World Population

As per the Population Reference Bureau data sheet 2015, World population grew to 7.4 billion in mid-2016 after having passed the 7 billion mark in 2011.

World Population: Some Facts

  • Developing countries accounted for 97 percent of this growth because of the dual effects of high birth rates and young populations Conversely, in the developed countries the annual number of births barely exceeds deaths because of low birth rates and much older populations
  • Asia is the most populous continent, with its 4.3 billion inhabitants accounting for 60% of the world population. The world's two most populated countries alone, China and India, together constitute about 37% of the world's population
  • Africa is the second most populated continent, with around 1 billion people, or 15% of the world's population
  • Europe's 733 million people make up 12% of the world's population as of 2012, while the Latin American and Caribbean regions are home to around 600 million (9%)
  • Northern America, primarily consisting of the United States and Canada, has a population of around 352 million (5%)

World Population Data Sheet External Link
(Source: World Population Datasheet Population Reference Bureau )

Urban population (% of total) External Link
(Source: World Bank )

Life expectancy at Birth External Link

(Source: World Bank)

Population Growth  External Link

(Source: World Bank

Estimates of Current Population of world

  • Over 25 percent of the world's population is less than 15 years old. The figure is 41 percent in least developed countries and 16 percent in more developed countries
  • Japan has the oldest population profile, with over a quarter of its citizens older than 65. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are at the other end of the spectrum, with each having only 1 percent over 65.
  • • The top 10 fertility rates in the world are in sub-Saharan African countries, with nearly all above six children per woman, and one topping seven. In Europe, the average is 1.6
  • Over 25 percent of the world's population is less than 15 years old. The figure is 41 percent in least developed countries and 16 percent in more developed countries