Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Nigeria's population will increase by 189m between 2018 - 2050 - United Nations forecast

Nigeria's population will increase by 189m between 2018 - 2050 - United Nations forecast

Sydney, Australia's most populous urban center, has announced plans to split into three smaller cities by 2040 to improve housing, quality of life and governance.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the National Population Commission (NPC) had put Nigeria's current population at 198 million people with urban population growing at an average annual growth rate of about 6.5%.

"It is interesting to note that around the same time India is expected to surpass China as the country with the world's total largest population", Wilmoth said.

"It is projected that India will have added 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million." . Tokyo, with 37 million people, is now the most populated city, followed by New Delhi with 29 million, Shanghai with 26 million and Mexico City and Sao Paulo, each with around 22 million dwellers.

Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing and Dhaka are all closing in on the 20-million inhabitant mark.

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Based on the report, Tokyo's population is predicted to begin declining by 2020, while the Indian capital of New Delhi will become the most populous city on the planet by 2028.

By 2030, there will be 43 megacities around the world with populations of over 10 million, up from 33 similarly sized urban centers today and just 10 in 1990.

North America now has the most urbanized regions (with 82 per cent of its population living in urban areas in 2018), while the corresponding figure for Latin America and the Caribbean is 81 per cent, followed by Europe (74 per cent) and Oceania (68 per cent).

The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018.

Today, the most urbanized regions include Northern America (with 82 per cent of its population living in urban areas in 2018), Latin America and the Caribbean (81 per cent), Europe (74 per cent) and Oceania (68 per cent).

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The report, released on Wednesday and entitled "The 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects", points out that the world will continue to urbanise in the future, with around 2.5 billion people added to built up areas by the middle of the century.

In contrast, the rural population in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (part of the Soviet Union) in 1950 - the year when the United Nations had started collecting statistics-was 57.5 million.

"The increasing concentration of people in cities provides a way of more economically providing services".

According to an earlier UNDESA estimate, India's population is expected to reach 1.438 billion in 2024, exceeding China's 1.436 billion. The global rural population is now close to 3.4 billion and is expected to rise slightly and then decline to 3.1 billion by 2050. In contrast, Africa remains mostly rural, with 43 per cent of its population living in urban areas.

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