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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Wait is Almost Over! 2013 PRB World Population Data Sheet Soon to be Unveiled

The Population Reference Bureau has been around since the 1950s and, although it has vastly expanded its scope of activities and influence over time, its signature contribution in my mind has always been the World Population Data Sheet. In the years before the internet, this was an especially valuable resource for faculty and students alike, and for many years I routinely required my students to buy a copy. The internet changed the way in which information is delivered, but the PRB has done an extraordinary job, in my view, of moving with the times and continuing to provide a unique service to those of us seeking good demographic data. The World Population Data Sheet is now available for download and includes an interactive map--very cool. These comments are a preface to the unveiling of the 2013 World Population Data Sheet this coming Thursday, 12 September, with a Go-To-Meeting Webinar about it on the 13th.
Wendy Baldwin, PRB president and CEO
Carl Haub, PRB senior demographer and co-author of the Data Sheet
Here are the pre-publication highlights: 
Africa, by far the world's poorest region, will record the largest amount of population growth of any world region between now and 2050. Africa's population is expected to more than double, rising from 1.1 billion today to at least 2.4 billion by 2050.
This year’s Data Sheet also has a special focus on wealth and income inequality.
PRB's 2013 World Population Data Sheet provides detailed information on 20 population, health, and environment indicators for more than 200 countries. The Data Sheet, interactive world map, and infographic will be released on Sept. 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. (EDT), at

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