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Fastest-growing countries in the world

  • Fastest-growing countries in the world

    As medical technology advances, infant mortality rates decrease, and the world simply becomes more capable of supporting a greater number of people, populations of various countries naturally rise. In fact, a baby is born about every eight seconds, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—and that’s just in the United States.

    There are countless factors that might explain what’s driving fast-growing countries, and sweeping generalizations certainly do not apply to every single country, nor does the growth automatically signify a positive development. Nonetheless, it’s difficult to ignore the irrefutable fact that certain places are experiencing a population boom.  

    Stacker looked at data from the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook to compile a list of the 50 countries with the highest rates of population growth. Also included when available are each country’s total population, urban population, poverty, gross domestic product per capita, and population distribution. The population distribution text, which offers insight into how the populations are spread out across the country, is taken directly from the World Factbook.

    Read on to find out which countries across the globe are growing the fastest.

    ALSO: Biggest countries in the world 

  • #50. Solomon Islands

    Population growth rate: 1.94%

    Total population: 647,581

    Urban population: 23.7% of total population (3.91% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: No info

    GDP per capita: $1,965.78

    Population distribution: most of the population lives along the coastal regions; about one in five live in urban areas, and of these some two-thirds reside in Honiara, the largest town and chief port

  • #49. Namibia

    Population growth rate: 1.95%

    Total population: 2,484,780

    Urban population: 50% of total population (4.2% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: 28.7%

    GDP per capita: $5,054.77

    Population distribution: population density is very low, with the largest clustering found in the extreme north-central area along the border with Angola

  • #48. Anguilla

    Population growth rate: 1.97%

    Total population: 17,087

    Urban population: 100% of total population (0.9% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: 23%

    GDP per capita: $10,265,113.83

    Population distribution: most of the population is concentrated in The Valley in the center of the island; settlement is fairly uniform in the southwest, but rather sparse in the northeast

  • #47. Luxembourg

    Population growth rate: 1.98%

    Total population: 594,130

    Urban population: 91% of total population (1.55% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: No info

    GDP per capita: $106,912.63

    Population distribution: most people live in the south, on or near the border with France

  • #46. Somalia

    Population growth rate: 2%

    Total population: 11,031,386

    Urban population: 45% of total population (4.23% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: No info

    GDP per capita: $591.22

    Population distribution: distribution varies greatly throughout the country; least densely populated areas are in the northeast and central regions, as well as areas along the Kenyan border; most populated areas are in and around the cities of Mogadishu, Marka, Borama, Hargeysa, and Baidoa

  • #45. Cayman Islands

    Population growth rate: 2.01%

    Total population: 58,441

    Urban population: 100% of total population (1.27% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: No info

    GDP per capita: $38,500.37

    Population distribution: majority of the population resides on Grand Cayman

  • #44. Oman

    Population growth rate: 2.03%

    Total population: 3,424,386

    Urban population: 84.5% of total population (5.25% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: No info

    GDP per capita: $21,005.23

    Population distribution: the vast majority of the population is located in and around the Al Hajar Mountains in the north of the country; another smaller cluster is found around the city of Salalah in the far south; most of the country remains sparsely populated

  • #43. Jordan

    Population growth rate: 2.05%

    Total population: 10,248,069

    Urban population: 91% of total population (2.43% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: 14.2%

    GDP per capita: $3,950.99

    Population distribution: population heavily concentrated in the west, and particularly the northwest, in and around the capital of Amman; a sizeable, but smaller population is located in the southwest along the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba

  • #42. Gambia

    Population growth rate: 2.05%

    Total population: 2,051,363

    Urban population: 61.3% of total population (4.07% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: 48.4%

    GDP per capita: $506.01

    Population distribution: settlements are found scattered along the Gambia River; the largest communities, including the capital of Banjul, and the country's largest city, Serekunda, are found at the mouth of the Gambia River along the Atlantic coast

  • #41. Republic of the Congo

    Population growth rate: 2.11%

    Total population: 4,954,674

    Urban population: 66.9% of total population (3.28% annual rate of change)

    Population below poverty line: 46.5%

    GDP per capita: $1,574.07

    Population distribution: the population is primarily located in the south, in and around the capital of Brazzaville

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