World Population Data Sheet MEDIA TOOLKIT

  • The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 29 percent or 2.3 billion from an estimated 7.6 billion now.
  • Africa’s population will more than double by 2050 to 2.6 billion and the continent will account for 58 percent of the global population increase between 2018 and 2050.
  • By 2050, the number of people in Asia will rise about 717 million to 5.3 billion, while Europe (including Russia) will see a decline in population from 746 million to 730 million. The population in the Americas is seen increasing to 1.2 billion from 1 billion now.
  • The population of 26 countries, nearly all in Africa, will at least double by 2050. The population of Niger in West Africa will nearly triple.
  • The population of 38 countries will be smaller in 2050 than in 2018. The biggest numerical decrease will be in China (about 50 million) and the biggest percentage decrease in Romania (around 22 percent).
  • The 2018 worldwide total fertility rate (TFR) is 2.4. The global TFR has been declining but remains high enough to drive continued global population growth. Niger has the highest TFR at 7.2; South Korea the lowest at 1.1.
  • As the global population increases, continued declines in fertility and mortality mean that the world population’s shift toward an older age structure (known as population aging) will accelerate.
  • PRB projects that 16 percent of the world population will be ages 65+ by 2050, up from 9 percent in 2018, and 5 percent in 1960. The segment ages 85+ is growing the fastest among this age group.
  • The share of children (ages <15) in the world population has been falling and will continue to fall, from 37 percent in 1960, to 26 percent in 2018, and a projected 21 percent by 2050.
  • Age structures, as well as the timing and speed of age structure change, vary by country and have implications for national policy agendas and resource allocation.

The 2018 #WorldPopData Sheet is now available at www.worldpopdata.org! Produced annually by @PRBdata since 1962, the data sheet is a widely-used reference tool for educators, policymakers, advocates, journalists, and others worldwide.

#DYK? The world population is growing older. The share of the world population ages 65+ increased from 5% in 1960 to 9% in 2018, and is projected to rise to 16% by 2050. www.worldpopdata.org @PRBdata #worldpopdata

How are populations distributed by age, and how does a country’s #agestructure impact its social policies and development? @PRBdata’s 2018 #WorldPopData explores: www.worldpopdata.org

#Secondaryeducation at advanced levels can equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be competitive in the workforce, helping them earn more and fueling continued economic growth. www.worldpopdata.org @PRBdata #worldpopdata

Investing in resources today to reduce poverty among children in the #USA can increase their future productive capacity and help offset the costs of an #aging population. www.worldpopdata.org @PRBdata #worldpopdata

The population of 29 countries—mostly in #SubSaharanAfrica—is projected to at least double by 2050. www.worldpopdata.org @PRBdata #worldpopdata

Where in the world is population declining? In #Europe (including #Russia), the population is expected to decline from 746 million to 730 million by 2050. www.worldpopdata.org @PRBdata #worldpopdata

The 2018 worldwide total #fertilityrate (TFR) is 2.4. Even though TFR has been declining for the past few decades, it is still high enough to sustain population growth. www.worldpopdata.org @PRBdata #worldpopdata

The population of the #USA is projected to increase by 19% between 2018 and 2050, rising from 328 million to 390 million. www.worldpopdata.org #worldpopdata

Africa’s population growth will account for approximately 58% of the global increase in population between 2018 and 2050. www.worldpopdata.org #worldpopdata

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