Haiti’s population will continue to grow quickly despite the tremendous loss of life in the January earthquake, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Monday.
The bureau estimates Haiti’s current population at 9.6 million, based on an estimated quake death toll of 230,000.
It projects the impoverished country will recover and surpass its pre-quake population level by 2012. By 2050, the bureau says, Haiti will have 13.4 million people.
The Dominican Republic, with a nearly identical population, is expected to keep up the same pace. By contrast the populations of now-similarly sized European countries like Sweden and Belarus are expected to decline over the same period.