Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2014

Which six countries hold half the world’s population?

As of this month, the world’s population is now 7.2 billion, according to the United Nations, which celebrates World Population Day today. Interestingly, half of the people around the globe (3.6 billion) live in just six countries: China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

A view of the future through kindergarten demographics

Today’s kindergartners offer a glimpse of tomorrow’s demographics. A new data analysis by Pew Research Center finds a big increase over the past decade in the number of states where at least one-in-five public school kindergartners are Latino. There are 17 states where Latino children comprise at least 20% of the public school kindergarten population, […]

Fact Tank Feb. 4, 2014

The countries that will be most impacted by aging population

An aging population is a looming economic and social burden, particularly in Europe and Northeast Asia, and to a lesser extent in the United States.

Fact Tank Feb. 3, 2014

10 projections for the global population in 2050

The global population is graying and growing rapidly. How big — and how old — will it be by 2050?

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Global Jan. 30, 2014

Global Population by Age, 1950-2050

The population growth in the U.S. and around the world from 1950 to 2010 was rapid—the global population nearly tripled. However, the growth from 2010 to 2050 is projected to be significantly slower and is expected to tilt strongly to the oldest age groups.

Fact Tank Jun. 14, 2013

Why there are more deaths than births among whites

The finding that made headlines from this week’s Census Bureau release of new national and state population estimates—that there are now more deaths than births among non-Hispanic whites—is a vivid illustration of the rapid long-term growth in the number of older Americans. But first, you might ask, how could there suddenly be more deaths than […]

Fact Tank May. 10, 2013

Politics and race: looking ahead to 2060

The report on the racial and ethnic breakdown of voters in 2012 released Wednesday by the Census Bureau attracted lots of well-deserved attention. But for readers of political tea-leaves, a report the bureau issued last December tells an even more compelling story. That report projected the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population through […]

Pew Research Center May. 10, 2013

Politics and Race: Looking Ahead to 2060

An analysis of Census Department data on voters show that the U.S. electorate will look far different in 2060 than it does now.

Hispanic Nov. 14, 2012

Hispanic Electorate Likely To Double By 2030

The record number of Latinos who voted this year are the leading edge of an ascendant ethnic voting bloc that is likely to double in size within a generation.

Religion Jan. 27, 2011

The Future of the Global Muslim Population

The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030, according to new population projections by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Globally, the Muslim population is forecast to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next two decades.