July 29, 2015

World Population projections revised upwards by the U.N.

World Population to reach 10 billion in the year 2056, 6 years earlier than previously estimated.

On July 29, 2015, the United Nations Population Division released its World Population Prospects: 2015 Revision.

According to these latest projections, which are released every two years, the world population will reach 8.5 billion people in 2030 (the previous estimate was 8.4 billion), 9.7 billion people in 2050 (up from the previously estimated 9.55 billion), and 11.2 billion people in 2100 (up from the previously estimated 10.8 billion).

All these figures refer to the medium fertility hypothesis.

After the 7 billion mark reached in 2011, the next milestone of 8 billion is now projected to be passed in the year 2024 (unchanged from the previous estimate), 9 billion in 2038 (two years earlier than previously estimated), and 10 billion people is now the estimated world population of 2056 (the previously estimated year for the 10 billion milestone was 2062).

The current world population (as of today, July 29, 2015) is estimated at 7.3 billion.

Worldometer is currently analyzing the latest statistics provided by the U.N. and will be publishing new and updated sections in the coming days.

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