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- Asia, the Largest Continent. Asia is by far the largest continent in the world, spanning 17.2 million square miles (44.6 million square kilometers). Being the largest geographically also puts Asia at an advantage population-wise, as having 4.6 billion of the world's 7.7 billion-person population.
- Africa. Africa is No. 2 on both lists: population and size. In area, it spans 11.6 million square miles (30 million square kilometers). Its population is estimated at 1.3 billion.
- North America. North America is where area and population diverge in their rankings because this continent's population is not growing as fast as Asia's.
- South America. South America is the fourth-largest continent, spanning 6.9 million square miles (17.8 million square kilometers). It is fifth on the world population list, with 431 million people living there.
Here are the seven continents of the world ordered by size. Rank. Continent. Square. Kilometers. Square. Miles. 1. Asia.
Jun 03, 2021 · Asia is by far the largest continent in the world, spanning 17.2 million square miles (44.6 million square kilometers). Being the largest geographically also puts Asia at an advantage population-wise, as having 4.6 billion of the world’s 7.7 billion-person population. And these aren’t the only superlatives of this continent.
The criterion "large" leads to arbitrary classification: Greenland, with a surface area of 2,166,086 square kilometres (836,330 sq mi), is only considered the world's largest island, while Australia, at 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), is deemed the smallest continent.
Biggest Continent to Smallest Continent by Land Area / Mass The largest continent by land area is Asia with 43,800,000 (km2) and represents more than 29% of the total land area on planet earth. The smallest continent by land area is Australia with 9,008,000 (km2) which represents just 6% of the total land area in the world.