Visualization of the Week: 7 billion humans

One UN population dataset yields two different visualizations.

UN population countdown clockThe world population is expected to hit seven billion some time in the next few days. The United Nations has a countdown clock, of sorts, with a counter ticking steadily forward.

The Guardian, along with the Spanish design house Bestario’s, has taken data from the U.N. to create a visualization of changes in global population.

The visualization depicts population past, present and future — namely, numbers from 1950, from 2010, and 2100. You can click on countries to view their individual trajectories as well as countries with comparable growth patterns.

Screenshot showing India's population growth and a prediction for the year 2100
Screenshot showing India’s population growth and a prediction for the year 2100. (Click to see full interactive visualization.)

The United Nations has taken its data and created a visualization of its own, one that includes more details about fertility and age groups.

The United Nations' 7 Billion Actions visualizationThe UN put its population data to use in its own visualization. (Click to see full interactive version.)

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