Central America Population (LIVE)

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Central America Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

Countries in Central America

CountryPopulation (2017)
Mexico(129,163,276)
Guatemala(16,913,503)
Honduras(9,265,067)
El Salvador(6,377,853)
Nicaragua(6,217,581)
Costa Rica(4,905,769)
Panama(4,098,587)
Belize(374,681)
  • The current population of Central America is 178,192,793 as of Saturday, November 18, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Central America population is equivalent to 2.35% of the total world population.
  • Central America ranks number 2 in Latin America and the Caribbean among subregions ranked by Population.
  • The population density in Central America is 72 per Km2 (187 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 2,452,270 Km2 (946,826 sq. miles)
  • 74 % of the population is urban (131,129,010 people in 2017).
  • The median age in Central America is 26.9 years.

Population of Central America (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCentral America's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationCentral America
Rank within
Latin America and the Caribbean
2017 177,316,317 1.33 % 2,327,561 -122,889 26.9 2.34 72 74 % 131,129,010 2.4 % 7,550,262,101 2
2016 174,988,756 1.36 % 2,353,647 -122,889 26.9 2.34 71 73.7 % 129,002,961 2.3 % 7,466,964,280 2
2015 172,635,109 1.46 % 2,415,703 -137,000 26.6 2.38 70 73.5 % 126,854,204 2.5 % 7,383,008,820 2
2010 160,556,595 1.61 % 2,469,007 -152,700 24.9 2.54 65 72.2 % 115,973,251 2.5 % 6,958,169,159 2
2005 148,211,558 1.44 % 2,043,866 -731,500 23.4 2.80 60 71.3 % 105,726,392 2.4 % 6,542,159,383 2
2000 137,992,226 1.7 % 2,229,629 -636,500 22.0 3.09 56 69.7 % 96,144,181 2.4 % 6,145,006,989 2
1995 126,844,081 2.03 % 2,422,592 -414,300 20.6 3.50 52 67.7 % 85,887,912 2.4 % 5,751,474,416 2
1990 114,731,120 2.06 % 2,220,357 -512,800 19.2 3.99 47 65.3 % 74,880,389 2.4 % 5,330,943,460 2
1985 103,629,337 2.26 % 2,192,813 -441,000 18.1 4.60 42 62.8 % 65,085,010 2.3 % 4,873,781,796 2
1980 92,665,273 2.63 % 2,257,148 -345,800 17.3 5.49 38 60.8 % 56,321,824 2.3 % 4,458,411,534 2
1975 81,379,531 3.08 % 2,290,836 -244,600 16.8 6.55 33 57.6 % 46,895,823 2.2 % 4,079,087,198 2
1970 69,925,350 3.07 % 1,963,144 -154,700 16.7 6.68 29 54.4 % 38,073,978 2.1 % 3,700,577,650 2
1965 60,109,628 3.13 % 1,718,102 -58,000 17.9 6.76 25 31.6 % 18,995,642 2.0 % 3,339,592,688 2
1960 51,519,119 3.15 % 1,479,883 -73,800 17.1 6.81 21 46.8 % 24,114,740 1.9 % 3,033,212,527 2
1955 44,119,706 3 % 1,212,500 -58,000 17.9 6.76 18 43.1 % 18,995,642 1.7 % 2,772,242,535 2
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Central America Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCentral America's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationCentral America
Rank within
Latin America and the Caribbean
2020 184,127,254 1.3 % 2,298,429 -122,900 28.3 2.22 75 74.6 % 137,422,764 2.5 % 7,795,482,309 2
2025 194,811,929 1.13 % 2,136,935 -107,000 30.2 2.08 79 75.8 % 147,690,335 2.5 % 8,185,613,757 2
2030 204,496,472 0.98 % 1,936,909 -89,400 32.1 1.97 83 76.9 % 157,341,379 2.5 % 8,551,198,644 2
2035 213,028,550 0.82 % 1,706,416 -88,700 34.1 1.89 87 78 % 166,145,989 2.4 % 8,892,701,940 2
2040 220,399,238 0.68 % 1,474,138 -84,000 36.0 1.83 90 79 % 174,048,837 2.5 % 9,210,337,004 2
2045 226,589,703 0.56 % 1,238,093 -82,700 37.8 1.80 92 79.9 % 181,070,744 2.5 % 9,504,209,572 2
2050 231,562,992 0.44 % 994,658 -82,200 39.5 1.77 94 80.8 % 187,157,976 2.4 % 9,771,822,753 2
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Notes

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

The Population of Central America (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 sub-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 2017 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 Central America, 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.

Central America'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.

Rank within Latin America and the Caribbean: Position held by Central America in the list of all regions within Latin America and the Caribbean ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

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