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B. L. Whorf

World Population, Human

Estimate of human population as of this moment,
Friday the 1st of August, 2014 at 9:47:07 pm,
Standard New Zealand Time:

You're one in 7,153,881,179 baby...

A Born Apologist...

Despite what some people have suggested, I didn't intend for this page to be depressing. Like most people like me, I was simply interested in the problem, so set out to solve it — with no thought whatsoever as to any negative consequences. Naïve and irresponsible perhaps, but by such steps is progress made (not that I'm quite so full of myself as to believe that this webpage adds, in any way, shape, or form to the overall progress of the human race!).

About the Estimate

This estimate is simply a linear interpolation of the world population data provided by the International Programs Center of the U.S. Bureau of the Census. It's all a bit Mickey-Mouse really. Nobody has even tried to count everybody in the world — not that you ever could (at least not with today's technology)....

This is what the International Programs Center had to say about the estimates that my population counter is based on:

...these figures were developed by the International Programs Center based on analysis of available data on population, fertility, mortality, and migration. The analysis is performed separately for the 227 countries, or areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more. These analyses are based on census, survey, and administrative information. For most countries, and especially less developed countries, adjustment of the data is necessary to correct for errors, omissions, and inconsistencies in the data . Since the most recent data for each country are at least two years old (and for most countries they are older), the population figures used for the clock are projections from those estimates based on assumed trends in fertility, mortality, and migration. As new data become available, all data are reevaluated and past conclusions may change.

Hardly the sort of thing to engender a whole lot of confidence, but then, we live in an unsure world...