Why is the population of Pakistan increasing rapidly?

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Why is the population of Pakistan increasing rapidly?

nomi king 7 months 1 Answer 128 views

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  1. Congratulations! You just won the Misuse of Statistics Prize!

    Your most significant misuse was the vague use of the word ‘rapidly’, which can mean many different things in many different contexts. I’ll tackle each disambiguation I can think of, and point out that none of them are even remotely true.

    It isn’t obvious that Pakistan’s population is rising excessively in terms of actual people.

    Indeed, a 1.6% annual growth rate of 182 million people translates to only about 2.9 million people an year.

    In contrast, India’s 1.2% annual growth rate will net it 14 million people an year. You just ran smack dab into the issue with percentages.

    It isn’t obvious that Pakistan’s population is rising disproportionately compared to the rest of the world.

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