The World Population

The World Population

The world population is the total population of humans on the planet Earth. An automatically updated daily calculation by the United States Census Bureau estimates the current figure to be approximately 6,89 billion.  According to the current estimates (by U.S. Census Bureau) , the world population reached 6 billion in 1999 and the new projections indicate that the 7 billion marker will be reached in 2012 and 9 billion in 2044.
[ Source:  U.S. C ensus Bureau – World Population Clock ]

The populations displayed on the clock are not intended to imply that the population of the world is known to the last person. Rather, the clock is the Census Bureau’s estimate of the world population size and an indication of how fast it is growing.  The world population estimates and projections used to produce these figures were developed by the International Programs Center based on analysis of available data on population, fertility, mortality, and migration. The analysis was performed separately for the countries or areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more. Population estimates and projections analyses are based on census, survey, and administrative information. For most countries, and especially less developed countries, adjustment of the data is necessary to correct for errors, omissions, and inconsistencies in the data. Since the most recent data for each country are often at least 2 years old (and for most countries they are older), the population figures used for the clock are projections from those estimates based on assumed trends in fertility, mortality, and migration. As new data become available, all data are reevaluated and past conclusions may change.     Note: Source of the image above

Monthly World Population figures for 2010-2011:

07/01/10   6,852,472,823
08/01/10   6,858,904,297
09/01/10   6,865,335,772
10/01/10   6,871,559,780
11/01/10   6,877,991,255
12/01/10   6,884,215,263
01/01/11   6,890,646,738
02/01/11   6,897,078,213
03/01/11   6,902,887,287
04/01/11   6,909,318,762
05/01/11   6,915,542,770
06/01/11   6,921,974,245
07/01/11   6,928,198,253

World Vital Events Per Time Unit: 2011

Time unit       Births      Deaths       increase
Year       132,697,074   56,260,324    76,436,750
Month       11,058,090    4,688,360     6,369,729
Day            363,554      154,138       209,416
Hour            15,148        6,422         8,726
Minute             252          107           145
Second             4.2          1.8           2.4

(Figures may not add to totals due to rounding) Source:

World Population Growth

Year Population
1 200 million
1000 275 million
1500 450 million
1650 500 million
1750 700 million
1804 1 billion
1850 1.2 billion
1900 1.6 billion
1927 2 billion
1950 2.55 billion
1955 2.8 billion
1960 3 billion
1965 3.3 billion
1970 3.7 billion
1975 4 billion
1980 4.5 billion
1985 4.85 billion
1990 5.3 billion
1995 5.7 billion
1999 6 billion
2006 6.5 billion
2009 6.8 billion
2012 7 billion
2027 8 billion
2044 9 billion
2050 9.2 billion

The 10 Largest Countries and Areas Ranked by Population: 2010

1    China    1,330,141,295
2    India    1,173,108,018
3    United States    310,232,863

4    Indonesia    242,968,342
5    Brazil    201,103,330
6    Pakistan    184,404,791
7    Bangladesh    156,118,464
8    Nigeria    152,217,341
9    Russia    139,390,205
10  Japan    126,804,433


The Largest Countries and Areas Ranked by Population: 2050

The current period of rapid population growth will continue for at least another 50 years, according to the 2000 World Population Data Sheet of the Population Reference Bureau. By 2050, the world is expected to add 3 billion more people to reach a total of 9 billion.

Projections of global population by country and region can be made with some assurance as far as 2050, because the parents of many of the children who will be alive then are already growing up. We know that 99 percent of future population growth will be in the developing world, and that 90 percent of that growth will be in the poorest countries and regions. We also know that the populations of Europe, Russia, and Japan will decline by a measurable amount.

The population growth projection for year 2050 predicts that India will become the most populated country in the world.

1.    India –   1,656,553,632
2.    China –   1,303,723,332
3.    United States  –  439,010,253


Similar prediction comes from the Population Reference Bureau:

1.  India – 1,628,000,000 (1.628 billion)
2.  China – 1,437,000,000 (1.437 billion)
3.  United States – 420,000,000 (420 million)

Largest Cities on the Planet

Numbers shown are the population within the recognized city limits, and do not include people living in the immediate surrounding area outside of the established border of the city. For the largest metropolitan areas refer to the list below this one.
Revised (10/01/04)
Shanghai, China 13.3 million
Mumbai (Bombay), India 12.6 million
Buenos Aires, Argentina 11.92 million
Moscow, Russia 11.3 million
Karachi, Pakistan 10.9 million
Delhi, India 10.4 million
Manila, Philippines 10.3 million
Sao Paulo, Brazil 10.26 million
Seoul, South Korea 10.2 million
Istanbul, Turkey 9.6 million
Jakarta, Indonesia 9.0 million
Mexico City, Mexico 8.7 million
Lagos, Nigeria 8.68 million
Lima, Peru 8.38 million
Tokyo, Japan 8.3 million
New York City, USA 8.09 million
Cairo, Egypt 7.6 million
London, UK 7.59 million
Teheran, Iran 7.3 million
Beijing, China 7.2 million

Numbers shown are the population within the immediate surrounding area of the established border of the city, and also include the city limit population figures. Revised (09/05)
Toyko, Japan 31.2 million
New York City – Philadelphia area, USA 30.1 million
Mexico City, Mexico 21.5 million
Seoul, South Korea 20.15 million
Sao Paulo, Brazil 19.9 million
Jakarta, Indonesia 18.2 million
Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan 17.6 million
New Delhi, India 17.36 million
Mumbai, India (Bombay) 17.34 million
Los Angeles, USA 16.7 million
Cairo, Egypt 15.86 million
Calcutta, India 14.3 million
Manila, Philippines 14.1 million
Shanghai, China 13.9 million
Buenos Aires, Argentina 13.2 million
Moscow, Russian Fed. 12.2 million

Languages spoken by the most people
(Native speakers only)
Chinese Mandarin 1 billion +
English 512 million
Hindi 501 million
Spanish 399 million
Russian 285 million
Arabic 265 million
Bengali 245 million
Portuguese 196 million
Malay-Indonesian 140 million
Japanese 125 million
German 100 million
Korean 78 million
French 77 million
Chinese, Wu 77 million
Javanese 75 million
Chinese. Yue 71 million


Danger of Demographic Explosion (World Population “Bomb”)

Overpopulation is a condition where an organism’s numbers exceed the carrying capacity of its habitat. The term often refers to the relationship between the human population and its environment, the Earth. The world’s population has significantly increased in the last 50 years, mainly due to medical advancements and substantial increases in agricultural productivity. The recent rapid increase in human population over the past two centuries has raised concerns that humans are beginning to overpopulate the Earth, and that the planet may not be able to sustain present or larger numbers of inhabitants.  [ Source: ]

World population from 1800 to 2100, based on UN 2004 projections (red, orange, green) and US Census Bureau historical estimates (black).

Historically the world population grew only very slowly from about 2.5 million at the beginnings of urbanization to some 50 million around the time of the black plague of the middle ages. It is only with the industrial, scientific and medical revolution and the colonial expansion of Western powers, that the world population has climbed to the dizzy heights. During the 20th century, the world’s population increased almost fourfold, from 1.6 to 6 billion. Until very recently there were fears that in the next century, world population would explode to some 12 billion people, leaving little room for wilderness areas to preserve wildlife and putting extreme pressure on food production, water and non-renewable resources.

At a time when there has been a manifest need to curtail runaway population growth, the leaders of the world’s great patriarchal religions have, almost without exception been ordering their populations to continue to multiply making frontal attacks on any effective form of contraception and family planning. The Catholic church has waged war not only on abortion but cursed any effective form of contraception as simple and protective of disease as the condom. Islamic leaders have also roundly opposed family planning. The leaders of both the Christian and Islamic world share an agenda of male reproductive right and a calculated determination to multiply the faithful by advocating unrestrained fertility even in the face of the manifest damage such policies have caused. Desmond Morris makes no bones about it:

“If we are honest there is only one root cause of the disaster facing the planet, and that is the appalling rate at which our human species has increased its population in recent centuries. … Who is to blame for the crisis we face? First and foremost, I accuse the religious leaders of the world. They have fed mankind with the dangerous myth that humanity is somehow above nature and that it is our god-given right to hold dominion over the Earth and subdue it. In many cases, they have actively encouraged over-population and have gone out of their way to prevent family-planning schemes. They are a disgrace. Secondly, I accuse political leaders, almost all of whom follow a policy of national growth, regardless of the consequences. … But we are not designed as a high-quantity species. We are a high-quality species, and all our social thinking should be directed to this thought” (Porritt R550).

The attitude of world leaders has also been irresponsible and self-serving. While leaders of major western powers push for ever greater gross national products, honing their economies as if there was never an end to increasing production, 9/10ths of the world population sinks further into poverty, losing educational, resourcing and livelihood opportunities.

Fortunately 2002 figures showed a drop in fertility. Current trends suggest a population in 2050 around 9.2-9.3 billion (UN, Population Research Bureau BBC 18 Aug 2004). To everyone’s surprise in 2002 a very significant drop was detected in the fertility rates of a broad spread of diverse countries spanning the developed and developing world comprising half the world’s population and with little in common between their governments and social attitudes. In 1950, worldwide the average woman had five children. Today she has just 2.3. Although in many countries there are still a large number of people at or below child-bearing age and actual birth rates will remain very high for some years to come, this fall has already led to a downgrading of future population predictions and fears of a population crash with societies full of the elderly unable to support their own services. However 2004 predicitions have incresed again from around 8.9 to 9.2 billion.   [  Source: ]

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  1. says

    Overall the population will conunite to increase, but it is going to be in less developed areas of the world. The US is already having less children, in my opinion due to the selfishness of people wanting more of their time to themselves. It is countries like India that will/are exploding. As we put more money and effort into curing common illnesses in Africa that keep the average age and child birth mortality rates high, Africa will be an explosion that will be unsustainable, due to their lack of resources and the quick turn over of governments that are only looking out for themselves. Very political and religious debate that can touch a plethora of topical reasons either way. If you truly believe that we are parasites, (which I don’t believe), then you shouldn’t have any children which will “conunite to kill the planet”.

  2. Rodger Sukh says

    No human being has any knowledge of how and why they came to be on this planet. Yet people are living and doing things on this earth as if they are the master of their own existance. This is the height of human arrogance in which our world is being forced to self distruction.

    The only remedy is what the Bible explains, acknowledging the sovereignty of the triune God who was and is and is to come and living according to His will and purpose. He created all things and He is in control of all things. Do not dispare because God has a plan. This earth indeed will be destroyed but it will be replaced with a new earth and a new heaven ruled by God and there will be peace and harmony that some of us are waiting for.

    • says

      Burt,you hit the ball out of the park with this post. and re: Africa and all the BS to try and save it.I have tried to tell some of my liberal frdeins what really goes on there and they think I make it up.there would be no reason to do that.The celebs do what they do to make them feel and look good about themselves and so they will come across as modern day martyrs . It will NEVER be enough to fix that place no matter what is done.It just keeps getting worse. a pig sty of a continent. as you put it is almost an are so correct in your assessment of it.Give them free condoms to help prevent aides and they will refuse to use them anyway. this entire post you made is so on the mark.I am so glad there are actually people like you that still say it how it is and not afraid to say it..You are truly a breath of fresh air to read.I am waiting for you to write something I disagree with,but so far all I can do is wait.I’m sure in time there will be something,but even when I see it I’m quite sure I will enjoy reading it!

  3. Charles says

    The best that can happen to the world is that humanity disappears. There is no difference when analyzing how cells grow in a Petri dish and how world population develops. At the end, there is no more food and the population dyes. This is going to happen, now doubt about it. But for the planet is the best. In 200 years it will recover from what people have done. And if it is not in 200 years, but 500,000 it does not matter. The planet has enough time, humans not. We are not better than cells or bacteria.

    • says

      All of this can be prevented easily. Education for all… and the elimination of money would be the only solution. This would take the power away from idiots running this world into the ground. It is with great surprise how people cannot think in the context of the source of the problem. People will always want to reproduce in hope that their sons or daughters will have a better life than they did. But in the end if money and resources are kept out of reach for the majority of the population of the earth how can anyone think otherwise. Our Education systems suck, they only prepare people to become slaves to an antiquated economic broken system run by Sinister Crooks.

  4. Ron Girardau says

    In view of the insanity of the population explosion in the last 50 years I

    rather like the erudite observation by George Bernard Shaw –

    “The world’s population, in the main, is made up of people who should not

  5. Puffin Fish says

    There is one simple and ancient solution that both solves the overpopulation and lack of sufficient resources problems…Cannibalism. But you civilized types would rather the world go to hell than to readopt this practice. Personally..I’m thinking of Italian tonight.

  6. Jason apoyan says

    Also like to add that conservation is a must in these trying times because it nourish,s the earth,this is how we are to live,ethical corporations are able to make big money from land conservation action is required to protect our lands from toxic energy production,why do some big energy corporations push there energy production where it has continualy failed to meet enviromental standards,food production is more a priority for land use than earthly fuel reserves they have had there time now for something better.

  7. Jason apoyan says

    Faith helps so does financial assistance if people are to get along with each other they should take notice of what is being offered attitude is there greed is gone.Do this work and the rewards are there,if people disregard the gift, there mental state can be devastated,Surely this has been made clear to the people of the world,its out there given to all,faith has helped my attitude,Iam aware due to friend/s.

  8. jason says

    Glad to recieve a report on the better progress of people attitute towards each other and yes all contributions are gladly accepted with good faith, the sorting must go on how exciting!!!!lets keep up the good work.

  9. jason apoyan says

    For sure we must sort this out,the earth needs a new design,the forests might stop hurting,the oceans could be safe,the land would get healthy,people might become friendly,lets take the reins this could be our chance, truth has already won we just have to stop and listen and only then can we enjoy the ride of our lives.


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