Most populous country in the world.

The table below provides data for the 50 most populous countries in the world as of 2022. China is the most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion inhabitants. With India’s population lagging behind China’s by less than 50 million; while it is difficult to gauge the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global population growth, India’s population is likely to surpass that of its neighbours. As of 2022, the estimated world population is 7.8 billion.

Rank Country Population.

1. China

Most of the population is located in the eastern half of the country. Its affiliate, Hong Kong itself, would rank around 100 on the list of countries.


2. India

With the exception of the deserts of the northwest and the mountains of the north, population densities are high throughout the country.


3. the U.S.

Very densely populated urban areas are clustered on the east and west coasts. California and Texas, the two most populous states, account for about a quarter of the population.


4. Indonesia

Java is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.


5. Pakistan

Punjab is the most densely populated region of Pakistan.


6. Brazil

Most of the residents live on the Atlantic coast in the east of the country.


7. Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. It also recently became the continent’s largest economy.


8. Bangladesh

Bangladesh is not only one of the most populous country, but it is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world.


9. Russia

The population density of Siberia is about three people per kilometre. Siberia has one-twelfth of the world’s land area.


10. Mexico

About a quarter of the population lives in and around Mexico City.


11. Japan

The coastal areas are most densely populated, due in part to the island’s mountains and distribution of arable land.


12. The Philippines

In 2014, the population of the Philippines finally exceeded 100 million


13. Egypt

About 95% of the population lives within 20 kilometres of the Nile and its delta.


14. Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s median age is just under 18, making it one of the youngest countries (though the country itself is quite old).


15. Vietnam

The Kinh, or “ethnic Vietnamese,” make up about 85 per cent of Vietnam’s population, but are concentrated in only half of the country. There are 53 other recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.


16. Congo, Democratic Party. Rep.

The country is the largest French-speaking country in the world. French is probably the most common because it’s taught in schools, but it shares the stage with over 200 other local languages.


17. Iran

Azerbaijanis make up almost a quarter of the population. The country’s population is concentrated in the north, northwest and west.


18. turkey

The densest population is around Istanbul, but the largest share of the population actually lives on the south coast.


19. Germany

Germany is the most populous country in Europe, especially concentrated along the Rhine.


20. France

France’s largest population is concentrated in the north and southeast, concentrated around several major historic cities.


21. The U.K.

The UK has one of the highest population densities in the world, centred on the capital, London.


22. Thailand

Thailand has practically lost its place on the list as the government has been so successful in reducing the growth rate


23. Italy

Unlike many other countries, Italy’s population is fairly evenly distributed across the country.


24. South Africa

The rate of immigration to South Africa has been stable over the past two decades, mainly from other African countries.


25. Tanzania

Tanzania’s population is highly concentrated on the country’s fringes, northern border or coast. Dar es Salaam has more than 10% of the population.


26. Myanmar

Due to various issues with the census, Myanmar’s population is a bit difficult to determine. Official estimates in the early 2010s put the population much higher.


27. South Korea

More than 70% of the country’s land is mountainous, so most of the population is in lowland areas.


28. Colombia

Most Colombians live in the mountainous western part of the country or on the northern coastline.


29. Kenya

It wasn’t until the 1970s that Kenya entered the top 50 most populated countries.


30. Spain

Apart from densely populated areas such as Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza, the largest urban populations are located near the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.


31. Argentina

About one-third of the Argentine population lives in Buenos Aires.


32. Algeria

Most of the population is located along the Mediterranean coast in the north, and the desert in the south is very sparsely populated.


33. Sudan

Except for one area on the banks of the Nile, northern Sudan is sparsely populated.


34. Ukraine

Ukraine actually used to be higher on the list before Russia annexed Crimea.


35. Uganda

Uganda hosts more than 1 million refugees, about 2.5% of the total population.


36 . Iraq

If Iraqis who have been displaced or relocated since the 2003 invasion were included, Iraq would rank 10 places higher.


37. Poland

Nearly two-thirds of Poles live in urban areas, making it one of the most urbanized countries on the list.


38. Canada

Canada’s most populous province is Ontario, followed by Quebec and British Columbia.


39. Morocco

About one million people live in the disputed Western Sahara region.


40. Saudi Arabia

The population of Saudi Arabia is changing very rapidly. Over the past 60 years, the country has gone from being a predominantly nomadic country to one where 80% of the population lives in ten cities.


41. Uzbekistan

In addition to its large ethnic Uzbek population, Uzbekistan also has an important and historic Korean community. Many Koreans were resettled by the Soviets in the 1930s and have lived in Uzbekistan ever since.


42. Malaysia

Eighty per cent of the population lives in Peninsular Malaysia.


43. Afghanistan

Afghanistan has the highest fertility rate of any country outside Africa.



The official numbers here have actually been revised to lower numbers in some reports due to recent troubles in Venezuela.



More than a quarter of the Peruvian population is identified as Amerindian, primarily Quechua.


46. Angola

The capital, Luanda, has about 10% of the country’s population and is ten times larger than the second-largest city.


47. Ghana

The coastal area, the Ashanti region, and the two main cities, Accra and Kumasi, are among the most densely populated areas in the country.


48. Mozambique

Less than half of Mozambicans speak their official language, Portuguese, as a first or second language.


49. Nepal

The overall population density of Nepal is very low. Two areas where the population is concentrated include the southern plains of the Taray region and the hilly areas of the central part of the country.


50. Yemen

Most of the population is located in the Asir Mountains in the west.


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