The world population is increasing day by day, although there are many people who die and many people who are born on a daily basis. Currently the world population exceeds 8 billion. This has been growing at an unprecedented rate. 8 billion population is a new milestone for humanity.
The world population was around 4 billion, almost 50 years ago. In the last 50 years, it has doubled and jumped from 4 Billion to 8 Billion. However, this population is not uniformly distributed throughout the planet. The Earth is divided into seven continents, these are:
- North America
- South America
- Australia (Oceanic Region)
There are some continents which makes up most of the world’s population. While others have a small amount of population living in them. In this blog, we are going to see how these 8 billion people are living and distributed on this planet earth.
Top 10 Most Populated Countries of the World
First of all, we are going to see top 10 countries of the world in terms of population.
- United States
No, we are going to discuss the population of each continent.
Population of Africa
As of 2022 population of Africa stands at almost 1.4 billion people. There are many countries in Africa which are located in the list of fastest growing population rate in the world and by 2050, population is expected to increase up to 2.5 billion.
Africa is divided into two parts:
- North Africa
- sub-Saharan Africa
The population in North Africa is around 257 million, whereas most of the population is located in the sub-Saharan part, having almost 1.2 billion population. The most populated countries in sub-Saharan region are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, etc.
Nigeria is the most populated country in African region, and it’s the largest economy of Africa, the current growth rate of Nigeria’s city Lagos is expected to emerge as the world’s top, mega city by the end of this century.
Population of Asia
Asia has a population of around 4.7 billion people making it by far the world’s most populous continent. This continent has the most populous countries of the world, including China and India. In 2023, the population of India is expected to surpass China, while becoming the world’s most populous country. China has been the most populous country for centuries, but now this breakthrough will be achieved by India soon.
Currently the population of China is around 1.45 billion where is the population of India is around 1.41 billion. However, the other most populated countries in this region include Indonesia with 280 million population, Pakistan with 234 million population, Philippines at 113 million population and Bangladesh at 168 million.
Population of Europe
The population of Europe was around 750 million people in 2022 to double the size of the United States. US population was close to 30% of world population one century ago, but no, this is less than 10%.
The population of Europe is decreasing in many places, particularly Eastern Europe. Balkan states former Soviet bloc has slowest growth rate in European region.
The most populated country of Europe is Russia, with 146 million population followed by Germany with 84 million population, United Kingdom with 69 million, Italy with 60 million and Spain with around 47 million population.
Population of North America
The population of North America is around 602 million as of 2022 the dominant country in the continent is United States is almost 50% of the total population. Its population is still growing.
After United States, Mexico has a population of around 132 million, followed by Canada, which has almost 39 Million population.
Population of South America
The population of South America was 39 million in 2022. The most populated country of South America is Brazil with 21.6 million population. It is followed by Colombia with 52 million followed by Argentina with 46 million, and Peru with 34 million population.
Population of Oceania
Oceania region has population of around 42 million, which is just slightly higher than the population of California. The most populated countries are in Australia with 26 million population followed by Papua New Guinean having 9 million population followed by New Zealand with almost 5 million population.
Therefore, in the recent years the world population has been increasing at an alarming pace. This is not uniform, as with Asia and Europe making up world’s 50% population’s inhabitation. Other continents are also populated, but continents like Antarctica don’t have population.