How many people have been born on Earth since the beginning?
#101263. Asked by willim. (Nov 25 08 5:11 PM)
Hence the "and counting". :-)|
Here's the breakdown through 2002:|
YEAR/Population/Births Between Benchmarks
8000 B.C. 5,000,000 1,137,789,769
1 A.D. 300,000,000 46,025,332,354
1200 450,000,000 26,591,343,000
1650 500,000,000 12,782,002,453
1750 795,000,000 3,171,931,513
1850 1,265,000,000 4,046,240,009
1900 1,656,000,000 2,900,237,856
1950 2,516,000,000 3,390,198,215
1995 5,760,000,000 5,427,305,000
2002 6,215,000,000 983,987,500
Number who have ever been born 106,456,367,669
Well, yes, but....|
As the article Zb quotes makes very clear, this is mere speculation, although by educated guessers.
"Any such exercise can be only a highly speculative enterprise, to be undertaken with far less seriousness than most demographic inquiries. Nonetheless, it is a somewhat intriguing idea that can be approached on at least a semi-scientific basis.
"And semi-scientific it must be, because there are, of course, absolutely no demographic data available for 99 percent of the span of the human stay on Earth. Still, with some speculation concerning prehistoric populations, we can at least approach a guesstimate of this elusive number."
The author's aim was to debunk the idea that 75% of all humans who have ever been born are alive right now.
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