*In spite of the massive loss of life from January’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, that country’s population will continue to grow quickly 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.
Overcrowding is already blamed by aid workers and experts for many of Haiti’s woes, from environmental degradation and hunger to the deaths of thousands crushed by stacked concrete homes during the earthquake.
The figures were published in the census bureau’s online International Data Base, with estimates and projections for 226 other countries and areas.