Today around 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia – But what’s ahead?
The following animated chart is based on data and projections from the U.N. Population Division, and shows the evolving population share by region between 1950 and 2100.
By 2100, only 11% of the world’s population will live in Northern America (United States and Canada), Europe, or Oceania.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of population growth will happen in Africa!
Africa currently holds 16% of the world’s population, but by 2100 it will house 39% of the world’s total:
Here are the projected tallies (in millions of people) by the U.N. for each region in 2015, 2030, 2050, and 2100:
|Latin America / Caribbean||634||721||784||721|
It should be noted that the U.N. classifies Northern America as Canada and the United States, while Mexico is included in the Latin America and Caribbean category. Lastly, the above table is based on revised projections from the U.N., which appears to be slightly different than the data set used in the chart.
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