In terms of population, India has surpassed China, according to UN statistics made public on Wednesday. The UN’s Global Population dashboard stated that India’s population has topped 1.428 billion, almost edging out China’s 1.425 billion citizens.
A recent UNFPA research states that 25% of India’s population is under the age of 14, 18% is between the ages of 10 and 19, 26% is between the ages of 10 and 24, and 68% is between the ages of 15 and 64 years.
According to estimates from several organizations, India’s population would continue to grow for about three decades before reaching a peak of 165 crore, at which point it will begin to decline.
The United States is a distant third, with an estimated population of 340 million, the data showed in a report that reflects information available until February.
Population experts using previous data from the UN have projected India would surpass China this month, but the global body’s latest report did not specify a date.
UN population officials have said it was not possible to specify a date because of uncertainty about the data from India and China, as India’s last census was held in 2011 and the next, due in 2021, was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although both nations will account for more than a third of the estimated global population of 8.045 billion, population growth in both has been slowing, albeit much faster in China than India.