Most Populous Countries Today

These Countries Have a Population of Over Fifty Million

Forbidden City in Beijing, China
China is the world's most populous country, home to more than 1.3 billion people. Matt Rosenberg

According to the United Nations Population Division, the following listing includes the 24 most populous countries in the world. These countries have a population of over fifty million. The data are estimates for these most populous countries from mid-2010.

The top five most populated countries from most to least populated include China, India, United States, Indonesia, and Brazil. Review the geographical list below to discover all 24 countries including the least populated of the group.

  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