World Population

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Population: 7,323,187,457 (July 2016 est.)
top ten most populous countries (in millions): China 1373.54; India 1266.88; United States 324.00; Indonesia 258.32; Brazil 205.82; Pakistan 202.00; Nigeria 186.05; Bangladesh 156.19; Russia 142.36; Japan 126.70
ten least populous countries: Holy See (Vatican City) 1,000; Nauru 9,540; Tuvalu 10,869; Palau 21,265; San Marino 33,020; Liechtenstein 37,624; Monaco 37,731; Saint Kitts and Nevis 51,936; Marshall Islands 72,191; Dominica 73,607
ten most densely populated countries (population per sq km): Monaco 18,866; Singapore 8,260; Holy See (Vatican City) 2,273; Bahrain 1,772; Maldives 1,320; Malta 1,310; Bangladesh 1,298; Barbados 676; Mauritius 660; Lebanon 605
ten least densely populated countries (population per sq km): Mongolia 1.93; Namibia 2.69; Australia 2.96; Iceland 3.31; Mauritania 3.49; Libya 3.64; Suriname 3.72; Guyana 3.73; Botswana 3.85; Canada 3.86

Definition: This entry gives an estimate from the US Bureau of the Census based on statistics from population censuses, vital statistics registration systems, or sample surveys pertaining to the recent past and on assumptions about future trends. The total population presents one overall measure of the potential impact of the country on the world and within its region. Note: Starting with the 1993 Factbook, demographic estimates for some countries (mostly African) have explicitly taken into account the effects of the growing impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These countries are currently: The Bahamas, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Source: CIA World Factbook - This page was last updated on October 8, 2016

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