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Top 20 Largest Countries by Population (live)
1 China
    11 Mexico
 
2 India
    12 Philippines
 
3 U.S.A.
    13 Ethiopia
 
4 Indonesia
    14 Vietnam
 
5 Brazil
    15 Egypt
 
6 Pakistan
    16 Germany
7 Nigeria
    17 Iran
 
8 Bangladesh
    18 Turkey
 
9 Russia
  19 Congo
 
10 Japan
  20 Thailand
 


     





World Population sections:

World Population: Past, Present, and Future

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The chart above clearly illustrates how world population has changed in history.

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).

Sources:

World Population Milestones

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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.

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

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
2040
2050
2062
2100
Pop, (billions)
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
10.8

 

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Growth Rate

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Population in the world is currently growing at a rate of around 1.14% per year. The average population change is currently 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 43 years to increase by another 50%, to become 9 billion by 2042.

The latest United Nations projections indicate that world population will nearly stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2062.


Top 20 Countries 2013-2100

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By 2030 India's population is expected to surpass China's, to become the largest country in the world.
Nigeria's population is expected to surpass the U.S. population in 2045 to become the third-most populous country in the world, starting to rival China by the end of the century, with almost 1 billion people in 2100.

World Population by Region

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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).


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:


World Population by Country

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Rank
Country
Population (2014)
Share of
World Pop
1 Year Change
Area (Km²)
Density
(P/Km²)
1
1,393,783,836 19.24% 0.59% 9,596,947 145
2
1,267,401,849 17.50% 1.22% 3,287,265 386
3
322,583,006 4.45% 0.79% 9,629,056 34
4
252,812,245 3.49% 1.18% 1,904,567 133
5
202,033,670 2.79% 0.83% 8,514,209 24
6
185,132,926 2.56% 1.64% 796,096 233
7
178,516,904 2.46% 2.82% 923,766 193
8
158,512,570 2.19% 1.22% 143,998 1,101
9
142,467,651 1.97% -0.26% 17,076,310 8
10
126,999,808 1.75% -0.11% 377,873 336
11
123,799,215 1.71% 1.20% 1,958,198 63
12
100,096,496 1.38% 1.73% 300,000 334
13
96,506,031 1.33% 2.56% 1,104,302 87
14
92,547,959 1.28% 0.95% 331,689 279
15
83,386,739 1.15% 1.62% 1,001,450 83
16
82,652,256 1.14% -0.09% 357,021 232
17
78,470,222 1.08% 1.32% 1,648,188 48
18
75,837,020 1.05% 1.21% 783,562 97
19
69,360,118 0.96% 2.73% 2,344,832 30
20
67,222,972 0.93% 0.32% 513,113 131
21
64,641,279 0.89% 0.54% 551,500 117
22
63,489,234 0.88% 0.56% 242,900 261
23
61,070,224 0.84% 0.13% 301,318 203
24
53,718,958 0.74% 0.86% 676,578 79
25
53,139,528 0.73% 0.69% 1,221,037 44
26
Tanzania
50,757,459 0.70% 3.05% 945,081 54
27
South Korea
49,512,026 0.68% 0.51% 99,538 497
28
Colombia
48,929,706 0.68% 1.26% 1,138,907 43
29
Spain
47,066,402 0.65% 0.30% 505,992 93
30
Kenya
45,545,980 0.63% 2.69% 580,366 78
31
Ukraine
44,941,303 0.62% -0.66% 603,701 74
32
Argentina
41,803,125 0.58% 0.86% 2,780,387 15
33
Algeria
39,928,947 0.55% 1.84% 2,381,685 17
34
Uganda
38,844,624 0.54% 3.37% 241,037 161
35
Sudan
38,764,090 0.54% 2.11% 1,861,510 21
36
Poland
38,220,543 0.53% 0.01% 323,251 118
37
Canada
35,524,732 0.49% 0.98% 9,970,455 4
38
Iraq
34,768,761 0.48% 2.97% 438,319 79
39
Morocco
33,492,909 0.46% 1.47% 446,548 75
40
Afghanistan
31,280,518 0.43% 2.39% 652,085 48
41
Venezuela
30,851,343 0.43% 1.47% 912,060 34
42
Peru
30,769,077 0.42% 1.30% 1,285,204 24
43
Malaysia
30,187,896 0.42% 1.58% 329,847 92
44
Saudi Arabia
29,369,428 0.41% 1.88% 2,149,717 14
45
Uzbekistan
29,324,920 0.40% 1.35% 447,401 66
46
Nepal
28,120,740 0.39% 1.16% 147,181 191
47
Mozambique
26,472,977 0.37% 2.47% 801,580 33
48
Ghana
26,442,178 0.37% 2.08% 238,534 111
49
North Korea
25,026,588 0.35% 0.53% 120,538 208
50
Yemen
24,968,508 0.34% 2.30% 527,965 47
51
Australia
23,630,169 0.33% 1.23% 7,739,983 3
52
Madagascar
23,571,962 0.33% 2.82% 587,039 40
53
Cameroon
22,818,632 0.32% 2.54% 475,438 48
54
Angola
22,137,261 0.31% 3.10% 1,246,678 18
55
Syria
21,986,615 0.30% 0.40% 185,180 119
56
Romania
21,640,168 0.30% -0.27% 238,391 91
57
Sri Lanka
21,445,775 0.30% 0.81% 65,610 327
58
Côte d'Ivoire
20,804,774 0.29% 2.41% 322,465 65
59
Niger
18,534,802 0.26% 3.95% 1,266,990 15
60
Chile
17,772,871 0.25% 0.87% 756,614 23
61
Burkina Faso
17,419,615 0.24% 2.86% 274,001 64
62
Malawi
16,829,144 0.23% 2.85% 118,484 142
63
Netherlands
16,802,463 0.23% 0.26% 41,528 405
64
Kazakhstan
16,606,878 0.23% 1.01% 2,725,119 6
65
Ecuador
15,982,551 0.22% 1.55% 283,560 56
66
Guatemala
15,859,714 0.22% 2.53% 108,889 146
67
Mali
15,768,227 0.22% 3.05% 1,240,225 13
68
Cambodia
15,408,270 0.21% 1.80% 181,035 85
69
Zambia
15,021,002 0.21% 3.32% 752,631 20
70
Zimbabwe
14,599,325 0.20% 3.18% 390,753 37
71
Senegal
14,548,171 0.20% 2.94% 196,722 74
72
Chad
13,211,146 0.18% 3.01% 1,284,007 10
73
Rwanda
12,100,049 0.17% 2.75% 26,338 459
74
Guinea
12,043,898 0.17% 2.54% 245,859 49
75
South Sudan
11,738,718 0.16% 3.92% 644,312 18
76
Cuba
11,258,597 0.16% -0.06% 110,861 102
77
Belgium
11,144,420 0.15% 0.36% 30,528 365
78
Greece
11,128,404 0.15% 0.00% 131,956 84
79
Tunisia
11,116,899 0.15% 1.09% 163,609 68
80
Bolivia
10,847,664 0.15% 1.65% 1,098,609 10
81
Somalia
10,805,651 0.15% 2.95% 637,652 17
82
Czech Republic
10,740,468 0.15% 0.36% 78,866 136
83
Portugal
10,610,304 0.15% 0.02% 91,982 115
84
Benin
10,599,510 0.15% 2.67% 112,622 94
85
Dominican Republic
10,528,954 0.15% 1.20% 48,511 217
86
Burundi
10,482,752 0.14% 3.15% 27,834 377
87
Haiti
10,461,409 0.14% 1.40% 27,750 377
88
Hungary
9,933,173 0.14% -0.22% 93,032 107
89
Sweden
9,631,261 0.13% 0.63% 449,954 21
90
Azerbaijan
9,514,887 0.13% 1.08% 86,600 110
91
Serbia
9,468,378 0.13% -0.44% 88,361 107
92
United Arab Emirates
9,445,624 0.13% 1.06% 83,600 113
93
Belarus
9,307,609 0.13% -0.52% 207,602 45
94
Austria
8,526,429 0.12% 0.37% 83,858 102
95
Tajikistan
8,408,947 0.12% 2.45% 143,099 59
96
Honduras
8,260,749 0.11% 2.01% 112,088 74
97
Switzerland
8,157,896 0.11% 0.99% 41,284 198
98
Israel
7,822,107 0.11% 1.15% 22,145 353
99
Jordan
7,504,812 0.10% 3.18% 89,342 84
100
Papua New Guinea
7,476,108 0.10% 2.12% 462,831 16
101
Hong Kong
7,259,569 0.10% 0.77% 1,099 6,606
102
Bulgaria
7,167,998 0.10% -0.76% 110,912 65
103
Togo
6,993,244 0.10% 2.59% 56,785 123
104
Paraguay
6,917,579 0.10% 1.69% 406,749 17
105
Laos
6,894,098 0.10% 1.84% 236,797 29
106
Eritrea
6,536,176 0.09% 3.21% 117,599 56
107
El Salvador
6,383,752 0.09% 0.68% 21,041 303
108
Libya
6,253,452 0.09% 0.84% 1,759,553 4
109
Sierra Leone
6,205,382 0.09% 1.86% 71,740 86
110
Nicaragua
6,169,269 0.09% 1.46% 130,000 47
111
Denmark
5,640,184 0.08% 0.38% 43,094 131
112
Kyrgyzstan
5,625,015 0.08% 1.40% 199,901 28
113
Singapore
5,517,102 0.08% 1.95% 683 8,078
114
Slovakia
5,454,154 0.08% 0.07% 49,033 111
115
Finland
5,443,497 0.08% 0.32% 338,147 16
116
Turkmenistan
5,307,171 0.07% 1.28% 488,105 11
117
Norway
5,091,924 0.07% 0.98% 385,168 13
118
Lebanon
4,965,914 0.07% 2.99% 10,400 477
119
Costa Rica
4,937,755 0.07% 1.35% 51,100 97
120
Central African Republic
4,709,203 0.07% 2.01% 622,993 8
121
Ireland
4,677,340 0.06% 1.08% 70,273 67
122
Congo
4,558,594 0.06% 2.49% 342,006 13
123
New Zealand
4,551,349 0.06% 1.01% 270,527 17
124
State of Palestine
4,436,411 0.06% 2.55% 6,020 737
125
Liberia
4,396,873 0.06% 2.39% 111,370 39
126
Georgia
4,322,842 0.06% -0.42% 69,700 62
127
Croatia
4,272,044 0.06% -0.41% 56,538 76
128
Mauritania
3,984,457 0.06% 2.43% 1,025,600 4
129
Oman
3,926,492 0.05% 8.10% 309,489 13
130
Panama
3,926,017 0.05% 1.60% 75,516 52
131
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3,824,746 0.05% -0.12% 51,197 75
132
Puerto Rico
3,683,601 0.05% -0.13% 8,875 415
133
Kuwait
3,479,371 0.05% 3.29% 17,818 195
134
Moldova
3,461,380 0.05% -0.74% 33,851 102
135
Uruguay
3,418,694 0.05% 0.34% 175,012 20
136
Albania
3,185,413 0.04% 0.38% 28,748 111
137
Lithuania
3,008,287 0.04% -0.29% 65,300 46
138
Armenia
2,983,990 0.04% 0.25% 29,800 100
139
Mongolia
2,881,415 0.04% 1.49% 1,566,838 2
140
Jamaica
2,798,837 0.04% 0.54% 10,991 255
141
Namibia
2,347,988 0.03% 1.94% 824,434 3
142
Qatar
2,267,916 0.03% 4.58% 11,000 206
143
Macedonia
2,108,434 0.03% 0.06% 25,713 82
144
Lesotho
2,097,511 0.03% 1.11% 30,355 69
145
Slovenia
2,075,592 0.03% 0.17% 20,256 102
146
Latvia
2,041,111 0.03% -0.45% 64,600 32
147
Botswana
2,038,587 0.03% 0.86% 581,789 4
148
Gambia
1,908,954 0.03% 3.23% 11,295 169
149
Guinea-Bissau
1,745,798 0.02% 2.44% 36,125 48
150
Gabon
1,711,294 0.02% 2.37% 267,682 6
151
Trinidad and Tobago
1,344,235 0.02% 0.23% 5,130 262
152
Bahrain
1,344,111 0.02% 0.90% 694 1,937
153
Estonia
1,283,771 0.02% -0.27% 45,100 28
154
Swaziland
1,267,704 0.02% 1.46% 17,364 73
155
Mauritius
1,249,151 0.02% 0.38% 2,040 612
156
Cyprus
1,153,058 0.02% 1.04% 9,251 125
157
Timor-Leste
1,152,439 0.02% 1.73% 14,874 77
158
Fiji
887,027 0.01% 0.68% 18,274 49
159
Djibouti
886,313 0.01% 1.53% 23,200 38
160
Réunion
885,328 0.01% 1.14% 2,510 353
161
Guyana
803,677 0.01% 0.51% 214,944 4
162
Equatorial Guinea
778,061 0.01% 2.78% 28,051 28
163
Bhutan
765,552 0.01% 1.54% 47,001 16
164
Comoros
752,438 0.01% 2.38% 1,861 404
165
Montenegro
621,542 0.01% 0.03% 13,812 45
166
Western Sahara
585,646 0.01% 3.23% 265,961 2
167
Macau
575,481 0.01% 1.61% 26 22,134
168
Solomon Islands
572,865 0.01% 2.07% 28,896 20
169
Suriname
543,925 0.01% 0.86% 163,833 3
170
Luxembourg
536,761 0.01% 1.20% 2,586 208
171
Cape Verde
503,637 0.01% 0.95% 4,033 125
172
Guadeloupe
468,016 0.01% 0.48% 1,705 274
173
Malta
430,146 0.01% 0.27% 316 1,361
174
Brunei
423,205 0.01% 1.30% 5,765 73
175
Martinique
404,705 0.01% 0.25% 1,102 367
176
Bahamas
382,571 0.01% 1.38% 13,878 28
177
Maldives
351,572 0.00% 1.90% 298 1,180
178
Belize
339,758 0.00% 2.37% 22,966 15
179
Iceland
333,135 0.00% 1.09% 103,010 3
180
Barbados
286,066 0.00% 0.50% 430 665
181
French Polynesia
279,835 0.00% 1.09% 4,000 70
182
New Caledonia
259,824 0.00% 1.30% 18,575 14
183
Vanuatu
258,301 0.00% 2.19% 12,189 21
184
French Guiana
255,455 0.00% 2.50% 90,012 3
185
Mayotte
228,070 0.00% 2.66% 374 610
186
Sao Tome and Principe
197,882 0.00% 2.53% 964 205
187
Samoa
191,831 0.00% 0.77% 2,831 68
188
Saint Lucia
183,598 0.00% 0.73% 539 341
189
Guam
167,546 0.00% 1.47% 549 305
190
Channel Islands
162,778 0.00% 0.47% 195 835
191
Curaçao
161,836 0.00% 1.94% 444 364
192
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
109,371 0.00% 0.00% 388 282
193
United States Virgin Islands
106,792 0.00% 0.15% 347 308
194
Grenada
106,303 0.00% 0.38% 344 309
195
Tonga
105,782 0.00% 0.44% 650 163
196
Kiribati
103,942 0.00% 1.55% 726 143
197
Micronesia
103,903 0.00% 0.34% 702 148
198
Aruba
103,431 0.00% 0.51% 180 575
199
Seychelles
93,306 0.00% 0.50% 455 205
200
Antigua and Barbuda
90,903 0.00% 1.02% 442 206
201
Isle of Man
86,475 0.00% 0.68% 572 151
202
Andorra
80,153 0.00% 1.18% 468 171
203
Dominica
72,341 0.00% 0.47% 751 96
204
Bermuda
65,461 0.00% 0.18% 53 1,235
205
Cayman Islands
59,226 0.00% 1.35% 264 224
206
Greenland
57,164 0.00% 0.31% 2,198,615 0
207
American Samoa
55,320 0.00% 0.28% 199 278
208
Saint Kitts and Nevis
54,789 0.00% 1.10% 261 210
209
Northern Mariana Islands
54,531 0.00% 1.26% 464 118
210
Marshall Islands
52,772 0.00% 0.26% 181 292
211
Faeroe Islands
49,460 0.00% -0.02% 1,399 35
212
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
46,085 0.00% 1.88% 34 1,355
213
Monaco
38,066 0.00% 0.62% 1 25,548
214
Liechtenstein
37,194 0.00% 0.73% 160 232
215
Turks and Caicos Islands
33,736 0.00% 1.93% 430 78
216
San Marino
31,637 0.00% 0.60% 61 519
217
Gibraltar
29,335 0.00% 0.09% 6 4,889
218
British Virgin Islands
28,562 0.00% 0.78% 151 189
219
Palau
21,097 0.00% 0.86% 459 46
220
Cook Islands
20,732 0.00% 0.50% 236 88
221
Caribbean Netherlands
19,525 0.00% 2.06% 328 60
222
Anguilla
14,460 0.00% 1.12% 91 159
223
Wallis and Futuna Islands
13,206 0.00% -0.50% 200 66
224
Nauru
10,081 0.00% 0.30% 21 480
225
Tuvalu
9,894 0.00% 0.18% 26 381
226
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
6,046 0.00% 0.05% 242 25
227
Montserrat
5,135 0.00% 0.86% 102 50
228
Saint Helena
4,120 0.00% -0.22% 122 34
229
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
3,052 0.00% 0.26% 12,159 0
230
Niue
1,307 0.00% -2.75% 260 5
231
Tokelau
1,222 0.00% 2.26% 12 102
232
Holy See
799 0.00% 0.00% 0 1,816
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World Population: Gender, Age, Fertility Rate, Immigration

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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 specie, 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 2012 Revision provides the most recent data available (released on June 13, 2013). Estimates and projected world population and country specific populations are given from 1950 through 20100. According to the United Nations, world population has reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011.

    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.

    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 estimates of 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 UN data and that do not follow the user's PC clock.

Visitors around the world visiting a PC clock based counter, such as the the United Nations' one on http://7billionactions.org and http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion see different numbers depending on where they are located, and therefore have seen the clock reaching 7 billion whenever their locally set PC clocks reached 4:21:10 AM on October 31, 2011. As a test, try changing the date to yesterday on your computer clock, and watch what happens to http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion. With 39 time zones around the world, every visitor is seeing a different number right now on the United Nations clock. Look instead at Worldometers.

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 reaches 7 billion (or any other exact number), let alone at what time. But once an estimate is done (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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