According to newest data provided by the National Bureau of Statistics of China in January 2022, the Chinese population amounted to around 1.41 billion people in 2021. The number of births in 2020 and 2021 was lower than expected, maybe also due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The low growth rate shows the population is aging faster than expected and suggests China's total population may have reached its peak in 2021, he said. It “indicates China's potential growth is likely slowing faster than expected,” Zhang said. The world's second-largest economy is aging rapidly.
China has a land area of 9.3 million square kilometers (3.6 million square miles), which is 2.2% larger than the US land area of 9.1 million square kilometers (3.5 million square miles).
China has the world's largest population (1.42 billion), followed by India (1.35 billion). The next five most populous nations – the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan and Nigeria – together have fewer people than India.
The world's largest ethnic group is Han Chinese, with Mandarin being the world's most spoken language in terms of native speakers. The world's population is predominantly urban and suburban, and there has been significant migration toward cities and urban centres.
This table provides figures about the 50 most populous nations in the world as of 2021. China is the most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion residents.
Largest Cities in the World (2015)
|Rank||Urban Area||Population Estimate (2015)|
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Largest cities in the United States by population
|100 Largest Cities By Population|
|1||New York, New York||2022|
|2||Los Angeles, California||2013|
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