Historical population of the continents 10,000BCE-2000CE

This graphic shows the estimated population of the world from the point where scientists can reasonably predict the total number of homo sapiens in 10,000BCE, until the year 2000CE*. From the data we can see that Asia has consistently been the most populated continent (not including the Middle East and CIS areas, most of which would be included in the majority of modern 'Asia' statistics), and the least populated continent has mostly been Oceania, although it was more heavily populated than other areas, such as North America, in very early times. We can also see dips in population between 1100CE and 1500CE in Eurasia, due to a number of plagues and epidemics that swept across the area, and also between 1500CE and 1900CE in the Americas, as a result of European arrival in the continent, where the population of Latin America took almost four centuries to reach it's pre-1500CE level again. In more recent times we can see that increased urbanization and scientific/medical advances have contributed to massive population growth across the world, particularly in Asia, The Americas and Europe, and then later in Africa, which now has the fastest growth rate out of all the continents.

The estimated population of each continent from 10,000BCE until 2000CE

YearNorth AmericaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaCommonwealth of Independent StatesMiddle EastAsiaOceania
2000315,552523,211518,664818,847281,719241,7843,419,03226,024
1950171,555167,747398,657222,945177,16759,7881,335,74511,273
190081,73166,092300,365140,755120,82237,195902,2075,265
185026,21434,345208,429102,93266,75928,522794,1191,361
18007,33120,116149,01885,58945,61324,568656,800783
17503,65415,586122,39482,67733,54922,848532,260695
17001,22712,25998,18280,20923,01521,253366,370651
16009848,80886,30472,81519,49521,594343,376579
15002,10039,22068,42362,20715,94717,726255,241505
14001,93136,13750,94757,88012,81516,607213,026432
13001,74233,12769,47953,53212,81218,618202,672421
12001,60230,16350,55347,74312,13119,271231,209408
11001,44027,23538,06044,3198,94018,175214,043395
10001,32524,32932,26041,4656,69220,204168,382383
9001,20321,70329,19737,1266,35321,195151,598372
8001,08019,09026,1503,2916,01520,059134,817362
7001,02717,99823,91328,1856,20919,164128,983356
60097716,97321,85924,4466,44018,273123,325351
50092916,01125,85822,3076,88117,862120,236346
40088415,10529,71820,6777,36617,555117,263342
30084114,25331,16519,3157,72917,288114,387338
20080031,45132,61718,2708,14617,097111,595334
10076212,69530,97916,6278,62215,922109,162331
072511,98229,33115,1869,16214,805106,722327
1000 BCE5407,58016,7279,2646,10810,14664,400302
2000 BCE4024,85110,2976,2604,0727,03438,914284
3000 BCE3003,1646,5584,1482,7154,24623,417273
4000 BCE2232,0934,4472,3521,8101,89614,284265
5000 BCE1671,4053,0671,5171,2071,6688,629260
6000 BCE1259672,1341,0328048115,332257
7000 BCE936801,4997085364763,316255
8000 BCE704891,0624903573362,079253
9000 BCE523637593432382411,317252
10000 BCE39278548242159176738251
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Source

Release date

2007

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

10000BCE to 2000CE

Supplementary notes

*Data beyond 2000CE is inconsistent as the studies use different geographical boundaries

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