Population can turn out to be very beneficial or completely drastic for any given country. Every country needs to manage their overall population in such a manner that they don’t have to face any issues, politically or financially. Here is a list of the top 20 most populated countries in the world;
Most Populated Countries in the World
China is officially the most populated country in the world recording a population of over 1.42 billion in 2018/19. Many of China’s large cities come under the most densely populated cities in the world.
Even after recording such high populations, it still has not received the ‘High Human Development Index ranking’. One of the main reasons China has such high population is due to its economy growing rapidly which helped many people out of poverty. China’s population is 18.4% of the world.
Right behind China, India is at #2 with a record population of 1.37 billion as of 2018/19. Having a growth rate of almost 1.1%, India is expected to supersede China in becoming #1.
The country has almost doubled its size over the last 40 years with Mumbai and Delhi having the most population in terms of cities. India has a positive 40 net change per day.
USA is marked as the 3rd most populous country in the world with a population of around 327.2 million. With a current growth rate of 0.71%, the stats show that the population is also on an upward trend due to high immigration.
However, a recent report claimed that the growth rate will fall in upcoming years. It owns roughly 4.3% of the world’s population.
With a population record of nearly 270 million, Indonesia is the ranked 4th in the list of the most populous countries.
The Chines Indonesian, although small in number, contribute a lot to the country. Indonesia is the world’s most populated Muslim country with 87% of them being Muslims. It has a growth rate of 1.03% which shows that it will soon be near USA.
Having almost 2.75% of the world’s population, Brazil is the 5th most populous country in the world with a population of 212.4 million as of 2018/19. It has a population density of nearly 25 people per kilometer square which also ranks 5th in the world. It has a growth rate of 0.72% with majority of the population being under 29 years old.
Being one of the most rapidly growing countries in the world, Pakistan is ranked 6th with a population of nearly 203.6 million.
When compared with other countries within Asia, Pakistan has a growing rate of 2.1% higher than its neighboring countries. Alongside the rapid increase in population, there growth expectancy has also increased up to 63 over the past years.
Nigeria is ranked 7th in the list with a population of nearly 200.9 million as of 2018/19. Nigeria counts for 2.35% of the world’s population and with a massive growth rate of 2.6%, data suggests that they would soon rise up the chart. It has the highest population of African nation and has a decent life expectancy rate.
Bangladesh, having a population of about 168.1 million is the 8th most populous country in the world. It has a growth rate 1.02% which shows that they are constantly increasing at a steady rate. 98% of the Bangladeshis are locals with Islam being the most practiced religion having 89.1% of the population. It has an impressive life expectancy of almost 74 years.
Representing nearly 1.87% of the world’s population, Russia comes next. Russia is the only country in the top 10 that has a negative growth rate ( -0.05% ). It has a population of 143.9 million with a 3 million decrease from the recent years. Over the past 35 years, Russia has always had a varying population tree with constant movements up and down.
Finishing the top 10 is Mexico, having a population of nearly 131.9 million. It represents 1.72% of the world’s population.
The Mexican population has shown some rapid improvement over the past few years overtaking Japan and getting their way into the top 10. The country’s population is on a steady growth rate of 1.2% with a median age of only 28 years.
Japan is the only country that has a record negative growth rate over the past 5 consecutive years. Recording a population of nearly 126.9 million, Japan is ranked 11th in the list being recently taken over by Mexico. With the older population having 27% of the entire population, the growth rate will continue to decline further.
Ethiopia, representing 1.43% of the world’s population is showing constant improvement over the past few years. Having a growth rate of nearly 2.5% , Ethiopia is hoping to eradicate poverty soon. Almost 3/5th of Ethiopians are 25 years or under clearly indicating that the country is on a growing trend with lots of youngsters.
Having grown at a steady rate throughout recent years, Philippines is ranked 13th in the list. Philippines has a population of nearly 108.11 million as of 2018/19. It had an impressive growth rate of 1.72% in 2010 which gradually fell to 1.50% by 2019. Having a number of islands, it has people coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Being just behind Nigeria and Ethiopia on one of the most populated country in the Middle East and Africa, it holds an estimated population of above 101 million.
Egypt has a decent growth rate of 1.80% despite recent political and military concerns. It holds nearly 1.31% of the world’s population which tends to be decrease due to investment in family planning programs being conducted by the government.
Vietnam is ranked 15th in the list of most populated countries recording a population of 97.43 million. The growth rate of Vietnam has been on an upward trend since 2010, however, it slightly fell below 1% by 2018/19.
One of the main reasons of a healthy growth rate is due to its excellent sanitation facilities and decent health and care. The diversity in the ethnic backgrounds also helps Vietnam with population.
16# DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo, commonly known as DR Congo, is ranked 16th in the list having a population of close to 86.73 million.
Despite inflicting heavy damages during the Second Congo War in 1998, DR Congo has still managed to generate a positive growth rate throughout the years. It currently holds 1.12% of the world’s population and has a growth rate of nearly 3.25% which is the highest amongst all the countries in top 20.
Turkey is ranked 17th on the list of the most populated countries in the world having a population of almost 82.7 million. The population is growing at a steady rate of 1.28% and is certainly going to increase in the upcoming years.
Over the period of 50 years, the life expectancy has increased over leaps and bounds and has reach to almost 74 years. The higher life expectancy is a major reason for the rising growth rate.
Having a growth rate of nearly 1%, Iran is ranked as the 18th most populated country in the world. It has an estimated population of around 82.8 million and holds 1.07% of the world’s population.
Dominated by Muslims, 99% of Iran’s population follow the religion of Islam. One of the main reasons for its population is the fact that Iran has one of the largest refugee population in the world which increases its population by nearly a million.
Being only a touch behind Iran, Germany is next in the list with a population 82.4 million as of 2018/19. However, stats do show that Germany will not be overtaking Iran in the upcoming years since it has a very slow growth rate that is continuously decreasing over the past 10 years. The median age in Germany is exactly 46 years and it also holds nearly 1.07% of the world’ population.
Thailand is the 20th country in the list having a population of 67.7 million as of 2018/19. Thailand’s growth was generally on an upward trend throughout the past years, however, with government raising awareness for the family planning programs, the growth rate has decreased to a record 0.18% and is expected to stay the same for the next few years.
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