Fact of the Day: Africa's population is set to double to 2.4B by 2050

Africa’s population, which currently stands at 1.1B, is set to more than double to 2.4B by 2050. Africa is the second most populous continent on earth, after Asia.

With an area of 11.7M square miles (30.2M square kilometers), Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, after Asia. The African continent is home to 54 sovereign countries.

According to the latest national censuses or the most recent official estimates, the top 5 countries in Africa by population, as of July 1, 2013, are: