List of continents by population

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This is a list of all major continents' population.

Regional and continental (sub)totals in 2016[edit]





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World population by continent, 2016

  Asia (59.69%)
  Africa (16.36%)
  Europe (9.94%)
  North America (7.79%)
  South America (5.68%)
  Australia and Oceania (0.54%)
  Antarctica (0.0001%)
Rank Continent Population
2016
±% p.a.
2010–2016
% of world pop.
World 7,432,663,000 1.17% 100%
1 Asia 4,436,224,000 1.04% 59.69%
2 Africa 1,216,130,000 2.57% 16.36%
3 Europe 738,849,000 0.08% 9.94%
4 North America 579,024,000 0.96% 7.79%
5 South America 422,535,000 1.04% 5.68%
6 Oceania 39,901,000 1.54% 0.54%
7 Antarctica 4,490 0% 0%
Rank Supercontinent Population
2013
±% p.a.
2010–2013
% of world pop.
World 7,162,119,000 1.17% 100%
1 Afro-Eurasia 6,151,810,000 1.21% 85.90%
Eurasia 5,041,175,000 0.92% 70.39%
2 Americas 972,005,000 1.03% 13.57%
3 Oceania 38,304,000 1.47% 0.53%
Rank Region Population
2013
±% p.a.
2010–2013
World 7,162,119,000 1.17%
1 Southern Asia 1,749,046,000 1.32%
2 Eastern Asia 1,620,807,000 0.57%
3 Southeastern Asia 618,793,000 1.20%
4 South America 406,740,000 1.06%
5 Eastern Africa 373,202,000 2.89%
6 Northern America 355,361,000 0.85%
7 Western Africa 331,255,000 2.78%
8 Eastern Europe 294,162,000 -0.23%
9 Western Asia 245,707,000 1.98%
10 Northern Africa 210,002,000 1.70%
11 Western Europe 192,060,000 0.25%
12 Central America 167,387,000 1.40%
13 Southern Europe 155,827,000 0.24%
14 Middle Africa 135,750,000 2.79%
15 Northern Europe 100,404,000 0.54%
16 Central Asia 64,370,000 1.43%
17 Southern Africa 60,425,000 0.91%
18 Caribbean 42,517,000 0.71%
19 Oceania 38,304,000 1.47%

Regional and continental (sub)totals from 1950 to 2016[edit]

Africa[edit]

Total Africa
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 228,902,000 —    
1960 284,887,000 +2.21%
1970 365,626,000 +2.53%
1980 477,965,000 +2.72%
1990 631,614,000 +2.83%
2000 814,063,000 +2.57%
2010 1,044,107,000 +2.52%
2016 1,216,130,000 +2.57%

Americas[edit]

Total Americas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 340,459,000 —    
1960 425,357,000 +2.25%
1970 519,522,000 +2.02%
1980 619,252,000 +1.77%
1990 727,522,000 +1.62%
2000 840,614,000 +1.46%
2010 943,952,000 +1.17%
2016 1,001,559,000 +0.99%

North America[edit]

Total North America
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 226,719,000 —    
1960 276,291,000 +2.00%
1970 326,036,000 +1.67%
1980 376,390,000 +1.45%
1990 429,653,000 +1.33%
2000 490,818,000 +1.34%
2010 546,867,000 +1.09%
2016 579,024,000 +0.96%

South America[edit]

Total South America
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 113,739,000 —    
1960 149,066,000 +2.74%
1970 193,486,000 +2.64%
1980 242,862,000 +2.30%
1990 297,869,000 +2.06%
2000 349,796,000 +1.62%
2010 397,085,000 +1.28%
2016 422,535,000 +1.04%

Asia[edit]

Total Asia
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 1,394,018,000 —    
1960 1,686,698,000 +1.92%
1970 2,120,430,000 +2.31%
1980 2,625,584,000 +2.16%
1990 3,202,475,000 +2.01%
2000 3,714,470,000 +1.49%
2010 4,169,860,000 +1.16%
2016 4,436,224,000 +1.04%

Europe[edit]

Total Europe
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 549,089,000 —    
1960 605,619,000 +0.98%
1970 657,221,000 +0.82%
1980 693,859,000 +0.54%
1990 721,086,000 +0.39%
2000 726,407,000 +0.07%
2010 735,395,000 +0.12%
2016 738,849,000 +0.08%

Oceania[edit]

Total Oceania
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 12,682,000 —    
1960 15,784,000 +2.21%
1970 19,688,000 +2.23%
1980 22,972,000 +1.55%
1990 26,971,000 +1.62%
2000 31,068,000 +1.42%
2010 36,411,000 +1.60%
2016 39,901,000 +1.54%

World[edit]

Total World
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1950 2,525,149,000 —    
1960 3,018,344,000 +1.80%
1970 3,682,488,000 +2.01%
1980 4,439,632,000 +1.89%
1990 5,309,668,000 +1.81%
2000 6,126,622,000 +1.44%
2010 6,929,725,000 +1.24%
2016 7,432,663,000 +1.17%

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