Last Census - 2010
Mexico’s population is really growing in leaps and it’s touted to soon overtake the population of Japan. When this happens, Mexico will be among the ten most populous countries in the world today. As of July 2012, the population was estimated to be 114,975,406, putting Mexico as the 11th most populous nation in the world. Today, it retains that rank with an estimated 124,402,758. Because of this, Mexico also has the highest population for a Spanish speaking nation. The country’s population is on a steady, positive growth rate as a result of better medication, medicine, and vaccines, which reduce the chances of death and increases the chances of successful births.
Mexico covers an area of 1,972,550 square kilometers, making the country’s population density to be about 63 people per square kilometer. Its capital city, Federal District, Mexico City, has a population of 21.2 million people with 9 million of these people living within the city. This makes Mexico City to be the most populous metropolitan town in the Western Hemisphere. Mexico has over the years indicated positive population growth. However, over the past two years, the annual population growth has dropped to less than 1%. The country has witnessed gradual increase in life expectancies. The life expectancy of women is higher than that of men by about 6 years. The fertility rate, noted as the number of children a woman has in her lifetime, has drastically dropped through the years to be at an all-time low for the country.
Mexico Population 2014
The population of Mexico currently is 124,402,758. Females dominate the country with 63,072,199, which accounts for 50.7%, while males are 61,330,560, which accounts for 49.3% of the total population. It is noted, though, that the majority of people migrate from Mexico to the United States to provide labor for the North American country. The country had 947,345 births last year, which translates to 2,768 births taking place each day. 240,677 deaths occurred last year, which is roughly 707 deaths in a single day. The population growth this year is 546,239, which is a 1,616 population growth each day. A baby is born in Mexico every 14.36 seconds which accounts for 250.7 babies born in one hour. Every 56.53 seconds, one person loses their life in Mexico which translates to 63.7 people dying every hour.
Mexico Population History
Mexico has displayed a positive population growth over the past seven decades. The population has quadrupled between 1933 and 1980 and has had its ups in years like in 1950, where the growth was 4.6%, and in 1970, where it recorded 7.2%. However, it has had its downs as well like in the year 1960 where the growth rate was only 0.4%. However, the growth rate over the past seven decades has translated to an average of 3% per annual growth rate. After 1980, the population growth displayed a steady decrease of less than 3% per year. This subsequently dropped to less than 2% in the late 1980s and 90s and reached an all-time low of 1% or below in 2004. Migration from Mexico and a decrease in the fertility rate of women has been blamed for the consecutive drops over the years.
Mexico Life Expectancy
Mexico has a total life expectancy of 76.3 years, ranking in as 46th in the World Life Expectancy ranking. The male life expectancy is 73.5 which is lower than the 79.3 for females. This is because of the good healthcare system in the country that guarantees a higher life expectancy. The 20th century ushered in a higher life expectancy. Life expectancy moved from under 30 years at the beginning of the century to 38 years by 1938. By 1950, it had gone up to 50, which was quite remarkable. The trend carried on as it hit 62 by 1970 – a sign that the Mexican health system was experiencing rapid improvements that guaranteed longer life. The total life expectancy had risen up to 72, which was quite impressive for a country that once had a life expectancy of less than 30. The life expectancy is set to rise but at a slower rate unlike in the past. The expected life expectancy is forecast to rise by 2.5 per decade.
Mexico’s population makes it the highest populated Spanish speaking country and the second highest most populated country after Brazil. The country’s population has been on a steady growth in the twentieth century. In the past half a decade, the population growth has stalled registering less than a 1% annual population growth rate. A total of 78.84% people in Mexico reside in urban areas leaving a mere 21.16% to live in the rural areas of Mexico. Roughly half of the population lives in one of Mexico’s 55 metropolitan towns. The percentage of people in different age brackets: 0-14 years is 27.8%; 15-24 years is 18.2%; 25-54 is 40.5%; 55-64% is 6.7%; while 65 years and over is 6.7 according to the 2012 estimation. In the first age bracket there are 16,329,415 males and 15,648,127 females. In the 15-24 age bracket, there are 10,552,581 males and 10,420,710 females. The 25-54 age bracket has 22,287,799 males and 24,321,919 females. Between 55-64, there are 3,545,046 males and 4,138,139 females. Women are more popular in three of the age brackets compared to men taking only two of them.
Mexico Population Future
The population of Mexico is on the rise. However, statistics over the last five years indicate that the annual growth rate is really lower than 1%. This trend means that the population will rise slowly over the years. A higher birth rate compared to the death rate means that the population will increase over the years. Mexico’s population increase will be most likely to eclipse Japan’s total population in the coming years to take the tenth most populous place on earth. The population’s slow growth has been attributed to a number of factors. Most common is the fertility rate of Mexican women. Another major factor for slow growth is the high flow of human labor from Mexico to the United States. Mexico, however, still has a huge number of youth in their population. However, the reversed population growth noted in the recent year’s means that the population is set and will grow slowly although steadily in the future.