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Brazil Population Tops 200 Million as Middle Class Lives Longer

Brazil’s population will surpass 200 million this year for the first time, and will continue rising longer than previously estimated as members of the nation’s expanding middle class live longer than their parents.

The estimate comes from a report published today by the national statistics agency that shows the population will peak at 228.4 million in 2042 -- three years later than estimated in the previous study from 2008 -- before stabilizing at about 218 million in 2060.