Population Statistics

Population statistics are numbers that matter. They might imperil the future of societies or the future of mankind on Planet Earth.


"Population is the total membership or population or “universe” of a defined class of people, objects or events." OECD, Paris

Sources for Population Statistics

There is no statistical office that does not monitor the development of its country's population, e.g. the number of inhabitants (males or females), their growth rates and more in-depth differentiations (e.g. by age group, by level of education). It's an objective way of measuring how we live.

Numbers that matter

World Bank's World Development Indicators database offers population statistics for nearly every country worldwide. Be aware that this database does not cover the latest figures. But that's not critical. It documents the trends.

More details and more recent statistics are provided by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, e.g.:

Some further examples:

OECD's "population and vital statistics" differentiate the population numbers by

  • number of births and deaths
  • calculation of the crude birth and death rate
  • natural increase and migration numbers and their growth rates

OECD's "labour market statistics" show the numbers (differentiated by groups of age) of

  • active population
  • employed population
  • inactive population
  • unemployed population
  • working age population

The World Bank provides its Gender Statistics database for further insights, e.g.:

  • level of education by sex and age group
  • gender specific decision makings
  • health-related statistics (e.g. disease prevention, mortality) by age and sex
  • poverty rates
  • income distribution (GINI index)
  • participation in ownership of firms by sex
  • proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments
  • holding an account at financial institutions by sex
  • life expectancy

Special databases

OECD databases:

World Population (special application services)

World population is rising. According to World Bank's statistics 7.24 billion inhabitants populated our planet in 2014. A considerable increase of 1.1 billion people within 14 years only.

To monitor the population development for (nearly) all countries worldwide incl. selected country aggregates (e.g. Arab World, East Asia & Pacific, European Union, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, World) DSI provides a special app on your mobile devices:

World Population Statistics App World Population Statistics