Demographics of Asia

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Graph showing population by continent as a percentage of world population (1750 - 2005)

The continent of Asia covers 29.4% of the Earth's land area and has a population of around 4.5 billion (as of 2015), accounting for about 60% of the world population. The combined population of both China and India are estimated to be over 2.7 billion people as of 2015. Asian population is projected to grow to 5.26 billion by 2050, or about 54% of projected world population at that time.[1] Population growth in Asia was close to 1.2% p.a. as of 2015, with highly disparate rates, many West Asian countries showing growth rates above 2% p.a., and notably Pakistan at 2.4% p.a., offset by a growth rate below 0.5% p.a. in China.



Economically, most of Asia is traditionally considered part of the Second World, with the significant exception of the industrialized First World countries of Israel, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Asian countries in the G-20 major economies include China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Of these, Japan is also in the G8, and additionally China and India in the G8+5.

The Human Development Index of Asian countries range from Low to Very High category. The table below shows the 10 highest and lowest countries according to their Human Development Index scores based on the 2015 report.[2]



  1. ^ "World Population Prospects - Population Division - United Nations". Archived from the original on 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ "Human Development Report 2015" (PDF). UNDP Human Development Reports. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-19.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2011-11-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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