Seven Billion and Counting

That’s her.  Baby 7 Billion.

Think about that for a moment.  Seven billion people schlepping this pebble we call home.  Think rush hour is bad now?  Wait until this young lady and her classmates are old enough to drive.

More to the point, if you are under the age of forty, you will for sure be sharing a workplace with this generation.  Let’s call them the Sevennials.  (Get it?  Like Millennial, but with a seven in front.  Sevennial.  I just made that up.)  Think having four or five generations in the workplace is a lot?  Just wait.

Of course, the raw number means little without some context.  From our friends at Index Mundi:

Age structure

  • 0-14 years: 26.3% (male 944,987,919/female 884,268,378)
  • 15-64 years: 65.9% (male 2,234,860,865/female 2,187,838,153)
  • 65 years and over: 7.9% (male 227,164,176/female 289,048,221)

Median age

  • total: 28.4 years
  • male: 27.7 years
  • female: 29 years


  • Mandarin Chinese 12.44%
  • Spanish 4.85%
  • English 4.83%
  • Arabic 3.25%
  • Hindi 2.68%

So what does that mean?  Well, the scary story we hear about the inverted population pyramid (too many boomers, not enough youngsters to support them) won’t last forever.  There are more able bodies under 14 than over 65.  That seems like good news if you are hoping to grow the world economy with more bright minds and busy hands, bad news if you fixate on unemployment rates.  (Here’s a hint:  I’m in the camp of the former.)

Also, if you are a single language brain, it best be Mandarin.  Those of you reading this in English (because that’s all you CAN read) should either start watching some old Sesame Street reruns to brush up on Spanish or go spend six months in China on a language immersion program.  Both will be time well spent.

And, if nothing else, think about this:

Ten largest urban agglomerations

  • Tokyo (Japan) – 36,669,000
  • Delhi (India) – 22,157,000
  • Sao Paulo (Brazil) – 20,262,000
  • Mumbai (India) – 20,041,000
  • Mexico City (Mexico) – 19,460,000
  • New York-Newark (US) – 19,425,000
  • Shanghai (China) – 16,575,000
  • Kolkata (India) – 15,552,000
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh) – 14,648,000
  • Karachi (Pakistan) – 13,125,000

The U.S. clocks in at number six.  China at number seven.  There are bigger cities out there than either of the big players can boast.  And who is filling up those cities?  Sevennials.  Lots of them.

You might want to start looking at your recruiting strategy now.

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