7 Continents Ranked by Size and Population

Artistic picture of Africa
Artistic picture of Africa


  1. Asia, the Largest Continent: 17,139,445 Square Miles (44,391,162 Square Km)

Being the largest in square miles by a big margin also puts Asia at an advantage population-wise, having 4,436,224,000 of the world’s population of 7.6 billion.


  1. Africa: 11,677,239 Square Miles (30,244,049 Square Km)

Its population is estimated at 1,216,130,000; it and Asia are forecast to be the highest areas of world population growth in the coming decades as well.

Africa is home to the longest river in the world, the Nile. It stretches 4,258 miles from Sudan to the Mediterranean Sea.


  1. North America: 9,361,791 Square Miles (24,247,039 Square Km)

North America is third in area, but it’s fourth on the list in population with 579,024,000 people.

North America boasts Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. The Superior lake covers more than 31,700 square miles between the United States and Canada.


  1. South America: 6,880,706 Square Miles (17,821,029 Square Km)

The fourth largest continent, South America, is fifth on the world population list, with 422,535,000 people living there. South America has the longest mountain range in the world.


  1. Antarctica: About 5,500,000 Square Miles (14,245,000 Square Km)

Up to 4,000 researchers and personnel live there in the summer and 1,000 in the winter.


  1. Europe: 3,997,929 Square Miles (10,354,636 Square Km)

Europe has a population of 738,849,00 people. Europe lays claim to the largest and smallest nations in the world.


  1. Australia: 2,967,909 Square Miles (7,686,884 Square Km

Only about 10 percent of the continent is habitable. The majority of the population, at 24,601.86, live in the urban areas on the coasts.


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