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Most Populous Countries Today

The 24 Most Populous Countries on Earth Today

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Forbidden City in Beijing, China

China is the world's most populous country, home to more than 1.3 billion people.

Matt Rosenberg
Updated June 03, 2014
This is a listing of the 24 most populous countries in the world (those having a population over fifty million). Data are estimates for these most populous countries from mid-2010.

  1. China - 1,341,335,000
  2. India - 1,224,614,000
  3. United States - 310,384,000
  4. Indonesia - 239,781,000
  5. Brazil - 194,946,000
  6. Pakistan - 173,593,000
  7. Nigeria - 158,423,000
  8. Bangladesh - 148,692,000
  9. Russia - 142,958,000
  10. Japan - 126,536,000
  11. Mexico - 113,423,000
  12. Philippines - 93,261,000
  13. Vietnam - 87,848,000
  14. Ethiopia - 82,950,000
  15. Germany - 82,302,000
  16. Egypt - 81,121,000
  17. Iran - 73,974,000
  18. Turkey - 72,752,000
  19. Thailand - 69,122,000
  20. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 65,966,000
  21. France - 62,787,000
  22. United Kingdom - 62,036,000
  23. Italy - 60,551,000
  24. South Africa - 50,133,000

Source:  United Nations Population Division World Population Prospects

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