World Population by Country in 1972

In 1972, the world reached a total population of 3,844,800,885 and ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina was the most populous country that year, with a total of 862,840,403 people. Followed by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia, with the second largest population globally of 582,837,973 people in total. The country with the lowest population count for the year was ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆHoly See with only 749 people.

The geographic region with the largest population in 1972 was Asia with a total population of 2,246,224,553 people, closely followed by Africa with a population of 384,930,392, and Latin America and the Caribbean with a population of 300,799,282 people recorded for the year.

When devided into sub-subregions we can see that Eastern Asia had the largest populous of 1,042,164,274 people on record. Followed by Southern Asia with a population of 782,509,366, and South-Eastern Asia with 294,434,640 people in the sub-region.

If we devide the global population into income groups we can see that Middle-income countries had the largest population with a total of 2,751,902,778 people. While the lowest population for 1972 was found in No income group available with a population of 12,213,642 people in that segment.

Countries with the Largest Population in 1972

Country Population Overall Population Change +/-
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณChina 862,840,403 19,102,552
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณIndia 582,837,973 13,072,965
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUnited States of America 205,238,390 2,189,930
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บRussian Federation 131,456,435 746,906
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉIndonesia 121,504,146 3,178,625
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตJapan 108,220,404 1,452,409
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทBrazil 101,194,394 2,450,127
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชGermany 78,643,556 73,578
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉBangladesh 69,346,705 1,779,783
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐPakistan 62,509,565 1,735,315
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌNigeria 58,173,834 1,385,125
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUnited Kingdom 56,057,315 133,939
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นItaly 53,995,422 401,352
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝMexico 53,543,436 1,665,196
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทFrance 51,410,363 432,179
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆUkraine 47,974,187 361,201
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณViet Nam 43,906,019 928,444
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญPhilippines 39,412,479 994,402
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญThailand 37,834,384 1,038,614
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทTรผrkiye 37,188,035 835,459
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌEgypt 36,330,768 786,913
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธSpain 34,515,170 389,821
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ทRepublic of Korea 33,976,851 691,083
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑPoland 32,979,398 284,612
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทIran (Islamic Republic of) 30,111,574 848,220
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡นEthiopia 29,891,328 790,708
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒMyanmar 28,551,949 642,611
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ทArgentina 24,612,794 397,288
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆSouth Africa 23,698,507 675,596
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆCanada 22,222,221 264,956
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ดColombia 21,898,055 495,573
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉDemocratic Republic of the Congo 21,273,409 572,017
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดRomania 20,382,170 244,797
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆMorocco 16,081,438 406,079
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ตDem. People's Republic of Korea 15,768,363 395,718
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผChina, Taiwan Province of China 15,617,414 320,492
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟUnited Republic of Tanzania 14,595,699 520,714
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟAlgeria 14,439,748 337,465
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ชPeru 14,292,437 382,330
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑNetherlands 13,324,176 130,366
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บAustralia 13,300,308 217,589
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ตNepal 13,052,220 281,843
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐSri Lanka 12,914,457 257,216
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟUzbekistan 12,733,242 369,294
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟKazakhstan 12,611,997 174,920
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ชKenya 12,322,902 432,299
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ชVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 12,061,622 359,061
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉSudan 12,057,260 396,052
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซAfghanistan 11,286,752 281,195
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌUganda 10,885,562 251,441
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พMalaysia 10,801,619 253,922
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถIraq 10,507,315 358,962
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บHungary 10,376,617 34,136
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑChile 10,145,765 159,552
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟCzechia 9,851,276 41,573
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชBelgium 9,700,298 31,866
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญGhana 9,365,952 264,959
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พBelarus 9,303,940 66,529
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บCuba 9,169,288 135,313
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟMozambique 8,860,586 253,889
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡นPortugal 8,833,266 126,964
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌBulgaria 8,700,153 49,874
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ทGreece 8,616,668 44,513
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชSweden 8,117,716 41,807
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡นAustria 7,542,077 44,458
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธSerbia 7,296,102 58,731
๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ชYemen 7,215,835 197,196
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌMadagascar 7,051,090 214,374
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒCameroon 6,809,468 185,637
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พSyrian Arab Republic 6,768,544 233,389
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญCambodia 6,766,290 94,797
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆSaudi Arabia 6,724,260 347,649
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จEcuador 6,533,630 184,867
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ดAngola 6,364,732 206,669
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑMali 6,347,158 104,341
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญSwitzerland 6,261,153 54,222
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎCรดte d'Ivoire 5,979,984 270,167
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซBurkina Faso 5,805,283 100,114
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡นGuatemala 5,744,605 148,502
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟAzerbaijan 5,630,344 99,814
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผZimbabwe 5,532,842 174,341
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณTunisia 5,320,148 140,609
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐDenmark 4,981,078 29,015
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ชNiger 4,926,318 131,376
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ชGeorgia 4,870,399 33,178
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผMalawi 4,865,978 126,732
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡นHaiti 4,853,116 87,137
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ดBolivia (Plurinational State of) 4,793,804 106,846
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ดDominican Republic 4,724,801 125,506
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎFinland 4,639,831 27,392
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณSenegal 4,633,452 136,812
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐSlovakia 4,597,164 42,689
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ทCroatia 4,526,426 17,465
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒZambia 4,523,580 126,617
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณGuinea 4,372,212 73,426
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผRwanda 4,135,580 122,083
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐChina, Hong Kong SAR 4,128,334 105,573
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดNorway 3,933,047 30,558
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ดSomalia 3,918,220 102,151
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆBosnia and Herzegovina 3,901,895 42,082
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉChad 3,824,400 87,693
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ปEl Salvador 3,798,109 91,604
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉRepublic of Moldova 3,790,996 39,678
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎBurundi 3,579,194 -90,575
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธSouth Sudan 3,464,714 68,933
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡นLithuania 3,276,294 31,257
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏTajikistan 3,180,461 95,712
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌKyrgyzstan 3,157,564 68,068
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏBenin 3,156,408 69,666
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑIsrael 3,120,950 94,890
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชIreland 3,013,998 47,652
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณHonduras 2,956,020 90,471
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟNew Zealand 2,920,878 56,340
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑSierra Leone 2,886,642 55,225
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ทPuerto Rico 2,829,184 47,401
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พUruguay 2,821,086 15,627
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆLao People's Democratic Republic 2,808,290 68,572
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒArmenia 2,648,048 57,967
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌPapua New Guinea 2,610,700 61,670
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎNicaragua 2,603,182 73,511
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พParaguay 2,521,508 59,406
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡งLebanon 2,505,965 63,147
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑAlbania 2,455,172 65,417
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปLatvia 2,438,484 19,449
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌTogo 2,330,704 60,845
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒTurkmenistan 2,328,374 64,285
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซCentral African Republic 2,153,614 41,845
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌSingapore 2,131,565 37,266
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พLibya 2,012,796 58,510
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ทCosta Rica 1,955,547 50,125
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒJamaica 1,915,299 29,968
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎSlovenia 1,769,709 15,377
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ดJordan 1,704,787 64,190
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐNorth Macedonia 1,701,498 23,657
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆPanama 1,602,646 43,866
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ทLiberia 1,540,995 40,650
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌCongo 1,485,274 46,064
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ชEstonia 1,387,623 12,434
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณMongolia 1,363,835 37,183
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ทEritrea 1,340,838 35,137
๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐKosovo (under UNSC res. 1244) 1,300,787 34,669
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ทMauritania 1,191,376 35,488
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธState of Palestine 1,166,851 36,062
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธLesotho 1,097,242 37,828
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡นTrinidad and Tobago 1,013,031 13,424
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผKuwait 913,786 55,613
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บMauritius 854,036 11,340
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆNamibia 800,610 24,140
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พGuyana 721,994 7,913
๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒOman 708,045 19,808
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พCyprus 647,620 2,991
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผBotswana 626,602 27,963
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆGabon 622,290 12,723
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผGuinea-Bissau 595,950 6,974
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑTimor-Leste 574,014 10,114
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒGambia 560,554 16,599
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏFiji 547,918 9,623
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ชMontenegro 541,266 5,945
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ชRรฉunion 492,124 8,695
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟEswatini 467,512 12,859
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ทSuriname 397,530 -887
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ชUnited Arab Emirates 392,368 48,535
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บLuxembourg 346,080 4,022
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถMartinique 327,389 226
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ตGuadeloupe 320,960 904
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡นBhutan 319,128 10,471
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡นMalta 315,372 531
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถEquatorial Guinea 305,362 -7,120
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ปCabo Verde 296,818 2,321
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒComoros 256,187 7,327
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ดChina, Macao SAR 248,670 -985
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡งBarbados 243,458 1,174
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญBahrain 243,143 13,248
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธIceland 209,191 3,546
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธBahamas 189,182 4,511
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡งSolomon Islands 181,876 4,767
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏDjibouti 165,234 11,473
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผCuraรงao 153,235 1,042
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆQatar 148,338 15,312
๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธSamoa 147,332 2,259
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณBrunei Darussalam 143,886 5,152
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ปMaldives 130,990 3,953
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซFrench Polynesia 126,457 4,409
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟBelize 125,054 1,866
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จNew Caledonia 120,866 5,188
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จSaint Lucia 106,457 1,672
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จSaint Vincent and the Grenadines 100,842 1,113
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉGrenada 98,225 -327
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บGuam 92,815 2,308
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บVanuatu 92,687 2,948
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ดTonga 89,275 1,343
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡นSao Tome and Principe 80,835 1,598
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ญWestern Sahara 78,261 -508
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎUnited States Virgin Islands 70,894 3,743
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ชJersey 70,146 1,141
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒDominica 69,870 447
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌAntigua and Barbuda 64,694 -206
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒMicronesia (Fed. States of) 62,265 1,608
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎKiribati 59,606 1,055
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผAruba 58,856 391
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒIsle of Man 57,420 921
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จSeychelles 57,052 1,370
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌGuernsey 53,201 26
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒBermuda 52,743 173
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ซFrench Guiana 49,245 1,436
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑGreenland 47,246 747
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณSaint Kitts and Nevis 44,416 -162
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ดFaroe Islands 39,304 438
๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡นMayotte 37,806 1,296
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธAmerican Samoa 28,063 468
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎGibraltar 27,323 234
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญMarshall Islands 25,084 417
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จMonaco 24,889 248
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉAndorra 22,832 1,538
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎLiechtenstein 21,873 372
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐCook Islands 20,759 -541
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒSan Marino 18,575 364
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ตNorthern Mariana Islands 12,730 1,499
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผPalau 12,172 442
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พCayman Islands 11,778 668
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธMontserrat 11,444 31
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ถBonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba 10,156 206
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌBritish Virgin Islands 9,907 98
๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ซWallis and Futuna Islands 9,536 72
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฝSint Maarten (Dutch part) 7,226 505
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ทNauru 6,883 103
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎAnguilla 6,366 34
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ซSaint Martin (French part) 6,114 162
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ญSaint Helena 5,926 84
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡จTurks and Caicos Islands 5,896 168
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ปTuvalu 5,891 29
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฒSaint Pierre and Miquelon 5,726 92
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡บNiue 4,922 -189
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฑSaint Barthรฉlemy 2,462 25
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐFalkland Islands (Malvinas) 2,276 -1
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฐTokelau 1,628 -9
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆHoly See 749 -3

What was the world population in 1972?

In 1972, the world population was 3,844,800,885 according to data collected by individual countries and compiled by The United Nations.

Data Information

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Data Sources

The United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division)

UN Revision of World Population Prospects 2022

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