We recently updated our demographic reports
Briefly, world population has grown over the last 60 years, from 2.5 billion in 1950 to almost 7 billion in 2010. However, growth varied by region, increasing the most in Africa, then in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia, and increasing the least in Europe. In addition, the increase has been slowing, and the slowing varied by region. Finally, as a consequence of the differing growth rates, and differing slow down of growth rates, the proportion of world population that is from each region has changed over time. The largest change was that Sub-Saharan Africa increased from 7.4% of world population in 1950 to 12.4% in 2010, while Europe declined from 21.6% to 10.7%.
The remainder of the reports use births, deaths, migration, fertility, infant mortality rates, and age groupings to explain these population changes.
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