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What is the most populated continent?

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The most populated continent on Earth is Asia. The rest of the continents, ordered by population, are Africa, the Americas (if considered together), Europe, Australia and Antarctica.

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Asia has the largest population in the world at approximately 4.2 billion people, which makes up more than half of the approximately 7 billion people on the planet. Asia contains both of the two most populated countries: China and India. China has a population of over 1.3 billion people, while India has a population of about 1.2 billion. The next biggest country in the world is the United States, which has a considerably lower population of just over 300 million people.

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