Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Top Stories

World Population Hits 7 Billion

Babies born Monday are being called the world's "7-billionth" babies to celebrate the historic population marker.

Monday marks the day the world's population officially reached 7 billion people. 

Newborn babies around the world are being greeted by photographers' flash bulbs and symbolic festivities.

Danica May Camacho (Associated Press)
Danica May Camacho (Associated Press)
 
Because demographers are incapable of marking when exactly the 7-billionth baby was born, the U.N. is choosing specific babies born on Monday, Oct. 31 to be "the 7-billionth" baby. 

The first of these symbolic babies was Danica May Camacho, who was born at the Manila Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in the Philippines.  Baby Danica arrived two minutes before Monday, but doctors decided it was close enough to count. 

Many are concerned that the planet is on its way to being overcrowded. 

"If we could slow our growth rate, we have an easier job in dealing with all the other things like education, health, employment, housing, food, the environment and so on," said Joel Cohen, a demographer at Rockefeller University, in an interview with CBS News. 

But in actuality, the international birth rate has been decreasing for years, and is at the lowest its been for a century.

In 1970, the international birth rate was 4.5.  In 2010, it fell to below 2.7.

While some countries like India are seeing growing populations, many countries are reporting an average birth rate below 2. 

"We now have 75 countries in the world where the fertility rate is below two," Dudley Poston, a professor of sociology and demographics at Texas A&M University, told Reuters. "Once your fertility rate drops below two, it is very very hard to get it to go back up again."

Although it is more common to hear concern voiced about a global shortage of resources for a growing population, the greater threat could be the slowing birth rate. 

COMMENTS
Leave a comment
Name:
E-mail:*
URL:
Comments:*

Dozens Gather for Vigil Honoring Venice Lightning-Strike Victim


By Rachel Scott
07/30/14 | 9:37 a.m. PDT

A large crowd gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Tuesday night to remember Nick Fagnano.

Four Arrests Made in Grad Student Killing


By Alexa Liacko, Faith Miller and Rachel Scott
07/28/14 | 4:01 p.m. PDT

Two adults and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the death of 24-year-old USC grad student Xinran Ji...

USC Graduate Student Found Dead in Apartment

Pac-12 Media Day Sitdown with Head Coach Steve Sarkisian

Pac-12 Media Day Exclusive: Leonard Williams

Pac-12 Media Day Sitdown with Cody Kessler

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.
MOST POPULAR

USC Graduate Student Found Dead in Apartment


By Kate Flexter
07/24/14 | 1:41 p.m. PDT

A 24-year-old Chinese USC engineering graduate student was found dead on Thursday at an apartment in the University Park area...

Victim of Fatal Lightning Strike was Transferring to USC


By Alexa Liacko and Rachel Scott
07/28/14 | 1:38 p.m. PDT

Twenty-year-old Nick Fagnano planned to study at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.