Sometime on or around October 31st, the world's population will hit seven billion people.

Population map: A map from the Worldmapper World Population Atlas: www.worldpopulationatlas.org (c) Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield
Population map: A map from the Worldmapper World Population Atlas: www.worldpopulationatlas.org (c) Sasi Research Group, University of SheffieldCourtesy Worldmapper.org / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

(There are a lot of challenges to supporting seven billion people. Want to know more about that? Check out the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, where folks are working to find solutions to some of those problems.)

That's all fascinating and all, but...what about me? Luckily, the BBC has come to the rescue with a lovely little interactive that's, well, all about me. Or you. Whatever.

For example, according to the BBC calculator,

  • At the time of my birth, I was the 3,840,942,641st person to live on Earth.
  • And the 78,068,048,685th person to live since history began.
  • This morning, the United States has a population of 311,284,287 people,
  • In the US, there are 484 births, 288 deaths, and a gain of 113 immigrants every hour, for a total average yearly population growth of 0.9%. (The country with the fastest growing population is Qatar, experiencing an increase of 514 people every day. The country with the fastest shrinking population is Moldova, experiencing a decrease of 106 people every day.)
  • As a woman in the United States, I can look forward to an average life expectancy of 80.5 years. Men in the US, however, enjoy an average life expectancy of only 75.4 years, dragging the US total average down to 78 years. Thanks, men. (The Japanese have the longest average life expectancy in the world, at 82.7 years, while folks in the Central African Republic have an average life expectancy of only 45.9 years.)

Not too shabby!

To give you a sense of just how fast our population is growing, here's a crazy little fact: by mid-century, the world's urban population will equal the size of the world's global population in 2004. Wow. Cities are efficient, and concentrate us so that we can use land for other purposes, but they're also ecological hotspots. Curious about how your household measures up? Try the household flux calculator, or check out the Q&A with Scientist on the Spot Daniel Nidzgorski.

Not enough for you? Check out "Seven billion in seven stories" and "Will people numbers keep rising?"

Oh, and let us know: #whatsyournumber ?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

crabgrass27's picture
crabgrass27 says:

hello people! this is crabgrass27 here and i have a brilliant suggestion for you. where it showed the calculations of somebody, doesn't that make you want to find out your calculations? i strongly believe that the science museum should add a calculator to figure out your place. that would create more business, and have more fun for the people. and btw, happy birthday emma!!!

posted on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 6:30pm
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Anonymous says:

I am simply grossed out. 7 Billion people OMG! At the same time the healthiest educated group ever!

posted on Sat, 11/26/2011 - 9:32am
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Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 11/26/2011 - 1:17pm
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Anonymous says:

Save me. The humanity.

posted on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:43pm
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posted on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 3:27pm
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Jacob & Dolores says:

7 billion is a lot of people, do you anticipate even more in the next 10 years?

posted on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 12:02pm
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Craig Borten says:

Of course the world population is increasing in a very large scale. India and China still tops in the population chart. Both of the countries are taking a number of measures to make the population growth under control. We can expect the results in the coming years.

posted on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 6:50am

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