This global map shows every country corresponding to their population, where the larger the country’s population, the taller they are on the map.
The latest data from the United States (US) Census Bureau states that there are over 7.7 billion people living in the world today.
The country that appears the tallest on the map is the People’s Republic of China, marked in tan. This is because the East Asian nation has more people than any other country in the world. As of July 1, 2020, mainland China houses 1.394 billion people.
This number is quite large, considering that China implements a population control program. This program limits every family to only produce up to two children, known as the two-child policy; formerly, it was the one-child policy. This is so, according to u/edgysniper, as the world then feared that if the global population numbers continue to rise, the decrease of food resources could happen, which will result in an eventual human extinction due to starvation.
India is the second-most populous country in the world, and therefore the second tallest nation on the map, shown in purple. This country from South Asia is also the only other country to have a populace of over 1 billion people – 1.325 billion, to be precise.
The United States is the third most populous nation in the world, depicted on the map in pink. The US Census Bureau lists the country’s population at 330 million and counting.
Rounding up the top ten most populous countries based on the bureau’s data are:
- Indonesia (Asia): 272 million
- Pakistan (Asia): 233 million
- Nigeria (Africa): 213 million
- Brazil (South America): 212 million
- Bangladesh (Asia): 162 million
- Russia (Europe and Asia): 142 million
- Mexico (North America): 128 million
If you are interested in knowing more about our world’s population, check out these books:
- Historical Atlas of the Eight Billion: World Population History (3000 BCE to 2020)
- A Concise History of World Population
- The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World
- World Population Dynamics: An Introduction to Demography
- Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population
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