The Pew Research Center analyzed new data about world population from the United Nations and concluded that Africa’s population is projected to more than triple in the next 80 years:
Between 2020 and 2100, Africa’s population is expected to increase from 1.3 billion to 4.3 billion. Projections show these gains will come mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, which is expected to more than triple in population by 2100. The regions that include the United States and Canada (Northern America) and Australia and New Zealand (Oceania) are projected to grow throughout the rest of the century, too, but at slower rates than Africa.
Five African countries are projected to be in the world’s top 10 countries by population by 2100.
In addition, India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by 2027. That’s just around the corner.
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