With the way at which fertility rate is increasing in different parts of the world, the Population Reference Bureau has revealed the
10. Ethiopia (165 million)
Ethiopia is among the new countries on the list, experts believed that due to the rate at which childbirth is increasing and with other factors attached to that, the country sits at number 10 of the projected world’s most populated countries by 2050. According to Population Reference Bureau, the projected population for Ethiopia by 2050 is 165 million and it replaces Mexico in relation to the present ranking which lies at position 10.
9. Democratic Republic of Congo (194 million)
DRC will sit on position 9 replacing Russia among the list of the world’s most populated countries of the future. Its projected population by the year 2050 is 194 million and will become the second most populated countries in Africa behind Nigeria. However, you may wonder what the key for Congo’s population growth is. Babies! The rate at which women keep giving births in the country justifies its inclusion on the list.
8. Bangladesh (202 million)
Bangladesh still maintains its place as the 8th most populous country in the world (at both present and future ranking), but has a projected population of 202 million inhabitants by 2050. Experts suggest that Bangladesh’s fertility rate will keep on with the present pace, but time will come when the population will greatly increase beyond expectations.
7. Brazil (226 million)
Brazil currently sits 5th on the list of the world’s most populated countries, but will find itself in the 7th position by the year 2050. Sources suggest that plans have been put in place to reduce fertility rate in the next coming years in Brazil. According to Population Reference Bureau, Brazil will have a population of 226 million by 2050.
6. Pakistan (344 million)
Pakistan’s position on the list of the world’s most populated countries by 2050 will also remain unchanged in relation to its present ranking. Its projected population in the future according to the Population Reference Bureau is 344 million. This is confirmed due to the fact experts believe that there will be unprecedented population increase in Pakistan between now and 2050, which is why the present population of 199 is almost half of the projected population of to 344 million.
5. Indonesia (366 million)
Indonesia will be replaced in its current position by Nigeria come 2050 and will fall back to the 5th position of the most populated countries of the future. The projected population for Indonesia by 2050 is 366 million – a difference of 110 million from the present population which is around 256 million.
4. Nigeria (397 million)
Nigeria currently sits 7th on the list of the world’s most populated countries and it is the most populous country in Africa at the moment. Despite losing thousands of inhabitants in recent years due to the insurgency, Nigeria’s population is projected to be around 397 million (from 182 million at present) by 2050 with just a difference of 1 million to the United States.
3. United States (398 million)
By 2050, America’s population is not expected to boom in terms of birth rate, but studies revealed that the rate of migration into the United States will be higher than it is now. The United States currently has a population of around 321 million, but its projected population in the future will be 398 million, just a million above Nigeria and it will maintain its position as the number 3rd in the world in terms of population growth. Remaining a world superpower will require the United States to have a large population.
2. China (1.46 billion)
It may surprise you to find out that China which is presently topping the list of the most populated countries in the world will drop in the near future – with fallen birth rate is expected to be the trends in the next coming year. China presently is the world most populous country with the population of approximately 1.40 billion but will be dropping to the second spot by 2050 with a projected population of 1.46 billion.
1. India (1.66 billion)
No doubt, India has the attributes to make it top of the list in the near future. At present, India has a population of 1.3 billion sitting second to China on the chart, but Population Reference Bureau has said it will surely top the chart by 2050 because of the way the birth rate is increasing in the country. The projected India’s population, as suggested by Population Reference Bureau by 2050 is 1.66 billion. This may seem unbelievable, it can actually happen.
It is important to know that population trend is not only affected by birth rate, but improvement in public healthcare can also help to a decline in mortality rates. However, it is good to understand, countries that are (planning in) adopting childbirth control measures will experience a reduction in population growth in future. Nonetheless, it may interest you to know that Africa is set to be one of the key drivers of population growth in the next 20 years. Research has shown that Nigeria being the most populous country in Africa can make it to top three of the most populated countries of the future even before the projected 50 years period, except its government takes measures on child-birth-control. Also, it is important to know that the China we see today is going to be a different China in terms of population growth in the near future due to the level of civilization in relation to birth control and improvement in public healthcare.