Population Facts



  • The world’s population climbed above 6 billion in 1999.
  • Over a quarter of a million babies are born every day around the world.
  • World population is growing at a rate of about 1.22 percent per year.
  • At the current rate world population will hit 7.5 billion by 2020.
  • Between 1950 and 1990, the world’s population doubled from about 2.5 billion to 5 billion, adding 2.5 billion people in 40 years.
  • China will continue to control the growth of its population in the 21st century. Its goal is to keep the number below 1.4 billion until 2010.
  • The 1990s added a billion people. The next decade will add 800 million. This adds 1.8 billion in 20 years.
  • Asia has about 60 percent of the world’s population. China alone has 1.3 billion people and India has 1 billion.
  • The average number of babies born to each woman varies from 1.11 in Bulgaria to 7.11 in Somalia.
  • Latvia has 100 women to every 8 men; Qatar has 184 men to every 100 women.
  • In the developed world people are living longer. In Japan people expect to live 80 years on average. In Mozambique, people only expect to live 36.6 years.