During the 20th century, the world population has grown from 1.65 billion people to 6 billion people. According to worldmeter.info, as of April 17 2014 the world population is estimated to be past 7 billion people. There were roughly half as many people in the world in 1970than there is now. According to the United Nations the world’s population is estimated to reach 8 billion people by 2024. The world reached its first billion people in 1804; the three most populated countries in the world are China, India and the United States of America.
In January 2013 the Chinese government released data confirming that the population of china was at a staggering 1,354,040,000 people, these numbers did not include Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macao. As of September 2013 that number increased even further to 1,362,391,579. Chinas current population is estimated to be 1,392,472,656. Due to the rapid population growth in the middle of the 20th century, the Chinese government introduced the famous “One Child Policy”. This policy rewards couples that agree to have just one child with cash bonuses and better access to housing.
According to the Census bureau, India’s population is estimated to be 1,272,904,105 people. India and China are the only two countries in the world with more than a billion people. A report from the U>N suggest that India’s population is expected to surpass china by 2028. India largest state is Uttar Pradesh, which has a recorded population of 199,581,520. As of 2011 Uttar Pradesh became larger than most countries.
By population, the United States of America is the third largest country in the world. The two most populated states in the U.S. are California, which has a population of 37.7 million people and Texas which has a population of 25.7 million people. The most populated city is the U.S is New York which has a population of 8.2 million people. New York has a higher population than Los Angeles and Chicago combined.