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Countries with the Highest Population Under Age 15

Name the top 20 countries with the highest total population ages 0–14 years.
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Overall population as of 16 June 2023 as per our population reference
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Last updated: June 17, 2023
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%
Total
Country
26
371 mil
India
18
258 mil
China
43
96 mil
Nigeria
37
89 mil
Pakistan
25
69 mil
Indonesia
18
62 mil
United States
40
51 mil
Ethiopia
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Total
Country
47
48 mil
D.R. Congo
21
45 mil
Brazil
26
45 mil
Bangladesh
33
37 mil
Egypt
31
36 mil
Philippines
25
32 mil
Mexico
44
30 mil
Tanzania
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Total
Country
18
26 mil
Russia
23
23 mil
Vietnam
45
22 mil
Uganda
24
21 mil
Iran
38
21 mil
Kenya
23
20 mil
Turkey
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Level 83
Dec 6, 2014
It would be interesting to see countries with highest percentage of population under 15.
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Level 75
Dec 7, 2014
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Level 75
Jan 30, 2015
SPOILER ALERT: the answers to that quiz are all laid out in the next comment!
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Level 82
Jan 30, 2015
Not that interesting or surprising really. Just another "name every subSaharan African country you can think of + Afghanistan" quiz. Only surprise is East Timor.
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Level 27
Jan 30, 2015
You mean Pakistan
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Level 82
Jan 30, 2015
No... I mean Afghanistan. When you're looking at countries with extremely low development, high mortality rates, high poverty, etc... almost all of them are sub-Saharan African countries. But Afghanistan always makes the list, usually in the top 5 or top 10. They stand far apart from the rest of Asia. and they are on the quiz that I was talking about. On THIS quiz, Pakistan only makes the cut because there are so many people living in Pakistan.
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Level 82
Dec 25, 2018
What: I was talking about kitshef's hypothetical quiz not this quiz.
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Level 50
Jan 31, 2015
You can also try this one http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/34703/youngest-countries-in-the-world :)
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Level 50
Apr 21, 2022
I thought the title read this.... ended up with only 9 haha
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Level 62
Jan 30, 2015
Russia?! I thought they had a phenomenally low birthrate. How do they chart?
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Level 67
Jan 30, 2015
At 16% Russia is even lower than China with the one child policy. Note that another population giant Japan does not even make the list.
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Level 38
Jan 30, 2015
Yes, Japanese birth rates are under death rates, and have been for I think 5-6 years or so.
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Level 84
Nov 22, 2016
They chart based on pure size, not percentage. There are still a lot of people living in Russia!
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Level 74
Jan 30, 2015
Great idea for a quiz!
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Level 56
Jan 30, 2015
These are my favorite kinds of quizzes! Keep it up! Thanks quizmaster
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Level 65
Dec 25, 2015
ahem, cuotak
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Level 60
Aug 11, 2016
Why does Uganda's % have an ! after 48? Is that on purpose?
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Level 70
Nov 22, 2016
I think it's to add to the shock value, (Uganda is actually expected to become one of the most populated countries by 2050, due to its amazingly high birth rates).
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Level 66
Jan 9, 2019
Yeah, 1.24*10^61% seems a bit too high.
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Level 75
May 7, 2021
Reading these comments is depressing. It's Malthus as unchallenged god. A quick search (can't vouch for the precision) shows me a population density of 181 people per km2 in Western Europe. 45 in Africa. Now, go ahead: ignore history, ignore demography, and engage in complicated calculus to tell us all how this is totally different, that this is unprecedented, that it is somehow reducible to religion and culture (do you prefer race and/or civilization?), that nothing will change, and that the population crisis is the greatest ecological, political, and economic threat of our time.
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Level 76
Nov 4, 2021
Exactly; it's do as I say, not as I do.

Very convenient for the bloated gluttons of the West to blame the crises caused by their over-consumption on the least-resource-using populations on the planet.

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Level ∞
Jun 17, 2023
Let me guess. You are typing this from a hut in Africa.
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Level 66
Nov 22, 2016
Got Kenya with 1 second on the clock.
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Level 51
Nov 22, 2016
Uganda at 48%? Wow!
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Level 82
Nov 22, 2016
hm. I thought Yemen and Afghanistan would be on here for sure.
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Level 82
Nov 22, 2016
oh nevermind. Total population. That's why. I forgot I took this before.
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Level 60
Nov 22, 2016
Forgot the US purely by forgetting just how huge the US population is.
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Level 73
Nov 22, 2016
USA... China... India... gueessssss all the countries....
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Level 56
Nov 22, 2016
Uganda seems to have an exclamation mark in their "percent" hint box
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Level 65
Nov 22, 2016
because it's so wildly huge, almost 50 percent! within the next 100 years, it's expected to be of the 10 most populous countries!!
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Level 70
Sep 9, 2017
😜
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Level 80
Feb 21, 2018
Jesus 48% of the population? Give these people some condoms.
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Level 88
Aug 4, 2018
It’ll take 10 generations or more to realise that having lots of sons is not a good ‘pension scheme’ when they are all starving too.
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Level 83
Dec 26, 2018
That's not how it tends to work with birth rates, though, because the higher the infant mortality rate, or mortality rate in general, the more children people tend to have, in the hope of a few surviving.
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Level ∞
Jun 17, 2023
That's mostly nonsense, though. Infant mortality in Uganda is less than 4%. So if you have 6 children and 4% die that leaves you with 5.76 children.

But in any case, Uganda's fertility rate is declining rapidly.

There are fewer and fewer countries with high birth rates. Arguably, the bigger concern at this point is countries whose birth rates are too low.

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Level 65
Jan 9, 2019
This is due in part to the AIDS epidemic, as well. Although that's another reason for condoms.
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Level 65
Jun 1, 2022
Condoms are not great at stopping most STDs, including AIDS despite what government-run health departments say.
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Level ∞
Jun 17, 2023
Birth rates were high long before AIDS. In fact, during the AIDS epidemic, birth rates in Africa fell considerably.
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Level 70
Aug 5, 2018
Very good quiz 😜. Good idea
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Level 66
Jan 3, 2019
Shocking! There is not a single country in Europe (only two eurasian countries)
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Level 72
Jan 9, 2019
48! is quite a large number...
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Level 74
Jan 9, 2019
This is just "most populous countries in the world" quiz basically.
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Level 67
Jan 29, 2023
Uganda but no Japan though. African nations are quite important in this quiz.
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Level 84
Jan 9, 2019
Hey, look! It's another spam the most populous countries quiz!
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Level 60
Jan 9, 2019
Anyone else notice 48 factorial with Uganda. (i know it's on purpose)
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Level 55
Jan 9, 2019
"48!" is a BIG number
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Level 48
May 9, 2019
millenials!!
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2020
Generation Z actually.
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2020
Didn't pay attention to the quiz parameters. I was thinking it was highest percentage of population, not just raw numbers. Explains why I was missing so many 🤦‍♀️
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Level 82
Jan 12, 2020
The numbers in this quiz don't match up. It says 21 million Ugandans are under 15, but 48!% implies that the total number of Ugandans under 15 is 5.32 x 10^68 or approximately 67,778,398,300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (67.8 octodecillion) times the population of the world. Which points to some strange stuff happening in Uganda. Maybe some sort of overlap of multiple universes or something?
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Level 71
Jan 12, 2020
'Findlay' is awarded the 'Golden Nitpick' award for Jan. 2020 ....... for working out figures for a typo that everyone knows is an exclamation ! mark.
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Level 66
Aug 19, 2020
Why is there an exclamation mark in the box that says 48?
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Level 89
Jun 1, 2022
The surprise factor. Uganda's population is rising.
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Level 62
May 7, 2021
Wow, Uganda have 2.59*10^59 percent of their population between 10-14.

It says 47! instead of 47.

47! = 47*46*45*....*3*2*1 = 2.59*10^59

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Level 31
Jun 3, 2022
2.59*10^59! Wow!

That is a ridiculously absurd number at least 10 times the exponential double of the current world population!

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Level 58
May 7, 2021
Nice Quiz, but I feel like it should rank the countries by the percentage of young people instead of the absolute number.

China and India would still be on this list even if only 5% of their population was under 15 years of age.

P.S. Nevermind, found the percentage-version of the quiz

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Level 53
May 7, 2021
so kpop just exists for nogood reason then
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Level 65
Jun 1, 2022
...what
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Level 54
May 9, 2021
47 factorial percent of Uganda's population are children?
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Level 40
Feb 19, 2022
The own question answers itself
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Level 50
May 9, 2021
I missed Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. The same as most other people missed.
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Level 92
Dec 23, 2021
pedantic comments about the factorial sign on Uganda aside, do we still need it if it comes down to 46 as that would be matching DRC, or should we recognise that DRC is also just as high with a !?
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Level 64
Mar 15, 2022
Wot, no Vatican for once on a country quiz?
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Level 54
May 24, 2022
damn, uganda with 2.5862324e+59% under 15
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Level 31
Jun 6, 2022
For the United States, it's actually 1/6% of total population as of 2022
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Level 60
Dec 20, 2022
BREAKING NEWS: 258 623 241 511 168 180 642 964 355 153 611 979 969 197 632 389 120 000 000 000% of Uganda is now under the age of 15.
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Level 60
Feb 18, 2023
14/20
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2023
What's the cause, and what's the solution?

I assume fertilizer, foreign aid, and boredom?

And I'd guess the way to discourage reproduction is to give everyone a smartphone, offer sterilization and prophylactics? And stop giving them food?

I guess, according to the FAO, 45 countries needed food aid in Q4 2022.

33 are in Africa, so I won't list those.

Bangladesh, Pakistan, DPRK, etc.

Why support these countries having children they'll never be able to feed or care for? At what point is is cruel, as they make the top 20 list?

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Level 67
Mar 2, 2023
The short answer to the first question is girls' education
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Level 67
Aug 21, 2023
Got Turkey with like 13 seconds remaining