How many people in the world

7.96 Billion7.96 Billion (2022)

The current world population is

7.96 billion as of July 2022 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborate

d by Worldometer.

The term “World Population” refers to the human population

(the total number of humans currently living) of the world.

We first made this estimate in 1995

and have updated it periodically since then.

This article is an updated version of one of PRB’s most popular features:

estimating the number of people who have ever been born

Calculating the answer to the question

“How many people have ever lived on Earth?” is complicated.

To begin with, when we initially wrote this article back in 1995,

“modern” Homo sapiens (that is, people who were roughly like we are now)

were thought to have first walked the Earth around 50,000 B.C.E. 

The UN estimates around 15 million excess

deaths in 2020 and 2021 from the COVID-19 pandemic

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had

a significant impact

on global population and migration trends

We know that the confirmed death toll from COVID-19 is likely to significantly

underestimate the true number of deaths because of limited testing.

One way to get a better estimate of the total mortality impact of the pandemic is to look at excess mortality data.

We can look at the total number of deaths and compare this to the number we expect to occur in a non-pandemic year.