The Top 10 Countries in the World With the Most People

The world is a more densely populated place than ever before, with no sign of this trend slowing down. The world is expected to expand by about 6.5 billion people by the year 2050, with the majority of them living in the world’s most densely populated areas. That’s a lot of people, and for a variety of reasons, some countries are a lot more densely populated than others. The most densely populated country in the world is China with 1.36 billion people. Close to a billion people live in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The top five most densely populated countries are in Asia, with the vast majority of them being in this region. This list of the top 10 countries in the world with the most people will give you an idea of where you can live if you’re a normal, Westerner looking to move to a remote island.

1. China

The growth of China has been one of the most astonishing stories of the modern world. With a very low population density of over 1 person per sq km in 2012, China has the potential to become one of the most densely populated countries in the world. However, due to its immense population size, it’s not on this list because of its population density. Rather, it’s a great place to live because of its incredibly low cost of living and one of the best work environments in the world.

2. India

In terms of sheer population size, India comes in 9th on this list. At 2.24 billion people, it’s the most populated country in the world, and it only trails behind China in terms of population density. What’s more, the Indian workforce is incredibly competitive, and salaries in the country are significantly higher than in other Asian countries.

3. Indonesia

Indonesia is a close second in terms of population density, with a density of 254 people per sq km. This is followed by Malaysia with a density of 245 people per sq km and Thailand with a density of 229 people per sq km.

4. Philippines

The Philippines, at only 0.6% of the total world population, comes in at number four in terms of population density. However, that statistic changes greatly due to the fact that the majority of the country is made up of islands.

5. South Korea

South Korea, at just over 50 million people, is the fifth most dense country in the world. That’s because the majority of the population, 66%, lives on an island called Jeju. The island is famous for its excellent beaches, but it’s also home to a lot of cultural and economic activity.

6. Thailand

Thailand is the sixth most populated country in the world, with a population of 50.3 million people. Because of its large size, Thailand is also the most expensive place to live in the world. However, that’s a small price to pay for the fact that Thailand is also known for its friendly and safe hospitable people.

7. Japan

At just over 47 million people, Japan is the largest country in the world by volume, and it also happens to be home to some of the most incredible and diverse natural and human-induced environments on earth.

8. Mexico

At just over 40 million people, Mexico is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere, and it’s also home to the world’s most popular vacation spot, Cancun. However, that’s not the most fascinating part about Mexico: it’s also one of the most affordable places to live in the world.

9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the smallest country in the Americas, with a population of around 100,000 people. However, this small country contains one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth: the Western American rainforests.

10. Honduras

At just over 24 million people, Honduras is the least dense country in the world. That’s because the majority of the population, more than 70%, lives on two separate islands: the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean.


The world is getting more crowded, and as a result, it’s getting harder to find a place to live that’s completely free from humans. Thankfully, several countries around the world have become less densely populated over the years, allowing more room for the growing number of people. Looking outside of Asia for the most people, the top five countries are all in the Middle East, with the largest number of people living in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. To continue living the good life in one of these countries, you’ll need to know a few things about population growth. Next, let’s take a look at the top ten most densely populated countries in the world.

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