Author | Arantxa HerranzThe world population is estimated to have reached in 7.6 billion in 2018: 4.2 billion people in urban areas and 3.4 billion in rural areas. By 2050, the world population is expected to increase to 9.8 billion. For every person living in a rural setting, there will be two that live in cities; 6.7 billion compared with 3.1 billion. This population growth and urbanisation has occurred in a short space of time: if in 1960, 2 in 3 people lived in rural settings, today only 45 per cent of the population lives in rural areas.A visual representation such as Our World in Data illustrates how the world has become more urbanised and the speed at which this process will continue in the future, country by country and region by region. Reflection is required, given the implication of these figures.
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