World Population Update

Every minute of every day at present, 250 births and 107 deaths take place around the world, leading to a population increase minute-by-minute of 144 people globally. At 12:10 CST today, world population was estimated to be 6,790,478,311. An hour earlier, at 11:05 CST, total US population was estimated to be 308,165,089. (For an up to the minute number, see the US Census Bureau World and US Population Clocks).

Today, the US Census Bureau announced the release of its newly revised and updated International Data Base, incorporating changes to the data for 21 countries, including China.

It is now projected that India will become the most populous country in the world in 2025, and that China’s population will peak the following year. This is important because, as the Census Bureau explains, “given that China and India together account for 37 percent of the world’s population, their demographic trends have major implications for worldwide population change.”

You will find a plethora of interesting information in the database, including Country Rankings for the years 1950 through 2050, a chart of Historical Estimates of World Population, and historical and projected Total Midyear Population for the World: 1950-2050.

Interesting, vitally significant and easy to use, the Census Bureau’s International Data Base is an excellent resource.

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Published in: on December 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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