India is the country that has the most post offices, with a total of about 55,015 post offices as of 2009, according to figures from the India Department of Posts. The number of post offices in India is nearly triple the amount that China has, even though China has a larger population - 1.37 billion compared to India’s 1.27 billion, as of 2013.
India’s postal network is comprised of about 90% rural offices. The average office covers service for 8.19 square miles (21.21 sq km) and about 7,175 people. Prior to India’s independence in 1947, most post offices were located in cities; however, they have since expanded their postal system by over seven times its original size.
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