(July 2016) The world population on July 11, 2016—World Population Day—was 7.419 billion. Of that total, 60 percent lived in Asia, 16 percent in Africa, 13 percent in the Americas, 10 percent in Europe, and 0.5 percent in Oceania. The theme of this year’s World Population Day, as designated by the United Nations, is "investing in teenage girls"—a theme that runs through much of the work done by PRB. We collaborate with a variety of partners in the United States and globally to communicate data and evidence to show that empowered and educated girls and women have a better chance of leading healthy, productive lives. Check out some examples from the past year.
In August, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) will release its 2016 World Population Data Sheet package, including our latest projections for world, country, and world regional populations for both 2030 and 2050. Here are a couple of sneak previews.
Top of the Pop: The rankings of countries with the largest populations will reshuffle between now and 2050, with India overtaking China in the top spot.