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How many people have ever lived on Earth?


Year Population Births per 1,000 Births Between Benchmarks
50,000 B.C. 2 - -
8000 B.C. 5,000,000 80 1,137,789,769
1 A.D. 300,000,000 80 46,025,332,354
1200 450,000,000 60 26,591,343,000
1650 500,000,000 60 12,782,002,453
1750 795,000,000 50 3,171,931,513
1850 1,265,000,000 40 4,046,240,009
1900 1,656,000,000 40 2,900,237,856
1950 2,516,000,000 31-38 3,390,198,215
1995 5,760,000,000 31 5,427,305,000
2002 6,215,000,000 23 983,987,500

 

Number who have ever been born 106,456,367,669
World population in mid-2002 6,215,000,000
Percent of those ever born who are living in 2002 5.8

Source: Population Reference Bureau estimates.

Looking at the chart, I was initially wondering if this was religious in origin — that number “2” at 50,000BC seemed to have Adam and Eve written all over it. Turns out they were just using the minimum number necessary in order to be conservative :)

A fascinating, gorgeous look at our planet is here.

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