Population by continent

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This is a list of continents and continental subregions by population.

Distribution of populations by the United Nations geoscheme[edit]

World population by continent, 2010

  Asia (60%)
  Africa (17%)
  Europe (10%)
  North America (8%)
  South America (6%)
  Oceania (1%)
Continent Population
(2018)[1][2][3]
% of world ±% p.a.
2010–2010
World 7.6 billion 100% 1.17%
Asia 4.6 billion 60% 1.04%
Africa 1.3 billion 17% 2.57%
Europe 750 million 9.8% 0.08%
North America 580 million 7.6% 0.96%
South America 420 million 5.6% 1.04%
Oceania 42 million 0.54% 1.47%
Antarctica 0 0% N/A
Subregion Population
(2018)[1][2]
% of world ±% p.a.
2010–2013
World 7,631,091,040 100% 1.17%
Southern Asia[a] 1,895,813,944 25% 1.32%
Eastern Asia 1,666,471,330 22% 0.57%
South-eastern Asia 655,298,044 8.6% 1.20%
South America 423,581,078 5.6% 1.06%
Eastern Africa 422,563,363 5.5% 2.89%
Northern America 364,295,996 4.8% 0.85%
Western Africa 381,202,440 5.0% 2.78%
Eastern Europe[b] 293,790,259 3.8% 0.23%
Western Asia[c] 271,031,766 3.6% 1.98%
Northern Africa 237,293,794 3.1% 1.70%
Western Europe 194,754,503 2.6% 0.25%
Central America[d] 175,471,787 2.3% 1.40%
Southern Europe[e] 152,637,573 2.0% 0.24%
Middle Africa 169,121,879 2.2% 2.79%
Northern Europe[f] 105,237,105 1.4% 0.54%
Central Asia 72,051,628 0.94% 1.43%
Southern Africa 65,739,496 0.86% 0.91%
Caribbean[g] 43,163,817 0.57% 0.71%
Oceania 41,570,842 0.54% 1.47%

Global, continental, and subregional totals from 1950 to 2018[edit]

Africa[edit]

Western Africa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 70,769,000—    
1960 84,946,000+1.84%
1970 106,015,000+2.24%
1980 137,414,000+2.63%
1990 180,331,000+2.76%
2000 235,235,000+2.69%
2010 307,982,000+2.73%
2018 381,202,440+2.70%
Middle Africa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 26,401,000—    
1960 32,216,000+2.01%
1970 40,846,000+2.40%
1980 53,135,000+2.67%
1990 70,886,000+2.92%
2000 96,113,000+3.09%
2010 130,598,000+3.11%
2018 169,121,879+3.28%
Eastern Africa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 66,923,000—    
1960 84,305,000+2.34%
1970 110,428,000+2.74%
1980 147,512,000+2.94%
1990 198,232,000+3.00%
2000 259,373,000+2.72%
2010 342,743,000+2.83%
2018 422,563,363+2.65%
Northern Africa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 49,222,000—    
1960 63,697,000+2.61%
1970 82,883,000+2.67%
1980 106,908,000+2.58%
1990 140,117,000+2.74%
2000 171,891,000+2.06%
2010 203,717,000+1.71%
2018 237,293,794+1.93%
Southern Africa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 15,588,000—    
1960 19,724,000+2.38%
1970 25,454,000+2.58%
1980 32,997,000+2.63%
1990 42,049,000+2.45%
2000 51,451,000+2.04%
2010 59,067,000+1.39%
2018 65,739,496+1.35%
Total Africa
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 1,275,920,972+2.54%

Americas[edit]

Total Americas
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 1,006,512,678+0.81%

North America[edit]

Caribbean
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 17,076,000—    
1960 20,724,000+1.96%
1970 25,306,000+2.02%
1980 29,748,000+1.63%
1990 34,198,000+1.40%
2000 38,314,000+1.14%
2010 41,621,000+0.83%
2018 43,163,817+0.46%
Central America
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 38,029,000—    
1960 51,400,000+3.06%
1970 69,702,000+3.09%
1980 92,425,000+2.86%
1990 114,823,000+2.19%
2000 138,780,000+1.91%
2010 161,117,000+1.50%
2018 175,471,787+1.07%
Northern America
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 171,615,000—    
1960 204,167,000+1.75%
1970 231,029,000+1.24%
1980 254,217,000+0.96%
1990 280,633,000+0.99%
2000 313,724,000+1.12%
2010 344,129,000+0.93%
2018 364,295,996+0.71%
Total North America
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 582,931,600+0.80%

South America[edit]

Total South America
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 423,581,078+0.81%

Asia[edit]

Central Asia
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 18,131,000—    
1960 24,616,000+3.10%
1970 33,156,000+3.02%
1980 41,277,000+2.21%
1990 50,407,929+2.02%
2000 55,117,000+0.90%
2010 62,139,000+1.21%
2018 72,051,628+1.87%
Eastern Asia
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 666,586,000—    
1960 788,145,000+1.69%
1970 978,113,000+2.18%
1980 1,173,372,000+1.84%
1990 1,368,592,000+1.55%
2000 1,496,284,000+0.90%
2010 1,575,320,000+0.52%
2018 1,666,471,330+0.71%
South-eastern Asia
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 164,900,000—    
1960 213,838,000+2.63%
1970 281,521,000+2.79%
1980 358,106,000+2.44%
1990 445,665,000+2.21%
2000 526,179,000+1.67%
2010 596,708,000+1.27%
2018 655,298,044+1.18%
Southern Asia
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 493,443,000—    
1960 593,943,000+1.87%
1970 741,603,000+2.25%
1980 939,043,000+2.39%
1990 1,189,261,000+2.39%
2000 1,451,933,000+2.02%
2010 1,702,991,000+1.61%
2018 1,895,813,944+1.35%
Western Asia
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 50,957,000—    
1960 66,156,000+2.64%
1970 86,037,000+2.66%
1980 113,786,000+2.83%
1990 148,552,000+2.70%
2000 184,957,000+2.22%
2010 232,703,000+2.32%
2018 271,031,766+1.92%
Total Asia
YearPop.±% 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 4,169,850,000+1.16%
2018 4,560,667,108+1.13%

Europe[edit]

Eastern Europe
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 220,171,000—    
1960 253,630,000+1.42%
1970 276,396,000+0.86%
1980 295,042,000+0.65%
1990 310,027,000+0.50%
2000 303,789,000−0.20%
2010 294,591,000−0.31%
2018 293,790,259−0.03%
Northern Europe
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 78,030,000—    
1960 81,790,000+0.47%
1970 87,305,000+0.65%
1980 89,833,000+0.29%
1990 92,040,000+0.24%
2000 94,397,000+0.25%
2010 99,682,000+0.55%
2018 105,237,105+0.68%
Southern Europe
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 108,633,000—    
1960 117,879,000+0.82%
1970 127,617,000+0.80%
1980 138,495,000+0.82%
1990 143,404,000+0.35%
2000 145,058,000+0.11%
2010 153,360,000+0.56%
2018 152,637,573−0.06%
Western Europe
YearPop.±% p.a.
1950 142,256,000—    
1960 152,320,000+0.69%
1970 165,903,000+0.86%
1980 170,489,000+0.27%
1990 175,615,000+0.30%
2000 183,163,000+0.42%
2010 187,762,000+0.25%
2018 194,754,503+0.46%
Total Europe
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 746,419,440+0.19%

Oceania[edit]

Total Oceania
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 41,570,842+2.07%

World[edit]

Total World
YearPop.±% 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%
2018 7,631,091,040+1.21%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ""World Population prospects – Population division"". population.un.org. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b ""Overall total population" – World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision" (xslx). population.un.org (custom data acquired via website). United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Population". United Nations. Retrieved July 25, 2021.

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