1950 to 2000 to 2050

World population tables show the figures for countries, in millions

Graphs are set out in population figures of millions.

They are set out in an order to try to show the problems as clearly as  possible.

  1. World population growth over 2000 years. (from Stanton 2003)
  2. Other graphs of population growth over long periods, from Stanton & Russell.
  3. The Big Four, China, India, the United States and Russia.
  4. Eight European countries, showing how none are likely to be below 1950 size by 2050, barring catastrophes, and the rise of Turkey.
  5. Large African countries.
  6. Other African countries, showing troubled regions and how population growth is significant.
  7. Large Middle Eastern countries.
  8. The population problems of Palestine, Israel and Jordan.
  9. Other large Asian countries.
  10. Small Asian countries, including troubled regions.
  11. Large Latin American countries.
  12. Troubled smaller Latin American countries.
  13. The Pacific, Australia, Papua Niugini and East Timor.
  14. Smaller Pacific countries with problems.

Graph not included here: World population growth from pre-history on.

Data compiled from US Census Bureau International Data Base as at April 2005, and William Stanton's The Rapid Growth of Human Populations 1750-2000: Histories, Consequences, Issues, Nation by Nation. William. NI: Multiscience Publishing Company Ltd. 2003.

Population growth from earlier times
to show the recent sudden escalations

These graphs of world population growth adapted from Stanton (2004) show the exponential growth from around 500 million since the Industrial Revolution.

India illustrates how quickly populations have recovered from frightful disasters (and see Rwanda and Ethiopia).

Examples of World Population Growth in 100 Years

How it will rise from 6 billion now to 9 billion in 2050 unless . . .

Figures from 1950 – 2000, and estimated for 2050 (not even Europe going below 1950)


Relevant web-pages about population and poverty on OzIdeas: