Wonder Why Wednesday: # Of Births Each Day

I am not sure how it happened, but at a recent family get together, we got into a discussion about the number of people who died in World War II. There was a debate about just how many people were killed during the war. Nothing like a good ol’ family discussion on death.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we were able to find out that approximately 60 million people were killed during that war. The number of deaths accounted for 3% of the world’s population.

That is a crazy number and it actually troubles me a little to think about it. Call me crazy, but I don’t like to spend too much time focusing on such a large number of deaths.

I’d rather talk about life. And that got me wondering…

How many people are born each day?

Before I get to the answer, take a guess. How many people do you think are born each day? I did not really know what to guess so I just went with a round number of 100,000.

According to, approximately 350,000 to 400,000 people are born in the world on a daily basis. The U.S. Census Bureau shows that there is one birth every eight seconds in the United States, or about 10,800 births per day.

How close was your guess?

If you want to know more, is a cool site that has a ton of population information. Makes you really appreciate just how many people there are on this planet.




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