2017 World Population Data Sheet
PRB Projects 2050 World Population at 9.8 Billion, Youth Population to Reach 1.4 Billion
World Population Data FOCUS ON YOUTH Every year, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) provides the latest demographic data for the world, global regions, and more than 200 countries and territories. This year we focus on the state of the world's youth—the 16 percent of the global population between 15 and 24 years old. Explore data and graphical features that illustrate the extent to which youth are poised to become productive adults.
(August 2017) The world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, up 31 percent from an estimated 7.5 billion now, according to projections included in the 2017 World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).
This edition of the annual Data Sheet, available at www.worldpopdata.org, also shows a worldwide total fertility rate (TFR, or average lifetime births per woman) of 2.5. The three countries with the highest TFRs are Niger (7.3), Chad (6.4), and Somalia (6.4), while there is a five-way tie for the lowest TFR (1.2) among Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Youth Worldwide Face Growing Risk From Noncommunicable Diseases Tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, lack of exercise, and unhealthy dietary habits typically take root in adolescence or young adulthood and are key risk factors for developing the main noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) later in life—notably, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, and cancers. NCDs are a growing problem in every region of the world; the four risk behaviors are already at high levels or are increasing among youth, including in many low- and middle-income countries. School based education and behavioral change programs are lowering tobacco and alcohol use in some settings. Policy interventions, such as taxation and advertising bans for tobacco products, have also been positive. Addressing youth risk behaviors is key to curbing a growing NCD epidemic in low- and middle-income countries and supporting youth to become healthy adults who contribute to sustainable development of their countries.
More Progress Needed in Meeting Young Married Women’s Family Planning Needs With Modern Methods Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality calls for empowering women to make informed decisions about their reproductive health. Over the last two decades, increasing numbers of married women ages 15 to 24 in many low- and middle-income countries have met their family planning needs to delay or limit childbearing with modern methods of contraception. But challenges and barriers unique to younger women slow progress in several countries. Age-restrictive policies, social pressures, and provider bias limit knowledge about available options and access to appropriate methods, leading to higher rates of contraceptive failure and discontinuation after short periods. Addressing these barriers will improve maternal and child health, increase educational attainment, and improve economic opportunities for young women.
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