Africa Population (LIVE)

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Africa Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

Subregions in Africa

AreaPopulation (2017)
Eastern Africa(416,676,295)
Western Africa(372,551,411)
Northern Africa(232,186,119)
Middle Africa(161,236,615)
Southern Africa(63,854,425)
  • The current population of Africa is 1,238,405,962 as of Wednesday, March 29, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Africa population is equivalent to 16.36% of the total world population.
  • Africa ranks number 2 among regions of the world (roughly equivalent to "continents"), ordered by population.
  • The population density in Africa is 42 per Km2 (106 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 29,661,703 Km2 (11,452,443 sq. miles)
  • 40.5 % of the population is urban (505,429,407 people in 2017)
  • The median age in Africa is 19.5 years.

Population of Africa (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationAfrica's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationAfrica
Rank
2017 1,246,504,865 2.5 % 30,375,050 -461,633 19.5 4.65 42 40.5 % 505,429,407 16.59 % 7,515,284,153 2
2016 1,216,129,815 2.53 % 29,951,533 -461,633 19.5 4.65 41 40.2 % 488,296,186 16.36 % 7,432,663,275 2
2015 1,186,178,282 2.58 % 28,414,284 -580,000 19 4.71 40 39.8 % 471,602,315 17.12 % 7,349,472,099 2
2010 1,044,106,862 2.56 % 24,773,583 -362,700 19 4.89 35 37.8 % 394,940,213 16.01 % 6,929,725,043 2
2005 920,238,945 2.48 % 21,235,159 -316,100 19 5.1 31 35.9 % 330,741,711 15.02 % 6,519,635,850 2
2000 814,063,149 2.47 % 18,729,353 -506,900 18 5.35 28 34.2 % 278,769,840 14.19 % 6,126,622,121 2
1995 720,416,386 2.67 % 17,760,416 67,500 18 5.73 24 32.9 % 236,904,267 13.57 % 5,735,123,084 3
1990 631,614,304 2.8 % 16,317,316 -369,400 18 6.2 21 31.2 % 196,923,274 13.02 % 5,309,667,699 3
1985 550,027,726 2.85 % 14,412,519 -419,700 18 6.48 19 28.9 % 158,900,967 12.39 % 4,852,540,569 3
1980 477,965,129 2.79 % 12,294,945 -405,300 18 6.62 16 26.7 % 127,772,173 11.77 % 4,439,632,465 3
1975 416,490,405 2.64 % 10,172,901 -454,000 18 6.67 14 24.7 % 102,894,484 11.31 % 4,061,399,228 3
1970 365,625,902 2.57 % 8,725,332 -195,700 18 6.67 12 22.6 % 82,640,484 11 % 3,682,487,691 3
1965 321,999,242 2.48 % 7,422,419 -116,300 19 6.6 9 12.7 % 40,962,571 10.67 % 3,322,495,121 3
1960 284,887,148 2.32 % 6,184,790 -114,300 19 6.64 10 18.6 % 53,044,540 10.33 % 3,018,343,828 3
1955 253,963,199 2.1 % 5,012,295 -116,300 19 6.6 9 16.1 % 40,962,571 10.06 % 2,758,314,525 3
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Africa Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationAfrica's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationAfrica
Rank
2020 1,340,103,338 2.47 % 30,785,011 -461,600 20 4.41 45 41.8 % 559,506,598 18.23 % 7,758,156,792 2
2025 1,504,213,342 2.34 % 32,822,001 -460,600 20 4.14 51 43.8 % 658,813,697 19.39 % 8,141,661,007 2
2030 1,679,301,149 2.23 % 35,017,561 -467,500 21 3.89 57 45.9 % 770,067,953 20.63 % 8,500,766,052 2
2035 1,865,921,620 2.13 % 37,324,094 -473,400 22 3.66 63 47.9 % 893,399,441 21.11 % 8,838,907,877 2
2040 2,063,029,912 2.03 % 39,421,658 -475,300 23 3.46 70 49.9 % 1,029,050,896 23.34 % 9,157,233,976 2
2045 2,267,855,869 1.91 % 40,965,191 -476,200 24 3.27 77 51.9 % 1,177,787,243 24.77 % 9,453,891,780 2
2050 2,477,536,324 1.78 % 41,936,091 -477,200 25 3.11 84 54 % 1,338,565,979 26.21 % 9,725,147,994 2
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Notes

The Africa Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Africa delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Africa (1950 - 2017) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2017.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2017. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the region as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.

Yearly % Change: For 2017: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2017: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the countries within Africa, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Africa's Share of World Pop: Total population as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Africa in the list of all regions worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

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