Biggest populations in 2050: Move over Russia and Mexico. Here comes Africa

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Predictions for the future have a way of going off the rails, but with India’s population projected to surpass China’s by 2022, the Population Reference Bureau‘s prognosis may not be too far off. From CNN Money:

Three out of the top 10 most populous countries in 2050 will be in Africa, a new report shows.

Nigeria, currently the seventh most populous country in the world, will rise to the fourth spot by 2050, the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau said.

Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia will replace Russia and Mexico as countries No. 9 and No. 10.

The report sees many African countries rising in the ranks throughout the next three decades because of to high fertility rates and improved life expectancy. The data show that populations will more than double in 40, mostly African, countries.

The numbers also show that China, with 1.3 billion people now, will be leapfrogged by India as the most populous country in the world by 2022.

The bureau’s annual Population Data Sheet sees the global population ballooning by 2.5 billion to 9.8 billion by 2050…

[continues at CNN Money]

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