9 December 2014
See also Demography Charts – 1
Below are lists of largest country populations in 1950, 2015 and 2050, assuming the UN’s medium-variant projections. Key takeaways:
- Lower growth for world population in upcoming decades as total fertility ratios (TFR = children per woman) decline in Africa and Asia.
- Four European countries were in the top 10 in 1950. Only one (Russia) remains in 2015 and none in 2050.
- US population drops from 6.3% of world in 1950, to 4.4% in 2015, to 4.2% in 2050.
- Huge increase in Sub-Saharan Africa from 2015 to 2050, despite an expected decline in TFR.
Top 10 populations in 1950:
Top 10 populations in 2015:
Top 10 populations in 2050:
Finally, here is a chart of Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa as percent of total world population.