What Are Some Highly Populated Countries in the World?

As of 2015, the five countries with the highest population count in the world are China, India, the United States, Indonesia and Brazil. The CIA World Factbook estimates that there are 1,367,485,388 people living in China and 1,251,695,584 people living in India. If the European Union is counted as a single entity, it would place third on the world population list with 513,949,445 people living in its 28 member countries.

Narrowly missing the top five are Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia and Japan. The only other countries in the world with over 100 million people living in them are Mexico and the Philippines. There are no countries from Europe included in the top 10 most populated countries in the world. The highest European nations on the list are Germany with 80,854,408 people and France with 66,553,766 people. Five of the top 10 most populated countries in the world are part of the Asian land mass.

The information on the CIA World Factbook population chart is compiled by the U.S. Bureau of the Census and is amalgamated from various national population censuses, sample surveys and vital statistic registration systems. The World Factbook online resource is a public domain property that can be used freely by anyone seeking information or researching an assignment.