Countries With More than 50 Million People

Name all the countries that have a population of at least 50 million people.
Date = approximate date that country reached 50 million
Population according to Worldometers, July 2020
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Last updated: September 24, 2020
First submittedNovember 5, 2016
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Date
Population
Country
100 B.C.
1,446 m
China
500
1,380 m
India
1880
331 m
United States
1916
274 m
Indonesia
1964
221 m
Pakistan
1949
213 m
Brazil
1965
206 m
Nigeria
1960
165 m
Bangladesh
1825
146 m
Russia
1969
129 m
Mexico
1911
126 m
Japan
1992
115 m
Ethiopia
1982
110 m
Philippines
1985
102 m
Egypt
1977
97 m
Vietnam
Date
Population
Country
2003
90 m
D.R. Congo
1985
84 m
Turkey
1987
84 m
Iran
1893
84 m
Germany
1984
70 m
Thailand
1948
68 m
United Kingdom
1966
67 m
France
1960
60 m
Italy
2014
60 m
Tanzania
2008
59 m
South Africa
2005
54 m
Myanmar
2017
54 m
Kenya
2012
51 m
South Korea
2018
51 m
Colombia
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Level 45
Nov 7, 2016
What I find interesting about the dates is that it took China 1500 years to go from 50million people to 100 million people.
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Level 80
Jan 14, 2017
It's not peculiar to China. Look at world population figures. Population didn't start to explode until the Industrial Revolution. Before 1850 the population of the entire planet was under a billion for all of history, and stayed roughly constant for long stretches.
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Level 47
Feb 19, 2019
hit one billion in 1804
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Level 80
Jun 19, 2019
Humans have been on the planet for 2 million years so that's a difference of 0.002%.
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2017
I came across this interesting graph while doing some research a few months ago. If this information is correct, there were a number of centuries-long population plateaus in chinese history, and even some population declines. Some of those no doubt coincide with geopolitical changes, whereby the territory controlled by "China" was smaller during some periods. Nonetheless, it's interesting to note how the graph only really starts to take off over the last few centuries, then becomes near-vertical in the 20th century. http://www.china-profile.com/data/fig_pop_0-2050.htm
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Level 80
Jan 15, 2017
this parallels growth for the whole world, but it starts to become vertical in countries that industrialized sooner.
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Level 69
Jan 21, 2017
By the way, anyone who's interested in i.e. world population statistics should check out Gapminder. It's a great site for statistics nerds. Also, if you haven't yet seen any videos by Hans Rosling, a Swedish professor specialized in statistics, you should do that. He tells things how they are but does it in an amazingly entertaining way without forgetting actual fact and statistics. Regards, a statistics nerd.
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Level ∞
Sep 28, 2017
I'm listening to the "History of Byzantium" podcast right now. One thing that is interesting is that the empire struggled with depopulation, due to the plague and other factors. So they would sometimes send raiding parties outside the empire, capture some people, and then force them to resettle in Anatolia in order to repopulate it.
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Level 72
Sep 28, 2017
That's what Japan may have to start doing.
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2017
it wouldn't do them much good. Anatolia is a long way from Japan.
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Level 53
Nov 18, 2017
I guess the 45 million Mao killed didn't even make a dent in the numbers.
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2018
China had a special talent for destructive wars, famine, etc.
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Level 74
Nov 7, 2016
Very nice quiz!
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Level 45
Nov 7, 2016
Thanks!
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Level 80
Jan 14, 2017
it's the most populous countries in the world quiz with two more places added.
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Level 64
Jan 14, 2017
Actually, it's with 3 more countries.
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Level 62
Jan 14, 2017
and with a bit of interesting info for flavor, too, which is what makes it that much more entertaining :)
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Level 80
Jan 14, 2017
ok. 3. still...
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Level 45
Nov 14, 2017
4 more countries!
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Level 45
Oct 21, 2018
5 more countries!
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Level 80
Dec 10, 2018
well people need to stop reproducing so much.
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Level 62
Nov 14, 2017
still...it's a very nice quiz.
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Level 44
Oct 4, 2018
Nice quiz ! I love the thought of date column.
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Level 27
Jan 14, 2017
it seems big...but take another look!
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Level 53
Jan 14, 2017
My mind went blank and I forgot Ethiopia and the Philippines.....
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Level 78
Jan 14, 2017
I forgot Japan.
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Level 33
Nov 15, 2017
I'm napoleon
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Level 83
Jan 14, 2017
I don't know what it is, but I always seem to forget the Philippines no matter what quiz I take.
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Level 59
Mar 5, 2017
Same with me
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Level 56
Jun 25, 2017
Missed France and South Africa.... Twice!!!!
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Level 69
Nov 14, 2017
Turkey is my nemesis.
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Level 83
Nov 14, 2017
Thankfully I managed to remember the Philippines this time! ... But then I forgot Turkey. Another one I keep forgetting.
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Level 52
Jan 17, 2017
I only got Tanzania with a few seconds left.
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Level 37
Jan 14, 2017
All except Tanzania, almost forgot congo great quiz
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Level 60
Jan 18, 2017
First strike, yay !!!
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Level 60
Jan 19, 2017
50 mil in 2003, 85 mil now. OMG what are you doing Congo?
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Level 36
Jan 24, 2017
I think it's pretty clear what they're doing.
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Level 57
Jun 25, 2017
Great quiz. Have got something similar: "Biggest countries of the World by population", and "World's Most Populous Countries - by Continent". If you wish, check them out and comment..
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Level 71
Oct 1, 2017
Colombia is sooooo close to 50 million....
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Level 54
Nov 14, 2017
I think we are the nearest miss.
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Level 45
Oct 21, 2018
It has just reached 50 mill!
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Level 43
Nov 14, 2017
In the year 1960 there was no country called Bangladesh
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2017
In 100 B.C. there was no country called 'China'
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2017
In 500, there was no country called India. In 1916, there was no country called Indonesia. The areas now known as [insert any country here] still existed.
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Level 83
Nov 14, 2017
4.6 billion years ago, there was no planet called "Earth."
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Level 33
Nov 14, 2017
14 billion years ago, there was no area called "Universe"
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Level 45
Oct 11, 2018
30 years ago there was no jetpunk.com
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Level 55
Nov 16, 2017
Pakistan's population is 193 million.
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Level 68
Oct 4, 2018
So basically what we have here is 28 most populous countries in the world quiz.
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Level 81
Oct 22, 2018
I'm always glad to see myself getting slightly better at not forgetting the existence of the Philippines on every damn quiz.
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2018
The preliminary results of the 2018 Colombian Census shows we are far from the 50 million initially projected. The current population clock is way off.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2020
Nevermind, I just saw 1 million Venezuelans migrated to Colombia in the last few years. Now we have 50 million.
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Level 65
Nov 11, 2018
I forgot France... lol. 28/29. I just couldn't remember what country I missed. Still acceptable though...
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Level 16
Dec 7, 2018
I had three left and 30 seconds to go. I got frustrated and started guessing countries. I managed to get Kenya and with a few seconds to go, I randomly picked a country on the top of my mind it was Colombia, how on Earth did they reach 50 mil.
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Level 41
Dec 7, 2018
Didn't think Bangladesh would be here
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Level 46
Dec 7, 2018
I got all but one with 2:20 left... and that was South Korea.
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Level 64
Dec 7, 2018
100%!!! YES!
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Level 35
Sep 23, 2019
I forgot Russia at the first attempt... Sorry for my english
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Level 72
May 20, 2020
I suspect many more African countries will pass this 50 million mark, and quite a few will join Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopia above 100 million, but after that we will see a slowing. I doubt we will ever again see a country pass 1 billion and if anything China will drop out of the billion club this century, leaving only India. If any country does make it past a billion again, it'll be Nigeria, but I think given land and resource constraints it will slow down long before it gets there. The USA, Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan have next to chance. By the 22nd century, I'd expect most countries will see declining populations, barring a drastic and unforeseen change in development patterns. In the developed world only Canada and Australia really have a chance of joining the 50 million club, whilst countries like Italy, Germany and South Korea might drop out of it.
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Level 38
Sep 5, 2020
Could you please update the populations? Thanks for making the quiz and keep up the good work!!!
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Level 19
Oct 4, 2020
I almost missed Iran