The world’s population is increasing very fast with India and China being the hotspots of the world and the number just passed 7.5 Billion. 25 million people are added to the population since the start of 2017 and the numbers are rising fast as you are reading this.
How It Is Being Measured
This numbers are being updated and are taken from the site of Worldometers.com. The numbers that are obtained are estimated current numbers based on statistics and projections which are obtained from various organisations.
Some important sources for Worldometers are
- United Nations Population Division
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- World Bank
In addition to these sources there are still a number of reputable organisations that play a key role in the generation of live data and in addition to the population the following counters are also displayed and they are:
- Government & Economics
- Society & Media
The main sources for world population counters are World Population Prospect: 2015 Revision and International Programs Centre at U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
While 7.5 billion is a large number, the population is mostly concentrated at some areas and scattered at most areas. The places where the population is high and increasing fast are termed as hotspots.
There are 10 main hotspots and the top 7 of them contribute to the half of world’s population. They are:
Population: Important Data & Projections
Worldometers.com collected a lot of data and tabulated and visualised it for analysis and generating projections and milestones. Some of the important results are mentioned here thanks to the immense data collection and analysis
Population: Past, Present & Future
The milestones for the population to reach in steps of billions are as follows
- 1 billion – around 1800
- 2 billion – 130 years to reach (1930)
- 3 billion - <30 years (1959)
- 4 billion – 15 years (1974)
- 5 billion – 13 years (1987)
- 6 billion – 12 years (1999)
- 7 billion – 12 years (2011)
- 7.5 billion – 6 years (2017)
- 8 billion – 2023 according to UN
- 10 billion – 2056 according to UN
Even though the growth rate is currently at 1.11% per year, the annual growth rate is decreasing year by year. It was 1.13% in 2016 and around 1.17% in 2015. The population will grow but at a slower rate compared to previous years.
The world’s population is increasing at a fast pace but comparatively at less rate according to these reports. Forecasts are suggesting that India may become the highest populated country in the world soon surpassing China. But one question still remains. If the population is not distributed uniformly, is there a way to make the world a well-settled place with uniformly distributed population? It may be impossible to achieve but a dream that can make this world a better place.