Since 1968, the population of the world has doubled, and according to estimates from the United Nations Population Fund, the world’s population is estimated to be hit the 7 billion mark on Monday, October 31. Seven billion is a massive number, but it’s tough too visualize just where your life fits into that number.
The BBC has created a ‘What’s Your Number?‘, cool interactive application that will estimate just where you fit into that population number. Enter your birth date into the application and you can see how what the earth’s population was on the date you were born (for example, I’m number 3,148,120, 697), as well how many people had lived on earth since history began (78,899,727,262 people had lived before me).
The application also shows you the current population of your country and it’s population growth; Canada for example has a population of 34,135,152 growing at 1% per year. Every hour there are 42 births, 28 deaths and as a Canadian male I have a life expectancy of 78.2 years.
For more information visit the UN Population Fund’s detailed population calculator .
The numbers (which of course are estimates) are calculated based on UN Population figures and estimates of growth over time. The second number of how many people have lived on earth since history began is based on UN calculations using the methodology of scholar Carl Haub, who had estimated how many people had been alive since 50,000 BC.