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Distribution of the global population by continent 2020

This statistic shows the distribution of the global population as of mid-2020, by continent. As of 2020, about 59.51 percent of the global population was living in Asia.

The total world population amounted to 7.77 billion people on the planet. See figures for the total population by continent here.

Global population

Due to medical advances, better living conditions and the increase of agricultural productivity, the world population is expected to grow. Mortality rates are decreasing and the median age of the world population increased over the last few years from 24 years in 1995 to 30.9 years in 2020.

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of people is estimated to grow steadily and in 2100, the global population is estimated to be approximately at 10.87 billion people.

The countries with the highest population growth rate in 2017 were mostly African countries. Compared to the previous year, the South Sudan's population grew by about 3.83 percent in 2017. The country with the highest population decline rate in 2017 was the Cook Islands. In the Cook Islands, the population decreased by about 2.79 percent compared to the previous year.

Asia is the most populous continent on earth. China was the country with the largest population. In mid-2019, about 1.4 billion people lived in China.

Distribution of the global population 2020, by continent

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Release date

July 2020



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Supplementary notes

The statistical data were calculated by Statista using the information provided in the source.

The data originate from statistical yearbooks and bulletins from the respective countries. In addition to this, publications of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division) of the UN and the U.S. Census Bureau as a data source. Other sources include recent demographic studies, special studies and direct interviews with demographers and statistical inquiries at offices in the United States and other countries.

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