Population of EU and US States Visualized

Feb 27, 2018
Chart of EU and US State Populations

The chart above shows the population of EU and US states.  The European Union has both the most and least populous states amongst the two superstates.


  • The difference between the state with the largest population, Germany, and the state with the smallest, Malta, is 81,338,632 people.
  • Germany has 198 times the number of people that Malta does.
  • Nineteen (out of 78) states have over 10 million people.
  • Half the states have more than 5.33 million people and the other half less than 5.33 million.
  • The mean is 10,477,025 and the median 5,339,600.


  • US data is from 2010; EU data is from 2011.
  • US and EU date are from two different sources.


Only California registers a difference of greater than 33% from the state that ranks just under it in population.

The top eight states (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Poland, California, and Texas) account for half the combined population of the EU and the US.


Eurostat.  2017.  "Data Explorer."  Accessed December 11, 2017.  http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=urb_lpop1&lang=en.

United States Census Bureau.  "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016."  Accessed December 12, 2017.  http://factfinder2.census.gov.