In the 21st century numerous medias and institutions around the world alarm that our planet suffers from overpopulation. According to the United States Census Bureau, the world’s population crossed the line of 7 billion people in March 2012, only 13 years after it reached 6 billion! These are figures that have never been equaled before. It is a fact that people around the world have never been so much, and the most dangerous is that no one can say for sure what is the capacity of our planet. And while some parts of the world are almost deserted, 10 countries concentrate more than half of the world’s population, or a total of about 4,052,133,450 people!
1. China. If there is a country in the world where overpopulation is a problem, it’s China. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the population in 2012 reached 1,354,040,000 people and continues to grow. It means that one out of every 5 or 6 people in the world on average is a Chinese citizen.
2. India.India is the only country in the world which is able to overtakes China in terms of its population. According to data from 2011 the country is home to 1,210,193,422 people or 181,455,986 more in comparison with 2001!
If India’s population continues to grow so fast, during the third decade of the 21st century it will probably become the most populous nation on the planet.
3. USA. According to the United States Census Bureau, the U.S. population is about 315,458,000 people. This includes both legally and the approximate number of all illegally residing in the United States.
Unlike all the other countries in this list, to a large extent the rapid increase in population is a result of the influx of foreign immigrants.
Although Indonesia is very ethnically and culturally diverse, the Javanese people account for almost half of the total population.
5. Brazil.Brazil is the second most populated country in the Western Hemisphere. As of 2010, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, the country is home to about 190,732,694 people.
As of 2012, only two years later, the population is estimated to be approximately 193,946,886 and continues to grow very fast!
6. Pakistan. Similar to neighboring India, the region of Pakistan is also very densely populated. According to estimates, as of March 2013 the country’s population is about 182,438,000 people.
Projections indicate that over the next few decades the number of residents of Pakistan will continue to grow constantly and rapidly.
7. Bangladesh. As of March 2011, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the population of Bangladesh is estimated to be 149,772,386 people.
Interesting is the fact that with an area nearly 119 times smaller than the Russian Federation, Bangladesh is home to a larger number of people, and it is considered also one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
8. Russia. Reaching 148,689,000 in 1991, the population of Russia decreased significantly (by between 5 and 6 million people) in the next two decades.
Since 2010, however, the number of its residents slightly increased for the first time during the post-Soviet period. As of January 1, 2013, in the Russian Federation live approximately 143,369,806 people.
9. Nigeria. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Few other countries in the world have such a rapidly growing population and one of them is India.
According to the latest census held 2006 the population of the African state was 140,431,790 people. It is estimated that by the mid-21th century Nigeria will overtake all the countries on this list except for China, India and the United States.
10. Japan. According to 2010 census results, “The Land of the Rising Sun” has a population of 128,056,026 people. Meanwhile its capital, Tokyo, is the most populous city on the planet.
Like some European countries, such as Russia for example, Japan’s population decreased slightly in recent years, and it will probably continue to decline in the coming decades.