Seven Billion Souls

I found the following information very interesting. It comes from a page titled “The global population will reach 7 billion this month; here are 7 things you didn’t know” (see below for source link). It’s true, the global population is expected to hit 7 billion people on October 31. And these are some facts you might not know:

  1. It took humans until 1800 for the world’s population to reach 1 billion. Now it only takes about 13 years to add another billion people — and every year, even though fertility is declining, our population increases by about 80 million people.
  2. …A thousand women die giving birth every day.
  3. Worldwide, women are having about half as many children as they did 50 years ago. Since 1950, the average size of a family declined from 6.0 to 2.5 people.
  4. In 1950, 1 in 5 children died before the age of 5. Today, 93 percent survive.
  5. By 2025, India is expected to have more people than China. About 3 billion people alone live in the emerging economies of China, India, Brazil and Indonesia.
  6. Young people make up 43 percent of the world’s population; in the least developed countries, they represent 60 percent of the population.
  7. The rate of growth of people age 60 or older is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the world’s population. By 2040, nearly 1 in 4 people will be over age 60.