriname 568,301 0.87 % 4,899 4 156,000 -1,000 2.4598 28 65.2 % 0 %
171 Western Sahara 567,421 2.68 % 14,793 2 266,000 572 2.6 27 94.7 % 0 %
172 Cabo Verde 553,335 1.27 % 6,947 137 4,030 -2,210 2.497 24 63.6 % 0 %
173 Guadeloupe 449,173 -0.09 % -395 266 1,690 -2,001 1.9964 42 N.A. 0 %
174 Maldives 444,259 1.82 % 7,929 1,481 300 4,383 2.2228 28 41 % 0 %
175 Brunei 434,076 1.25 % 5,379 82 5,270 406 1.9 30 79.9 % 0 %
176 Malta 432,089 0.29 % 1,254 1,350 320 1,889 1.4143 41 96.2 % 0 %
177 Bahamas 399,285 0.99 % 3,924 40 10,010 1,934 1.81 33 83.5 % 0 %
178 Martinique 385,065 0.04 % 169 363 1,060 -3,354 1.9525 44 94.3 % 0 %
179 Belize 382,444 2.07 % 7,763 17 22,810 1,519 2.64 23 42.3 % 0 %
180 Iceland 337,780 0.82 % 2,755 3 100,250 -433 1.9838 36 97.1 % 0 %
181 French Guiana 289,763 2.49 % 7,032 4 82,200 1,200 3.4543 24 82.5 % 0 %
182 Barbados 286,388 0.23 % 669 666 430 436 1.79 39 31.9 % 0 %
183 French Polynesia 285,859 1.01 % 2,852 78 3,660 -1,000 2.0708 31 56.7 % 0 %
184 Vanuatu 282,117 2.13 % 5,873 23 12,190 121 3.4113 22 27 % 0 %
185 New Caledonia 279,821 1.29 % 3,566 15 18,280 1,132 2.24 33 70 % 0 %
186 Mayotte 259,682 2.62 % 6,637 692 375 -300 4.1 19 44.7 % 0 %
187 Sao Tome & Principe 208,818 2.2 % 4,491 218 960 -1,120 4.6677 18 69.4 % 0 %
188 Samoa 197,695 0.64 % 1,255 70 2,830 -2,538 4.1643 21 18.7 % 0 %
189 Saint Lucia 179,667 0.46 % 823 295 610 8 1.5073 33 19.6 % 0 %
190 Channel Islands 166,083 0.47 % 769 874 190 731 1.4564 43 31.8 % 0 %
191 Guam 165,718 0.91 % 1,489 307 540 -1,519 2.4192 30 N.A. 0 %
192 Curaçao 161,577 0.65 % 1,038 364 444 1,363 2.0655 41 93.4 % 0 %
193 Kiribati 118,414 1.73 % 2,016 146 810 -426 3.7875 22 41.8 % 0 %
194 St. Vincent & Grenadines 110,200 0.28 % 303 283 390 -1,000 2.0084 30 51.2 % 0 %
195 Tonga 109,008 0.91 % 988 151 720 -1,616 3.7886 21 24 % 0 %
196 Grenada 108,339 0.48 % 514 319 340 -855 2.1826 27 35.5 % 0 %
197 Micronesia 106,227 0.65 % 683 152 700 -1,638 3.3255 22 22.9 % 0 %
198 Aruba 105,670 0.39 % 406 587 180 251 1.8 40 40.7 % 0 %
199 U.S. Virgin Islands 104,914 0.01 % 13 300 350 -900 2.3 41 97.5 % 0 %
200 Antigua and Barbuda 103,050 1.02 % 1,038 234 440 -11 2.0963 31 20.9 % 0 %
201 Seychelles 95,235 0.53 % 498 207 460 -440 2.38 35 54.7 % 0 %
202 Isle of Man 84,831 0.65 % 544 149 570 N.A. N.A. 54.9 % 0 %
203 Andorra 76,953 -0.02 % -12 164 470 N.A. N.A. 89.8 % 0 %
204 Dominica 74,308 0.52 % 383 99 750 N.A. N.A. 69.8 % 0 %
205 Cayman Islands 62,348 1.28 % 789 260 240 N.A. N.A. 99.3 % 0 %
206 Bermuda 61,070 -0.45 % -279 1,221 50 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
207 Greenland 56,565 0.15 % 85 0 410,450 N.A. N.A. 88.5 % 0 %
208 Saint Kitts & Nevis 55,850 0.91 % 505 215 260 N.A. N.A. 33.1 % 0 %
209 American Samoa 55,679 0.07 % 38 278 200 N.A. N.A. 88.5 % 0 %
210 Northern Mariana Islands 55,194 0.09 % 50 120 460 N.A. N.A. 90 % 0 %
211 Marshall Islands 53,167 0.08 % 40 295 180 N.A. N.A. 74.8 % 0 %
212 Faeroe Islands 49,489 0.4 % 199 35 1,396 N.A. N.A. 43 % 0 %
213 Sint Maarten 40,552 1.08 % 432 1,193 34 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
214 Monaco 38,897 0.52 % 202 26,105 1 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
215 Liechtenstein 38,155 0.61 % 233 238 160 N.A. N.A. 14.3 % 0 %
216 Turks and Caicos 35,963 1.46 % 517 38 950 N.A. N.A. 93.1 % 0 %
217 Gibraltar 34,733 0.47 % 162 3,473 10 N.A. N.A. 84.6 % 0 %
218 San Marino 33,557 0.47 % 157 559 60 N.A. N.A. 90.4 % 0 %
219 British Virgin Islands 31,719 1.68 % 523 211 150 N.A. N.A. 44.1 % 0 %
220 Caribbean Netherlands 25,702 1.2 % 304 78 328 N.A. N.A. 60.7 % 0 %
221 Palau 21,964 1.08 % 235 48 460 N.A. N.A. 88.6 % 0 %
222 Cook Islands 17,411 0.18 % 31 73 240 N.A. N.A. 91.4 % 0 %
223 Anguilla 15,045 0.91 % 136 167 90 N.A. N.A. 100 % 0 %
224 Wallis & Futuna 11,683 -0.76 % -90 83 140 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
225 Nauru 11,312 -0.41 % -47 566 20 N.A. N.A. 91.1 % 0 %
226 Tuvalu 11,287 0.85 % 95 376 30 N.A. N.A. 55.3 % 0 %
227 Saint Pierre & Miquelon 6,342 0.35 % 22 28 230 N.A. N.A. 86.5 % 0 %
228 Montserrat 5,203 0.5 % 26 52 100 N.A. N.A. 9.2 % 0 %
229 Saint Helena 4,074 0.62 % 25 10 390 N.A. N.A. 40.9 % 0 %
230 Falkland Islands 2,922 0.41 % 12 0 12,170 N.A. N.A. 81.6 % 0 %
231 Niue 1,624 0.37 % 6 6 260 N.A. N.A. 32.8 % 0 %
232 Tokelau 1,319 1.46 % 19 132 10 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
233 Holy See 801 1.14 % 9 2,003 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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