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Examining Past, Current, and Future Populations of the World

The Map of the Week for November 27th takes an in-depth looking into past, current, and future populations of the world based on estimated projections by the United Nations for each country. #MapMonday

Examining Past, Current, and Future Populations of the World

Population numbers are on the rise throughout the world. In fact, over the past 70-years we have witnessed a population increase of 5,008,930,763 worldwide. According to the 2016 United Nations’ World Population Prospects report, it is estimated that the current world population is growing by approximately 83 million people each year. If projected patterns continue, future populations are estimated to reach 11,130,084,000 worldwide by 2100. Currently, patterns suggest this number may be much higher than initial estimates with 61 countries currently exceeding population estimates for 2020 alone.

Through the interactive mapping application, viewers have the opportunity to visualize population estimates throughout the world (past, present, and future), spanning 150-years of estimated data. Three population maps present estimated data for 1950, 2017 (current), and 2100, with additional data available based on 10-year increments when selecting an individual country. Additionally, a forth map visualizes countries currently exceeding 2020 projections, potentially resulting in higher population numbers for the future than initially predicted.

About Map of the Weeks from GIS Services:

Throughout the semester, GIS Services will continue releasing bi-weekly maps on a variety of topics for the purpose of demonstrating ideas and uses for incorporating geospatial technology into research and projects you are developing. To view our collection of maps, projects or to learn about the geospatial services offered through the Marriott Library, please visit the GIS Services website @

Happy Mapping!

Justin Sorensen | GIS Specialist
Creativity & Innovation Services / GIS Services

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