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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 (2020) growing at a rate of around 1.05% per year (down from 1.08% in 2019, 1.10% in 2018, and 1.12% in 2017). The current average population increase is estimated at 81 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.

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 2057.

World Population (2020 and historical)

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Year
(July 1)
PopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
2020 7,794,798,739 1.05 % 81,330,639 30.9 2.47 52 56.2 % 4,378,993,944
2019 7,713,468,100 1.08 % 82,377,060 29.8 2.51 52 55.7 % 4,299,438,618
2018 7,631,091,040 1.10 % 83,232,115 29.8 2.51 51 55.3 % 4,219,817,318
2017 7,547,858,925 1.12 % 83,836,876 29.8 2.51 51 54.9 % 4,140,188,594
2016 7,464,022,049 1.14 % 84,224,910 29.8 2.51 50 54.4 % 4,060,652,683
2015 7,379,797,139 1.19 % 84,594,707 30 2.52 50 54.0 % 3,981,497,663
2010 6,956,823,603 1.24 % 82,983,315 28 2.58 47 51.7 % 3,594,868,146
2005 6,541,907,027 1.26 % 79,682,641 27 2.65 44 49.2 % 3,215,905,863
2000 6,143,493,823 1.35 % 79,856,169 26 2.78 41 46.7 % 2,868,307,513
1995 5,744,212,979 1.52 % 83,396,384 25 3.01 39 44.8 % 2,575,505,235
1990 5,327,231,061 1.81 % 91,261,864 24 3.44 36 43.0 % 2,290,228,096
1985 4,870,921,740 1.79 % 82,583,645 233.59 33 41.2 % 2,007,939,063
1980 4,458,003,514 1.79 % 75,704,582 23 3.86 30 39.3 % 1,754,201,029
1975 4,079,480,606 1.97 % 75,808,712 22 4.47 27 37.7 % 1,538,624,994
1970 3,700,437,046 2.07 % 72,170,690 224.93 25 36.6 % 1,354,215,496
1965 3,339,583,597 1.93 % 60,926,770 22 5.02 22 N.A. N.A.
1960 3,034,949,748 1.82 % 52,385,962 23 4.90 20 33.7 % 1,023,845,517
1955 2,773,019,936 1.80 % 47,317,757 23 4.97 19 N.A. N.A.
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 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 7,794,798,739 1.10 % 83,000,320 31 2.47 52 56.2 % 4,378,993,944
2025 8,184,437,460 0.98 % 77,927,744 32 2.54 55 58.3 % 4,774,646,303
2030 8,548,487,400 0.87 % 72,809,988 33 2.62 57 60.4 % 5,167,257,546
2035 8,887,524,213 0.78 % 67,807,363 34 2.70 60 62.5 % 5,555,833,477
2040 9,198,847,240 0.69 % 62,264,605 35 2.77 62 64.6 % 5,938,249,026
2045 9,481,803,274 0.61 % 56,591,207 35 2.85 64 66.6 % 6,312,544,819
2050 9,735,033,990 0.53 % 50,646,143 36 2.95 65 68.6 % 6,679,756,162
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

World Population Milestones

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10 Billion (2057)

The United Nations projects world population to reach 10 billion in the year 2057.

9 Billion (2037)

World population is expected to reach 9 billion in the year 2037.

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).

7.8 Billion (2020)

The current world population is 7.8 billion as of January 2020 [1] according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometer. 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, 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
2046
2057
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
10.9

World Population by Region

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#RegionPopulation
(2020)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 Asia 4,641,054,775 0.86 % 39,683,577 150 31,033,131 -1,729,112 2.2 32 0 % 59.5 %
2 Africa 1,340,598,147 2.49 % 32,533,952 45 29,648,481 -463,024 4.4 20 0 % 17.2 %
3 Europe 747,636,026 0.06 % 453,275 34 22,134,900 1,361,011 1.6 43 0 % 9.6 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 653,962,331 0.9 % 5,841,374 32 20,139,378 -521,499 2 31 0 % 8.4 %
5 Northern America 368,869,647 0.62 % 2,268,683 20 18,651,660 1,196,400 1.8 39 0 % 4.7 %
6 Oceania 42,677,813 1.31 % 549,778 5 8,486,460 156,226 2.4 33 0 % 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
(2020)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 China 1,439,323,776 0.39 % 5,540,090 153 9,388,211 -348,399 1.69 38 60.8 % 18.5 %
2 India 1,380,004,385 0.99 % 13,586,631 464 2,973,190 -532,687 2.2402 28 35 % 17.7 %
3 United States 331,002,651 0.59 % 1,937,734 36 9,147,420 954,806 1.7764 38 82.8 % 4.2 %
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 1.07 % 2,898,047 151 1,811,570 -98,955 2.3195 30 56.4 % 3.5 %
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2 % 4,327,022 287 770,880 -233,379 3.55 23 35.1 % 2.8 %
6 Brazil 212,559,417 0.72 % 1,509,890 25 8,358,140 21,200 1.74 33 87.6 % 2.7 %
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.58 % 5,175,990 226 910,770 -60,000 5.4168 18 52 % 2.6 %
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 1.01 % 1,643,222 1,265 130,170 -369,501 2.052 28 39.4 % 2.1 %
9 Russia 145,934,462 0.04 % 62,206 9 16,376,870 182,456 1.8205 40 73.7 % 1.9 %
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.06 % 1,357,224 66 1,943,950 -60,000 2.14 29 83.8 % 1.7 %
11 Japan 126,476,461 -0.3 % -383,840 347 364,555 71,560 1.3697 48 91.8 % 1.6 %
12 Ethiopia 114,963,588 2.57 % 2,884,858 115 1,000,000 30,000 4.3 19 21.3 % 1.5 %
13 Philippines 109,581,078 1.35 % 1,464,463 368 298,170 -67,152 2.58 26 47.5 % 1.4 %
14 Egypt 102,334,404 1.94 % 1,946,331 103 995,450 -38,033 3.33 25 43 % 1.3 %
15 Vietnam 97,338,579 0.91 % 876,473 314 310,070 -80,000 2.0556 32 37.7 % 1.2 %
16 DR Congo 89,561,403 3.19 % 2,770,836 40 2,267,050 23,861 5.9635 17 45.6 % 1.1 %
17 Turkey 84,339,067 1.09 % 909,452 110 769,630 283,922 2.08 32 75.7 % 1.1 %
18 Iran 83,992,949 1.3 % 1,079,043 52 1,628,550 -55,000 2.15 32 75.5 % 1.1 %
19 Germany 83,783,942 0.32 % 266,897 240 348,560 543,822 1.586 46 76.3 % 1.1 %
20 Thailand 69,799,978 0.25 % 174,396 137 510,890 19,444 1.5346 40 51.1 % 0.9 %
21 United Kingdom 67,886,011 0.53 % 355,839 281 241,930 260,650 1.75 40 83.2 % 0.9 %
22 France 65,273,511 0.22 % 143,783 119 547,557 36,527 1.8523 42 81.5 % 0.8 %
23 Italy 60,461,826 -0.15 % -88,249 206 294,140 148,943 1.33 47 69.5 % 0.8 %
24 Tanzania 59,734,218 2.98 % 1,728,755 67 885,800 -40,076 4.9237 18 37 % 0.8 %
25 South Africa 59,308,690 1.28 % 750,420 49 1,213,090 145,405 2.4139 28 66.7 % 0.8 %
26 Myanmar 54,409,800 0.67 % 364,380 83 653,290 -163,313 2.17 29 31.4 % 0.7 %
27 Kenya 53,771,296 2.28 % 1,197,323 94 569,140 -10,000 3.52 20 27.8 % 0.7 %
28 South Korea 51,269,185 0.09 % 43,877 527 97,230 11,731 1.11 44 81.8 % 0.7 %
29 Colombia 50,882,891 1.08 % 543,448 46 1,109,500 204,796 1.82 31 80.4 % 0.7 %
30 Spain 46,754,778 0.04 % 18,002 94 498,800 40,000 1.33 45 80.3 % 0.6 %
31 Uganda 45,741,007 3.32 % 1,471,413 229 199,810 168,694 5.01 17 25.7 % 0.6 %
32 Argentina 45,195,774 0.93 % 415,097 17 2,736,690 4,800 2.268 32 92.8 % 0.6 %
33 Algeria 43,851,044 1.85 % 797,990 18 2,381,740 -10,000 3.05 29 72.9 % 0.6 %
34 Sudan 43,849,260 2.42 % 1,036,022 25 1,765,048 -50,000 4.4345 20 35 % 0.6 %
35 Ukraine 43,733,762 -0.59 % -259,876 75 579,320 10,000 1.4435 41 69.4 % 0.6 %
36 Iraq 40,222,493 2.32 % 912,710 93 434,320 7,834 3.682 21 73.1 % 0.5 %
37 Afghanistan 38,928,346 2.33 % 886,592 60 652,860 -62,920 4.5552 18 25.4 % 0.5 %
38 Poland 37,846,611 -0.11 % -41,157 124 306,230 -29,395 1.4202 42 60.2 % 0.5 %
39 Canada 37,742,154 0.89 % 331,107 4 9,093,510 242,032 1.525 41 81.3 % 0.5 %
40 Morocco 36,910,560 1.2 % 438,791 83 446,300 -51,419 2.42 30 63.8 % 0.5 %
41 Saudi Arabia 34,813,871 1.59 % 545,343 16 2,149,690 134,979 2.34 32 84 % 0.4 %
42 Uzbekistan 33,469,203 1.48 % 487,487 79 425,400 -8,863 2.43 28 50.1 % 0.4 %
43 Peru 32,971,854 1.42 % 461,401 26 1,280,000 99,069 2.27 31 79.1 % 0.4 %
44 Angola 32,866,272 3.27 % 1,040,977 26 1,246,700 6,413 5.55 17 66.7 % 0.4 %
45 Malaysia 32,365,999 1.3 % 416,222 99 328,550 50,000 2.0105 30 78.4 % 0.4 %
46 Mozambique 31,255,435 2.93 % 889,399 40 786,380 -5,000 4.8858 18 38.3 % 0.4 %
47 Ghana 31,072,940 2.15 % 655,084 137 227,540 -10,000 3.8928 22 56.7 % 0.4 %
48 Yemen 29,825,964 2.28 % 664,042 56 527,970 -30,000 3.8372 20 38.4 % 0.4 %
49 Nepal 29,136,808 1.85 % 528,098 203 143,350 41,710 1.934 25 21.4 % 0.4 %
50 Venezuela 28,435,940 -0.28 % -79,889 32 882,050 -653,249 2.283 30 N.A. 0.4 %
51 Madagascar 27,691,018 2.68 % 721,711 48 581,795 -1,500 4.1085 20 38.5 % 0.4 %
52 Cameroon 26,545,863 2.59 % 669,483 56 472,710 -4,800 4.603 19 56.3 % 0.3 %
53 Côte d'Ivoire 26,378,274 2.57 % 661,730 83 318,000 -8,000 4.68 19 51.3 % 0.3 %
54 North Korea 25,778,816 0.44 % 112,655 214 120,410 -5,403 1.91 35 62.5 % 0.3 %
55 Australia 25,499,884 1.18 % 296,686 3 7,682,300 158,246 1.8316 38 85.9 % 0.3 %
56 Niger 24,206,644 3.84 % 895,929 19 1,266,700 4,000 6.95 15 16.5 % 0.3 %
57 Taiwan 23,816,775 0.18 % 42,899 673 35,410 30,001 1.15 42 78.9 % 0.3 %
58 Sri Lanka 21,413,249 0.42 % 89,516 341 62,710 -97,986 2.2102 34 18.4 % 0.3 %
59 Burkina Faso 20,903,273 2.86 % 581,895 76 273,600 -25,000 5.2315 18 30.6 % 0.3 %
60 Mali 20,250,833 3.02 % 592,802 17 1,220,190 -40,000 5.9215 16 44 % 0.3 %
61 Romania 19,237,691 -0.66 % -126,866 84 230,170 -73,999 1.6198 43 54.6 % 0.2 %
62 Malawi 19,129,952 2.69 % 501,205 203 94,280 -16,053 4.25 18 18.5 % 0.2 %
63 Chile 19,116,201 0.87 % 164,163 26 743,532 111,708 1.65 35 84.8 % 0.2 %
64 Kazakhstan 18,776,707 1.21 % 225,280 7 2,699,700 -18,000 2.7638 31 57.7 % 0.2 %
65 Zambia 18,383,955 2.93 % 522,925 25 743,390 -8,000 4.6555 18 45.3 % 0.2 %
66 Guatemala 17,915,568 1.9 % 334,096 167 107,160 -9,215 2.8989 23 51.8 % 0.2 %
67 Ecuador 17,643,054 1.55 % 269,392 71 248,360 36,400 2.44 28 63 % 0.2 %
68 Syria 17,500,658 2.52 % 430,523 95 183,630 -427,391 2.8398 26 60 % 0.2 %
69 Netherlands 17,134,872 0.22 % 37,742 508 33,720 16,000 1.66 43 92.5 % 0.2 %
70 Senegal 16,743,927 2.75 % 447,563 87 192,530 -20,000 4.65 19 49.4 % 0.2 %
71 Cambodia 16,718,965 1.41 % 232,423 95 176,520 -30,000 2.5238 26 24.2 % 0.2 %
72 Chad 16,425,864 3 % 478,988 13 1,259,200 2,000 5.7973 17 23.3 % 0.2 %
73 Somalia 15,893,222 2.92 % 450,317 25 627,340 -40,000 6.12 17 46.8 % 0.2 %
74 Zimbabwe 14,862,924 1.48 % 217,456 38 386,850 -116,858 3.6255 19 38.4 % 0.2 %
75 Guinea 13,132,795 2.83 % 361,549 53 245,720 -4,000 4.7384 18 38.6 % 0.2 %
76 Rwanda 12,952,218 2.58 % 325,268 525 24,670 -9,000 4.1 20 17.6 % 0.2 %
77 Benin 12,123,200 2.73 % 322,049 108 112,760 -2,000 4.8675 19 48.4 % 0.2 %
78 Burundi 11,890,784 3.12 % 360,204 463 25,680 2,001 5.45 17 13.8 % 0.2 %
79 Tunisia 11,818,619 1.06 % 123,900 76 155,360 -4,000 2.2 33 70.1 % 0.2 %
80 Bolivia 11,673,021 1.39 % 159,921 11 1,083,300 -9,504 2.75 26 69.3 % 0.1 %
81 Belgium 11,589,623 0.44 % 50,295 383 30,280 48,000 1.7148 42 98.3 % 0.1 %
82 Haiti 11,402,528 1.24 % 139,451 414 27,560 -35,000 2.96 24 56.9 % 0.1 %
83 Cuba 11,326,616 -0.06 % -6,867 106 106,440 -14,400 1.6166 42 78.3 % 0.1 %
84 South Sudan 11,193,725 1.19 % 131,612 18 610,952 -174,200 4.7359 19 24.6 % 0.1 %
85 Dominican Republic 10,847,910 1.01 % 108,952 225 48,320 -30,000 2.36 28 84.5 % 0.1 %
86 Czech Republic (Czechia) 10,708,981 0.18 % 19,772 139 77,240 22,011 1.6413 43 73.5 % 0.1 %
87 Greece 10,423,054 -0.48 % -50,401 81 128,900 -16,000 1.3024 46 84.9 % 0.1 %
88 Jordan 10,203,134 1 % 101,440 115 88,780 10,220 2.7723 24 91.5 % 0.1 %
89 Portugal 10,196,709 -0.29 % -29,478 111 91,590 -6,000 1.288 46 66.5 % 0.1 %
90 Azerbaijan 10,139,177 0.91 % 91,459 123 82,658 1,200 2.0835 32 56.2 % 0.1 %
91 Sweden 10,099,265 0.63 % 62,886 25 410,340 40,000 1.85 41 88.2 % 0.1 %
92 Honduras 9,904,607 1.63 % 158,490 89 111,890 -6,800 2.4872 24 57.3 % 0.1 %
93 United Arab Emirates 9,890,402 1.23 % 119,873 118 83,600 40,000 1.42 33 86.4 % 0.1 %
94 Hungary 9,660,351 -0.25 % -24,328 107 90,530 6,000 1.4911 43 71.7 % 0.1 %
95 Tajikistan 9,537,645 2.32 % 216,627 68 139,960 -20,000 3.6075 22 27.3 % 0.1 %
96 Belarus 9,449,323 -0.03 % -3,088 47 202,910 8,730 1.7099 40 79.2 % 0.1 %
97 Austria 9,006,398 0.57 % 51,296 109 82,409 65,000 1.5292 43 57.3 % 0.1 %
98 Papua New Guinea 8,947,024 1.95 % 170,915 20 452,860 -800 3.5883 22 13.1 % 0.1 %
99 Serbia 8,737,371 -0.4 % -34,864 100 87,460 4,000 1.4612 42 56.2 % 0.1 %
100 Israel 8,655,535 1.6 % 136,158 400 21,640 10,000 3.044 30 93.2 % 0.1 %
101 Switzerland 8,654,622 0.74 % 63,257 219 39,516 52,000 1.535 43 74.1 % 0.1 %
102 Togo 8,278,724 2.43 % 196,358 152 54,390 -2,000 4.3515 19 43.3 % 0.1 %
103 Sierra Leone 7,976,983 2.1 % 163,768 111 72,180 -4,200 4.319 19 43.3 % 0.1 %
104 Hong Kong 7,496,981 0.82 % 60,827 7,140 1,050 29,308 1.3262 45 N.A. 0.1 %
105 Laos 7,275,560 1.48 % 106,105 32 230,800 -14,704 2.7 24 35.7 % 0.1 %
106 Paraguay 7,132,538 1.25 % 87,902 18 397,300 -16,556 2.4455 26 61.6 % 0.1 %
107 Bulgaria 6,948,445 -0.74 % -51,674 64 108,560 -4,800 1.5584 45 75.6 % 0.1 %
108 Libya 6,871,292 1.38 % 93,840 4 1,759,540 -1,999 2.25 29 78.2 % 0.1 %
109 Lebanon 6,825,445 -0.44 % -30,268 667 10,230 -30,012 2.09 30 78.4 % 0.1 %
110 Nicaragua 6,624,554 1.21 % 79,052 55 120,340 -21,272 2.42 26 57.2 % 0.1 %
111 Kyrgyzstan 6,524,195 1.69 % 108,345 34 191,800 -4,000 3 26 35.6 % 0.1 %
112 El Salvador 6,486,205 0.51 % 32,652 313 20,720 -40,539 2.0529 28 73.4 % 0.1 %
113 Turkmenistan 6,031,200 1.5 % 89,111 13 469,930 -5,000 2.785 27 52.5 % 0.1 %
114 Singapore 5,850,342 0.79 % 46,005 8,358 700 27,028 1.209 42 N.A. 0.1 %
115 Denmark 5,792,202 0.35 % 20,326 137 42,430 15,200 1.7621 42 88.2 % 0.1 %
116 Finland 5,540,720 0.15 % 8,564 18 303,890 14,000 1.53 43 86.1 % 0.1 %
117 Congo 5,518,087 2.56 % 137,579 16 341,500 -4,000 4.45 19 69.9 % 0.1 %
118 Slovakia 5,459,642 0.05 % 2,629 114 48,088 1,485 1.502 41 53.7 % 0.1 %
119 Norway 5,421,241 0.79 % 42,384 15 365,268 28,000 1.68 40 83.4 % 0.1 %
120 Oman 5,106,626 2.65 % 131,640 16 309,500 87,400 2.93 31 87 % 0.1 %
121 State of Palestine 5,101,414 2.41 % 119,994 847 6,020 -10,563 3.6677 21 80 % 0.1 %
122 Costa Rica 5,094,118 0.92 % 46,557 100 51,060 4,200 1.7639 33 80 % 0.1 %
123 Liberia 5,057,681 2.44 % 120,307 53 96,320 -5,000 4.35 19 52.6 % 0.1 %
124 Ireland 4,937,786 1.13 % 55,291 72 68,890 23,604 1.8409 38 63 % 0.1 %
125 Central African Republic 4,829,767 1.78 % 84,582 8 622,980 -40,000 4.7541 18 43 % 0.1 %
126 New Zealand 4,822,233 0.82 % 39,170 18 263,310 14,881 1.9 38 86.9 % 0.1 %
127 Mauritania 4,649,658 2.74 % 123,962 5 1,030,700 5,000 4.585 20 56.9 % 0.1 %
128 Panama 4,314,767 1.61 % 68,328 58 74,340 11,200 2.4688 30 68 % 0.1 %
129 Kuwait 4,270,571 1.51 % 63,488 240 17,820 39,520 2.1 37 N.A. 0.1 %
130 Croatia 4,105,267 -0.61 % -25,037 73 55,960 -8,001 1.4461 44 57.7 % 0.1 %
131 Moldova 4,033,963 -0.23 % -9,300 123 32,850 -1,387 1.2552 38 42.7 % 0.1 %
132 Georgia 3,989,167 -0.19 % -7,598 57 69,490 -10,000 2.0615 38 58.1 % 0.1 %
133 Eritrea 3,546,421 1.41 % 49,304 35 101,000 -39,858 4.1 19 63.3 % 0 %
134 Uruguay 3,473,730 0.35 % 11,996 20 175,020 -3,000 1.98 36 96.1 % 0 %
135 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,280,819 -0.61 % -20,181 64 51,000 -21,585 1.27 43 52.3 % 0 %
136 Mongolia 3,278,290 1.65 % 53,123 2 1,553,560 -852 2.9023 28 67.2 % 0 %
137 Armenia 2,963,243 0.19 % 5,512 104 28,470 -4,998 1.7559 35 62.8 % 0 %
138 Jamaica 2,961,167 0.44 % 12,888 273 10,830 -11,332 1.991 31 55.4 % 0 %
139 Qatar 2,881,053 1.73 % 48,986 248 11,610 40,000 1.8805 32 96.2 % 0 %
140 Albania 2,877,797 -0.11 % -3,120 105 27,400 -14,000 1.62 36 63.5 % 0 %
141 Puerto Rico 2,860,853 -2.47 % -72,555 323 8,870 -97,986 1.22 44 N.A. 0 %
142 Lithuania 2,722,289 -1.35 % -37,338 43 62,674 -32,780 1.6698 45 71.3 % 0 %
143 Namibia 2,540,905 1.86 % 46,375 3 823,290 -4,806 3.4153 22 55.2 % 0 %
144 Gambia 2,416,668 2.94 % 68,962 239 10,120 -3,087 5.25 18 59.4 % 0 %
145 Botswana 2,351,627 2.08 % 47,930 4 566,730 3,000 2.8944 24 72.8 % 0 %
146 Gabon 2,225,734 2.45 % 53,155 9 257,670 3,260 4 23 87.1 % 0 %
147 Lesotho 2,142,249 0.8 % 16,981 71 30,360 -10,047 3.1641 24 31.5 % 0 %
148 North Macedonia 2,083,374 -0 % -85 83 25,220 -1,000 1.5 39 58.6 % 0 %
149 Slovenia 2,078,938 0.01 % 284 103 20,140 2,000 1.6 45 55.2 % 0 %
150 Guinea-Bissau 1,968,001 2.45 % 47,079 70 28,120 -1,399 4.51 19 44.9 % 0 %
151 Latvia 1,886,198 -1.08 % -20,545 30 62,200 -14,837 1.7167 44 68.6 % 0 %
152 Bahrain 1,701,575 3.68 % 60,403 2,239 760 47,800 1.9982 32 89.3 % 0 %
153 Equatorial Guinea 1,402,985 3.47 % 46,999 50 28,050 16,000 4.5543 22 73.3 % 0 %
154 Trinidad and Tobago 1,399,488 0.32 % 4,515 273 5,130 -800 1.7299 36 52.4 % 0 %
155 Estonia 1,326,535 0.07 % 887 31 42,390 3,911 1.5878 42 67.9 % 0 %
156 Timor-Leste 1,318,445 1.96 % 25,326 89 14,870 -5,385 4.1 21 32.8 % 0 %
157 Mauritius 1,271,768 0.17 % 2,100 626 2,030 0 1.3885 37 40.8 % 0 %
158 Cyprus 1,207,359 0.73 % 8,784 131 9,240 5,000 1.3375 37 66.8 % 0 %
159 Eswatini 1,160,164 1.05 % 12,034 67 17,200 -8,353 3.0257 21 30 % 0 %
160 Djibouti 988,000 1.48 % 14,440 43 23,180 900 2.7577 27 79 % 0 %
161 Fiji 896,445 0.73 % 6,492 49 18,270 -6,202 2.7874 28 59.1 % 0 %
162 Réunion 895,312 0.72 % 6,385 358 2,500 -1,256 2.2735 36 99.8 % 0 %
163 Comoros 869,601 2.2 % 18,715 467 1,861 -2,000 4.2365 20 29.4 % 0 %
164 Guyana 786,552 0.48 % 3,786 4 196,850 -6,000 2.4728 27 26.9 % 0 %
165 Bhutan 771,608 1.12 % 8,516 20 38,117 320 2 28 45.8 % 0 %
166 Solomon Islands 686,884 2.55 % 17,061 25 27,990 -1,600 4.435 20 23.2 % 0 %
167 Macao 649,335 1.39 % 8,890 21,645 30 5,000 1.2 39 N.A. 0 %
168 Montenegro 628,066 0.01 % 79 47 13,450 -480 1.7506 39 67.6 % 0 %
169 Luxembourg 625,978 1.66 % 10,249 242 2,590 9,741 1.45 40 88.2 % 0 %
170 Western Sahara 597,339 2.55 % 14,876 2 266,000 5,582 2.4149 28 86.8 % 0 %
171 Suriname 586,632 0.9 % 5,260 4 156,000 -1,000 2.4298 29 65.1 % 0 %
172 Cabo Verde 555,987 1.1 % 6,052 138 4,030 -1,342 2.2885 28 68 % 0 %
173 Maldives 540,544 1.81 % 9,591 1,802 300 11,370 1.88 30 34.5 % 0 %
174 Malta 441,543 0.27 % 1,171 1,380 320 900 1.45 43 93.2 % 0 %
175 Brunei 437,479 0.97 % 4,194 83 5,270 0 1.8482 32 79.5 % 0 %
176 Guadeloupe 400,124 0.02 % 68 237 1,690 -1,440 2.17 44 N.A. 0 %
177 Belize 397,628 1.86 % 7,275 17 22,810 1,200 2.32 25 46.1 % 0 %
178 Bahamas 393,244 0.97 % 3,762 39 10,010 1,000 1.76 32 86.1 % 0 %
179 Martinique 375,265 -0.08 % -289 354 1,060 -960 1.88 47 91.6 % 0 %
180 Iceland 341,243 0.65 % 2,212 3 100,250 380 1.77 37 94.4 % 0 %
181 Vanuatu 307,145 2.42 % 7,263 25 12,190 120 3.8 21 24.4 % 0 %
182 French Guiana 298,682 2.7 % 7,850 4 82,200 1,200 3.36 25 87.3 % 0 %
183 Barbados 287,375 0.12 % 350 668 430 -79 1.62 40 31.2 % 0 %
184 New Caledonia 285,498 0.97 % 2,748 16 18,280 502 1.97 34 71.9 % 0 %
185 French Polynesia 280,908 0.58 % 1,621 77 3,660 -1,000 1.95 34 64.1 % 0 %
186 Mayotte 272,815 2.5 % 6,665 728 375 0 3.7289 20 45.8 % 0 %
187 Sao Tome & Principe 219,159 1.91 % 4,103 228 960 -1,680 4.35 19 74 % 0 %
188 Samoa 198,414 0.67 % 1,317 70 2,830 -2,803 3.9029 22 18 % 0 %
189 Saint Lucia 183,627 0.46 % 837 301 610 0 1.4442 34 18.6 % 0 %
190 Channel Islands 173,863 0.93 % 1,604 915 190 1,351 1.502 43 29.8 % 0 %
191 Guam 168,775 0.89 % 1,481 313 540 -506 2.3193 31 94.9 % 0 %
192 Curaçao 164,093 0.41 % 669 370 444 515 1.76 42 88.7 % 0 %
193 Kiribati 119,449 1.57 % 1,843 147 810 -800 3.5836 23 57 % 0 %
194 Micronesia 115,023 1.06 % 1,208 164 700 -600 3.0763 24 21.5 % 0 %
195 Grenada 112,523 0.46 % 520 331 340 -200 2.0732 32 35.5 % 0 %
196 St. Vincent & Grenadines 110,940 0.32 % 351 284 390 -200 1.9019 33 52.9 % 0 %
197 Aruba 106,766 0.43 % 452 593 180 201 1.9 41 43.6 % 0 %
198 Tonga 105,695 1.15 % 1,201 147 720 -800 3.5763 22 24.3 % 0 %
199 U.S. Virgin Islands 104,425 -0.15 % -153 298 350 -451 2.0458 43 96.3 % 0 %
200 Seychelles 98,347 0.62 % 608 214 460 -200 2.46 34 56.2 % 0 %
201 Antigua and Barbuda 97,929 0.84 % 811 223 440 0 2 34 26.2 % 0 %
202 Isle of Man 85,033 0.53 % 449 149 570 N.A. N.A. 53.4 % 0 %
203 Andorra 77,265 0.16 % 123 164 470 N.A. N.A. 87.8 % 0 %
204 Dominica 71,986 0.25 % 178 96 750 N.A. N.A. 74.1 % 0 %
205 Cayman Islands 65,722 1.19 % 774 274 240 N.A. N.A. 97.2 % 0 %
206 Bermuda 62,278 -0.36 % -228 1,246 50 N.A. N.A. 97.4 % 0 %
207 Marshall Islands 59,190 0.68 % 399 329 180 N.A. N.A. 70 % 0 %
208 Northern Mariana Islands 57,559 0.6 % 343 125 460 N.A. N.A. 88.3 % 0 %
209 Greenland 56,770 0.17 % 98 0 410,450 N.A. N.A. 87.3 % 0 %
210 American Samoa 55,191 -0.22 % -121 276 200 N.A. N.A. 88.1 % 0 %
211 Saint Kitts & Nevis 53,199 0.71 % 376 205 260 N.A. N.A. 32.9 % 0 %
212 Faeroe Islands 48,863 0.38 % 185 35 1,396 N.A. N.A. 43.3 % 0 %
213 Sint Maarten 42,876 1.15 % 488 1,261 34 N.A. N.A. 96.5 % 0 %
214 Monaco 39,242 0.71 % 278 26,337 1 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
215 Turks and Caicos 38,717 1.38 % 526 41 950 N.A. N.A. 89.3 % 0 %
216 Saint Martin 38,666 1.75 % 664 730 53 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
217 Liechtenstein 38,128 0.29 % 109 238 160 N.A. N.A. 14.6 % 0 %
218 San Marino 33,931 0.21 % 71 566 60 N.A. N.A. 97.1 % 0 %
219 Gibraltar 33,691 -0.03 % -10 3,369 10 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
220 British Virgin Islands 30,231 0.67 % 201 202 150 N.A. N.A. 52.4 % 0 %
221 Caribbean Netherlands 26,223 0.94 % 244 80 328 N.A. N.A. 75 % 0 %
222 Palau 18,094 0.48 % 86 39 460 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
223 Cook Islands 17,564 0.09 % 16 73 240 N.A. N.A. 75.3 % 0 %
224 Anguilla 15,003 0.9 % 134 167 90 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
225 Tuvalu 11,792 1.25 % 146 393 30 N.A. N.A. 62.4 % 0 %
226 Wallis & Futuna 11,239 -1.69 % -193 80 140 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
227 Nauru 10,824 0.63 % 68 541 20 N.A. N.A. N.A. 0 %
228 Saint Barthelemy 9,877 0.3 % 30 470 21 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
229 Saint Helena 6,077 0.3 % 18 16 390 N.A. N.A. 27.2 % 0 %
230 Saint Pierre & Miquelon 5,794 -0.48 % -28 25 230 N.A. N.A. 99.8 % 0 %
231 Montserrat 4,992 0.06 % 3 50 100 N.A. N.A. 9.6 % 0 %
232 Falkland Islands 3,480 3.05 % 103 0 12,170 N.A. N.A. 66 % 0 %
233 Niue 1,626 0.68 % 11 6 260 N.A. N.A. 46.4 % 0 %
234 Tokelau 1,357 1.27 % 17 136 10 N.A. N.A. 0 % 0 %
235 Holy See 801 0.25 % 2 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 Worldometer 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 2019 Revision provides the most recent data available (released in June of 2019). Estimates and projected world population and country specific populations are given from 1950 through 2100 and are released every two years. Worldometer, 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 Worldometer clocks are the most accurate

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The above world population clock is based on the latest estimates released in June of 2019 by the United Nations and will show the same number wherever you are in the world and whatever time you set on your PC. Worldometer 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.