on the data in the files of this website
|b||at the beginning of the year||ja||January||jy||July|
|u||ultimate, at the end of the year||jn||June||dc||December|
The data of some of the larger countries are so extensive that it might take some time to show the whole file on your screen.
In most cases I used contemporary sources. Therefore, the data could be less reliable when indigenous population (overestimate or undernumeration) was counted. This might occur especially in figures of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century of non-European countries.
In the tables of the population growth per country I also presented for many countries figures with a five-year interval for the years beyond 2000; these data are based on a calculation made by the UN in the early 1990s. Like most forecasts these predictions could very well prove to be unrealistic. In some countries the population is growing faster than foreseen, or it is becoming stable, or even: it is deminishing.
Projections of population for 2050 are from source WA, however, these figures may not correspond to the UN figures.
In some cases I used source KB for figures of population growth per country prior to 1950 or 1900. In my humble opinion, however, the data in this source has proved to be somewhat straightforward. Their method of calculating population growth is quite linear progressive, without regarding some anomalies which could have occured, such as changes in area, or huge migration. Also changes by means of starvation or casualties war have not been taken into consideration. These figures are also incorrect compared to contemporary census results, although census data prior to 1950 are at least very doubtful in the so called developing countries.
Also I would like to apologize for the poor lay-out of some columns or rows in the tables.
The conversion of the files into HTML is giving me stylistic and technical problems. Especially in tables containing data of administrative divisions and urban centers some information is too large to show in one "normal" column, so certain rows of these columns are extended in height instead of in width.
In tables of urban centres the column headed by "particulars" may contain information on the inclusion or exclusion of (former) suburbs. In a few cases other information is given, like archeological points of interest, international airports nearby, destruction by volcanic activity, earthquakes.
The column headed by "variants of the name" may contain information on the name in other languages, or in a historical perspective.
For the data of elevation - in metres - the compiler used several atlantes, directories and maps.
If a place is situated at, or near, sea level - e.g. a harbour or seaside resort - , the figure is in most cases "zero", although the centre - town hall, main church, mosque, or square - of this place is probably situated several metres above sea level.
|all files of historical population growth:||- of the whole world||- per continent|
|of the country tables only||60||25|
|of all administrative divisions||100||40|
|of all countries and administrative divisions||140||50|
|of all countries and cities||140||50|
|of all adminstrative divisions and cities||180||60|
|of ALL the files||240||80|
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