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World Population (2010 - 2020)

  • In 2020, the global population reached 7.79 billion, an increase of 1.0% in total population compared to the previous year
  • The overall population of the world reached 7.71 billion people in 2019, up 1.0 % from the previous year
  • In 2011, the world population surpassed the 7 billion mark

Global Population Overview.

Population is defined as the total number of people residing in a country or region.

In 2020 the global population reached 7.8 billion people. The global population is currently increasing at a low single-digit annual rate. The population is expected to rise at a rate of 81 million people every year. Between 1959 and the 2000s, the world's population more than doubled. In the late 1960s, the annual population growth rate peaked. Since then, the rate of increase has practically halved, and it is predicted to continue to fall in the future years around the world.

Most Populous Countries in the World

China, India, US, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, and Mexico were among the top ten most populous countries in the world in 2020.

Population Growth Analysis of the Top Two Most Populated Countries in the World


The country had a population of 1.41 billion in 2020, according to GlobalData estimates. During 2017–2020, the population of the country grew at an average annual rate of 0.3% and the population growth rate is expected to slowdown from 0.3% in 2021 to 0.1% by 2024, as per GlobalData. The population density of China stood at 149.4 people per square kilometer in 2021. The population is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 0.1% during the period 2022–2024. 


Between 2017-2020, the population of India was highest in 2020, reaching 1,330,970,208 people. The country witnessed significant growth in total population in 2020 when compared to the previous years among both the male and female population. The population of India has exponentially increased since the 1960s.  

Factors Affecting Population Growth of a Country 

Population growth of a country depends on multiple factors including the economy, female fertility rates, birth rates, death rates, healthcare facilities, increasing urbanization, immigration & emigration rates, education, and other social & cultural aspects.  

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