Jul. 16, 2014

How North Dakota’s ‘man rush’ compares with past population booms

Census figures show that North Dakota led the nation in population growth over the past five years, at 12%, and men have accounted for two-thirds of it.

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, […]

Feb. 12, 2014

Record share of wives are more educated than their husbands

For the first time in 50 years, the share of couples in which the wife is the one “marrying down” educationally is higher than those in which the husband has more education.

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.