World Population in 2050 - The Clock is Ticking...
By Burcu Afrin
According to our world population clock, the number of people in the world is increasing rapidly. Projections vary, but the population clock estimates a total world population between 9 and 11 billion in 2050. Each of these billions of people will need a job, food and other resources from the global economy.
In addition, the demography of the world's inhabitants in 2050 will be distinct from the present demography. Planning for the future census needs to take into account the increased demands and novel intentions of these people.
Leaders in World Population Growth
The job of comprehending the future population requires, before anything else, some knowledge and understanding of those people and their present economy, demography and so on. For example, it is safe to say that an additional 100 million Americans might impact the economy and environment differently than an additional 100 million Somalis, who do not presently live with access to the same job market and global economy.
It is hard to predict future world demography with complete accuracy because each generation takes different approaches to reproduction. For example, China has considerably slowed previous estimates of its future demography with its one-child policy. However, the following is a list of countries and their expected census by 2050, barring any completely unexpected changes in growth.
- India - 1.60 billion
- China - 1.40 billion
- United States - 409 million
- Pakistan - 349 million
- Indonesia - 294 million
Population in Census Decline
Not all areas of the world are growing at an equal pace. In fact, some nations are experiencing population decline or expect a smaller census in the next few decades. The following nations are expected to shrink, for various reasons, by 2050.
- Russia - 102 million
- Japan - 109 million
- Greece - 9 million
- Romania - 18 million
- Ukraine - 29 million
The rate of decline differs and future population are hard to predict. Japan is, perhaps, the most drastic case. The present population is roughly 139 million. By 2050, the population will likely decline to 109 million.
Various Impacts of Census Growth and Decline Before 2050
Concerns about demography center around three major issues: Political, environmental and economic. To some extent, they are all interrelated. Ultimately, people making projections are wondering how the future population of the Earth will get along, find a job and otherwise survive.
For example, some of the fastest growing countries have a low GDP per capita (gross domestic product) or are those most accustomed to political and social unrest. Not included above is the census of Ethiopia, which will reach an estimated 171 million people by 2050. Some experts watching the population clock wonder how a region that is so frequently troubled by famine will fare when its population reaches such a high level.
Countries undergoing decline are not free from worry. Russians may well wonder how their reduced population will manage their economy in the future when a larger proportion of them will be senior citizens and not working in a job.
Many people today worry about the environment in 2050. Supplies of energy and water are already strained today. It is hard to imagine how the Earth will sustain members of a higher population, each of whom will probably expect a job and a higher standard of living from the global economy.
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