The seven billionth person in the world is projected to be born on Monday, and I thought that this event called for a “The Best…” list.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion:

A global push to 7 billion people is a Washington Post interactive.

Population Seven Billion is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Population to Hit 7 Bllion on Halloween is from Breaking News English.

How big was the world’s population when you were born? is an interactive from The Guardian.

Fear of a 7 Billion Population Planet is from The Atlantic.

The upsides of overpopulation is from The Washington Post.

The buzz behind 7 billion people: A milestone and a warning is from CNN.

World Population: 7 Billion is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

The world at seven billion is a fascinating interactive from the BBC, which includes the option of figuring out which “number” you were in that 7 billion.

The making of 7 billion is a Washington Post slideshow.

Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion is from NPR.

Crowded Planet is a special feature from The Guardian.

Picturing 7 Billion is from The New York Times.

Making Sense of 7 Billion People is from Wired.

Bringing Up the Issue of Population Growth is from The New York Times.

We are 7 billion is a video from The Economist.

Feeding 7 billion and our fragile environment is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

Population Control, Marauder Style is a really interesting infographic from The New York Times.

World population still growing, but slowing is an historical interactive from the CBC.

Hans Rosling on global population growth is a TED Talk.

Pictured: A World at 7 Billion is an amazing New York Times project.

Do the dead outnumber the living? is from The BBC.

I’ve previously shared videos of Hans Rosling, data magician.

He has a new TED Talk out, and it’s called Religions and Babies. I’m embedding it below:


Young Vs Old: Which Countries Have The Youngest Populations? is an interactive from Radio Free Europe.

2014 World Population Digital Visualization



World Population History has a very impressive interactive that traces the world’s population over the past two-thousand years. It not only highlights where population decreases or increases occurred, but also provides explanations behind the changes.

They also have created a less interesting, though still useful, video summary of that same history:

I learned about these resources from Vox, which also provides more detailed descriptions of them.

Demography Is Destiny? Teaching About Cause and Effect With Global Population Trends is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Here’s how this next video’s creators describe it:

The estimated demographic makeup of the World from 1950 to 2090. The top graph displays overall population, whilst the bottom is a league table of the ten most populous countries.

“The Human Reach” Is A Good Interactive On The World’s Population

Infographic: The Most Populous Nations on Earth | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

A 3D Look at the Largest Population Density Centers is from Visual Capitalist.

The World Population in 2100, by Country is also by Visual Capitalist.

Visualizing the Most Populous Countries in the World is from Visual Capitalist.


Visualizing the World’s Population by Age Group, from Visual Capitalist. You can find more information on it – and a bigger version – at the link.


Infographic Of The Week: “The World Population in 2100, by Country”

Population Boom: Charting How We Got to Nearly 8 Billion People is from Visual Capitalist.

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