Charted: The World’s Most Populous Countries (1973–2023)
The World’s Most Populous Countries (1973–2023)
Humankind is now double the size it was in 1973.
Of course, that growth has been far from uniform, and the ranking of the world’s most populous countries continues to evolve.
The Top 10 Most Populous Countries
Here are the countries shown above, including how much they’ve grown over the past 50 years:
|Country||Population (1973)||Population (2023)||Change (1973–2023)|
|United States||207,314,772||339,996,567||↑ 132,681,795|
The numbers above highlight the extreme variance in growth for these world’s most populous countries. While Germany has grown by just 6% over the past 50 years, Pakistan and Nigeria have nearly quadrupled their populations.
Half a century ago, there were only six countries with populations of over 100 million. Today, there are 15 countries past that mark, with Vietnam positioned to hit that milestone (Read more...)