South America Population (LIVE)

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

Countries in South America

CountryPopulation (2017)
Brazil(209,288,278)
Colombia(49,065,615)
Argentina(44,271,041)
Peru(32,165,485)
Venezuela(31,977,065)
Chile(18,054,726)
Ecuador(16,624,858)
Bolivia(11,051,600)
Paraguay(6,811,297)
Uruguay(3,456,750)
Guyana(777,859)
Suriname(563,402)
French Guiana(282,731)
Falkland Islands(2,910)
  • The current population of South America is 426,177,273 as of Monday, December 18, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • South America population is equivalent to 5.62% of the total world population.
  • South America ranks number 1 in Latin America and the Caribbean among subregions ranked by Population.
  • The population density in South America is 24 per Km2 (63 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 17,461,112 Km2 (6,741,770 sq. miles)
  • 83.4 % of the population is urban (354,076,086 people in 2017).
  • The median age in South America is 30.5 years.

Population of South America (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationSouth America's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth America
Rank within
Latin America and the Caribbean
2017 424,393,617 0.94 % 3,935,573 -89,889 30.5 2.01 24 83.4 % 354,076,086 5.6 % 7,550,262,101 1
2016 420,458,044 0.97 % 4,021,933 -89,889 30.5 2.01 24 83.2 % 349,875,213 5.6 % 7,466,964,280 1
2015 416,436,111 1.05 % 4,231,181 -114,000 30.1 2.03 24 83 % 345,611,127 6.0 % 7,383,008,820 1
2010 395,280,204 1.15 % 4,390,336 -208,500 28.3 2.13 23 81.9 % 323,567,117 6.0 % 6,958,169,159 1
2005 373,328,523 1.33 % 4,785,952 -254,200 26.5 2.35 21 80.7 % 301,248,363 6.1 % 6,542,159,383 1
2000 349,398,761 1.55 % 5,160,703 -219,000 24.8 2.64 20 79.2 % 276,586,184 6.1 % 6,145,006,989 1
1995 323,595,244 1.73 % 5,328,886 -138,800 23.6 2.92 19 76.5 % 247,493,158 6.1 % 5,751,474,416 1
1990 296,950,815 1.96 % 5,493,712 -112,200 22.5 3.30 17 73.8 % 219,144,771 6.1 % 5,330,943,460 1
1985 269,482,257 2.19 % 5,527,053 -117,000 21.5 3.80 15 70.7 % 190,428,543 6.0 % 4,873,781,796 1
1980 241,846,994 2.26 % 5,120,012 -190,600 20.6 4.24 14 67.2 % 162,478,688 5.9 % 4,458,411,534 1
1975 216,246,933 2.32 % 4,680,964 -100,400 19.9 4.60 12 63.3 % 136,909,315 5.8 % 4,079,087,198 1
1970 192,842,113 2.53 % 4,531,259 -86,700 19.2 5.22 11 59.4 % 114,503,780 5.8 % 3,700,577,650 1
1965 170,185,819 2.72 % 4,275,466 108,200 19.9 5.67 10 35.8 % 60,860,629 5.6 % 3,339,592,688 1
1960 148,808,491 2.69 % 3,700,204 -35,300 19.5 5.67 9 51.3 % 76,274,543 5.4 % 3,033,212,527 1
1955 130,307,473 2.75 % 3,304,531 108,200 19.9 5.67 7 46.7 % 60,860,629 5.1 % 2,772,242,535 1
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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South America Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationSouth America's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth America
Rank within
Latin America and the Caribbean
2020 435,666,848 0.91 % 3,846,147 -89,900 32.0 1.94 25 84.1 % 366,308,080 5.9 % 7,795,482,309 1
2025 452,588,454 0.77 % 3,384,321 -75,200 33.8 1.87 26 85.1 % 385,366,270 5.8 % 8,185,613,757 1
2030 467,099,885 0.63 % 2,902,286 -60,000 35.7 1.83 27 86.1 % 402,364,584 5.7 % 8,551,198,644 1
2035 479,078,441 0.51 % 2,395,711 -63,600 37.4 1.80 27 87.1 % 417,115,874 5.4 % 8,892,701,940 1
2040 488,521,196 0.39 % 1,888,551 -63,600 39.1 1.77 28 87.9 % 429,609,088 5.5 % 9,210,337,004 1
2045 495,466,983 0.28 % 1,389,157 -63,600 40.6 1.76 28 88.8 % 439,934,001 5.4 % 9,504,209,572 1
2050 500,019,962 0.18 % 910,596 -63,600 42.0 1.75 29 89.6 % 448,033,445 5.3 % 9,771,822,753 1
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 South America Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of South America delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of South 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 South 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.

South 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 South 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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