Most Populous Countries Today

The 24 Most Populous Countries on Earth Today

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

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
  1. Mexico - 113,423,000
  2. Philippines - 93,261,000
  3. Vietnam - 87,848,000
  4. Ethiopia - 82,950,000
  5. Germany - 82,302,000
  6. Egypt - 81,121,000
  7. Iran - 73,974,000
  8. Turkey - 72,752,000
  9. Thailand - 69,122,000
  10. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 65,966,000
  11. France - 62,787,000
  12. United Kingdom - 62,036,000
  13. Italy - 60,551,000
  14. South Africa - 50,133,000

Source:  United Nations Population Division World Population Prospects