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World Population in Digestible Statistics

It is around this time that the world population reaches 8 billion. What an unfathomable number! We crossed the 7 billion line just over 12 years ago, and the 9 billion line is estimated to be around 2040. But actually, birth rates are slowing down in recent years, and some even suggest that within a few decades the world population will start to shrink. Global population rates are nearly impossible to predict, and experts admit it too. Some say there will be overpopulation and some disagree. We'll have to live with this uncertainty, but for now, you can enjoy some verified and true global population statistics.

A Visual demonstration of how the world population grew since 10,000 BCE

How many babies are born a day?


According to The World Counts, between 385,000 and 400,000 babies are born a day. Each hour, about 16,300 babies arrive into the world! That makes for about 270 babies a minute, and between 4 and 5 a second. Bundles of joy galore!

In the United States alone, an average of 10,687 babies are born a day. Most of them are born in September, while February sees the least amount of births.

How many babies are born a day in other parts of the world a day?

China makes up 12.5% of the daily global births. That's about 49,400 babies born in China alone each day!

In Europe, there are about 11,400 new babies each day. In Africa, each day 3,468 new lives emerge into the world. In Australia, there are about 970 newborn babies every day.

So how did we get to 8 billion? This video shows how the world population has changed and grown in each country from the 17th century to 2020:


Which country has the highest birth rate?

3 babies of different ethnicities
Africa takes the cake when it comes to fertility rates, with Niger at the top of the list with 47 births per 1,000 people. The next 9 countries on the list of highest birth rates are also African: Angola, Mali, Uganda, Benin, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, and Mozambique.

How many people die each day?

There are about 164,380 deaths a day. That makes 60,000,000 deaths a year in the world. The country with the highest mortality rate (2015-2020) is Bulgaria, with 15 deaths per 1,000 people. The next 9 countries on the list are also from around eastern Europe.

The 5 top causes of death around the world are:
1. Ischemic heart disease
2. Stroke
3. Lower respiratory infections
4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
5. Lung cancer

This is actually good news since a healthy lifestyle can prevent all of these!


What affects global birth rates?

illustration- baby stroller on wooden steps
There is a vast variety of factors affecting childbirth, ranging from access to contraception to women's empowerment. Societal prosperity, poverty, family welfare and healthcare also all have a big impact on birth rates. Then there are fertility factors that are affected by lifestyle and health choices such as smoking, weight, and nutrition. Age and genetics impact fertility as well.

Is there a day no one was born?

illustration - fertility
The old saying goes, "nothing is sure but death and taxes". Well, the optimists among us will be glad to hold the next fact against their pessimistic friends: since the dawn of mankind, there hasn't been a single day without births!
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