The Asian Continent is home to 48 countries and most of them are even the biggest and largest countries in the world.
These countries are home to at least 4.463 billion people, which makes it the largest inhabited continent in the world.
Continue reading and discover all these amazing facts about the most populated countries in Asia.
List of Populated Countries in Asia
China is the second-largest country in the world but it’s the most populated country in Asia – and the world as well. There are 1.435 billion people who live in this country.
This Asian nation has almost 20% of the world’s population inhabitants. They usually are located in big cities such as Beijing, where 20.000.000 people live, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, where almost 45.000.000 people live.
However, it can be argued that China’s population growth has significantly slowed down thanks to the implementation of the one-child policy back in 1980.
Another interesting thing that occurs in China is that they have a relatively small percentage of people under the age of 40, and the growth rate is only 0.59%, which means that not many babies are being born each year.
India is the second most populated country in Asia but it also takes this place as the most populated country in the world.
This country has a total population of 1.37 billion people and its growth rate is one of the fastest in the world, especially when compared to other nations.
India’s population covers 17.71% of the world’s population and people tend to live in urban areas where big cities can be found. In fact, at least 30% of Indian’s population lives in Mumbai, Banglore, and Delhi.
For example, Mumbai, which is India’s capital city, has an estimated population of 12.5 million people, as of 2019. Unlike in China, a big percentage of people in India are 30 years old or less.
Indonesia has 270 million people living on its islands. However, even though there are roughly 17,000 islands that belong to this country, more than 55% of Indonesians live in Java, which is the most populated island in the country.
Indonesians are estimated to be the equivalent of 3.51% of the total world’s population, making it the third populated country in Asia. Most of the individuals who live in these islands have 30 years or less.
Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, has ten million people, and they are considered as one of the fastest-growing nations on earth.
Pakistan has a population of 217 million people. However, the capital city, which is called Islamabad has a population of a little over one million people.
Other cities such as Lahore have 11 million people, and most of the population can be found in other urbanized areas such as Karachi, where almost 15 million people live, Faisalabad, and Rawalpindi.
Pakistan’s population is equivalent to 2.81% of the word’s total population and this nation is also one of the biggest countries in Asia.
In addition, Pakistan’s rate of growth is fast, however, some argue the population levels will start decreasing in the next couple of years or so.
Bangladesh is the eight-most populated country in the world and the fifth most populated country in Asia. Its total land area is 130,000 square kilometers so it’s not as big as other countries, which means people live in crowded areas.
The capital city of the country is Dhaka and it is home to 14 million people. The population of Bangladesh is roughly equivalent to 2% of the world’s population.
However, unlike other countries in this list, Bangladesh’s rate of growth is decreasing as it used to be 5% in previous years and nowadays it is only 1%.
Despite being the biggest and largest country in the world, Russia does not come first on this list.
This nation is in sixth place for the most populated country in Asia, with only 146 million people in total.
Russia’s population is roughly equivalent to 1.80% of the total population in the world and people tend to live in urban areas such as the country’s capital city of Moscow, where more than 14 million people reside.
An interesting thing occurs in Russia because of the country’s idiosyncrasy, there hasn’t been a rise in natality rates. On the other hand, this has declined incredibly fast. So, the Russian government is even giving a monetary incentive to those families who have decided to have a second child, in order to increase its population.
Japan is one of the most populated countries in Asia because it has 126 million people and its also the world’s tenth-most populous country, a distinction that had gained in 2018.
However, Japan is not like any other country on this list, because of the decline of births that this nation has experienced since World War II. In fact, since 2010, the government of Japan has been worried about this loss of population due to three major facts: birth rates have decreased, Japan has one of the oldest population in the world, and there hasn’t been a significant increase in terms of immigration into the country.
According to the Japanese government, their population will continue to decrease in the coming years, and eventually, they will reach the 70 million mark by 2060. A big percentage of Japanese are now over 65 years old.
These countries are constantly facing new problems regarding their population size. Some of them are actively searching for an increase in birth rates, whereas others do not know how to stop people from having numerous families.
Most of the countries in this list also top the major rakings of the largest countries in Asia, thus, inhabitants in those nations have a lot of space to choose when decided where to live. However, most of them decide to live in big cities because of the job market.
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