UN says the world population will hit 8 billion next week

Crowds in India which will have the highest population in the world next year. (via Shashank Hudkar, Unsplash)

The UN says that the world population is projected to reach 8 billion next week. The world population was recorded as 7,922,312,800 as of September this year, according to a US government census.

According to the UN’s “Day of Eight Billion” clock, there are now less than five days left until the world population reaches 8 billion. The UN writes…

This unprecedented growth is due to the gradual increase in human lifespan owing to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine. It is also the result of high and persistent levels of fertility in some countries.”

In past reports, the UN has predicted that the population will reach 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion by 2100.

Earlier this year, the UN also made some predictions on which country would be the most populous. For years, China has been the most populous country in the world, followed by India. But the UN predicts that next year India will outpace China and become the country with the largest population in the world.

The United States is the distant third most populous country in the world with about 334.8 million people, roughly 4.33 times less than China and 4.2 times less than the population of India.

With the slowing pace of mortality and high fertility rates in large portions of the world, the UN warns that economic growth will struggle.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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