MOST POPULOUS STATES, PROVINCES AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS IN THE WORLD
California may have a lot of people, but worldwide, it only ranks #32 among most populous states, provinces and similar administrative divisions. All of the top 10 are in Asia; the largest outside of Asia is São Paulo, Brazil. Uttar Pradesh (in Northern India) is so populous that if it were its own country, it would rank #6 among most populous countries in the world!
1. Uttar Pradesh, India
2. Maharashtra, India
3. Guangdong, China
4. Shandong, China
5. Henan, China
6. Bihar, India
7. Punjab, Pakistan
8. Sichuan, China
9. West Bengal, India
10. Jiangsu, China
Data Sources for Population: Various. Note that the population for Uttar Pradesh, India is a 2008 estimate, while the other Indian states are from the 2001 census.
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