The population of the world hits an estimated 7,713,468,000, the United Nations Population Division said yesterday.
According to the World Population Prospect released by UN yesterday, the medium-variant projection indicates that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100.
The data also shows that males outnumber females in Nigeria, and the world as a whole, negating the popular belief that women outnumber men in the West African country.
Nigeria is estimated to be at 200,964,000 as of mid-year 2019, with 99,132,000 million females and 101,832,000 males.
On the globe, there are an estimated 3,889,035,000 males and 3,824,434,000 females.
The population of Africa has risen by over 32 million in the past year, raising the numbers to over 1.308 billion people on the continent.
The world is getting older, and so are the inhabitants. In 2018, for the first time in history, persons aged 65 years or over worldwide outnumbered children under age five.
Projections indicate that by 2050 there will be more than twice as many persons above 65 as children under five.
The UN also revealed that the populations of “both Pakistan and Nigeria more than doubled in size between 1990 and 2019, with Pakistan moving up in rank from the 8th to the 5th position and Nigeria from the 10th to the 7th position.”
Nigeria is still projected to be the third most populous country from 2050 to 2100, with a population of 733 million at the end of the century.