Between 350,000 and 360,000 babies are born each day worldwide, though the numbers are prone to fluctuation over time. In December 2013, an estimated 4.3 births occurred every second. That means roughly 250 to 260 infants were born per minute.
Several factors have contributed to an increased survival rate among babies in the 21st century, including access to clean water and improvements in medicine. These factors have also contributed to an extended life expectancy among adults around the globe. However, many individuals still struggle with poverty, which can affect life span. In 2011, the number of people occupying the planet passed 7 billion.