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World Population Will Hit 7 Billion On Oct 31, 2011 in India Says UN

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The world's 7-billionth person will be born Oct. 31 in India, according to a projection by researchers working with data from the United Nations.

Medical advances, more effective vaccines, antibiotics and improvements in public-health conditions has boosted life expectancy in developing countries, where most of the population growth is taking place, according to the UN data reported tomorrow in the journal Science.

The number of people globally reached 1 billion in 1800, then 2 billion in 1925, the report said. Within the last half century, the population boomed to just under 7 billion from 3 billion. By 2050, the population will reach 9.3 billion, and 97 percent of the growth will be in less developed regions...

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