Top 9 Biggest Countries in the World by Population (Updated)
|Below you will find the most up-to-date list of population figures by country.|
Here are the list of 9 most populated countries in the world:
Top 9 Most Populated Countries in Detail
9.Russia – Updated Population: 145,989,826
Siberia has a population density of approximately three people per kilometer. Siberia has one-twelfth of the world's land mass. Most of the Russian population is concentrated in the European portion of the country, especially in the fertile region surrounding Moscow, the capital. Moscow and St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) are the two most important cultural and financial centres in Russia and are among the most picturesque cities in the world. Russians are also populous in Asia, however; beginning in the 17th century, and particularly pronounced throughout much of the 20th century, a steady flow of ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking people moved eastward into Siberia, where cities such as Vladivostok and Irkutsk now flourish.
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Russia population is equivalent to 1.87% of the total world population.
The population density in Russia is 9 per Km2 (23 people per mi2).
The total land area is 16,376,870 Km2 (6,323,142 sq. miles)
73.7 % of the population is urban (107,486,269 people in 2020)
The median age in Russia is 39.6 years.
8.Bangladesh – Updated Population: 166,137,019
Bangladesh is not just one of the most populous countries but is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
Bangladesh population is equivalent to 2.11% of the total world population.
The population density in Bangladesh is 1265 per Km2 (3,277 people per mi2).
The total land area is 130,170 Km2 (50,259 sq. miles)
39.4 % of the population is urban (64,814,953 people in 2020)
The median age in Bangladesh is 27.6 years.
7.Nigeria – Updated Population: 210,624,799.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It recently became the continent's largest economy as well.
Nigeria 2020 population is estimated at 206,139,589 people at mid year according to UN data.
Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.64% of the total world population.
The population density in Nigeria is 226 per Km2 (586 people per mi2).
The total land area is 910,770 Km2 (351,650 sq. miles)
52.0 % of the population is urban (107,112,526 people in 2020)
The median age in Nigeria is 18.1 years.
6.Brazil – Updated Population: 213,893,706
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Brazil population is equivalent to 2.73% of the total world population. Most of the inhabitants of Brazil are concentrated along the eastern seaboard, although its capital, Brasília, is located far inland and increasing numbers of migrants are moving to the interior. Rio de Janeiro, in the eyes of many of the world, continues to be the preeminent icon of Brazil. The nation’s burgeoning cities, huge hydroelectric and industrial complexes, mines, and fertile farmlands make it one of the world’s major economies. However, Brazil struggles with extreme social inequalities, environmental degradation, intermittent financial crises, and a sometimes deadlocked political system.
The population density in Brazil is 25 per Km2 (66 people per mi2).
The total land area is 8,358,140 Km2 (3,227,095 sq. miles)
87.6 % of the population is urban (186,217,070 people in 2020)
The median age in Brazil is 33.5 years.
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5.Pakistan – Updated Population: 224,664,742
Northeastern Punjab remains the largest populous province with slightly less than 110 million, followed by Sindh with 47.8 million, KP has 34 million and southwestern Balochistan with 11.3 million.
The population of the northwestern tribal belt is slightly less than 5 million.
4.Indonesia – Updated Population: 276,075,021
Java is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Indonesia population is equivalent to 3.51% of the total world population.
The population density in Indonesia is 151 per Km2 (391 people per mi2).
The total land area is 1,811,570 Km2 (699,451 sq. miles)
56.4 % of the population is urban (154,188,546 people in 2020)
The median age in Indonesia is 29.7 years.
3.United States - Updated Population: 332,717,317
Very densely populated urban areas are clustered along the east and the west coasts. California and Texas, the two most populous states, account for about one quarter of the population.
The United States 2020 population is estimated at 331,002,651 people at mid year according to UN data.
The United States population is equivalent to 4.25% of the total world population.
The population density in the United States is 36 per Km2 (94 people per mi2).
The total land area is 9,147,420 Km2 (3,531,837 sq. miles)
82.8 % of the population is urban (273,975,139 people in 2020)
The median age in the United States is 38.3 years.
2.India – Updated Population: 1,391,975,564
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The country, also known as Bharat, is the second-most populous country in Asia and the world. There are hundreds of ethnic groups in India; India's Constitution recognizes 22 different languages as official. In Hindu society, the ancient caste system is still at work. The most populous Indian state is Uttar Pradesh, with 200 million inhabitants.
India 2020 population is estimated at 1,380,004,385 people at mid year according to UN data.
India population is equivalent to 17.7% of the total world population.
The population density in India is 464 per Km2 (1,202 people per mi2).
The total land area is 2,973,190 Km2 (1,147,955 sq. miles)
35.0 % of the population is urban (483,098,640 people in 2020)
The median age in India is 28.4 years.
1.China – Updated Population: 1,444,236,606
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The "Middle Kingdom" in East Asia is the country with the most inhabitants in the world. 91% of the population are Han Chinese. There are 55 or 56 recognized ethnic groups in China; the largest are the Uyghurs, with about 10 million people, and the Tibetans, with about 3 million people.
The majority of the population is located in the eastern half of the country. Its dependency Hong Kong would, by itself, rank around 100 in a list of countries.
China 2020 population is estimated at 1,439,323,776 people at mid year according to UN data.
China population is equivalent to 18.47% of the total world population.
China ranks number 1 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
The population density in China is 153 per Km2 (397 people per mi2).
The total land area is 9,388,211 Km2 (3,624,807 sq. miles)
60.8 % of the population is urban (875,075,919 people in 2020)
The median age in China is 38.4 years.
|Chinese demographers say India will become the world's most populous country earlier than the United Nations' projection of 2027, surpassing China where a steady drop in the birth rate has been recorded in the last few years. |
India is expected to add nearly 273 million people to its population between now and 2050, a UN report said in 2019, forecasting that the country will cross China as the world's most populous country by 2027, Indian Times reported.
With the Chinese birth fertility rates expected to drop in the coming years, demographers predicted that India with its much higher fertility rate will overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2023 or 2024, earlier than the last UN prediction in 2019, the daily's report said.
Lu Jiehua, professor of sociology at Peking University, said China's population may peak by 2027 before it starts to decline. Some demographers believe the peak may come as soon as 2022.
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