The world population was 6.30 billion in 2003, according to the UnitedNations Population Fund. It is projected to grow to 8.91 billion by 2050.Four out of every five people in the world live in the developing world. By2050, the developing world will have 88% of the world's population, upfrom the present 81%.
The developed world has reached a stage where the number of birthsequal to the number of deaths. This gives a negligible population growthrate of 0.2% and a stable population in terms of numbers. The developingcountries, on the other hand, are estimated to be growing at the rate of1.5% per year.
World Population Growth, in Billion
World population is projected to cross the 7 billion mark in 2013; the 8 billion mark in 2028; the 9 billionmark in 2054.
It has taken just 12 years for the world to add this most recent billion people (6 billion). This is theshortest period of time in world history for a billion people to be added.
World population did not reach one billion until 1804. It took 123 years to reach 2 billion in 1927,33 years to reach 3 billion in 1960, 14 years to reach 4 billion in 1974 and 13 years to reach 5billion in 1987.
World population nearly stabilizes at just above 10 billion after 2200.
Population Growth in More and Less Developed Countries
The increase in world population growth is mainly contributed by less developed regions whichinclude majority of Asian, African and Latin American countries and most of this growth is takingplace in the urban areas of these countries.
By 2050, nearly 90 percent of the world’s population will be living in less developed nations
Today, six countries account for half of
the world’s annual growth of 77 million: India, China, Pakistan,Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia. India alone accounts for about a fifth of the world’s total population
Women of Childbearing Age (15-49), World Scenario
The number of women of childbearing age more than doubled between 1950 and 1990: from 620million to over 1.3 billion.