People on the Internet Surpasses 1 Billion Now

Internet People

People on the Internet surpassed one billion in December, according to comScore. The actual number is probably higher than that according to, Internet World Stats which counted almost 1.5 billion Web surfers worldwide as of June 30, 2008. Between 15 and 22 percent of the world’s population is on the Internet. The world has along way to go.

Using the comScore numbers, here is the breakdown by country and region (in unique visitors as of December, 2008; some of the numbers are rounded):

Top 15 countries, by Internet population:

1. China: 179.7 million
2. United States: 163.3 million
3. Japan: 60.0 million
4. Germany: 37.0 million
5. United Kingdom: 36.7 million
6. France: 34.0 million
7. India: 32.1 million
8. Russia: 29.0 million
9. Brazil: 27.7 million
10. South Korea: 27.3 million
11. Canada: 21.8 million
12. Italy: 20.8 million
13. Spain: 17.9 million
14. Mexico: 12.5 million
15. Netherlands: 11.8 million

Worldwide Internet Audience

* Asia Pacific: 416 million (41.3%)
* Europe: 283 million (28.0%)
* North America: 185 million (18.4%)
* Latin America: 75 million (7.4%)
* Middle East & Africa: 49 million (4.8%)