Top 100 most populous countries

How many people are in the world and where do they live? The total number of humans at July 2015 is 7,349,472,000. And most of them live in Asia with the most populous independent state being China. A rapid growth of the population in this region began from 1950s. As a result now 6 places in the top 10 are occupied by Asian countries. All the other continents are represented by only one country: the USA (North America), Brazil (South America), Russia is from Europe (since most of the populace lives in the European part), and Nigeria (Africa).

However, this situation could change drastically by 2050. According to the estimates published by the UN, the main driver of future growth will be Africa, more than doubling from current levels. The number of Europeans will decline approximately by 4%.

Three African countries (Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia) will enter the top 10. At the same time, Russia will drop to 15th spot in the ranking, thus leaving the top of the list without European representation. Japan will also lose its position, ranking 17th place. The total world population in 2050 will reach 9,725,148,000 persons.

List of the 100 most populous countries with a density of population and growth prospects until 2050
Rank Country Population July, 2015 Density per sq. km. Continent Population Prospects 2050
1China1,376,048,940143Asia1,348,056,330
2India1,311,050,530399Asia1,705,332,540
3United States (incl. overseas territories)325,843,65033North America392,664,130
4Indonesia257,563,820135Asia322,237,410
5Brazil207,847,53025South America238,270,380
6Pakistan188,924,870238Asia309,639,860
7Nigeria182,201,960197Africa398,507,700
8Bangladesh160,995,6401118Asia202,209,050
9Russia143,456,9208.4Asia / Europe128,599,240
10Japan126,573,480335Asia107,411,390
11Mexico126,017,22064North America163,753,800
12Philippines100,699,400336Asia148,260,480
13Ethiopia99,390,75090Africa188,455,130
14Vietnam93,447,600282Asia112,783,210
15Egypt91,508,08091Africa151,111,010
16Iran79,109,27048Asia92,218,840
17Germany80,688,540226Europe74,512,860
18Turkey78,665,830100Asia / Europe95,819,430
19Democratic Republic of the Congo77,266,81033Africa195,277,040
20Thailand67,959,360133Asia62,451,970
21France (incl. overseas territories)67,241,030105Europe74,788,140
22United Kingdom (incl. overseas territories)64,715,810247Europe75,360,970
23Italy59,797,680199Europe56,512,750
24Myanmar54,897,15081Asia63,574,940
25South Africa54,490,41045Africa65,539,530
26Tanzania53,470,42057Africa137,135,920
27South Korea50,293,440502Asia50,593,090
28Colombia48,228,70043South America54,927,280
29Spain46,121,70091Europe44,840,170
30Kenya46,050,30079Africa95,504,640
31Ukraine44,823,76074Europe35,117,120
32Argentina43,416,75016South America55,444,780
33Algeria39,666,52017Africa56,461,220
34Sudan40,234,88022Africa80,283,810
35Uganda39,032,380162Africa101,872,980
36Poland38,611,790123Europe33,136,320
37Iraq36,423,39083Asia83,652,060
38Canada35,939,9303.6North America44,135,600
39Morocco34,377,51077Africa43,696,480
40Afghanistan32,526,56049Asia55,955,350
41Saudi Arabia31,540,37015Asia46,059,400
42Peru31,376,67025South America41,899,410
43Venezuela31,108,08034South America41,562,470
44Malaysia30,331,01092Asia40,724,700
45Uzbekistan29,893,49067Asia37,126,180
46Nepal28,513,700194Asia36,159,450
47Mozambique27,977,86035Africa65,544,460
48Ghana27,409,890115Africa50,070,660
49Yemen26,832,22051Asia47,170,020
50North Korea25,155,320209Asia26,907,100
51Angola25,021,97020Africa65,473,210
52Madagascar24,235,39041Africa55,293,760
53Australia (incl. overseas territories)23,973,9003.1Australia and Oceania33,496,800
54Taiwan23,381,640650Asia20,778,400
55Cameroon23,344,18049Africa48,361,940
56Cote d'Ivoire22,701,56071Africa48,796,640
57Sri Lanka20,715,010316Asia20,835,660
58Niger19,899,12016Africa72,237,740
59Romania19,511,32082Europe15,206,520
60Syria18,502,410100Asia34,902,410
61Burkina Faso18,105,57066Africa42,788,780
62Chile17,948,14024South America21,600,690
63Kazakhstan17,625,2306.5Asia / Europe22,447,180
64Mali17,599,69014Africa45,403,630
65Netherlands (incl. overseas territories)17,224,760408Europe17,944,090
66Malawi17,215,230145Africa43,154,610
67Zimbabwe15,602,75040Africa29,614,680
68Guatemala16,342,900150North America27,754,340
69Zambia16,211,77022Africa42,975,320
70Ecuador16,144,36057South America23,012,540
71Cambodia15,577,90086Asia22,545,210
72Senegal15,129,27077Africa36,222,520
73Chad14,037,47011Africa35,130,890
74Guinea12,608,59051Africa27,486,290
75South Sudan12,339,81019Africa25,855,170
76Rwanda11,609,670441Africa21,187,370
77Cuba11,389,560104North America10,338,860
78Belgium11,299,190370Europe12,526,800
79Tunisia11,253,55069Africa13,475,500
80Burundi11,178,920402Africa28,668,150
81Bolivia10,975,70010South America15,962,960
82Greece10,954,62083Europe9,705,260
83Benin10,879,83095Africa22,549,190
84Somalia10,787,10017Africa27,030,450
85Haiti10,711,070386North America14,188,610
86Czech Republic10,543,190134Europe9,964,890
87Dominican Republic10,528,390216North America13,238,190
88Portugal10,349,800112Europe9,215,550
89Hungary9,855,020106Europe8,318,190
90Sweden9,779,43022Europe11,880,540
91Azerbaijan9,753,970113Asia / Europe10,963,000
92Belarus9,495,83046Europe8,124,860
93Honduras8,575,06077North America11,216,800
94Austria8,544,590102Europe8,845,530
95Tajikistan8,481,85059Asia14,287,610
96Israel8,464,040408Asia12,610,130
97Switzerland8,298,660201Europe10,019,100
98Jordan7,594,55085Asia11,716,520
99Togo7,304,580129Africa15,680,510
100Bulgaria7,149,79065Europe5,153,820