World Population Growth

The world is growing at a rate of 1.31 percent per year and took just 12 years to add the last billion people. This is the shortest period of time in the history of the world for a billion people to be added to our population.

World Population Reached

  • 1 billion in 1804
  • 2 billion in 1927 (123 years later)
  • 3 billion in 1960 (33 years later)
  • 4 billion in 1974 (14 years later)
  • 5 billion in 1987 (13 years later)
  • 6 billion in 1999 (12 years later)

Current World Population

World Population Expected to Reach

  • 7 billion in 2013
  • 8 billion in 2028

Over the next 24 hours these averages will occur:

  • Births: 340,000
  • Deaths: 144,000
  • Increase in population: 196,000

Sources

United Nations Population Division

U.S. Census Bureau

World Christian Encyclopedia