- Matt Rosenberg
- 2 min
- Geography Expert
- 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.
There are seven continents in the world: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America. However, depending on where you live, you may have learned that there are five, six, or even four continents. This is because there is no official criteria for determining continents.
However, in the list of continents, we had to place Russia in one continent or the other, so we placed it in Europe, following the United Nations classification. About 75% of the Russian population lives in the European continent. On the other hand, 75% of Russian territory is located in Asia. Which continent does Hawaii belong to? None.
World's continents ranked by area. Continents by Area . Here are the seven continents of the world ordered by size.
Jan 28, 2021 · Antarctica’s surface area is almost 1.5 times that of the United States. It is roughly the size of the US (9.8 mil. km 2) and India (3.3 km 2) combined. Russia (17.1 mil. km 2) is the only country larger than Antarctica. It is worth noting that Antarctica is the 5th largest continent by area but the least inhabited region.
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