Wawamu Stats has provided a fascinating look at population figures for the world's twenty most populous cities dating back to 1810 and projecting through 2100. Here are some of the things that struck me:
1810 – The U.S. was number 17 in population. The United Kingdom was number 10 with roughly twice the population.
1812 – When France made its ill-fated invasion of Russia, the two countries were almost the same size. I had always assumed that Russia was a much bigger country at that time in terms of population.
1847 – The United States passed the United Kingdom in population, seventy-one years after declaring independence in 1776.
1884 – The United States became the third largest country in the world.
1914 – 1920 – The populations of Germany and France decreased in size due to the losses in World War I.
1947 – India had seven times the population of the United Kingdom when it achieved its independence.
1960 – 2019 – India's population quadrupled, Pakistan's quintupled and Brazil's tripled in 60 years.
2025 – India passes China in population.
2037 - 2100 – China begins to decline in population.
2047 – Nigeria passes the United States to have the third largest population in the world.
Overall, I was surprised by the population figures for the African countries. The toy industry, with the exception of South Africa, largely ignores Africa and its consumer markets. As a matter of fact, I have not seen anything in the way of consumer research.
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