Ready to feel small? A recent report from the United Nations projects Earth's population will reach eight billion people by mid-November, and reach a peak of 10.4 billion about 60 years from now.
More than half of these increases will come from just eight countries: the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania.
Eight billion is a mind-boggling number, but the “World Population Prospects” report notes that the global population is actually growing at its slowest rate since 1950, having fallen to less than one percent in 2020.
Some interesting tidbits from the report:
Move over, China: In 2023, India will replace China as the most populous country.
Gender parity: There are currently more men than women in the world (50.3%), but the gap should entirely close by 2050.
USA holds firm: America will remain the third most populous country through 2050.
We're getting older: By 2050, the number of people 65+ years old will be more than double the number of children under five.
Also notable is that growth isn't universal - Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and Ukraine will shrink 20%+ by 2050.