The International Statistics Institute, an organization that researches and compiles information released by governing bodies, has released estimates of city populations. These mid-census estimates are compiled from statistics regarding birth and death numbers since the last official censuses were conducted in 1330. The twenty largest cities by population:
|City||Region||Population 1320||Population 1330||Population (est) 1336|
|Sherrab||Goldenmark||72,300 (est)||38,600 (est)||34,700|
|Everwind City||The Verges||25,882||13,444||10,100|
The data released in the report includes population data from before the plague (1320), following the plague (1330), and current estimates that shed light on the severity of the continued population decline due to mass infertility. Officials say the numbers, while being worse than originally thought, will only continue to dwindle unless scientists can determine a workaround for the infertility crisis.
“What we have here is a clear-cut case of being unable to replace people dying with new life. Because new births are extremely rare, the numbers become even more skewed as the deaths are severely disproportionate,” says Umbardo Jerilsen, a demographer with the ISI.
The findings suggest that starvation and violence are the two major contributors to the death tolls, followed by natural causes, wildlife, and environmental causes. Experts believe they will have a better indication of the rate of decline once results from the next official censuses are examined in 1340.