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World Overpopulation Crisis in Research Results

Updated on January 26, 2018
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Patty uses advanced degrees in preventive medicine and health psychology in research and treatment for public and private health agencies.

Results of Census2010 and World Statistics

The Daily Record tells us that despite the slowest decade (2000 - 2010) of population growth in the United States since the Great Depression, we still have the fastest-growing population of any industrialized nation.

The United States population count is the world's third most populous number in all of 2010, 2007, and 2005. However, the US population is aging and its birth rate declining, leading to an aging population on average.

In fact, Baby Boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and heavily draining the Social Security system. Members of that cohort that are receiving early retirement from Social Security are increasing the drain.

Still, this is not as acute a slow-down as in Japan, where young women in the late 1980s rebelled against marriage and childbearing in order to choose careers. This was big news globally, but the trend has continued to 2010.

Japan is becoming a nation of senior citizens more quickly than is the USA.In the same five-year time span 2005-10, Japan lost half a million people in deaths, moves to other nations, and a declining birth rate (see tables below).

One of the most striking changes in global populations from 2005 to 2010 is the decline in numbers within The Russian Federation, to the tune of 4,600,000 people lost.

Overpopulation: Must We Off Load to Mars?

Since AD 2000, increasing numbers of scientists counseled in the media that mankind needed to move off planet to Mars in order to prevent mass deaths due to lack of Earth resources and the ultimate extinction of humans.

This pleased the Mars Society that has been doing tireless work toward this end for some time, private space flight companies and related manufacturers, and perhaps President Barack Obama when he spoke about aiming for Mars and eliminating Lunar colonization plans during the early part of his 2009 - 2012 Presidential term.

The fact that potential lay in mining the asteroid field between Earth and Mars for mineral resources could create jobs for additional people. Senior Citizens were spoken of as potential recruits to travel permanently to Mars in order to found the first settlements.

This would provide them with useful work, excitement, and a place to off load themselves as part of an increasing and aging Earth population that was draining the national economy. Whether Martian Colonization is practical from a human health standpoint will be determined in future, likely by the early 2020s.

Top 10 Most Populous American States (US "Census2010")

% Change in Population 2000 to 2010
1. California 
2. Texas  
20.6 (extreme increase)
3. New York
4. Florida
16.6 (large increase)
5. Illinois
6. Pennslvania
7. Ohio
8. Michigan
- 0.6 (decline): The only US State to lose population.
9. Georgia
18.3 (major inclrease)
10.North Carolina - replaces NJ
18.5 (major Increase)

Data provided by the US Census Bureau.

America: US State Population Rank AD2005

  1. California 36,132,147 and about 40 Million in AD2010
  2. Texas 22,859,968
  3. New York 19,254,630
  4. Florida 17,789,864
  5. Illinois 12,763,371
  6. Pennsylvania 12,429,616
  7. Ohio 11,464,042
  8. Michigan 10,120,860
  9. Georgia 9,072,576
  10. New Jersey 8,717,925 -- Replaced by North Carolina by AD2010, possibly because of the influx of research, commercial and residential entities and populations around and in the Research Triangle.

Spotlight on California Population

Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee in the state capital reminds us of population growth in the state from 22 Million in 1975 to approximately 40 Million (government opinions and counts differ, because of inclusion and exclusion of undocumented residents) in AD2010. This is about double in 35 years.

He tells us that after WWII, not only did the Baby Boom hit California, but other people moved in from other states to seek their respective fortunes. I think that immigration from Asia and the Pacific Islands added to California's population significantly as well.

It appears that Governor Jerry Brown (served 1975 to 1983) limited improvements in infrastructure during his terms. Then a mini baby boom and a wave of foreign immigration hit California, requiring more and better infrastructure. Governor again from 2011 to 2018; what will he do about infrastructure? -- Or about Education, Public Assistance, or Senior Services? What does the next governor do?

California has the largest US population, but also a larger share of related problems.

Mr. Walters has examined the figures and reports that state population growth has slowed markedly from the 1980s to about 1% percent a year currently, which still means 400,000 people a year. California has one of America's highest Birth Rates at 500,000 babies a year, or twice the Death Rate. The babies are largely of color, while the aging population is primarily Caucasian.

The over-65 population is to increase by 50+% by AD2020, while the babies are still born one a minute.

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National Populations 2010

  1. China 1,330,141,295
  2. India 1,173,108,0183
  3. USA 310,232,8634
  4. Indonesia 242,968,3425
  5. Brazil 201,103,3306
  6. Pakistan 177,276,5947
  7. Bangladesh 158,065,8418
  8. Nigeria 152,217,3419
  9. Russia 139,390,205 (Negative growth, -4.6 million)
  10. Japan 126,804,433 (Negative growth, -0.5 million)

National Populations 2005

  1. China 1,298,847, 624
  2. India 1,065,070, 607
  3. USA 293,027, 571
  4. Indonesia 238,452,952
  5. Brazil 184,101,109
  6. Pakistan 159,196, 336
  7. Bangledesh 141,340, 476
  8. Russia 143,974, 059
  9. Nigeria 125,750, 356
  10. Japan 127,333, 002

The Russian Federation
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Countries With Negative Growth are Losing People

Although the population of Earth hit seven billion in 2011, some nations began losing population, including two in the Top 10: the Russian Federation and Japan.

Spotlight on the Russian Federation

The CIA World Factbook online lists the Russian Federation as the 9th most populous global country with an estimate in July 2010 of a population numbering 139,390,205.

Median Ages

Within the federation the median ages are interesting, all differing enough to be significant from one another:

  • ALL: 38.5 years ; life expectancy 66.1
  • Males: 35.3 years; life expectancy 59.5
  • Females: 41.7 years; life expectancy 73.2 (much higher than for males)

Population Growth

  • The population Growth Rate is negative at nearly -0.05% and the Birth Rate is low at only 176th among world nations, at 11.11 per 1,000 people.
  • The Death Rate is much higher at 16.04 per 1,000. For every 2 babies born, about 3 people die.


Even more interesting is education achieved, males averaging 14 years of schooling and women, 15 years of education.

Education Changes of Note in Russia

The table below represents the individuals that take the Worldwide Achievement Tests (age 15) and older persons.

  • College graduates and postgraduate finishers have increased dramatically from 1989 to 2002, indicating an increased number of Professional Workers.
  • Primary education has risen, probably in rural areas that have heretofore lacked adequate schools, and education numbers have risen dramatically among
  • Secondary vocational completions, a number that indicates an increase in certified worker in skilled trades.
  • Although the nation has lost 4,600,000 people, those remaining are better educated overall, therefore logically more productive to the economy.

Russian Federation 2002 Census
Russian Federation 2002 Census

Population of Japan

The CIA World Factbook reports that Japan experienced an economic slow-down beginning approximately 1990 and continuing to 2011 and ongoing. In the mid-1980s, news of cultural change in Japan arrived in American newspapers and magazines, even martial arts periodicals.

Japanese women in their 20s ans 30s were beginning to reject the notions of motherhood and marriage in favor of long-term careers. This trend has extended into the 2010s, resulting in a decreased Birth Rate and increased aging of the overall population (See "Causes of Divorce" in the links near the top of this page). In 2010, Japan took the Number 10 spot in the Top 10 Most Populous Countries and may fall of the list in the next census period.


Japanese Trends AD2010 to AD2020

Median Ages

  • ALL: 44.6. Life expectancy is 82.2 years (5th highest in the world).
  • Males: 42.9, expected to live to 78.9 years.
  • Females: 46.5, expected to live to 85.7 years.

Population Growth

  • The Japanese Birth Rate is 7.4 births per 1000 people, only 223rd highest of all countries in the world.
  • At the same time, the higher Death Rate is 9.83 per 1000 individuals, the 61st highest in the world. This means that for every baby born, 2.4 people die, resulting in a decreasing population or negative Growth Rate of - 0.24% or about a quarter of a percent yearly.
  • The Japanese population total is declining half as fast as that of Russia.


  • Most of Japan's population attends 15 years of schooling, expected per cultural norms.
  • Japanese 15-year-olds score well annually on the yearly global achievement tests mentioned above.


  • Information Please Almanac. Retrived May 15, 2011.
  • National Geographic Blog: Volunteer for Mars. Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  • US Census Bureau. Census2010.
  • Walters, D. World Populations Changes. Sacramento Bee. Retrieved May 9, 2012

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I think some erratic behaviors are already showing because of overpopulation. Nuclear attack in order to reduce overpopulation might be a bit much.

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      9 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

      Somebody gonna get edgy and push a button...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I agree that the human population may become cyclical in decreasing and increasing again.

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      9 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

      It's great to see all this information put together so concisely. I did some basic calculations a few years ago concerning birth rates as opposed to current populations. On average, we're looking at about 20 live births worldwide every second, though that is projected to increase as time goes on. If you think about it, 20 births every second means you can walk into a McDonald's, whip out a shotgun, ruin everyone's egg McMuffin, and they would all be replaced by the time you reloaded. I'm not condoning that sort of behavior, of course. I'm just pointing out that the human race has moved beyond any natural force which would limit or regulate our numbers. Much like the agent's speech in The Matrix, we've become a virus that destroys all around us. The problem of course is that, even should a few forward-thinking individuals choose not to have children, the sheer number of idiots humping like rabbits out there means it won't do any good. I've heard it described as the tragedy of the commons. We each think for ourselves rather than as a collective species, and as such our actions will simply worsen the situation of the species as a whole as time goes on. Of course, none of that will be really evident until we run out of food, clean water, and oil. Then the illusion of civilization will be dispelled and chaos will reign. Over a period of widespread havoc, the population will decrease to a level at which it can survive on the land. Then the process will start over again.

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      Pragya mittal 

      9 years ago

      Get idea 3G to make World busy(limit overpopulation

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      10 years ago from Linden, AB

      Most fascinating! You have motivate me to do a similar HubPage on world population and rising urban populations. I hope to get it up and running within the next week.

      Nice job!

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      10 years ago from Hanover, VA

      This is scary

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      Camaron Elliott 

      10 years ago from San Diego

      Thanks so much for taking the time to pull all of this valuable information together! This is an outstanding source of information.

      San Diego and Las Vegas have recently been hit with a lot of Persistent Contrails, otherwise known as Chemtrails. After seeing the Census Charts and your information, perhaps there is a "REASON" why they are stepping up their programs AFTER the Census was taken.

      I don't like to dredge up anything that "Dark"-- and "Sinister", however, the more research that I do on Chemtrails, the more I am finding that there is a link with a possible depopulation plan, that is not shared with the public.

      My hubpages have been dedicated, so far, to showing the areas that I've personally filmed -- and the videos that I've found in regards to Chemtrails.

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      10 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Facinating Hub. Thanks for compiling this data.

      We really need world wide birth control if humans are to survive on our vulnurable planet.

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      I've been very curious as to how the information collected from the 2010 census would translate into facts and a clear more accurate look at overpopulation.

      Interesting, I filled out the very first census form I recieved in the mail and yet I got two more requesting the information. Make me wonder as to the policies and procedures in place to insure accurate reporting. I do hope everyone provided the needed data.

      Well done and very interesting, thanks for the careful research and reporting. :) Katie

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Very, very interesting and informative. I don't think off-loading Mars is a great idea.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I hear various things in the news about China attempting to staunch growth, but not yet about India. Google India news section should have that info.

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      This Old Guy 

      10 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      India is growing their economy at an alarming rate, what changes do they experience with the population?

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      daniel steve 

      10 years ago from India

      really informative have become your follower too ha ha ha...

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      10 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Great hub, chock full of information. The world is overpopulated, don't know where it will end, but resources are eventually going to run out.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @sligobay - Thanks for the vote of confidence! I am going to look at some more data and find those crafty hiding 4 Billion!

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      10 years ago from east of the equator

      Patty, you are brilliant to put all this data together for us. I hope that your page goes platinum. One Billion + for China and India explains the outsourcing of everything. They all must eat, too. European Union, USA, Canada and Mexico make a Billion together. Where are the other 4 Billion hiding???

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      These are a bunch of useful comments, so thanks to all of you! I think that some areas of the US are overcrowded to the point of making tempers flare and skin crawl and upping the crime statistics and violence.

      @Austinstar - Is your area becoming overcrowded? Central Ohio is crowded to the point of I can hardly get down the street for trsffic (30 or 40 additional cars in the county every day). Anyway, A friend moved to the Hill Country a couple years ago because he felt Texas would break away from the rest of the union. But Texas seems to have a lot of jobs. Hope it does not get as crowded as Tokyo!

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      10 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Will everyone please stop moving to Texas? Thank you.

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      10 years ago from Canada

      intense information!

      the population is already wayyy to much

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      Jackie Paulson 

      10 years ago from USA IL

      Outstanding and that IL is 12 "US State Population Rank 2005

      California 36,132,147 and about 40 Million in 2010

      Texas 22,859,968

      New York 19,254,630

      Florida 17,789,864

      Illinois 12,763,371

      Pennsylvania 12,429,616

      Ohio 11,464,042

      Michigan 10,120,860

      Georgia 9,072,576

      New Jersey 8,717,925 -- Replaced by North Carolina by 2010, possibly because of the influx of research, commerical and residential entities and populations around and in the Research Triangle."

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      Lori J Latimer 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      The information contained in this Hub is very valuable. The layout is excellent. What a lot of people fighting for the daily shrinking resources...Great Hub. Voted Up. Tweeted


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