Current World Population

Top 20 Largest Countries by Population (live)
1 China 1,408,836,664
2 India 1,295,605,562
3 U.S.A. 323,690,641
4 Indonesia 258,254,399
5 Brazil 205,106,413
6 Pakistan 190,691,476
7 Nigeria 187,778,081
8 Bangladesh 162,056,471
9 Russia 141,805,087
10 Japan 126,739,045
11 Mexico 126,509,051
12 Philippines 103,265,868
13 Ethiopia 101,033,962
14 Vietnam 94,146,312
15 Egypt 85,858,966
16 Germany 82,517,323
17 Iran 80,363,454
18 Turkey 77,507,978
19 Congo 72,844,613
20 Thailand 67,610,681
  World Population (2016 and historical)

View the population data for all years

Year Population Yearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Median
Age
Fertility
Rate
Density
(P/Km²)
Urban
Pop %
Urban Population
2016 7,432,663,275 1.13 % 83,191,176 29.9 2.5 57 54.3 % 4,034,193,153
2015 7,349,472,099 1.18 % 83,949,411 30 2.51 57 53.8 % 3,957,285,013
2010 6,929,725,043 1.23 % 82,017,839 29 2.56 53 51.5 % 3,571,272,167
2005 6,519,635,850 1.25 % 78,602,746 27 2.62 50 49.1 % 3,199,013,076
2000 6,126,622,121 1.33 % 78,299,807 26 2.74 47 46.6 % 2,856,131,072
1995 5,735,123,084 1.55 % 85,091,077 25 3.04 44 44.8 % 2,568,062,984
1990 5,309,667,699 1.82 % 91,425,426 24 3.45 41 43 % 2,285,030,904
1985 4,852,540,569 1.79 % 82,581,621 23 3.59 37 41.3 % 2,003,049,795
1980 4,439,632,465 1.8 % 75,646,647 23 3.87 34 39.4 % 1,749,539,272
1975 4,061,399,228 1.98 % 75,782,307 22 4.48 31 37.8 % 1,534,721,238
1970 3,682,487,691 2.08 % 71,998,514 22 4.92 28 36.7 % 1,350,280,789
1965 3,322,495,121 1.94 % 60,830,259 23 4.96 21 N.A. N.A.
1960 3,018,343,828 1.82 % 52,005,861 23 4.9 23 33.8 % 1,019,494,911
1955 2,758,314,525 1.78 % 46,633,043 23 4.96 21 N.A. N.A.
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)

Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

World Population Milestones

8 Billion (2024)

7 Billion (2011)

6 Billion (1999)

Previous Milestones

  • 5 Billion: 1987
  • 4 Billion: 1974
  • 3 Billion: 1960
  • 2 Billion: 1927
  • 1 Billion: 1804

World Population by Region

# Region Population
(2016)
Yearly
Change
Net
Change
Density
(P/Km²)
Area
(Km²)
Migrants
(net)
Fert.
Rate
Med.
Age
Urban
Pop %
World
Share
1 Asia 4,436,224,473 0.98 % 42,928,459 143 31,022,549 -1,256,133 2.2 30 48.7 % 59.7 %
2 Africa 1,216,129,815 2.53 % 29,951,533 41 29,661,703 -579,959 4.71 19 40.2 % 16.4 %
3 Europe 738,849,002 0.06 % 406,932 33 22,121,228 824,644 1.6 42 74.3 % 9.9 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 641,029,306 1.05 % 6,642,739 32 20,158,154 -414,767 2.15 29 79.5 % 8.6 %
5 Northern America 360,529,324 0.75 % 2,691,288 19 18,680,276 1,235,878 1.86 38 82.6 % 4.9 %
6 Oceania 39,901,355 1.45 % 570,225 5 8,489,650 190,337 2.42 33 70.8 % 0.5 %

World Population Density (people/km2)

Population density map of the world showing not only countries but also many subdivisions (regions, states, provinces). See also: World Map

Courtesy of Junuxx at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

World Population by Religion

According to a recent study (based on the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion) by The Pew Forum, there are:

  • 2,173,180,000 Christians (31% of world population), of which 50% are Catholic, 37% Protestant, 12% Orthodox, and 1% other.
  • 1,598,510,000 Muslims (23%), of which 87-90% are Sunnis, 10-13% Shia.
  • 1,126,500,000 No Religion affiliation (16%): atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion. One-in-five people (20%) in the United States are religiously unaffiliated.
  • 1,033,080,000 Hindus (15%), the overwhelming majority (94%) of which live in India.
  •    487,540,000 Buddhists (7%), of which half live in China.
  •    405,120,000 Folk Religionists (6%): faiths that are closely associated with a particular group of people, ethnicity or tribe.
  •       58,110,000 Other Religions (1%): Baha’i faith, Taoism, Jainism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Tenrikyo, Wicca, Zoroastrianism and many others.
  •       13,850,000 Jews (0.2%), four-fifths of which live in two countries: United States (41%) and Israel (41%).
ChristiansMuslimsNoneHindusBuddhistsFolk ReligionistsOther ReligionsJews31.5%5.9%7.1%15%16.3%23.2%

Major Religious Groups Percentage of the global population
Christians 2173180000
Muslims 1598510000
None 1126500000
Hindus 1033080000
Buddhists 487540000
Folk Religionists 405120000
Other Religions 58110000
Jews 13850000


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