Institute for Statistics
World Statistics, Country Comparisons
World Population: has reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011 is projected to reach 8 billion by 2024 has doubled in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion) is currently growing at a rate of around 1.14 % per year growth rate reached its peak in the late 1960s, when it was at 2% growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years average annual population change is currently estimated at over 80 million world population will nearly stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2062 a tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas it had taken all of human history up to the year 1800 for world population to reach 1 billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), the fifth billion in 13 years (1987), the sixth billion in 12 years (1999) and the seventh billion in 12 years (2011).
Let us not be stopped by that which divides us but look for that which unites us If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this: 49 would be female 51 would be male 82 would be non-white The world as a village of hundred people
The world’s top 100 economies: 53 countries, 34 cities and 13 corporations