Today (July 11) is World Population Day, and according to latest data from the United Nations, the population of the world stands at a staggering 7.2 billion people. According to Business Insider, the U.N. data also revealed another staggering fact. More than half of the entire world population (3.6 billion) is concentrated in just six countries! The rest of the 3.6 billion people are spread across the remaining 190 odd countries. Here are the six countries that together contain more than half of humanity represented in a map by Pew Research.
China: With over 1.3 billion people living here, China accounts for a colossal 19 percent of all humanity. Thanks to its one-child policy, however, the population growth in China has almost reached a plateau. But it is expected to remain the world’s most populous country for the next few decades
India: Not far behind China is India — with its staggering 1.2 billion people. India accounts for a little over 17 percent of humanity and, unlike China, India’s population is still growing fast. In fact, India is on its way to topple China in the coming decades and will emerge as the world’s most populous nation. At its peak, India might be home to over 1.6 billion people by 2070.
USA: In third place is the United States Of America with an estimated population of 319 million as of July 2014.
Indonesia: Indonesia has a population of 252 million, making it the fourth most populous nation on earth
Brazil: South America’s largest country and the host of the 2014 Football World Cup is at the fifth spot with a population of 202 million as of today.
The sixth most populous country is Pakistan — with its 188 million people.
Here is another interesting fact — the combined population of the last four nations in the most populous list adds up to less than one billion! India and China each have more than a billion people — more than the other four combined! This might give you an idea about the sheer number of people India and China together account for.
All said, various U.N. studies point to the possibility of the growth of world population slowing down considerably by the end of the 21st century. From the 1950’s to 2010, the worldwide population nearly tripled while the U.S itself doubled its population.
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