The world population growth is estimated to be about 200,000 people each day, or 80 million people yearly. The world population is more than 7 billion, about double what it was in 1970. The population is projected to be more than 9 billion by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100, an annual growth rate of about 1.1%. The highest world population growth rate in modern times was recorded in 1963, when it was 2.2%.
More about the global population:
- China and India have the highest populations worldwide and combine to make up more than one-third of the world's population.
- After the development of agriculture in about 8000 B.C., the world’s population was estimated to have been about 5 million people and had a steady growth rate of about 0.5% per year until the Black Plague decreased the European population by about 50% during the 1300s.
- Nigeria, because of its high fertility rate, is projected to surpass the United States as the third-most populous country by 2050 and surpass China as the most populated country by 2100.