Demographically, the world today looks far different than it did only a couple of decades ago. For one thing, population has burgeoned. We’ve also seen the outbreak of an epidemic – AIDS – that is having a significant effect on global demographic patterns.
This Brief examines these changes and more, presenting the Census Bureau’s latest estimates and projections of world-wide population totals, population growth, fertility, contraceptive use, age structure, life expectancy, infant mortality, and population density. Data on the demographics of the former Soviet Union and the impact of the AIDS epidemic are presented too. The statistics in this Brief come from the International Data Base and the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base, both housed at the Census Bureau’s Center for International Research (CIR).