List of country subdivisions by population

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This is a list of the most populous first-level administrative country subdivisions in the world, in order of population; most estimates are from 2004, some from 2008. Excluded are regions defined for convenience, that do not have their own single government: e.g. Calabarzon, East China, Kantō region and Northeastern United States. Those subdivisions which are the largest in their respective countries are shown in bold. Countries which have a high proportion of their population enumerated in the largest subdivision include the Kingdom of the Netherlands (98.3% in the Netherlands), the United Kingdom (80.3% in England) and Pakistan (53.7% in Punjab). England appears on this list, but does not have a single government because it is a constituent country.

First-level list[edit]

Subdivision Type Sovereign state Population Area km² Density per km² Ref Comparable country[1]
Uttar Pradesh State  India 223,897,418 240,928 894.9 [2]  Brazil
Maharashtra State  India 123,174,918 307,713 394.4 [3]  Mexico
Bihar State  India 119,237,851 94,163 1,239.6 [4]  Ethiopia
Punjab, Pakistan Punjab Province  Pakistan 110,012,442 205,344 540 [5]  Ethiopia
Guangdong Province  China 104,303,132 177,900 618 [6]  Philippines
Shandong Province  China 95,793,065 156,700 598 [6]  Egypt
West Bengal State  India 94,347,736 88,752 1,063  Vietnam
Henan Province  China 94,023,567 167,000 560 [6]  Vietnam
Sichuan Province  China 80,418,200 485,000 181 [6]  Germany
Jiangsu Province  China 78,659,903 102,600 743 [6]  Iran
Madhya Pradesh State  India 78,492,606 308,245 236  Turkey
Tamil Nadu State  India 77,881,463 130,058 555  Turkey
Rajasthan State  India 74,791,568 342,239 201  Thailand
Hebei Province  China 71,854,202 187,700 370 [6]  Thailand
Karnataka State  India 66,076,021 191,791 319  France
Hunan Province  China 65,683,722 211,800 323 [6]  United Kingdom
Gujarat State  India 60,383,628 196,024 308  Italy
Anhui Province  China 59,500,510 139,400 498 [6]  Italy
Hubei Province  China 57,237,740 185,900 332 [6]  Italy
England England Constituent country  United Kingdom 55,268,100 130,395 424  South Korea
Zhejiang Province  China 54,426,891 101,800 509 [6]  Myanmar
Andhra Pradesh State  India 49,665,533 160,205 310  Spain
Sindh Sindh Province  Pakistan 47,886,051 140,914 513 [7]  Colombia
Dhaka Division  Bangladesh 47,424,418 31,120 1,523 [8]  Kenya
West Java West Java Province  Indonesia 46,029,668 34,816 1,322 [9]  Kenya
Guangxi Autonomous region  China 46,026,629 236,700 211 [6]  Kenya
Yunnan Province  China 45,966,239 394,100 107 [6]  Spain
São Paulo (state) São Paulo State  Brazil 45,047,585 248,209 181 [10]  Argentina
Jiangxi Province  China 44,567,475 166,900 257 [6]  Argentina
Liaoning Province  China 43,746,323 145,900 295 [6]  Ukraine
Odisha State  India 41,947,358 155,820 269  Algeria
East Java East Java Province  Indonesia 38,529,481 47,922 804 [9]  Uganda
Heilongjiang Province  China 38,312,224 460,000 83 [6]  Iraq
Shaanxi Province  China 37,327,378 205,800 180 [6]  Poland
California California State  United States 37,253,956 423,970 88 [11]  Sudan
Fujian Province  China 36,894,216 121,400 283 [6]  Sudan
Shanxi Province  China 35,712,111 156,800 214 [6]  Canada
Telangana State  India 35,193,978 114,840 307  Canada
Guizhou Province  China 34,746,468 176,100 214 [6]  Afghanistan
Kerala State  India 33,387,677 38,863 859  Morocco
Jharkhand State  India 32,966,238 74,677 414  Uzbekistan
Central Java Central Java Province  Indonesia 32,380,687 32,548 995 [9]  Malaysia
Assam State  India 31,169,272 78,550 397  Venezuela
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province  Pakistan 30,523,371 74,521 441  Peru
Chongqing Province-level municipality  China 28,846,170 82,300 393 [6]  Saudi Arabia
Chittagong Division  Bangladesh 28,423,019 33,771 841 [8]  Saudi Arabia
Punjab State  India 27,704,236 50,362 550    Nepal
Jilin Province  China 27,462,297 187,400 146 [6]  Yemen
Oromia Region Oromia Region  Ethiopia 27,158,471 353,632 77  Ghana
Gansu Province  China 25,575,254 454,000 58 [6]  Mozambique
Chhattisgarh State  India 25,540,196 135,194 189  North Korea
Haryana State  India 25,353,081 44,212 573  Madagascar
Texas Texas State  United States 25,145,561 696,241 36 [11]  Madagascar
Lagos State  Nigeria 25,087,059 3,475 7,219.3  Cameroon
Inner Mongolia Autonomous region  China 24,706,321 1,183,000 21 [6]  Cameroon
Amhara Region Amhara Region  Ethiopia 24,000,200 156,960 153  Ivory Coast
Shanghai Province-level municipality  China 23,019,148 7,037 2,730 [6]  Taiwan
Xinjiang Autonomous region  China 21,813,334 1,660,001 13 [6]  Romania
Minas Gerais Minas Gerais State  Brazil 20,869,101 586,528 35 [12]  Burkina Faso
Beijing Province-level municipality  China 19,612,368 16,801 1,309 [6]  Cameroon
New York (state) New York State  United States 19,378,102 141,299 137 [11]  Niger
Florida Florida State  United States 18,801,310 170,304 110 [11]  Malawi
Rajshahi Division  Bangladesh 18,329,000 18,197 1,007 [8]  Kazakhstan
North Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia State  Germany 17,872,863 34,084 524  Syria
Delhi Union territory  India 16,753,235 1,483 11,297  Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands Netherlands Constituent country  Kingdom of the Netherlands 16,748,205 41,854 396  Ecuador
Rio de Janeiro (state) Rio de Janeiro State  Brazil 16,550,024 43,696 378 [12]  Cambodia
State of Mexico State of Mexico State  Mexico 16,187,608 21,355 758 [13]  Cambodia
Tehran Province  Iran 15,795,116 18,814 786  Senegal
Rangpur Division  Bangladesh 15,665,000 16,317 960 [8]  Zambia
Buenos Aires Province Buenos Aires Province  Argentina 15,594,428 307,571 51 [14]  Guatemala
Khulna Division  Bangladesh 15,563,000 22,272 699 [8]  Guatemala
Bahia Bahia State  Brazil 15,203,934 564,692 27 [12]  Senegal
SNNPR Region  Ethiopia 15,042,531 112,343 134  Senegal
Istanbul Province  Turkey 14,657,434 5,196 2,820  Zimbabwe
Kano State  Nigeria 13,381,682 20,131 665  South Sudan
Ontario Ontario Province  Canada 13,210,600 1,076,395 12  South Sudan
Tokyo Tokyo Prefecture  Japan 13,010,279 2,187 5,949  South Sudan
North Sumatra North Sumatra Province  Indonesia 12,985,075 71,680 181 [9]  Guinea
Tianjin Province-level municipality  China 12,938,224 11,760 1,044 [6]  Guinea
Gyeonggi Province  South Korea 12,925,761 10,131 1,275 [15]  Guinea
Metro Manila Region/metropolitan area  Philippines 12,877,253 639 20,152.2  Guinea
Illinois Illinois State  United States 12,830,632 140,998 91 [11]  Guinea
Gauteng Province  South Africa 12,728,400 16,548 632 [16][17]  Guinea
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State  United States 12,702,379 119,283 106 [11]  Guinea
Jammu and Kashmir State  India 12,548,926 222,236 56  Guinea
Bavaria Bavaria State  Germany 12,510,331 70,549 177  Guinea
Balochistan, Pakistan Balochistan Province  Pakistan 12,344,408 347,190 41  Chad
Île-de-France Region  France 11,694,000 12,012 974  Rwanda
Ohio Ohio State  United States 11,536,504 116,096 99 [11]  Belgium
Moscow Moscow Federal city  Russia 11,503,501 1,081 9,772  Belgium
Rio Grande do Sul Rio Grande do Sul State  Brazil 11,164,050 281,748 38 [12]  Burundi
Kinshasa Kinshasa Province-level municipality  D.R. Congo 11,125,000 9,965 1,116.4  Somalia
Paraná (state) Paraná State  Brazil 10,997,462 199,315 52 [12]  Portugal
Baden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg State  Germany 10,747,479 35,752 301  Greece
Banten Banten Province  Indonesia 10,644,030 9,161 1,162 [9]  Dominican Republic
KwaZulu-Natal Province  South Africa 10,456,900 94,361 109 [16][17]  Czech Republic
Cairo Cairo Governorate  Egypt 10,230,350 3085.676 3,315.43  Haiti
Jakarta Jakarta Special Capital Territory  Indonesia 10,187,595 661.5 15,401  Jordan
Uttarakhand State  India 10,116,752 53,483 189  Jordan
Rift Valley Former Province  Kenya 10,006,805 182,413 55  Azerbaijan
Lombardy Lombardy Region  Italy 10,006,710 23,861 414  Sweden
Seoul Seoul Special city  South Korea 9,989,795 605 16,485  Hungary
Michigan Michigan State  United States 9,883,640 253,793 39 [11]  Hungary
Sylhet Division  Bangladesh 9,807,000 12,596 779 [8]  Hungary
Baghdad Governorates  Iraq 9,765,985 204.2 47,825.5  Belarus
Lima Province  Peru 9,752,000 2,672.28 2,800  Belarus
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia State  United States 9,687,653 153,909 62.9 [11]  Belarus
Central Development Regions    Nepal 9,656,985 27,410 352.3  Belarus
North Carolina North Carolina State  United States 9,535,483 139,390 68.4  Belarus
Pernambuco Pernambuco State  Brazil 9,208,511 98,311.616 93.7  Honduras
Kanagawa Prefecture Kanagawa Prefecture  Japan 9,029,996 2,415.84 3,737.8  Honduras
Osaka Prefecture Osaka Prefecture  Japan 8,864,228 1,899.28 4,667.8  Austria
Mexico City Mexico City Federal district  Mexico 8,859,244 1,485 5,965.8  Austria
Bogotá Bogotá Capital district  Colombia 8,854,722 1,587 5,579.5  Austria
New Jersey New Jersey State  United States 8,791,894 22,608 388.9  Austria
Ceará Ceará State  Brazil 8,778,575 146,348.3 58  Austria
Hainan Province  China 8,671,518 33,920 254.7  Austria
Andalusia Andalusia Autonomous community  Spain 8,424,102 87,268 97  Tajikistan
Ho Chi Minh Municipality  Vietnam 8,224,400 2,096 3,900   Switzerland
Democratic Republic of the Congo Orientale Province  D.R. Congo 8,197,975 503,239 16  Israel
Democratic Republic of the Congo Bandundu Province  D.R. Congo 8,062,463 295,658 27  Israel
South Sulawesi South Sulawesi Province  Indonesia 8,032,551 46,717.48 170  Israel
Virginia Virginia State  United States 8,001,024 110,785.67 79  Israel
Pará Pará State  Brazil 7,969,655 1,247,689.5 6.1  Serbia
Lower Saxony Lower Saxony State  Germany 7,913,502 47,624.22 170  Togo
Quebec Quebec Province  Canada 7,903,001 1,542,056 5.79  Togo
New South Wales New South Wales State  Australia 7,797,800 809,444 9.63  Togo
Veracruz Veracruz State  Mexico 7,643,194 71,820 99.2  Hong Kong
 Yangon Region  Myanmar 7,627,000 37,021.29 210  Serbia
Hanoi Municipality  Vietnam 7,587,800 2,300 3,329  Laos
Lampung Lampung Province  Indonesia 7,596,115 34,623.80 220  Serbia
Catalonia Catalonia Autonomous community  Spain 7,565,603 32,114 240  Serbia
Democratic Republic of the Congo Équateur Province  D.R. Congo 7,501,902 403,292 19  Serbia
South Sumatra South Sumatra Province  Indonesia 7,446,401 91,592.43 81  Serbia
Aichi Prefecture Aichi Prefecture  Japan 7,408,640 5,153.81 1,437.51  Serbia
Jalisco Jalisco State  Mexico 7,350,682 80,386 84  Serbia
Santiago Metropolitan Region Santiago Regions  Chile 7,228,581 15,403.2 469.29 [18]  Serbia
Saitama Prefecture Saitama Prefecture  Japan 7,190,817 3,797 1,893.82  Bulgaria
Hong Kong Hong Kong Special administrative region  China 7,182,724 1,104 6,480  Bulgaria
Moscow Oblast Moscow Oblast Oblast  Russia 7,095,120 45,900 154.58  Bulgaria
Giza Governorate  Egypt 6,979,000 85,153 82  Paraguay
Makkah Region  Saudi Arabia 6,915,006 153,128 37  Paraguay
Washington (state) Washington State  United States 6,897,012 71,362 103  Papua New Guinea
Himachal Pradesh State  India 6,856,509 55,673 123  Papua New Guinea
Maranhão Maranhão State  Brazil 6,794,298 331,983 20  Libya
Riyadh Region  Saudi Arabia 6,777,146 404,240 17  Libya
Massachusetts Massachusetts State  United States 6,646,144 27,337 324  Libya
Santa Catarina (state) Santa Catarina State  Brazil 6,634,250 95,346 70  Libya
Eastern Cape Province  South Africa 6,620,100 168,966 39  Kyrgyzstan

Historic First Level subdivisions[edit]

Some large former first level subdivisions with former populations (split off areas):

Second-level list[edit]

Second-level divisions are those under first level (states, provinces, etc...) and they are counties, districts or cities, but the names vary by country.

Subdivision Type Sovereign state First Order Population Area km² Density per km² Ref Comparable Country[21]
Sindh Karachi Municipal Corporation  Pakistan Sindh Sindh 16,051,000 3,541 4,533 [22]  Cambodia
China Chengdu Prefecture-level city  China China Sichuan 14,047,625 12,390 1,133  Zimbabwe
Guangzhou Prefecture-level city  China China Guangdong 12,700,800 7,434 1,708  South Sudan
Bangladesh Dhaka District District  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka Division 12,043,977 1,193 10,095 [23]  South Sudan
São Paulo Municipality  Brazil São Paulo (state) São Paulo 12,038,175 1,522 7,904  South Sudan
China Baoding Prefecture-level city  China China Hebei 11,194,379 22,190 504  Belgium
India Thane District** District  India India Maharashtra 11,054,131 4,214 2623.1 [24]  Belgium
China Wuhan Prefecture-level city  China China Hubei 10,892,900 8,494.41 1282 [25]  Rwanda
China Harbin Prefecture-level city  China China Heilongjiang 10,635,971 53,068 200  Rwanda
China Shijiazhuang Prefecture-level city  China China Hebei 10,621,551 2,190 4850  Bolivia
Suzhou Prefecture-level city  China China Jiangsu 10,465,994 8,488 1,233  Portugal
China Shenzhen Prefecture-level city  China China Guangdong 10,357,938 2,050 5,052  Bolivia
China Nanyang Prefecture-level city  China China Henan 10,263,006 26,600 385  Bolivia
India North 24 Parganas district District  India India West Bengal 10,082,852 4,094 2,500 [26]  Bolivia
China Linyi Prefecture-level city  China China Shandong 10,039,400 17,251 581  Bolivia
Los Angeles County County  United States California California 10,017,068 12,310 813  Bolivia
  • Thane district has been split, now less than 10 million residents.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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