United Nations Demographic Yearbook 1960

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This is the twelfth in the series of Demographic Yearbooks assembled and published since 1948 by the Statistical Office of the United Nations from official statistics generously made available by national statistical authorities. This issue features for the first time historical trends of population size and characteristics for over 200 countries and territories.

English, French


How well do we know the present size and trend of the world's population?

For the middle of 1959, the number of human beings in the world was estimated as 2,907 million, an increase of 412 million over the estimate for mid-year 1950. If these figures were exact, they would mean that world population increased, from 1950 to 1959, at an average annual rate of 1.72 per cent; and in absolute numbers, the annual arithmetic average addition to world population would now stand at about 46 million. Are the estimates accurate enough to support such inferences? What is the range of possible error in the estimated world totals and the figures for world regions?


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