Population Growth Rate
The population growth rate of a country is the change in population that a country will see in a given year expressed as a percent of the current population. So a population of 1,000,000 that has a population growth rate of 1 percent will see an additional 10,000 people in the coming year.
Most of the Western world has population growth rates that are very small, and in some cases even declining. The developing nations of the world, however, are growing rapidly. Some experts believe that the planet's population growth rate will stall out within the next hundred years, and eventually the global population will stabilize.
Newsweek Demographic Data. World Thematic Map Data Description. ESRI Website. 2000. this address (23 March 2000).
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