Middle AgesRoman EmpireViking Era

Growth in world population

Our World in Data, the web site of Max Roser, visualizes data in amazing ways. Check out this graph of world population:

World Population over the last 12,000 years and UN projection until 2100” by Our World in Data is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.  The graphs which follow are derived from this information and are licensed for use by others under the same CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

Very cool. The dramatic expansion in the number of people is amazing.

This discussion is cross-posted from my other blog, Outrun Change, because it provides context for past and future discussions of ancient finances.

The graph includes projections through 2100. I pulled out the projections and developed the following graph:

I was interested in population estimates during the New Testament era and the middle ages, so pulled out data for a shorter time horizon:

Enjoy!

Update: Wanted another timeframe to show the huge increase, so created another graph from 1600 to today. Check it out:

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