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The Twenty Largest Nations and their Populations (by millions): 1950 – 2100

Rank
1950
PopulationRank2000Population
1China554.81China1 275.2
2India357.62India1 016.9
3U.S.A.157.83U.S.A.285
4Russian Federation102.74Indonesia211.6
5Japan83.65Brazil171.8
6Indonesia79.56Russian Federation145.6
7Germany68.47Pakistan142.7
8Brazil548Bangladesh138
9United Kingdom49.89Japan127
10Italy47.110Nigeria114.7
11France41.811Mexico98.9
12Bangladesh41.812Germany82.3
13Pakistan39.713Viet Nam78.1
14Ukraine37.314Philippines75.7
15Nigeria29.815Turkey68.3
16Spain2816Egypt67.8
17Mexico27.717Iran66.4
18Viet Nam27.418Ethiopia65.6
19Poland24.819Thailand60.9
20Egypt21.820France59.3
Rank2050PopulationRank2100Population
1India1 531.41India1 458.4
2China1 395.22China1 181.5
3U.S.A.408.73U.S.A.437.2
4Pakistan348.74Pakistan408.5
5Indonesia293.85Nigeria302.5
6Nigeria258.56Indonesia272.8
7Bangladesh254.67Bangladesh259.9
8Brazil233.18Ethiopia222.2
9Ethiopia1719Brazil212.4
10Congo, DR151.610Congo, DR203.3
11Mexico140.211Uganda167.1
12Egypt127.412Yemen144.2
13Philippines12713Egypt131.8
14Viet Nam117.714Philippines128.8
15Japan109.715Mexico128.1
16Iran105.516Viet Nam110.2
17Uganda103.217Niger98.6
18Russian Federation101.518Iran98.2
19Turkey97.819Turkey90.3
20Yemen84.420Afghanistan90.3
Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division, World Population to 2300, 2002
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It truly hasn’t been long since the days of Manifest Destiny in the mid-19th century led to an expansion project that violently spread from some 26 states in North America to the west coast’s former Mexican territories. But for a child born in the United States today, before they turn 30 years old, the world and their country will look much different than it did for their parents at that age, and entirely other-worldly from the time of their grandparents or great grandparents.

Consider that in 1950, just after the end of World War II, seven European nations occupied a place among the top 20 most populated states. By 2000, only three would remain in the top 20; by 205o, only the Russian Federation will remain on the list (and will be out of the list by 2100). The rest of the list will be occupied by Asian, African, and a handful of American nations, including the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico. But consider as well that by 2050 the U.S. will be a majority-minority” nation (the first of its kind), where although whites will likely remain the largest single group (47%), there will be more Black, Native, Latinx, Asian and other citizens (53%) in the country altogether.

It’s also fascinating that by 2100, the people and culture of nations such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, which have occupied the mind of many U.S. citizens as war-torn nations, will nonetheless continue expanding to outsize most other nations across the world. Just as well, it’s mind-boggling that the Philippines, which maintains a total area of some 115,800 square miles, is projected to count more people in its boundaries than Mexico, which holds a total area of some 761,600 square miles by 2100. Similarly, Yemen, which is one of the poorest nations in the Middle East–and which since 2015 has been locked in a war with Saudi Arabia, or one of the richest countries in the region–will also climb the ranks over the next 30 years to make the top 20 list; and Yemen will be 13th on the list by the end of the century.

The world is thus on track, or “destined,” to become only more diverse as the 21st century unfolds, making the development of peace and understanding between diversities more important with each day. In the spirit of friendly competition, however, the Californians–or Californianxs–in the vicinity need not to worry: The Golden State will remain the largest in the U.S. by 2050, when 48% of the state’s population is projected to be Latinx compared to the group’s current rate of 39%.

Source: Animated Stats Channel on YouTube.

So many numbers, and such little time, but we still make the time in Los Angeles.

J.T.

All Great Cities are Must-See, for their People

In just one lifetime, cities like Shanghai have transformed from trading hubs for merchants only to internationally renowned metropolises for tens of millions of people finding a way to make a piece of the city their own. In China, Shanghai’s trajectory to stardom over the course of some seventy years is not so different from that of L.A.’s rise to global recognition. For each city, migrants and migrant culture are indisputably what make them so rich in flavor, style and depth. At the same time, in cities so large it’s difficult to keep track of just where everything is going, that is, in terms of who’s staying or who’s going, who’s coming, who we’ve lost, and how we might support those who we find along the way again. In my own life, at one point cities seemed to be the very end of the world themselves, places with no end for good reason: to explore indefinitely. Now, I view cities as another destination through the road, but not the end-goals outright; even after all we might achieve with beautiful skylines, bustling financial centers, and a litany of food and retail choices, so long as our people remain in need, still there must be something better to find, something better to create. Shanghai, you’ve inspired me to create again! To think BIG.

J.T.