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What Are the Most Populous Countries?

Population (Total) (mil), 2020
Society | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 179 countries in 2020, China ranked the highest in population with 1,399 mil followed by India and USA. On the other end of the scale was Kosovo with 0 mil, Liechtenstein with 0.038 mil and Monaco with 0.039 mil.

Total population reached 7,539 mil in 2020 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 0.003 % less than in the previous year and 1.04 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total population reached an all time high of 8,342 mil in 2049 and an all time low of 2,526 mil in 1950. The average annual growth amounted to 1.20 % since 1900.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 16.8 % of population in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 36.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 52.2 % in 2020.

Data for more countries are available at Population (Total) indicator page.

Population (Total) Unit 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Bangladesh mil 155 156 158 160 161
Brazil mil 203 204 206 208 209
China mil 1,364 1,371 1,379 1,386 1,393
Egypt mil 90.4 92.4 94.4 96.4 98.4
Ethiopia mil 98.1 101 104 106 109
India mil 1,296 1,310 1,325 1,339 1,353
Indonesia mil 255 258 262 265 268
Japan mil 127 127 127 127 127
Mexico mil 120 122 123 125 126
Nigeria mil 176 181 186 191 196
Pakistan mil 195 199 204 208 212
Philippines mil 101 102 104 105 107
Russia mil 144 144 144 144 144
USA mil 318 321 323 325 327
Vietnam mil 91.7 92.7 93.6 94.6 95.5