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7.74 billion by the end of 2012. Although the growth rate is beginning to slow, it is still about 1.188%, and there are roughly 7.36 billion people now.

Approaching 7 billion people, the current world population is 7,361,684,489 as of June, 2012. Figures are as follows

The world population has experienced continuous growth since the end of the Great Famine and the Black Death in 1350, when it stood at around 370 million. The highest rates of growth – global population increases above 1.8% per year – were seen briefly during the 1950s, and for a longer period during the 1960s and 1970s. The growth rate peaked at 2.2% in 1963, and had declined to 1.1% by 2011. Total annual births were highest in the late 1980s at about 138 million, and are now expected to remain essentially constant at their 2011 level of 134 million, while deaths number 56 million per year, and are expected to increase to 80 million per year by 2040. Current projections show a continued increase in population (but a steady decline in the population growth rate), with the global population expected to reach between 7.7 and 10.5 billion by 2050.

  • 01/01/11 – 6,852,114,253
  • 01/02/11 – 6,858,658,349
  • 01/03/11 – 6,865,647,847
  • 01/04/11 – 6,872,204,695
  • 01/05/11 – 6,878,564,335
  • 01/06/11 – 6,884,198,447
  • 01/07/11 – 6,891,169,810
  • 01/08/11 – 6,897,899,065
  • 01/09/11 – 6,903,244,680
  • 01/10/11 – 6,912,654,578
  • 01/11/11 – 6,928,748,266
  • 01/12/11 – 6,937,660,771
  • 01/01/12- 6,945,431,355
  • 01/02/12 – 6,954,311,547
  • 01/03/12 – 6,966,536,774
  • 01/06/12 - 7,361,684,489 people now

As of 2012, the global sex ratio is approximately 1.01 males to 1 female – the greater number of men is possibly due to the significant gender imbalances evident in the Indian and Chinese populations. Approximately 26.3% of the global population is aged under 15, while 65.9% is aged 15–64 and 7.9% is aged 65 or over. The global average life expectancy is 67.07 years, with women living an average of 69 years and men approximately 65 years. 83% of the world’s over-15s are considered literate. In June 2012, British researchers calculated the total weight of Earth’s human population as 287 million tonnes, with the average person weighing 62 kilograms (140 lb).

The nominal 2011 gross world product was estimated at US$$70.16 trillion, giving an annual global per capita figure of around US$10,000. Around 1.29 billion people (18.4% of the world population) live in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than US$1.25 per day; approximately 925 million people (13.2%) are malnourished. In December 2011, there were around 2.26 billion global Internet users, constituting 32.7% of the world population.

The Han Chinese are the world’s largest single ethnic group, constituting over 19% of the global population, while the second-largest single ethnicity, the Bengali people, account for around 4.8%. By comparison, people of white European descent constitute between 12% and 13% of the world population. The world’s most-spoken first languages are Mandarin Chinese (spoken by 12.44% of the world’s population), Spanish (4.85%), English (4.83%), Arabic (3.25%) and Hindi-Urdu (2.68%). The world’s largest religion is Christianity, whose adherents account for 33.35% of the global population; Islam is the second-largest religion, accounting for 22.43%, and Hinduism the third, accounting for 13.78%. In 2005, around 16% of the global population were reported to be non-religious.

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