World Population 2014

world-population-2014World Population 2014

The current world population in 2014 is 7,211,239,210.  The population count is estimated based on the total number of births this year, the total number of deaths this year, and the ending population of 2013, which was 7,203,304,915.  The population of the world is made up of the populations of the seven continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica.  Each continent is made up of various countries with varying populations and sizes.  The largest continent in the world in 2014 still remains to be Asia.  The largest country in the world in 2014 still remains to be China.

Health Issues in 2014

As of February 5, 2014, there have been approximately 739,000 deaths of children under the age of 5 years.  There have been approximately 4,083,000 abortions.  There have been approximately 33,500 deaths of mothers during birth.  About 163,500 people have died as a result of HIV or AIDS; about 798,200 people have died as a result of cancer; and about 95,400 people have died as a result of malaria.  Approximately 485,900 people have died as a result of smoking and about 243,100 people have died as a result of alcohol.  There have been about 131,200 road traffic fatalities so far this year.  Lastly, there have been about 104,220 suicides.  For more information about updated information on World Statistics, please visit www.worldometers.info

World Population 2013

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The current world population in 2013 is 7,118,279,573. This population account is based off of calculations made using historical population data, birth rates, and mortality rates.

Scroll over the interactive map we have provided to see all the different continent populations across the globe.  Click on Africa, Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, or Australia to learn more about the specific continental region  or use one of the links in the list below to explore further.

Continental Population

Rank Continent Population
1 Asia 4,140,000,000
2 Africa 1,033,000,000
3 Europe 739,000,000
4 North America 529,000,000
5 South America 386,000,000
6 Oceania (Australia) 36,000,000
7 Antarctica 4,000

World’s Largest Cities

Interactive World Population by Continent Map

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Other Resources

Learn more about how population statistics are calculated here.

World Population 2012

world-population-2012World Population 2012

The world population in 2012 was 6,991,800,919. This population account is based off of calculations made using historical population data, birth rates, and mortality rates.

Scroll over the interactive map we have provided to see all the different continent populations across the globe.  Click on Africa, Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, or Australia to learn more about the specific continental region  or use one of the links in the list below to explore further.

Method of Estimating World Population

In order to accurately assess the worlds population we need to use several factors, calculations, assumptions, and estimates. It is nearly impossible to count every single individual that alive at a given moment because the number changes every second. In the grand scheme of time, nations have only started to calculate populations by conducting censuses in the past 200-300 years. Estimates of world population must take into consideration birth rates and mortality rates acquired from analyzing historical census data.

Interactive World Population by Continent Map

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World Population 2011

world-population-2011World Population 2011

The world population in 2011 was 6,916,178,298. This population account is based off of calculations made using historical population data, birth rates, and mortality rates.

Scroll over the interactive map we have provided to see all the different continent populations across the globe.  Click on Africa, Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, or Australia to learn more about the specific continental region  or use one of the links in the list below to explore further.

World Population’s Impact on the Environment

The world’s population is ever changing due to new births and tragic deaths. The environment also plays a key factor in the world’s ecosystem. As the population increase, the world’s net consumption of resources increases. More people means more food. As the human race continues to add to it’s numbers it increases the burden to feed itself. Each year estimates of our future world population continually adjust upwards which will only continue to limit the number of resources available for future generations.

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World Population 2010

world-population-2010World Population 2010

The world population in 2010 was 6,840,423,256. This population account is based off of calculations made using historical population data, birth rates, and mortality rates.

Scroll over the interactive map we have provided to see all the different continent populations across the globe.  Click on Africa, Australia, North America, South America, Asia, Europe, or Australia to learn more about the specific continental region  or use one of the links in the list below to explore further.

Using Mathematical Approximations

The calculation of the world’s population is a mathematical approximation.  If you tried to count every single person in the world and could count 10 people every second, you would not finish counting for over 100 years. By the time you finished counting there would be another 7 billion people lined up behind the last person in the line when you started counting. In 1975, Hoerner proposed a formula for population growth using a hyperbolic growth equation. This was later then correlated to technological development which is outlined in the sequence below:

  • Technological Advancement
  • Increase Population Capacity
  • Increase Population Growth
  • Increase Probability of Technological Advancement
  • Technological Advancement

Interactive World Population by Continent Map

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