For thousands of years, Asia has been the population center of the world but, by 2100, the population of Africa is expected to catch up with Asia. Check out the interactive graphs that show the changes over the centuries.
The commentary above & below consists of edited excerpts from an article by Max Galka (metrocosm.com). See the original article* – complete with a number of interactive charts – HERE.
- contains 7 of the 10 most populous countries in the world, the two largest of which, China and India, each individually have larger populations than Africa, Europe, or the Americas…
- dominates the world population landscape, and it has for at least the last two and a half thousand years.
- has consisted of 60% or more of the world’s population since 400 BC but, by 2100, the population of Africa is expected to catch up with Asia [go here to see an interactive graph of area change over those years]…[due to] Africa’s
- high fertility rates (African women have on average 4.7 children vs. a global average of 2.5) and
- its young population, many of whom will be reaching adulthood in the coming years and having children of their own…
Population by region, 2015-2100
If U.N. estimates prove correct, Nigeria, Congo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Niger will be among the most populous countries in the world by 2100.
- Population 1800 and 1900: Gapminder
- Population 2000 and 2100 (estimate): UN Population Division
- Historic population by continent: World History Site
- Cartograms created using Scapetoad and D3