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:

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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


United Nations Population Division,
U.S. Census Bureau,
World Christian Encyclopedia