The Road to 7 Billion

In: Global Economy History Interactive Maps Source: FT

27 Oct 2011

The Financial Times has pulled together some interactive visualizations of world demographics as we approach 7 billion people. I would have liked to see the population pyramids for more countries. The fertility/education graph is a bit shocking.

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3 Responses to The Road to 7 Billion



October 28th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Why is the fertility vs education shocking? Hans Rosling showed us years ago that developed countries have family sizes much smaller than undeveloped.


steve black

October 31st, 2011 at 5:41 am

Only 1 out of 3 counts as a good visualisation. The growth rate as bubble thing is downright misleading in that it gives prominence to insignificant numbers (ie very small countries with very high growth rates). I’ve no idea what that other chart with people on it is trying to say. The simple scatter plots, in contrast, are clear and significant. Why didn’t they do a better job of the others.



November 1st, 2011 at 12:17 am

If more people knew the inverse relationship between women’s education and family size we’d be talking about giving free college education to all women, this might also improve education in general as the level of education of the mother is one of the best predictors of the level of children’s success.

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