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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 growing at a rate of around 0.91% per year in 2024 (up from 0.88% in 2023, and down from 0.98% in 2020, and 1.06% in 2019). The current population increase is estimated at around 73 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 increase by 50% in the subsequent 40 years, to reach 9 billion by 2037.

The latest world population projections indicate that world population will reach 10 billion persons in the year 2057 and 10.4 billion in 2100.

World Population (2024 and historical)

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Year
(July 1)
PopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
2024 8,118,835,999 0.91 % 73,524,552 30.7 2.31 55
2023 8,045,311,447 0.88 % 70,206,291 30.5 2.31 54
2022 7,975,105,156 0.83 % 65,810,005 30.2 2.31 54
2021 7,909,295,151 0.87 % 68,342,271 30.0 2.32 53
2020 7,840,952,880 0.98 % 76,001,848 29.7 2.35 53
2015 7,426,597,537 1.23 % 88,198,886 28 2.52 50
2010 6,985,603,105 1.27 % 85,485,397 27 2.59 47
2005 6,558,176,119 1.30 % 81,855,429 26 2.62 44
2000 6,148,898,975 1.37 % 81,135,904 25 2.73 41
1995 5,743,219,454 1.56 % 85,408,718 24 2.88 39
1990 5,316,175,862 1.80 % 90,889,050 23 3.31 36
1985 4,861,730,613 1.81 % 83,544,581 223.52 33
1980 4,444,007,706 1.78 % 74,914,095 22 3.75 30
1975 4,069,437,231 1.95 % 74,809,379 21 4.08 27
1970 3,695,390,336 2.06 % 71,655,671 204.83 25
1965 3,337,111,983 2.02 % 63,575,710 21 5.08 22
1960 3,019,233,434 1.91 % 54,632,259 21 4.70 20
1955 2,746,072,141 1.90 % 49,349,997 22 5.01 18
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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World Population Forecast (2025-2050)

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Year
(July 1)
PopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
2025 8,191,988,453 0.88 % 70,207,115 31 2.30 55
2030 8,546,141,327 0.85 % 70,830,575 32 2.27 57
2035 8,879,397,401 0.77 % 66,651,215 33 2.23 60
2040 9,188,250,492 0.69 % 61,770,618 34 2.21 62
2045 9,467,543,575 0.60 % 55,858,617 35 2.18 64
2050 9,709,491,761 0.51 % 48,389,637 36 2.15 65
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

World Population Milestones

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10 Billion (2058)

The United Nations projects world population will reach 10 billion in the year 2058.

9 Billion (2037)

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

8.1 Billion (current)

The current world population is 8,111,484,614 as of Sunday, May 26, 2024 according to the most recent United Nations estimates [1] elaborated by Worldometer. The term "World Population" refers to the human population (the total number of humans currently living) of the world.

8 Billion (2022)

World population has reached 8 billion people on November 15, 2022 according to the United Nations. The U.S. Census Bureau International Database (IDB) estimates instead that the world population hit 8 billion on September 26, 2023. In their note, they added: "Emphasis on the word estimates. There are many sources of uncertainty in estimating the global population, and it’s unlikely this population milestone was reached on that exact date" [source]

7 Billion (2010)

According to the latest revision by the United Nations (released in 2022), world population reached 7 Billion in late 2010 (after being previously estimated as occurring on October 31, 2011). The U.S. Census Bureau made a different estimate, for which the 7 billion mark was reached on March 12, 2012.

6 Billion (1998)

According to the latest revision by the United Nations (released in 2022), the 6 billion figure was reached towards the end of 1998 (this was previously estimated as occurring 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 Bureau, 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 - 2022 (218 years): from 1 billion to 8 billion
Year
1
1000
1500
1650
1750
1804
1850
1900
1930
1950
1960
1974
1980
1987
1998
2010
2022
2029
2037
2046
2058
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
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
10.3

World Population by Region

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#RegionPopulation
(2023)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 Asia 4,753,079,727 0.64 % 30,444,963 153 31,033,131 -1,487,191 1.9 32 52.6 % 59.1 %
2 Africa 1,460,481,772 2.37 % 33,745,467 49 29,648,481 -535,151 4.2 19 44.7 % 18.2 %
3 Europe 742,272,652 -0.17 % -1,283,113 34 22,134,900 792,167 1.5 42 75.7 % 9.2 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 664,997,121 0.72 % 4,728,047 33 20,139,378 -161,800 1.8 31 84 % 8.3 %
5 Northern America 378,904,407 0.54 % 2,033,711 20 18,651,660 1,249,364 1.6 38 82.8 % 4.7 %
6 Oceania 45,575,768 1.19 % 537,216 5 8,486,460 142,770 2.1 33 66 % 0.6 %

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
(2023)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Land Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 India 1,428,627,663 0.81 % 11,454,490 481 2,973,190 -486,136 1.999 28 36.3 % 17.8 %
2 China 1,425,671,352 -0.02 % -215,985 152 9,388,211 -310,220 1.19 39 65 % 17.7 %
3 United States 339,996,563 0.5 % 1,706,706 37 9,147,420 999,700 1.662 38 82.9 % 4.2 %
4 Indonesia 277,534,122 0.74 % 2,032,783 153 1,811,570 -49,997 2.134 30 59.1 % 3.4 %
5 Pakistan 240,485,658 1.98 % 4,660,796 312 770,880 -165,988 3.347 21 34.7 % 3 %
6 Nigeria 223,804,632 2.41 % 5,263,420 246 910,770 -59,996 5.063 17 53.9 % 2.8 %
7 Brazil 216,422,446 0.52 % 1,108,948 26 8,358,140 6,000 1.621 34 88.4 % 2.7 %
8 Bangladesh 172,954,319 1.03 % 1,767,947 1,329 130,170 -309,977 1.936 27 40.9 % 2.1 %
9 Russia 144,444,359 -0.19 % -268,955 9 16,376,870 -136,414 1.522 39 74.7 % 1.8 %
10 Mexico 128,455,567 0.75 % 951,442 66 1,943,950 -50,239 1.79 30 87.8 % 1.6 %
11 Ethiopia 126,527,060 2.55 % 3,147,136 127 1,000,000 -11,999 3.976 19 22.1 % 1.6 %
12 Japan 123,294,513 -0.53 % -657,179 338 364,555 99,994 1.315 49 93.5 % 1.5 %
13 Philippines 117,337,368 1.54 % 1,778,359 394 298,170 -69,996 2.69 25 47.1 % 1.5 %
14 Egypt 112,716,598 1.56 % 1,726,495 113 995,450 -29,998 2.845 24 41.3 % 1.4 %
15 DR Congo 102,262,808 3.29 % 3,252,596 45 2,267,050 -14,999 6.051 16 45.5 % 1.3 %
16 Vietnam 98,858,950 0.68 % 672,094 319 310,070 -82,700 1.933 33 40.4 % 1.2 %
17 Iran 89,172,767 0.7 % 622,197 55 1,628,550 -39,998 1.677 33 74.2 % 1.1 %
18 Turkey 85,816,199 0.56 % 474,958 112 769,630 -318,067 1.863 32 77.1 % 1.1 %
19 Germany 83,294,633 -0.09 % -75,210 239 348,560 155,751 1.534 45 77.1 % 1 %
20 Thailand 71,801,279 0.15 % 104,249 141 510,890 18,999 1.316 40 52 % 0.9 %
21 United Kingdom 67,736,802 0.34 % 227,866 280 241,930 165,790 1.57 40 85.5 % 0.8 %
22 Tanzania 67,438,106 2.96 % 1,940,358 76 885,800 -39,997 4.588 17 38 % 0.8 %
23 France 64,756,584 0.2 % 129,956 118 547,557 67,761 1.786 42 83.9 % 0.8 %
24 South Africa 60,414,495 0.87 % 520,610 50 1,213,090 58,496 2.317 28 69 % 0.8 %
25 Italy 58,870,762 -0.28 % -166,712 200 294,140 58,496 1.301 48 71.9 % 0.7 %
26 Kenya 55,100,586 1.99 % 1,073,099 97 569,140 -10,000 3.24 20 30.7 % 0.7 %
27 Myanmar 54,577,997 0.74 % 398,691 84 653,290 -34,998 2.117 30 33 % 0.7 %
28 Colombia 52,085,168 0.41 % 211,144 47 1,109,500 -175,051 1.689 32 81 % 0.6 %
29 South Korea 51,784,059 -0.06 % -31,751 533 97,230 29,998 0.883 44 81.7 % 0.6 %
30 Uganda 48,582,334 2.82 % 1,332,749 243 199,810 -126,181 4.357 16 28.6 % 0.6 %
31 Sudan 48,109,006 2.63 % 1,234,802 27 1,765,048 -9,999 4.323 19 35.3 % 0.6 %
32 Spain 47,519,628 -0.08 % -39,002 95 498,800 39,998 1.294 45 79.6 % 0.6 %
33 Argentina 45,773,884 0.58 % 263,566 17 2,736,690 3,718 1.862 32 94.3 % 0.6 %
34 Algeria 45,606,480 1.57 % 703,255 19 2,381,740 -9,999 2.767 28 74.6 % 0.6 %
35 Iraq 45,504,560 2.27 % 1,008,438 105 434,320 -6,000 3.397 20 70.6 % 0.6 %
36 Afghanistan 42,239,854 2.7 % 1,111,083 65 652,860 -65,846 4.407 17 25.9 % 0.5 %
37 Poland 41,026,067 2.93 % 1,168,922 134 306,230 -910,475 1.468 40 55.2 % 0.5 %
38 Canada 38,781,291 0.85 % 326,964 4 9,093,510 249,746 1.469 41 81.4 % 0.5 %
39 Morocco 37,840,044 1.02 % 382,073 85 446,300 -39,998 2.274 29 65.9 % 0.5 %
40 Saudi Arabia 36,947,025 1.48 % 538,205 17 2,149,690 28,998 2.358 31 83.5 % 0.5 %
41 Ukraine 36,744,634 -7.45 % -2,957,105 63 579,320 1,784,718 1.281 45 81.9 % 0.5 %
42 Angola 36,684,202 3.08 % 1,095,215 29 1,246,700 -1,000 5.124 16 67.6 % 0.5 %
43 Uzbekistan 35,163,944 1.55 % 536,292 83 425,400 -19,999 2.755 27 49.5 % 0.4 %
44 Yemen 34,449,825 2.24 % 753,211 65 527,970 -29,914 3.64 19 37.3 % 0.4 %
45 Peru 34,352,719 0.89 % 303,131 27 1,280,000 -61,442 2.144 29 79.1 % 0.4 %
46 Malaysia 34,308,525 1.09 % 370,304 104 328,550 48,997 1.774 31 78.3 % 0.4 %
47 Ghana 34,121,985 1.93 % 646,115 150 227,540 -9,999 3.455 21 56.7 % 0.4 %
48 Mozambique 33,897,354 2.81 % 927,836 43 786,380 -5,000 4.478 17 40.2 % 0.4 %
49 Nepal 30,896,590 1.14 % 349,010 216 143,350 -62,012 1.987 24 22.1 % 0.4 %
50 Madagascar 30,325,732 2.41 % 714,018 52 581,795 -1,500 3.734 19 40 % 0.4 %
51 Côte d'Ivoire 28,873,034 2.53 % 712,492 91 318,000 6,000 4.288 18 51.9 % 0.4 %
52 Venezuela 28,838,499 1.9 % 536,803 33 882,050 321,106 2.171 28 N.A. 0.4 %
53 Cameroon 28,647,293 2.63 % 732,757 61 472,710 -4,800 4.302 18 57.9 % 0.4 %
54 Niger 27,202,843 3.8 % 994,866 21 1,266,700 1,000 6.668 15 16.9 % 0.3 %
55 Australia 26,439,111 1 % 261,698 3 7,682,300 139,991 1.6 38 86.1 % 0.3 %
56 North Korea 26,160,821 0.35 % 91,405 217 120,410 -2,000 1.79 36 63.2 % 0.3 %
57 Taiwan 23,923,276 0.13 % 29,882 676 35,410 23,999 1.15 42 80.2 % 0.3 %
58 Mali 23,293,698 3.1 % 700,108 19 1,220,190 -39,998 5.787 15 43.9 % 0.3 %
59 Burkina Faso 23,251,485 2.55 % 577,723 85 273,600 -24,998 4.566 17 31.8 % 0.3 %
60 Syria 23,227,014 4.98 % 1,101,765 126 183,630 757,103 2.673 22 53.1 % 0.3 %
61 Sri Lanka 21,893,579 0.28 % 61,436 349 62,710 -77,495 1.959 33 18.7 % 0.3 %
62 Malawi 20,931,751 2.58 % 526,434 222 94,280 -6,000 3.791 17 19.3 % 0.3 %
63 Zambia 20,569,737 2.76 % 552,062 28 743,390 -5,000 4.179 17 45.9 % 0.3 %
64 Romania 19,892,812 1.19 % 233,545 86 230,170 -254,616 1.742 41 52.5 % 0.2 %
65 Chile 19,629,590 0.13 % 25,857 26 743,532 -71,205 1.529 36 84.6 % 0.2 %
66 Kazakhstan 19,606,633 1.08 % 208,635 7 2,699,700 0 3.024 30 57.3 % 0.2 %
67 Chad 18,278,568 3.13 % 555,253 15 1,259,200 -2,000 6.12 15 23.7 % 0.2 %
68 Ecuador 18,190,484 1.05 % 189,484 73 248,360 -21,525 1.995 28 64.2 % 0.2 %
69 Somalia 18,143,378 3.1 % 545,867 29 627,340 -30,000 6.098 15 46.5 % 0.2 %
70 Guatemala 18,092,026 1.39 % 248,118 169 107,160 -9,110 2.318 23 55.5 % 0.2 %
71 Senegal 17,763,163 2.58 % 446,714 92 192,530 -19,999 4.252 18 51.9 % 0.2 %
72 Netherlands 17,618,299 0.31 % 54,285 522 33,720 29,998 1.638 42 91.6 % 0.2 %
73 Cambodia 16,944,826 1.06 % 176,984 96 176,520 -29,998 2.281 27 26.2 % 0.2 %
74 Zimbabwe 16,665,409 2.11 % 344,872 43 386,850 -9,999 3.385 18 36.7 % 0.2 %
75 Guinea 14,190,612 2.39 % 331,271 58 245,720 -4,000 4.217 18 39.8 % 0.2 %
76 Rwanda 14,094,683 2.31 % 317,985 571 24,670 -8,999 3.692 19 17.7 % 0.2 %
77 Benin 13,712,828 2.7 % 359,964 122 112,760 -200 4.818 18 47.9 % 0.2 %
78 Burundi 13,238,559 2.71 % 348,983 516 25,680 2,000 4.878 16 14.6 % 0.2 %
79 Tunisia 12,458,223 0.83 % 102,106 80 155,360 -4,000 2.042 32 69.3 % 0.2 %
80 Bolivia 12,388,571 1.35 % 164,461 11 1,083,300 -3,000 2.547 24 69.2 % 0.2 %
81 Haiti 11,724,763 1.21 % 139,767 425 27,560 -31,811 2.733 23 59.8 % 0.1 %
82 Belgium 11,686,140 0.26 % 30,210 386 30,280 23,999 1.592 41 98.7 % 0.1 %
83 Jordan 11,337,052 0.45 % 51,183 128 88,780 -157,392 2.745 24 85 % 0.1 %
84 Dominican Republic 11,332,972 0.93 % 104,151 235 48,320 -29,099 2.212 28 85.2 % 0.1 %
85 Cuba 11,194,449 -0.16 % -17,742 105 106,440 -6,000 1.457 41 79.7 % 0.1 %
86 South Sudan 11,088,796 1.61 % 175,632 18 610,952 -23,291 4.251 17 28 % 0.1 %
87 Sweden 10,612,086 0.59 % 62,739 26 410,340 39,998 1.669 40 86.3 % 0.1 %
88 Honduras 10,593,798 1.54 % 160,938 95 111,890 -5,034 2.306 24 57.8 % 0.1 %
89 Czech Republic (Czechia) 10,495,295 0.01 % 1,309 136 77,240 22,011 1.698 43 75.5 % 0.1 %
90 Azerbaijan 10,412,651 0.53 % 54,577 126 82,658 0 1.652 32 57.1 % 0.1 %
91 Greece 10,341,277 -0.42 % -43,694 80 128,900 5,000 1.375 45 85.9 % 0.1 %
92 Papua New Guinea 10,329,931 1.85 % 187,312 23 452,860 -800 3.099 22 12.3 % 0.1 %
93 Portugal 10,247,605 -0.23 % -23,260 112 91,590 9,999 1.371 46 67 % 0.1 %
94 Hungary 10,156,239 1.9 % 188,931 112 90,530 -156,677 1.58 42 68.3 % 0.1 %
95 Tajikistan 10,143,543 1.92 % 190,756 72 139,960 -19,999 3.096 22 27.9 % 0.1 %
96 United Arab Emirates 9,516,871 0.8 % 75,742 114 83,600 0 1.437 34 94 % 0.1 %
97 Belarus 9,498,238 -0.39 % -36,716 47 202,910 -4,282 1.508 41 79.5 % 0.1 %
98 Israel 9,174,520 1.51 % 136,211 424 21,640 9,999 2.917 29 92.1 % 0.1 %
99 Togo 9,053,799 2.32 % 205,100 166 54,390 -2,000 4.136 19 44.2 % 0.1 %
100 Austria 8,958,960 0.22 % 19,343 109 82,409 19,999 1.48 43 58.7 % 0.1 %
101 Switzerland 8,796,669 0.64 % 56,197 223 39,516 39,998 1.502 42 74.6 % 0.1 %
102 Sierra Leone 8,791,092 2.15 % 185,374 122 72,180 -4,000 3.791 19 43 % 0.1 %
103 Laos 7,633,779 1.39 % 104,304 33 230,800 -9,999 2.408 24 37.3 % 0.1 %
104 Hong Kong 7,491,609 0.04 % 2,744 7,135 1,050 19,999 0.771 46 N.A. 0.1 %
105 Serbia 7,149,077 -1 % -72,288 82 87,460 -9,999 1.528 43 68.8 % 0.1 %
106 Nicaragua 7,046,310 1.41 % 97,918 59 120,340 -8,000 2.252 25 56.1 % 0.1 %
107 Libya 6,888,388 1.12 % 76,047 4 1,759,540 -2,000 2.355 27 81.7 % 0.1 %
108 Paraguay 6,861,524 1.19 % 80,780 17 397,300 -12,499 2.422 26 67.3 % 0.1 %
109 Kyrgyzstan 6,735,347 1.58 % 104,724 35 191,800 -9,999 2.907 24 36.7 % 0.1 %
110 Bulgaria 6,687,717 -1.39 % -94,236 62 108,560 -4,800 1.594 45 77.9 % 0.1 %
111 Turkmenistan 6,516,100 1.33 % 85,330 14 469,930 -4,000 2.58 26 52 % 0.1 %
112 El Salvador 6,364,943 0.45 % 28,551 307 20,720 -23,249 1.775 27 77.9 % 0.1 %
113 Congo 6,106,869 2.29 % 136,445 18 341,500 -1,000 4.034 18 69.5 % 0.1 %
114 Singapore 6,014,723 0.65 % 39,034 8,592 700 26,998 1.043 43 N.A. 0.1 %
115 Denmark 5,910,913 0.49 % 28,652 139 42,430 19,999 1.718 41 87.8 % 0.1 %
116 Slovakia 5,795,199 2.69 % 151,746 121 48,088 -112,067 1.574 40 50.8 % 0.1 %
117 Central African Republic 5,742,315 2.92 % 163,171 9 622,980 -14,716 5.83 15 39.9 % 0.1 %
118 Finland 5,545,475 0.09 % 4,730 18 303,890 13,999 1.399 43 87.2 % 0.1 %
119 Norway 5,474,360 0.74 % 40,041 15 365,268 27,998 1.512 40 86 % 0.1 %
120 Liberia 5,418,377 2.18 % 115,696 56 96,320 -5,000 3.95 18 54.3 % 0.1 %
121 State of Palestine 5,371,230 2.31 % 121,158 892 6,020 -5,000 3.379 20 82.9 % 0.1 %
122 Lebanon 5,353,930 -2.47 % -135,809 523 10,230 -177,331 2.058 29 96.6 % 0.1 %
123 New Zealand 5,228,100 0.83 % 42,812 20 263,310 12,999 1.758 37 82.4 % 0.1 %
124 Costa Rica 5,212,173 0.6 % 31,344 102 51,060 3,750 1.518 34 82 % 0.1 %
125 Ireland 5,056,935 0.67 % 33,826 73 68,890 9,999 1.762 38 63.7 % 0.1 %
126 Mauritania 4,862,989 2.68 % 126,850 5 1,030,700 3,000 4.272 18 61.2 % 0.1 %
127 Oman 4,644,384 1.49 % 68,086 15 309,500 0 2.522 29 N.A. 0.1 %
128 Panama 4,468,087 1.35 % 59,506 60 74,340 7,262 2.276 29 69.6 % 0.1 %
129 Kuwait 4,310,108 0.97 % 41,235 242 17,820 11,999 2.066 40 N.A. 0.1 %
130 Croatia 4,008,617 -0.54 % -21,741 72 55,960 -2,000 1.448 44 59.1 % 0 %
131 Eritrea 3,748,901 1.76 % 64,869 37 101,000 -15,297 3.713 19 67 % 0 %
132 Georgia 3,728,282 -0.43 % -16,103 54 69,490 -9,999 2.051 37 62.9 % 0 %
133 Mongolia 3,447,157 1.44 % 48,791 2 1,553,560 -850 2.715 27 66.7 % 0 %
134 Moldova 3,435,931 4.98 % 162,935 105 32,850 -125,204 1.797 35 50.2 % 0 %
135 Uruguay 3,423,108 0.01 % 314 20 175,020 -1,500 1.481 36 98.7 % 0 %
136 Puerto Rico 3,260,314 0.24 % 7,907 368 8,870 19,835 1.281 44 N.A. 0 %
137 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,210,847 -0.7 % -22,679 63 51,000 -500 1.34 42 54.4 % 0 %
138 Albania 2,832,439 -0.35 % -9,882 103 27,400 -8,000 1.371 38 67.2 % 0 %
139 Jamaica 2,825,544 -0.06 % -1,833 261 10,830 -10,999 1.337 32 59.5 % 0 %
140 Armenia 2,777,970 -0.09 % -2,499 98 28,470 -5,000 1.579 35 67.4 % 0 %
141 Gambia 2,773,168 2.48 % 67,176 274 10,120 -3,000 4.504 17 58 % 0 %
142 Lithuania 2,718,352 -1.15 % -31,703 43 62,674 -13,128 1.63 44 71.1 % 0 %
143 Qatar 2,716,391 0.79 % 21,269 234 11,610 0 1.773 34 N.A. 0 %
144 Botswana 2,675,352 1.71 % 45,056 5 566,730 3,000 2.716 24 69.1 % 0 %
145 Namibia 2,604,172 1.45 % 37,160 3 823,290 -3,916 3.212 21 60.3 % 0 %
146 Gabon 2,436,566 1.99 % 47,574 9 257,670 1,000 3.39 22 85.3 % 0 %
147 Lesotho 2,330,318 1.06 % 24,493 77 30,360 -4,000 2.943 22 31.4 % 0 %
148 Guinea-Bissau 2,150,842 2.15 % 45,276 76 28,120 -1,400 3.84 19 45.3 % 0 %
149 Slovenia 2,119,675 -0.01 % -169 105 20,140 2,000 1.631 44 55 % 0 %
150 North Macedonia 2,085,679 -0.38 % -7,920 83 25,220 -1,000 1.379 39 59.6 % 0 %
151 Latvia 1,830,211 -1.1 % -20,440 29 62,200 -7,630 1.584 44 69.1 % 0 %
152 Equatorial Guinea 1,714,671 2.37 % 39,763 61 28,050 4,000 4.081 21 67 % 0 %
153 Trinidad and Tobago 1,534,937 0.25 % 3,893 299 5,130 -800 1.602 36 48.1 % 0 %
154 Bahrain 1,485,509 0.9 % 13,276 1,955 760 0 1.785 34 N.A. 0 %
155 Timor-Leste 1,360,596 1.44 % 19,300 91 14,870 -5,000 2.96 21 35.1 % 0 %
156 Estonia 1,322,765 -0.25 % -3,297 31 42,390 -1,000 1.676 42 68 % 0 %
157 Mauritius 1,300,557 0.08 % 1,088 641 2,030 0 1.385 37 40.2 % 0 %
158 Cyprus 1,260,138 0.69 % 8,650 136 9,240 5,000 1.311 39 65.5 % 0 %
159 Eswatini 1,210,822 0.76 % 9,152 70 17,200 -5,268 2.75 22 30.9 % 0 %
160 Djibouti 1,136,455 1.39 % 15,606 49 23,180 900 2.72 24 72 % 0 %
161 Réunion 981,796 0.8 % 7,744 393 2,500 -630 2.198 34 93.1 % 0 %
162 Fiji 936,375 0.71 % 6,609 51 18,270 -3,289 2.437 27 59 % 0 %
163 Comoros 852,075 1.83 % 15,301 458 1,861 -2,000 3.846 20 32.8 % 0 %
164 Guyana 813,834 0.63 % 5,108 4 196,850 -3,900 2.348 26 26.8 % 0 %
165 Bhutan 787,424 0.64 % 4,969 21 38,117 300 1.39 29 48.5 % 0 %
166 Solomon Islands 740,424 2.23 % 16,151 26 27,990 -1,600 3.87 19 24 % 0 %
167 Macao 704,149 1.29 % 8,981 23,472 30 5,000 1.13 39 96.8 % 0 %
168 Luxembourg 654,768 1.11 % 7,169 253 2,590 4,883 1.4 39 88.1 % 0 %
169 Montenegro 626,485 -0.1 % -597 47 13,450 -480 1.67 39 68.8 % 0 %
170 Suriname 623,236 0.84 % 5,196 4 156,000 -1,000 2.294 28 63 % 0 %
171 Cabo Verde 598,682 0.93 % 5,533 149 4,030 -1,227 1.858 27 66.8 % 0 %
172 Western Sahara 587,259 1.96 % 11,273 2 266,000 5,600 2.246 32 94.9 % 0 %
173 Micronesia 544,321 0.98 % 5,308 778 700 -1,642 2.743 26 71.3 % 0 %
174 Malta 535,064 0.33 % 1,778 1,672 320 850 1.215 40 77.6 % 0 %
175 Maldives 521,021 -0.53 % -2,766 1,737 300 -8,652 1.666 32 38.5 % 0 %
176 Brunei 452,524 0.78 % 3,522 86 5,270 0 1.747 33 80.4 % 0 %
177 Bahamas 412,623 0.64 % 2,639 41 10,010 1,000 1.374 33 84.7 % 0 %
178 Belize 410,825 1.37 % 5,553 18 22,810 600 1.98 26 47.8 % 0 %
179 Guadeloupe 395,839 0.02 % 87 234 1,690 -800 2.018 42 N.A. 0 %
180 Iceland 375,318 0.65 % 2,419 4 100,250 380 1.72 36 87.8 % 0 %
181 Martinique 366,981 -0.14 % -526 346 1,060 -650 1.899 47 93.7 % 0 %
182 Mayotte 335,995 3.03 % 9,894 896 375 0 4.302 17 39.7 % 0 %
183 Vanuatu 334,506 2.38 % 7,766 27 12,190 0 3.656 20 24.2 % 0 %
184 French Guiana 312,155 2.49 % 7,598 4 82,200 1,200 3.421 24 90.3 % 0 %
185 French Polynesia 308,872 0.85 % 2,593 84 3,660 -100 1.681 34 59.5 % 0 %
186 New Caledonia 292,991 1.05 % 3,041 16 18,280 500 1.986 34 73.8 % 0 %
187 Barbados 281,995 0.13 % 360 656 430 -80 1.627 40 32.2 % 0 %
188 Sao Tome & Principe 231,856 1.97 % 4,476 242 960 -600 3.682 19 76.6 % 0 %
189 Samoa 225,681 1.48 % 3,299 80 2,830 -1,500 3.827 21 15.8 % 0 %
190 Curaçao 192,077 0.48 % 914 433 444 515 1.641 36 77.1 % 0 %
191 Saint Lucia 180,251 0.22 % 394 295 610 0 1.379 34 19.5 % 0 %
192 Guam 172,952 0.69 % 1,178 320 540 -500 2.525 30 95.1 % 0 %
193 Kiribati 133,515 1.74 % 2,283 165 810 -400 3.235 22 55.5 % 0 %
194 Grenada 126,183 0.59 % 745 371 340 -200 1.964 32 32.5 % 0 %
195 Tonga 107,773 0.86 % 915 150 720 -800 3.153 22 24.5 % 0 %
196 Seychelles 107,660 0.51 % 542 234 460 -200 2.289 33 53 % 0 %
197 Aruba 106,277 -0.16 % -168 590 180 157 1.185 42 44.8 % 0 %
198 St. Vincent & Grenadines 103,698 -0.24 % -250 266 390 -200 1.763 33 58.3 % 0 %
199 U.S. Virgin Islands 98,750 -0.72 % -715 282 350 -450 2.1 43 N.A. 0 %
200 Antigua and Barbuda 94,298 0.57 % 535 214 440 0 1.578 36 27.9 % 0 %
201 Isle of Man 84,710 0.23 % 191 149 570 340 1.567 46 55.2 % 0 %
202 Andorra 80,088 0.33 % 264 170 470 200 1.145 43 85 % 0 %
203 Dominica 73,040 0.42 % 303 97 750 -40 1.583 32 75 % 0 %
204 Cayman Islands 69,310 0.88 % 604 289 240 400 1.206 38 95.4 % 0 %
205 Bermuda 64,069 -0.18 % -115 1,281 50 0 1.372 46 94 % 0 %
206 Greenland 56,643 0.31 % 177 0 410,450 -100 1.945 35 88.6 % 0 %
207 Faeroe Islands 53,270 0.34 % 180 38 1,396 0 2.705 38 40.8 % 0 %
208 Northern Mariana Islands 49,796 0.49 % 245 108 460 -50 2.128 38 N.A. 0 %
209 Saint Kitts & Nevis 47,755 0.21 % 98 184 260 20 1.505 35 37.8 % 0 %
210 Turks and Caicos 46,062 0.79 % 359 48 950 200 1.646 38 78.6 % 0 %
211 Sint Maarten 44,222 0.11 % 47 1,301 34 0 1.565 48 96.9 % 0 %
212 American Samoa 43,914 -0.81 % -359 220 200 -790 2.233 29 N.A. 0 %
213 Marshall Islands 41,996 1.03 % 427 233 180 0 2.638 26 N.A. 0 %
214 Liechtenstein 39,584 0.65 % 257 247 160 150 1.492 44 14.5 % 0 %
215 Monaco 36,297 -0.47 % -172 24,360 1 200 2.079 54 N.A. 0 %
216 San Marino 33,642 -0.05 % -18 561 60 100 1.148 47 99.3 % 0 %
217 Gibraltar 32,688 0.12 % 39 3,269 10 -24 1.821 42 N.A. 0 %
218 Saint Martin 32,077 0.9 % 286 605 53 0 2.359 39 0 % 0 %
219 British Virgin Islands 31,538 0.74 % 233 210 150 200 1.028 39 53 % 0 %
220 Caribbean Netherlands 27,148 0.45 % 122 83 328 100 1.649 40 74.5 % 0 %
221 Palau 18,058 0.02 % 3 39 460 -20 2.341 36 N.A. 0 %
222 Cook Islands 17,044 0.19 % 33 71 240 -93 2.207 33 78.8 % 0 %
223 Anguilla 15,899 0.26 % 42 177 90 0 1.274 38 97.6 % 0 %
224 Nauru 12,780 0.88 % 112 639 20 -140 3.425 20 88.1 % 0 %
225 Wallis & Futuna 11,502 -0.6 % -70 82 140 -119 1.916 37 0 % 0 %
226 Tuvalu 11,396 0.74 % 84 380 30 -60 3.105 25 68.8 % 0 %
227 Saint Barthelemy 10,994 0.25 % 27 524 21 0 1.031 40 0 % 0 %
228 Saint Pierre & Miquelon 5,840 -0.38 % -22 25 230 0 1.565 44 N.A. 0 %
229 Saint Helena 5,314 -1.12 % -60 14 390 0 1.636 53 32 % 0 %
230 Montserrat 4,386 -0.09 % -4 44 100 0 1.556 44 11.2 % 0 %
231 Falkland Islands 3,791 0.29 % 11 0 12,170 0 1.585 40 61.6 % 0 %
232 Niue 1,935 0.05 % 1 7 260 0 2.39 36 40.8 % 0 %
233 Tokelau 1,893 1.18 % 22 189 10 0 2.635 27 0 % 0 %
234 Holy See 518 1.57 % 8 1,295 0 0 ... 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 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 2022 Revision provides the most recent data available (released in July of 2022). 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 two years old on average, 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's Population Clock is the most accurate

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The above world population clock is based on the latest estimates released in July of 2022 by the United Nations. It will show the same number wherever you are in the world and whatever time you set on your PC.

Visitors around the world visiting a PC clock based counter, instead, will see different numbers depending on where they are located. This is the case with other world population clocks - such as the one hosted on a United Nations website, reaching 8 billion in 24 different instances (one per hour) on November 15, 2022, when each local time zone reached 12:10:08. Similarly, in 2011, the clocks on a UN website and on National Geographic - showed 7 billion whenever the visitor's 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.