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Slow Population Growth:
The world population has grown from 2.5 Billion in 1950 to 6.1 Billion in 2000 and is expected to reach 9.2 Billion by 2050, 50% growth. Europe and Japan will have negative growth (due primairly to lower fertility rates) over the next 50 years. China will have a growth rate of 11%, the U.S. will grow by 41%, India by 58%, Nigeria at 131% and Pakistan at 102%.
See Top 10 countries for growth.
Recent data shows that fertility (average number of children per woman is dropping faster than expected in developing countries. This has been attributed to better education and women having more choice rather than government policy.
See: World Population
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last updated 10 Jan 2010