In 2000, the United States was the world’s third largest nation, with more than 281 million people.
China was more than four and a half times larger.
Here were the top 10 countries in population at the turn of the century:
China 1.3 billion
India 1 billion
United States 281 million
Indonesia 212 million
Brazil 170 million
Pakistan 150 million
Russia 145 million
Bangladesh 128 million
Japan 126 million
Nigeria 123 million
The United States has almost five times as many people as Great Britain, France, or Italy.
It has six times as many people as Canada.