The Global Population Has Surpassed 8 Billion People

( — In 2023, the world population increased by 75 million people, meaning the world rang in 2024 with more than 8 billion people, the Associated Press reported.

The United Nations projected that the world population would reach 8 billion people by November 15, 2022, meaning the global population would increase by 1 billion in just 12 years.

According to US Census Bureau figures released last Thursday, the worldwide growth rate for 2023 was just below 1 percent. With the start of 2024, the Census Bureau figures project that there will be 4.3 births and two deaths worldwide every second.

In the United States, the growth rate for 2023 was only 0.53 percent, or about half of the worldwide growth figure. In 2023, the United States population increased by 1.7 million, bringing the total US population on January 1 to 335.8 million people.

If the current rate of growth continues through the end of 2029, this decade could be the slowest-growing of any decade in US history, with a projected growth rate of less than 4 percent, according to demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution.

The slowest-growing decade for the United States currently on record was the 1930s, when the population growth rate was 7.3 percent.

Frey told the Associated Press that there is always a slight chance that population growth in the US might “tick up a bit” once we are beyond the “pandemic years.” Even so, Frey believes it is doubtful the growth rate would increase enough to even match the 7.3 percent from the 1930s.

The US is expected to start 2024 with one birth every nine seconds and one death every 9.5 seconds. However, the US population is unlikely to decline given the current rate of immigration, with net international migration expected to add one person to the population every 28.3 seconds.

When combining the rates of births, deaths, and immigration, the US population is expected to increase this year by one person every 24.2 seconds.

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