Asian Population 2023

Asian Population 2023

Asia Population: Current Figures, Facts, and Future Projections

Asia is the world’s most populous continent, with an estimated population of 4.7 billion as of November 7, 2022. This article will provide you with insights into Asia’s population trends and projections, as well as other demographic information relevant to the continent.

Asia’s Population Overview: Key Figures and Facts

As of November 7, 2022, Asia’s population is equivalent to 59.76% of the total world population, making it the most populous continent globally. This number is based on the latest estimates from the United Nations, which serve as a benchmark for population statistics globally.

The population density in Asia is 150 per km², which translates to 387 people per mi². The continent’s total land area is approximately 31,033,131 km², equivalent to 11,981,954 square miles, which makes it the largest continent globally.

Asia’s population is predominantly urban, with 46.3% of the population living in urban areas as of 2019. This represents approximately 2,147,483,647 people living in urban centers.

The median age in Asia is currently 32.0 years, which is relatively young compared to other continents worldwide. The youthful population in Asia presents both opportunities and challenges for the continent in terms of socio-economic development and sustainable growth.

Asia’s Future Population Projections

The United Nations predicts that Asia’s population will continue to grow in the coming years, albeit at a slower pace. By 2030, the continent’s population is expected to reach approximately 5.2 billion, representing an increase of about 9.2% from the current figures.

India and China are projected to remain the most populous countries in Asia and the world, with estimated populations of 1.45 billion and 1.39 billion, respectively, by 2030. Other countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Japan are also expected to have significant population growth by 2030.

The rapid population growth in Asia presents both opportunities and challenges for the continent, particularly in terms of economic development, sustainable resource management, and social welfare. While the youthful population offers a potential workforce and a growing market, it also poses challenges such as unemployment, poverty, and resource depletion.

Asian Subregions

Area

Population (2020)

Southern Asia

(1,940,369,612)

Eastern Asia

(1,678,089,619)

South-Eastern Asia

(668,619,840)

Western Asia

(279,636,754)

Central Asia

(74,338,950)

Asian Population in 2020 and its Historicals

Year Population Annual %
Change
Annual
Change
Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban
Pop. %
Urban Population Asia’s
Share of
World Pop.
World Population Asia
Rank
2020 4,641,054,775 0.92 % 41,515,883 -1,729,112 32.0 2.15 150 46.3 % 2,147,483,647 62.9 % 7,794,798,739 1
2019 4,601,371,198 0.89 % 40,704,090 -1,729,112 30.6 2.20 148 46.7 % 2,147,483,647 59.7 % 7,713,468,100 1
2018 4,560,667,108 0.92 % 41,627,081 -1,729,112 30.6 2.20 147 47.1 % 2,147,483,647 59.8 % 7,631,091,040 1
2017 4,519,040,027 0.95 % 42,432,174 -1,729,112 30.6 2.20 146 47.5 % 2,147,483,647 59.9 % 7,547,858,925 1
2016 4,476,607,853 0.97 % 43,132,495 -1,729,112 30.6 2.20 144 48.0 % 2,147,483,647 60.0 % 7,464,022,049 1
2015 4,433,475,358 1.04 % 44,776,333 -1,390,860 30.3 2.21 143 47.8 % 2,119,873,398 63.7 % 7,379,797,139 1
2010 4,209,593,693 1.14 % 46,321,438 -1,819,953 28.8 2.33 136 44.6 % 1,877,015,239 64.3 % 6,956,823,603 1
2005 3,977,986,502 1.23 % 47,344,624 -1,646,700 27.4 2.45 128 41.0 % 1,631,488,737 64.8 % 6,541,907,027 1
2000 3,741,263,381 1.38 % 49,635,280 -1,195,579 26.0 2.61 121 37.4 % 1,399,722,305 65.1 % 6,143,493,823 1
1995 3,493,086,983 1.60 % 53,397,604 -962,608 24.4 2.90 113 34.8 % 1,215,521,041 65.6 % 5,744,212,979 1
1990 3,226,098,962 2.01 % 60,985,157 -287,411 23.0 3.50 104 32.2 % 1,039,593,625 66.2 % 5,327,231,061 1
1985 2,921,173,176 1.97 % 54,318,975 -33,638 22.0 3.69 94 29.7 % 868,117,794 65.5 % 4,870,921,740 1
1980 2,649,578,300 1.99 % 49,681,372 -238,800 20.9 4.10 85 27.1 % 716,918,680 64.9 % 4,458,003,514 1
1975 2,401,171,440 2.31 % 51,738,222 -232,886 20.0 5.06 77 24.9 % 598,731,099 64.9 % 4,079,480,606 1
1970 2,142,480,330 2.49 % 49,501,209 178,389 19.5 5.75 69 23.7 % 507,088,632 64.2 % 3,700,437,046 1
1965 1,894,974,284 2.13 % 37,986,647 -9 19.8 5.80 61 15.8 % 298,616,710 62.4 % 3,339,583,597 1
1960 1,705,041,051 1.94 % 31,199,831 331,765 20.7 5.59 55 21.1 % 360,171,131 61.5 % 3,034,949,748 1
1955 1,549,041,895 1.97 % 28,826,575 198,750 21.3 5.83 50 19.3 % 298,616,710 61.1 % 2,773,019,936 1

Source: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division provided an in-depth analysis of data in their report titled “World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision” using the medium-fertility variant. 

Asian Population Future Forecast

Year Population Annual %
Change
Annual
Change
Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban
Pop. %
Urban Population Asia’s
Share of
World Pop.
World Population Asia
Rank
2020 4,641,054,775 0.92 % 41,515,883 -1,729,112 32.0 2.15 150 46.3 % 2,147,483,647 62.9 % 7,794,798,739 1
2025 4,822,629,455 0.77 % 36,314,936 -1,337,463 33.7 2.18 155 44.5 % 2,147,483,647 61.9 % 8,184,437,460 1
2030 4,974,091,861 0.62 % 30,292,481 -1,596,190 35.2 2.22 160 43.2 % 2,147,483,647 60.8 % 8,548,487,400 1
2035 5,096,362,035 0.49 % 24,454,035 -1,685,399 36.5 2.24 164 42.1 % 2,147,483,647 57.3 % 8,887,524,213 1
2040 5,188,948,607 0.36 % 18,517,314 -1,695,316 37.7 2.25 167 41.4 % 2,147,483,647 58.4 % 9,198,847,240 1
2045 5,253,195,095 0.25 % 12,849,298 -1,694,328 38.8 2.27 169 40.9 % 2,147,483,647 57.1 % 9,481,803,274 1
2050 5,290,263,118 0.14 % 7,413,605 -1,688,684 39.9 2.30 170 40.6 % 2,147,483,647 55.8 % 9,735,033,990 1

Source: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division provided an in-depth analysis of data in their report titled “World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision” using the medium-fertility variant. 

Understanding the Demographics of Asia: Key Terms Explained

Year

The term “year” refers to the period from July 1 of the year indicated. This period is used as a reference point for all demographic data related to Asia.

Population

The population refers to the overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the region as of July 1 of the year indicated. This data is estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division using the World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.

Yearly (Annual) % Change

The yearly % change is the percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) for the year 2019. For all other years, the latest year’s annual percentage change is equivalent to assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five-year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly (Annual) Change

The yearly change refers to the absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in a number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) for the year 2019. For all other years, it is the average annual numerical change over the preceding five-year period.

Migrants (net)

Migrants (net) refer to the average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five-year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five-year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age

The median age is the age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate

The fertility rate (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR) is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the countries within Asia, assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²)

Density (P/Km²) refers to the population density or the population per square kilometer (Km²) in a given region.

Urban Pop %

The urban pop % is the percentage of the urban population in relation to the total population in a given region.

Urban Population

The urban population refers to the population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Asia’s Share of World Pop

Asia’s share of world pop refers to the total population of Asia as a percentage of the total world population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population

The world population refers to the total population of the world as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank

The global rank is the position held by Asia in the list of all regions worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

By understanding these key terms, one can gain a deeper understanding of the demographics of Asia and how they relate to the rest of the world.

 

 

 

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