Population Fun Facts

POPULATION FACT #1:    Ninety percent of Earth’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.

POPULATION FACAT #2: California has more people than all of Canada: Canada: 35.85 million. California: 39.14 million. (According to data from 2015).

POPULATION FACT #3: World population is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, (according to the United Nations).

POPULATION FACT #4: The world has added approximately one billion inhabitants over the last twelve years.

POPULATION FACT #5: Amongst the 10 most populous countries in the world, Nigeria’s population, currently the seventh largest in the world, is growing the most rapidly. The population of Nigeria is projected to surpass that of the United States shortly before 2050, at which point it would become the third largest country in the world.

POPULATION FACT #6: China (1.41 billion) and India (1.34 billion) remain the two most populous countries of the world, representing 19 and 18 percent of the world’s population, respectively.

POPULATION FACT #7: Young people ages 10–24 account for about 1.8 billion of the world’s population. Ninety percent of them live in developing countries.

POPULATION FACT #8: Millennials, roughly defined as people born between 1981 and 1997, make up a large portion of the world population. In fact, about 2 billion people worldwide are part of this generation. About 71% of millennials live in Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

POPULATION FACT #9: Every twenty minutes, the human population grows by over 3000. That’s the same amount of time that it takes for another plant or animal species to become entirely extinct (the rate of species extinction is roughly 27,000 per year).

POPULATION FACT #10: In 1800 only 3% of the world’s population lived in cities. However, about half of the world’s population now lives in urban centers. It’s expected that by 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities.

POPULATION FACT #11: India stands second in the population chart. It is expected that India will surpass China by 2025/2030 in population growth which is projected to be 1.65 billion.

POPULATION FACT #12: Today, China will increase in population by over 24,000 people, and India by over 49,000 people. Russia is one of the few countries with a population that is actually decreasing on a daily basis, by almost 2,000 people every day.

POPULATION FACT #13: In 2019, Millennials, young adults born from 1981 to 1996, will surpass Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) as the largest U.S. adult generation.

POPULATION FACT #14: In the United States, our most largely populated states are:

California (over 39 million); Texas (over 27 million); and Florida (over 20 million).

POPULATION FACT #15: In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.  Today, that number is over 40 percent.

POPULATION FACT #16: U.S. population is growing by over 2,000,000 people per year — that’s 240 per hour — about half from new births and half from immigration.

POPULATION FACT #17: In the U.S., 6.7% of the population—or 21.3 million people—live in deep poverty, with incomes below 50% of their poverty thresholds. And 29.8% of the population—or 95 million—live close to poverty, with incomes less than two times that of their poverty thresholds.

POPULATION FACT #18: If you totaled the number of people who have lived on earth throughout world history, it would be 108 billion people. This means the dead outnumber the living 15 to 1.

POPULATION FACT #19: Here are the top five countries in the world, population-wise: 1) China, 1.42 billion; 2) India, 1.37 billion; 3) United States, 329 million; 4) Indonesia, 269 million; and 5) Brazil, 212 million.

POPULATION FACT #20: In 1800, the largest city in the world was Beijing, at 1.1 million people; in 1900, the largest city in the world was London, at 6.5 million; in 2000, the largest city was Tokyo, at 26.4 million people.

POPULATION FACT #21: The five largest universities in America: 1) Ohio State University — 52,500; 2) University of Florida — 51,700; 3) University of Minnesota — 51,800; 4) Arizona State University — 51,400; 5) University of Texas — 51,100.

POPULATION FACT #22: The five largest companies in the world by number of employees: 1) Walmart at 2.3 million; 2) China National Petroleum, at 1.5 million; 3) China Post Group, at 940,000; 4) State Grid of China, at 926,000; 5) Hon Hai Precision Industry of Taiwan at 803,000. However, the largest employer in the world (when consider any organization, company, governmental entity) is the United States Department of Defense, at 2.86 million employees.

POPULATION FACT #23: In 1790, only about one out of every twenty Americans (on average) lived in urban areas (cities), but this ratio had dramatically changed to one out of four by 1870, one out of two by 1920, two out of three in the 1960s, and four out of five in the 2000s.

POPULATION FACT #24: in 2017, there were 89.7 million dogs living in the United States.

POPULATION FACT #25: In 2017, there were 95.6 million cats living in the United States.