It's been a busy few days for population data. First the UN Population Division came out with its new set of population projections, and today the Population Reference Bureau released its latest set of world population data (don't leave home without them!). This year the overall theme of their data analysis is the empowerment of women, which is a key to future demographic success in the world. They have also added a new interactive data map that actually can be embedded in your own website, if you'd like to treat your readers to that. BloombergBusiness did an interesting job of covering the data release, including the graph below.
After America dominated the 20th century, a view formed that Asia would be the next to lead the world in economic and cultural influence. Africa may have something to say about that before the century is out.
The continent will claim three of the world's 10 most populous countries in 2050, according to projections released Tuesday by the Population Reference Bureau in Washington. The largest of those, Nigeria, will be just 1 million people shy of the U.S.'s size, with Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia entering the list. They replace Russia and Mexico, with the former's exit leaving Europe with no country on the top 10 list.
Key to the countries' growth? Babies. While the U.S. and other developed countries struggle to adapt their labor forces to an aging population, African countries are experiencing a baby boom. Niger, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Chad have the highest fertility rates in the world.No doubt about that.
"The population gains are also due to a decline in mortality rates due to improvements in public health," said Peter Goldstein, vice president with the PRB, who oversaw production of its 2015 World Population Data Sheet. "Africa is going to be a key driver in population growth over the next few decades."